Hong Kong is a modern and international city with towering office buildings, upscale shopping centers, and picturesque city parks. However, this is mixed with traditional Chinese culture and the city has many historic temples and open air markets. As a result, the city is a tremendous tourist destination and has attractions for every taste.
Hong Kong was initially a British colony but was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 where upon it became a Special Administrative Region (SAR). It is now an international finance and trade center with many corporate headquarters in the Asia-Pacific area. The per capita GDP of Hong Kong would place it 6th in the world ahead of countries such as Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
The city is divided in four main regions: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Kowloon (and the New Territories), and outlying islands such as Lantau. Each area has many unique characteristics and its own flavor and I would encourage you to browse through my photo galleries. If you are lucky enough to visit Hong Kong, I would recommend spending at least a day in each area. For those short on time, I have my own list of favorite attractions in Hong Kong.