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Located off the southern coast of China, Hong Kong is not only a city but a country in its own right. It has been since 1997, when sovereignty was transferred from the British.

The city-state is actually made up of more than 200 islands, and features three main regions: Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, and the New Territories.

Today, Hong Kong is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, thanks to its assortment of attractions and features that hark back to its past – under both Chinese and British rule – and its future.

Visitors making their way to the city-state generally arrive at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), which is on Chek Lap Kok Island. As such, the airport is commonly referred to as Chek Lap Kok Airport by locals. From here, all of the city-state’s major islands are accessible using a number of different modes of transport.

Most visitors choose to stay either on Hong Kong Island or in Kowloon. Tsim Sha Tsui is a popular area for those staying in Kowloon, with it commonly being regarded as being a little more spacious than Hong Kong Island. The idea of space is a rarity in these parts though.

Hong Kong is considered the “World’s Most Vertical City” thanks to its abundance of skyscrapers, of which there are believed to be somewhere in the vicinity of 7,500. No piece of land – much of which has been reclaimed from the South China Sea – is wasted, which gives the city a very compact feel.

These skyscrapers have become part of the tourist appeal though. Visitors make their way to Hong Kong to see these monolithic structures all squeezed in tight together, something that is so very rare in most parts of the world. These skyscrapers also add to what is a very attractive skyline.

Part of the fun of visiting Hong Kong is finding a spot to best see this magnificent skyline. Many people opt for the Pear, or Victoria Peak as it is also known. The Peak looks out across the city, offering fantastic views of not only the urban buildup but also the city’s harbors. Visitors making their way up the peak can do so using a funicular railway, which ascends the steep slopes whilst offering close up views of the buildings at hand.

Many visitors also opt to see the city skyline from the water. Boat trips regularly take tourists out onto Hong Kong’s harbors, which provide a stunning view, especially at night.

An alternative way of seeing the city is via the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, which travels from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping. Those that make the journey will find themselves faced with one of Hong Kong’s most iconic sights.

Ngong Ping is home to the Po Lin Monastery. Hong Kong is home to numerous Buddhist monasteries as well as an assortment of temples and churches, many of which prove extremely popular with tourists. But the Po Lin Monastery has something extra special: the Tian Tian Buddha.

The Tian Tian Buddha, or the Big Buddha as he is colloquially known, is a 112-foot tall bronze statue of Buddha Amoghasiddhi. The statue was placed here in 1993 after taking 12 years to construct. The magnificent sight draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Those that make the trip often stop for a meal at the vegetarian restaurant found within the grounds of the monastery.

Whilst the Big Buddha represents the Chinese side of Hong Kong’s history, the city’s clock tower represents its British history. The clock tower was originally built in 1915 as part of a railway station. Today that station has been demolished but the tower remains in place as a memento of times gone by.

As well as historical attractions, Hong Kong is also home to a number of modern day tourist attractions.

Visitors taking a stroll along the Tsim Sha Sui Promenade will come across the Hong Kong Space Museum, which features a planetarium, as well as the Hong Kong Museum of Art, which has an ever-changing exhibit of sculptures, paintings, and other art forms.

Along the Promenade visitors will also find one of Hong Kong’s most favored tourist attractions: the Avenue of the Stars. Like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Avenue of the Stars celebrates Hong Kong’s famous film stars, musicians, and other celebrities. Included here are the likes of Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee.

Another of Hong Kong’s most popular attraction is Ocean Park, a theme park and oceanarium. As well as enjoying a number of thrill rides, visitors can witness some of the region’s most fascinating marine and wildlife, including the rare red panda. Whilst this may sound like a big cuddly bear, it is more closely related to the raccoon, and is only slightly larger than a domestic cat. It’s still a sight worth seeing though.

Families visiting Hong Kong may also enjoy a trip to Disneyland. Like its Californian counterpart, Hong Kong Disneyland features a host of rides, shows, and shops, not to mention parades and performances. Like other Disneyland parks, it can also get very busy.

Hong Kong is also renowned for its shopping. Visitors will find an assortment of shopping malls, some of which are especially large, as well as a host of street markets. In fact, there are more street markets in Hong Kong than you could count. One of the most famous of these is the Temple Street Market. Like many other Hong Kong markets, Temple Street Market offers a wide range of food and other wares. The big difference here is that it does so during the night. The nighttime market is one stop to add to any itinerary.

Those looking to enjoy good food and drink, as well as a vibrant nightlife, should make their way to Lan Kwai Fong, one of Hong Kong’s busiest and most popular entertainment districts. Here visitors will find an array of restaurants serving up delicious cuisine and Hong Kong specialties that visitors must try before they return home.

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