Hong Kong is located on the southern coast of China. But itís not just a city. The name includes the island of Hong Kong, the northern territories, the peninsula of Kowloon, and several outlying islands. But itís the dynamic cosmopolitan center that most visitors see.
Here, east meets west and the blending of cultures has had a fantastic influence on the food, the nightlife, and the shopping. And the people are amazing! Victoria Harbour separates the peninsula of Kowloon on the north shore and Hong Kong Island on the south shore.
This natural harbor has been a shipping and trading center since it started as a British colony in 1841. Today, sampans, ferries, and large private vessels dot the harbor and provide a great way to see Hong Kong Ė from the water! The Star Ferry is very popular with tourists and locals. Over 70,000 people a day ride the Star Ferry. And itís a great way to introduce yourself to Hong Kong. Check out the Ladies Market Ė which, contrary to its name, is not just for ladies.
The Jade Market is where to find beautiful hand-crafted jewelry. Thereís even a Goldfish Market. There's no language barrier in the market. Here, everybody speaks the language of pocket calculator. For a fabulous view of the city, thereís no better spot than Victoria Peak. And getting there is half the fun. Hong Kong is a destination all its own, from the northern territories to the tip of Hong Kong Island. Here, east meets west, and both cultures delicately intertwine.
While the region remains true to its ancient traditions, also embraces the western lifestyle, come visit Hong Kong.