Hong Kong's towering spires are one of the city's most iconic and inspiring sights. Banking Hong Kong's once quaint colonial streets, the city is now a maze of sky scraping buildings, a sight that is frankly unrivaled anywhere else in the world. Get amongst these temples to capitalism by heading to Central, Hong Kong's beating heart and home to its world renowned financial district, sitting shoulder to shoulder to its finest colonial architecture.
Hong Kongers are incessant shoppers, possibly more than any other city, and the city is a shoppers haven, full of malls, markets and bargains. It's hard to pick one area for shoppers to start their bargain search, as it depends what you're looking for, however Causeway Bay is considered by most to be the best place to start any Hong Kong shopping expedition, with some of the best markets and malls, and streets literally bursting with shops.
One of the least explored options of Hong Kong is its excellent seaside, boasting fantastic weather and some of the best urban beaches in the world, the one drawback is less than sparkling water. Nevertheless, to unwind during the city's energy sapping weather, the beach is a fantastic option. Shek O, a laid-back village on Hong Kong Island, is just an hour from the city center, with good access to the city's best surfing at the appropriately named Big Wave Bay.
Part of Hong Kong's shopping tradition, and part of its heritage, the city's many markets feature an exhaustive selection of budget products. However, even if you aren't looking for a bargain, the noise, color and buzz of the markets are a must see. Mongkok features a couple of the city's most famous, including the bustling Ladies Market, the fragrant flower market and the twittering Bird Market.
Work hard, party hard is as much a motto in Hong Kong as it is in London or New York, and when Hong Kongers hit the pubs and clubs, they do it in style. From English style pubs, exported brick by brick from home, to cutting-edge dancefloors, Hong Kong has a place for everyone. Arguably the best conglomeration of pubs, bars and clubs is in Lan Kwai Fong, at the top of Central, also known as party central.
With so much money splashing around the Hong Kong government, the city has been able to invest in some truly world class museums. Some of the best, all though by all means not all, are in Tsim Sha Tsui, including the top-notch Museum of Art and Museum of History, as well as the Space Museum and Science Museum, both of which have an unequaled reputation for distracting kids.