Trip by Skyscanner's Hong Kong City Guide offers the best personalized guide to Hong Kong. The former British colony has always been an immeasurably important point of trade – from the opium trade in the 1800’s to a major financial center -- Hong Kong has blossomed into a energizing vacation destination. Even though the harbor city returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 as a 'special administrative region,' Hong Kong retains innumerable distinctions -- a separate currency, left-side driving, a capitalist-friendly economic system. Simply admiring the way life in the most densely populated region in the world is a highlight of a visit to Hong Kong -- from floating homes on fishing junks in Aberdeen to the ubiquitous high-rise -- but leave the city center for top attractions, such as Lantau Island's “The Big Buddha,” a 250-ton statue of Buddha. Harbor cruises, shopping, and riding the Peak Tram to see Hong Kong from above are also popular things to do. You’ll find excellent dim sum restaurants here, in addition to succulent roast meats and noodles. If you want an extravagant hotel, Hong Kong will do you right, but dozens of guesthouses and hostels offer simple rooms for less.
Hong Kong and its New Territories offers everything in terms of shopping, dining, nature, and history that a traveler could wish for. But those seeking a different flavor can take a day trip to Macau, another Special Administrative Region, or Shenzhen (Chinese visa required). The former offers rich Portuguese history in both architecture, culture, and cuisine. Here, it's not uncommon to hear children speaking both Chinese and the language of its former colonizers. Under this cultural backdrop rises a number of world-class casino resorts, such as the Venetian and the Wynn. In Shenzhen, travelers can find affordable clothing and wares to bring home, as well as centers and parks rich with Chinese cultural history.
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