The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, generally known as Hong Kong (literally: “Fragrant Harbour” or “Incense Harbour”), is an autonomous territory on the Pearl River Delta of East Asia, with Macau lying across the delta to the West, and the Chinese province of Guangdong bordering it to the North. With a total land area of 1,106 square kilometres and a population of over 7.3 million of various nationalities, the world’s fourth most densely populated sovereign state, is a true melting pot of cultures making it one of the most fascinating places to visit. In fact, in 2014, Hong Kong was the eleventh most popular destination for international tourists among countries and territories worldwide, with a total of 27.8 million visitors contributing a total of US$38,376 million in international tourism receipts.
Hong Kong has a unique history; a British Colony after the First Opium War (1839–42), until it was occupied by Japan during World War II, and then again under British sovereignty from 1945 until 1997, when it was returned to China as a special administrative region. The influences of these three countries made Hong Kong a breeding ground for business, and wealth, making it in fact one of the richest cities in the world, boasting more billionaire households than any other country (behind Monaco).
Hong Kong is a must visit reality, different from anywhere in the world. So if you’re heading over, how best to experience this melting pot of cultures and history? We have 8 must do things.