Hong Kong City Guide

Once a sleepy fishing port, Hong Kong has grown and changed rapidly since the 1997 handover. Now one of the world's most popular and fast-growing financial capitals, bustling with life and really packed with people who are somehow all in a hurry. The first things you'll probably see when you fly into Chek Lap Kok Airport surprisingly, are not the tall, tightly packed skyscrapers of Central.

Rather, Hong Kong from the air is a beautiful cluster of rich green islands and sparkling turquoise sea, dotted with container ships and smaller fishing vessels. You'll be able to see the larger islands of Lantau and Lamma, accessible by ferry for a day out of hiking or great seafood. You'll have been told by anyone who's been to Hong Kong that you can't miss Victoria Peak. And you'll have been told right, because The Peak- as it's called by locals- is one of the most panoramic places to see all the way across Hong Kong to Kowloon and beyond. A walk around the Peak can take anywhere from 1 hour to 5 or 6 depending on the route you choose, and there are loads available for travellers of all mobilities. The best thing about taking the time to walk around the peak is the fact that you'll be rewarded with different views as you circle around.

You can start from or end up at the Peak Galleria if taking the Peak Tram, alternatively you can start anywhere you like should you choose to taxi or bus up. Depending on the route you choose to walk (or hike!), you'll be able to look down at Pok Fu Lam Reservoir, islands like Cheung Chau and Peng Chau, or Aberdeen country park with it's rolling green hills. If you're lucky with the weather, you may even be able to see mainland China.