Split between Mainland China and an island in the South China Sea, Hong Kong is an administrative region of China but still a destination of its own.
Recognized globally for its impressive coastal skyline and distinct glittering harbor, Hong Kong is one of Asia’s most fashion-forward cities and one of the world’s most thriving business hubs. Compact and diverse, the buzzing metropolis offers hiking, Cantonese Opera, temple sites, and Hong Kong Disneyland in a culture electrified by the meeting of east and west, merging of business and leisure, and everything in between.
Hong Kong Island’s tallest mountain reaches 1,818-feet above sea level and is accessible by hiking trails, tram, and road. Victoria Peak and Peak Tower present sweeping panoramic views of the iconic Victoria Harbor, distinct coastal skyline, and surrounding islands, and can be experienced anytime, many claiming the sweet spot right before nightfall is the most enchanting.
The world’s tallest bar, housed in the world’s tallest hotel on the 118th-floor of The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, is open to the public with a reservation, topping every experiential travelers’ bucket list. The Ozone Bar is vibrant and abstract with splashes of neon and striking blues, serving eclectic cocktails and a short menu of lite Asian fare against absurd views.
Hong Kong Trail stretches 30-miles from Victoria Peak to Big Wave Bay, the last segment a moderately difficult 5-mile run along the ridge of Dragon’s Back. The tremendous outlook onto southern Hong Kong Island and its idyllic shoreline ends at Big Wave Bay, a wide sandy beach perfect for swimming and sunbathing, and a local hotspot for wind and wave surfers.