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Looking at Hong Kong now, it's difficult to imagine that it was once a lightly populated area of farming and fishing villages. Today, Hong Kong is one of the most significant financial centres and trade ports in the entire world.

Landscape

Hong Kong has the highest number of skyscrapers in the world with 317 towers taller than 150 metres. With no available sprawl space, Hong Kong had to rely on creating high-density residential blocks. It's very rare to see a single family detached home here. Because of the constant need for new homes, older buildings are being demolished to make space for new modern high rises.

It's not all a concrete jungle in Hong Kong. The majority of Hong Kong consists of underdeveloped mountains and hills with rugged, tranquil terrain. Given its coastal location, the sea plays a vital role in Hong Kong's landscape. For travellers interested in outdoor activities, The Upland Countryside Landscape provide some of the most dramatic forms of Kowloon Peak, offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside, cliffs and tranquil beaches.

Gastronomy

Hong Kong is the mecca for culinary delights offering its visitors an array of delicious dishes from all around the world. Whether you fancy Cantonese, Japanese or French, Hong Kong is the place to visit, as every market will have a variety of items to satisfy your inner foodie appetite. Right up there with Tokyo, Hong Kong deserves to be called one of the top culinary capitals in the entire world.

Culture

Hong Kong is perhaps best described as a delightful fusion between East and West. Hong Kong clings to its traditional Chinese values with a clear emphasis on spirituality, family and education, but it continues to push for economic liberty and progressive rule of law. Hong Kong is diverse and has its own distinct identity, influenced by the British-style education and political system. Feng shui is taken very seriously in Hong Kong and this can be noticed through the use of bagua mirrors which are used to deflect evil spirits or the fact that many buildings lack floors with number 4 in them.

Shopping

Hong Kong is a shopping destination where you can find a sheer variety of products for any budget. From markets and stalls with vintage items, through hidden boutiques, to luxury fashion, Hong Kong attracts countless fashion lovers from all around the world. Haggle your way around markets in pursuit of gadgets, kitchen items and Chinese products which will make any shopping experience a bliss.