It's flashy skyline punctuated again and again by mirrored skyscrapers and glittery lights gives you a sense of what is to come once you land in the great city of Hong Kong.
The city is the epicenter of glitz and glam in Asia and is on the cutting edge of everything from technology to fashion. It is also a major financial hub in its part of the world.
Although Hong Kong is fiercely independent and has created its own unique brand in the world, it is still a Chinese city although it has a special status that sets it apart from the rest of China and in turn allows the city to dance to its own tune.
Hong Kong sits on nearly two hundred islands on the South China Sea and is home to close to 7 million people - which means the city is on a high energy all the time, with every square inch of space used to its utmost best. One of the reasons you see so many sky-high buildings is that ground space is at a premium and frankly has run out so now that the city can no longer build out, it must build up and up.
The islands are low-mountainous and weather in the city shifts dramatically from the 30s in the summer to the low tens in the winter.
Hong Kong is divided up into numerous districts. Wan Chai is one such district located on the northern end of Hong Kong Island. It is home to many historical sites like the Pak Tai Temple and
Old Wan Chai Post Office as well as some modern attractions like the Central Plaza tower.
Sai Kung is a district on the eastern half of the country that is famous for its wide open beaches and forests. Sharp Island, Kau Sai Chau and Yim Tin Tsai are famous sites that are known for being sparsely populated and are worth exploring.
Kowloon City is a very unique section of Hong Kong as it is the home of the Kowloon Walled City, an old enclave used around the turn of the twentieth century. The public market in this area is one of the largest of its kind throughout the world.
However if it is modern shopping that you want, Hong Kong has a ton to offer - the city is consumption- crazy, mall-crazy and brand-crazy. You can find all of your favourite designers as well as the latest in emerging technologies - you will note Hong Kong residents have the latest when it comes to all sorts of electronic devices.
The art of living is deeply respected in the city and you will notice this in numerous ways - one of the most interesting for Western visitors is the strong use of Feng Shui practices. Feng Shui is heavily used as a key aspect of design and living in Hong Kong. In fact, people who live near construction areas tend to be reimbursed by the government because of the disruption to their Feng Shui.
Hong Kong Airlines
Airlines serving the route include Malaysia Airlines, Qantas Airways, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Jetstar Asia, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Philippine Airlines, Korean Air and Cathay Pacific.
Australia to Hong Kong
Popular stopovers include Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Manila, Singapore and Hong Kong.
More information at the Hong Kong Holidays guide.