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Hong Kong has a population of only 7 million people, but it has the highest density of population in the world. For many decades Hong Kong was under British control, and was only returned to the Chinese government in 1997. In spite of its being now an official (yet self-governing) part of the communist People's Republic of China, Hong Kong maintains a flourishing capitalist economy and continues to be a leading financial and cultural capital.
Hong Long has always been reputable as a place of encounter between East and West, and the strength of these two conflicting powers is felt in every part of its existence. The local vendors selling traditional merchandise and delicacies and the beautiful floating restaurants remind the tourists of the ancient fishermen village it once was. But at the same time the modern skyscrapers, develop transport system and international financial centers remind visitors of its role as a powerful commercial and economical force to be reckoned with.
Places to See in Hong Kong
One of the best places to start a visit to Hong Kong from is the well-known Victoria Peak, also known as Mount Austin. This is a small mountain, only 552-meter high that offers incomparable view of the island. 7 million tourists use the Peak Tram, walk through the Victoria Peak garden and spend pleasurable time at the Peak's two shopping and dining centers known as The Tower and The Galleria.
One of the tallest skyscrapers in Honk Kong, known as "The Center", conducts a beautiful 10 minute neon-light show, and some other tall buildings join it as well. The dancing lights under the dark skyline of the night covered city make a sight you don't want to miss. This show starts at 20:00 every day and is a known tourists' attraction.
Hong Kong Island is only one of 236 islands in the Kowloon peninsula, and travelers who want something more than the standard visit to museums and historical sites might enjoy a daytrip to one of these locations. There are reliable ferry services going from Honk Kong to the islands which offer interesting fieldtrips or hiking alongside with a deeper insight of the local culture and society. Some of the islands, like Lantau, are large and full of tourists, but if you are seeking quieter grounds there are many smaller more remote islands are hidden havens with no cars and few visitors.
Art lovers will definitely enjoy a stroll through the Hong Kong Heritage Museum which offers fascinating, art, cultural and historical exhibitions and fun, interactive displays meant to amuse and interact with the visitors. For a more serious, traditional "museum experience", try the impressive Hong Kong Museum of Art.
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts is a symbol of Hong Kong's cultural richness and diverse nature. It serves both a well establishes academic institution and as a center for performances and training in the fields of television, theater, acting and cinema.
Travelers who make their way to Hong Kong will find themselves soon lost in the city's beauty and rhythm. There are many attractions and sites that are worth visiting, and websites such as travellerspoint.com/guide/Hong_Kong and discoverhongkong.com will offer you some more info and insights.