The skyline at Hong Kong is next to none
especially in the afternoon sun
and when the evening approaches night
the harbor glitters with a million lights...
Sampans and Chinese junks bobble along side ferries, tankers, and venerable tugboats. Occasional naval vessels from different countries cut through the verdant waters in search of fresh supplies and pleasures of shore leave. Going unnoticed are Hong Kong's security port authorities, making sure the harbor is safe from terrorists and pirates. One if by land 2 if by sea, and 3 if by air, of course. The new Kai Tak airport shuttles international traffic day and night, bringing businesspeople and tourists alike to the pearl of the South China Sea.
There are 3 must do's in Hong Kong, shop, dine, and be entertained. Everything goes here, as long as it doesn't get out of hand. Victoria, where the skyrises and the super rich live, and Kowloon house most of HK's must do facilities. You have your choice of shopping ranging from discount stands to Europe's high fashion boutiques, and priceless Chinese antiques. Rolexes and duty free Nikons can be bought cheaper than at their factory outlets because of Hong Kong's neutral free trade policies.
This tiny SAR (Special Administrative Region) is autonomous but must acquiece to the wishes of the mainland Chinese govenment. Nevertheless, Britain's long term influence is still felt in the Judciary where judges and barristers still sport grey wigs, and in the education system where English and Chinese dialects are taught simultaneously. As the Port of Call to global commerce between all countries and China, HK is the financial hub to Asia as New York or London is to America and Europe.
For young and old, no day is complete without a tram ride, a visit to the swanky Polo Club, Disneyland, shopping downtown, and dinner on a floating restaurant where live shrimp literally jump into your mouth. Seafood abounds, due to carefully managed aquacultural and commercial oceanographic enterprises. Your choice of continental cuisine or Chinese delicacies is enormous. The service is courteous and the prices are affordable.
Finally, the entertainment begins after dessert. You can go to posh hotels where famous singers sing for you while you drink XO, or listen to yourself sing at numerous karaoke bars conveniently located everywhere. Whether you like cabs or the underground, easy access is the key word to finding your favorite hangout. Whether you are a sailor looking for adult fun or a student checking out night clubs, the night life is exotic and profuse. Massage parlors and spas, upscale or seedy, all will gladly accept your hard earned money or credit card. Be careful of pickpockets and scams, try to stay in well lit main thoroughfares and always keep an eye out for underground thugs. Go where there are uniformed police on patrol and keep your diamonds and pearls in the hotel room safe. Not to alarm you, but these precautions apply all over the world.
You can find many expats, Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, of course, and other English speaking hangouts near the luxury hotels. If you are on a tight budget, then I suggest Kowloon and the other suburbs where low-cost fun also lets you live out your fantasies of Chinese mystique (opium dens and red light districts).
In summary, Hong Kong is a must see City if you want to enjoy the best of both Eastern and Western worlds. Rich or poor, you will enjoy the freest port in the world.