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Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an island split into eighteen districts south of Kowloon on China’s south coast. Its neon skyline is said to be one of the most beautiful in the world and the towering skyscrapers can be best admired between 8pm and 8.18pm each evening during the Symphony of Lights on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, when 18 key buildings produce a special display of multimedia lights. Taking the ferry across to mainland Kowloon and admiring the glow of Victoria harbour is a great way to admire this vibrant modern city. Victoria can no longer be called the capital of Hong Kong as the island itself is a division of China.  It is, however, the main city on the island.

Despite the cosmopolitan buzz of restaurants, bars and entertainment, Hong Kong can also be a serene and peaceful island. Its clean, almost litter-free streets make it pleasant for tourists to explore. Repulse Bay is just a thirty minute drive from Victoria and offers quiet beaches for relaxation away from the city buzz. A short ferry journey from Hong Kong is Lantau Island, which is home to the Tian Tan Buddha – the world’s tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha – where visitors can practice meditation or simply learn more about the Buddhist culture.