A World-Class City of Islands and Mountains
Hong Kong excels in several unexpected ways. Its tourism board advertises it as "Asia's World City," which rings true: it has more heterogeneous influences and populations than other large cities in the region like Beijing and Tokyo. But beyond the cosmopolitan culture lies Hong Kong's greatest strength, its proximity to nature. 45 minutes in the subway or on the ferry is often enough to place you at the start of a hiking trail around the outlying mountains and islands.
Insider Tip:By many accounts, this is a great place to apply for a Chinese visa. Don't stay too long on Nathan Road if you want to sleep. Hostels on the edges of Hong Kong/Kowloon like Bay Bridge provide much more value and sanity.