Hong Kong is a story in three parts: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories. Together, they’re a combination of modern skyscrapers and ancient temples, vibrant markets, beaches, mountains and deserted islands. Then there is the shopping – designer fashion, technology and charming local souvenirs. It is also renowned as a gourmet’s paradise, with an abundance of exceptional restaurants.
Originally a small fishing community and a haven for travellers and pirates, Hong Kong was used by the British as a naval base during the Opium Wars with China. It remained a British colony from 1842 until sovereignty was transferred to the People’s Republic of China in 1997.