Situated on the South coast of China and known for its deep natural harbour, Hong Kong is a former British colony with a population of around seven million. Hong Kong is now a leading international financial centre, but much of the landscape has been protected as country parks. There are also several mountains and small islands to explore for those interested in getting out of the city. Hong Kong Island is popular with tourists due to its vibrant nightlife and world-class shopping, with areas such as Soho and Central offering a number of museums and galleries to browse. The southern side of the island is home to Repulse Bay, one of the territory's best beaches and other points of interest include the Po Lin Buddhist monastery, Yau Ma Tei market, Victoria Peak and the architectural walks offered by the tourist board.
From budget rooms to luxurious suites, Hong Kong has an excellent range of accommodation on offer. Most hotels are close to amenities and linked to the main attractions by the excellent public transport network. Budget hotels and guesthouses can be found around the Causeway Bay and Kowloon areas, which are central and considered well-patrolled and safe for travellers. Those seeking more of a high end experience may wish to book a room in the business district of Victoria or the affluent and slightly more secluded neighbourhood known as The Peak, which allows for easy access to both the Central district on Hong Kong Island and the surrounding countryside.
Most visitors arrive via Hong Kong International Airport, which is less than half an hour from the Central district. There's also an express train and shuttle bus service, providing frequent access to all parts of Hong Kong. The Mass Transit Railway, composed of underground and over ground lines, is the easiest way to get around Hong Kong, but taxis are also good value.