Leslie Ray Ware


Hong Kong

Nearly seven million people are crammed into the mere 1,100 square kilometers that make up the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Not just a city of skyscrapers, there is also lush countryside and small rural communities.

Victoria Peak is the highest point on the island with world-famous views north over the city as well as over the greener southern slopes down to the South China Sea. Clinging onto the northern slopes of the Peak are the prestigious Mid-levels , full of tightly packed, towering blocks of flats. The Mid-levels' steep slopes are best negotiated using the Peak Tram or the Mid-levels Escalator .

Colonial history and modern architecture vie for attention in Central , the city's vibrant financial hub. At the end of the business day, offices empty as the multitude of international eateries and bars in Lan Kwai Fong and Soho fill with revelers. Almost an extension of Central, Admiralty plays host to the glitzy Pacific Place shopping and hotel complex. For a little rest, Hong Kong Park is a must.

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