Once a British colony after the 1st Opium War with China, Britian's control under a 100 year lease ended with the transfer of sovereignty in 1997 back to China. Under previous rule Hong Kong had become one of the 3 most important financial centers next to New York and London. It is also one of the most densely populated locations in the world as the small size of most apartments and hotel rooms would exhibit.
Because of its sheltered deep water in the South China Sea, the Victoria Harbor, can be directly related to the trade and financial success Hong Kong has become. You can take the Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui to
Tsim Sha Tsui
The most popular metropolitan area located in Kowloon Peninsula where you will also find Victoria Harbor. At Tsim Sha Tsui pier you will find the famous the Clock Tower (a lasting remnant of the previous Kowloon Railway), the Skyline, Art Museum, Space Museum, Heritage and Cultural Centers, and the Star Ferry for cheap transport across water to the Main Island or Central. You can stay relatively cheap here in a few hotels owned by local Indians but expect small accommodations, busy pedestrian traffic, and hawkers selling suits and fake Rolex watches as the norm. The upside is it's centrally located to all the action and easy access to the metro.
Relatively easy to get around in Hong Kong. Your options are bus, taxi, metro, tram, and ferry. The best form of payment is to get an Octopus Card at the airport or pier especially if your going to stay more than a couple of days. Many sites such as museums and attractions such as the Giant Buddha also accept this form of payment. Thank of it as a pre-paid debit card.
There are many attractions to visit and if you plan accordingly you can visit several in one day as many are close together.
One day - plan to go see the Ladies Market (wholesale shopping for all), the Fish Market (pet fish and amphibians), the Flower Market, and the Bird Market.
2nd day - use the Star Ferry to get across to Hong Kong Island then take a tram to see the Giant Buddha and the Taio Fishing Village. Another option is to see Hong Kong Disney Land but I feel unless you have small children you will be disappointed as it is very small in comparison.
3rd day - the next two locations are not close together so you may consider only seeing one or both the Sik Sik Temple and the Yau Ma Tei Wet Market (which provides only the freshest of fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, and sea food which the locals demand)
If you enjoy going out at night at all and also like to people watch a must experience is the area named after the street it's located on Lan Kwai Fon. It is surprisingly in a safe and upscale neighborhood. If you prefer to continue shopping you can visit the Jordan Street Night Market or combine both as they are not that far from each other!
Food in Hong Kong
Since I love to travel and try local food I will comment on my experiences, places, and food that I encounter so that others may be inspired to travel to the same locations with some insight into the local food , restaurants, culture, places to stay (hotels or airbnb) and hopefully avoid some of the pitfalls and tourist scams so not to waste time and money unnecessarily. I would also appreciate posts and comments on the same locations by others!