Though home to more than 7 million Chinese citizens, Hong Kong enjoys a more westernized way of life than its mainland counterpart of China. A former British colony, but now on its own, Hong Kong is a vibrant and dynamic series of islands that beckon thousands of annual visitors with both its natural and man-made beauty.

The vivid skylines is a stark contrast to the vast majority of the nation, which has been deemed official park. Life moves fast in Hong Kong, but there are definitely places to go and slow down.

In the larger areas of Hong Kong, such as the area around Victoria Harbour, accommodations are geared toward the savvy business traveller. As such, you can expect lodging with great amenities, services, and appointments at a price. You also get unparalleled views of the skyline and the harbour. Move up into the less crowded higher elevations, and you will find more reasonably priced options that will remove you from the bustle of the city centre.

The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is an award-winning luxury hotel that provides guests with the ultimate Hong Kong experience. Award-winning cuisine, a sumptuous spa, and guest rooms that are the pinnacle of comfort and luxury are only a few of the perks available to guests that stay there. The views of Statue Square aren’t too bad, either.

Warm wood tones and simple neutral tones are the hallmark of the award-winning Jia, located in Causeway Bay. Guests can choose from studios, one bedroom suites, or two bedroom duplexes. The prices is very reasonable, making this a top choice for travellers on a budget. The impressive dining options features a delicious daily breakfast, and guests afternoon tea and cakes in the lobby.

Hotel Panorama, located in Kowloon, lives up to its name. Nearly every guest room offers a gorgeous view of the harbour. The reasonable prices will get you comfortably modern rooms, a rooftop restaurant, and a breakfast buffet

There are very few places where one can enjoy a culinary adventure like the one available in Hong Kong.

From world-renowned chefs preparing unique and mouth watering gourmet dishes from around the world to vendors serving up the most amazing Chinese street food, there is no shortage of tasty bites to try. Hong Kong is arguably the world capital of dim sum, as well, which is an experience not to be missed.Restaurants that serve up unique twists on traditional Cantonese cuisine can be found all over Hong Kong. Most require advance reservations, not just for a table, but also for certain dishes on the menu. Tim’s Kitchen, Fa Zu Jie, and Tung Po are among the most popular and best reviewed. Fresh seafood is prepared simply, with unforgettable results.

The Hong Kong culinary scene is a great place to experience outstanding Italian and French fare, believe it or not. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo gets high marks for its stellar wine list and even better traditional Italian menu items.

The Drawing Room, located in JIA, turns traditional Italian food on its ear and serves up creative twists while remaining faithful to the principles of Italian cooking. L’Atelier de Joel is French food at its most luxurious, with a high price tag to go with it. But it is an experience that you will never forget.

Hong Kong is a feast for the eyes, both day and night. The vibrant skyline illuminates the evenings and gives visitors the opportunity to experience trendy clubs, bars and restaurants. During the day, there are plenty of natural sights to explore, as well as cultural and historical sites to visit.

Visit the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of Art, and learn about Hong Kong’s colorful history and cultural journey.

Take a trek up Victoria Peak. Visit the many religious landmarks, like the Chi Lin Nunnery or Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple.

The summers in Hong Kong are very hot and humid. The winters, however, are mild and temperate.

Thus, October, November, and December are widely considered the best times to visit Hong Kong. It is during these months that most of the festivals take place as well.