As you step off the Peak Tram at Victoria Peak a sharp intake of breath and bout of sighing over the view will cure the feeling that you left your stomach somewhere down in Central Hong Kong.

As you step off the Peak Tram at Victoria Peak a sharp intake of breath and bout of sighing over the view will cure the feeling that you left your stomach somewhere down in Central Hong Kong.

Hong Kongers love superlatives, even if making them true requires strings of qualifiers. So the Tian Tan Buddha is the world's largest Buddha---that's seated, located outdoors, and made of bronze.

Hong Kongers love superlatives, even if making them true requires strings of qualifiers. So the Tian Tan Buddha is the world's largest Buddha---that's seated, located outdoors, and made of bronze.

Take in the view of the Kowloon skyline from this pier, from which sturdy green-and-white Star Ferries cross the harbor.

Take in the view of the Kowloon skyline from this pier, from which sturdy green-and-white Star Ferries cross the harbor.

The Temple Street Night Market stretches for almost a mile and is one of Hong Kong's liveliest nighttime shopping experiences.

The Temple Street Night Market stretches for almost a mile and is one of Hong Kong's liveliest nighttime shopping experiences.

The InterContinental Hong Kong is located at the tip of the Kowloon peninsula and ensures panoramic, front-row harbor views from most of the contemporary rooms, designed with Asian accents that include deep, sunken tubs in the marbled bathrooms.

The InterContinental Hong Kong is located at the tip of the Kowloon peninsula and ensures panoramic, front-row harbor views from most of the contemporary rooms, designed with Asian accents that include deep, sunken tubs in the marbled bathrooms.

There's a practical approach to prayer at one of Hong Kong's most exuberant places of worship, the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple.  Here the territory's three major religions---Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism---are all celebrated under the same roof.

There's a practical approach to prayer at one of Hong Kong's most exuberant places of worship, the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple. Here the territory's three major religions---Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism---are all celebrated under the same roof.

Inside One Peking, an impressive curvaceous skyscraper, Aqua Spirit is a very cool bar is on the mezzanine level of the top floor. The high ceilings and raking glass walls offer up unrivaled views of Hong Kong Island and the harbor filled with ferries and ships.

Inside One Peking, an impressive curvaceous skyscraper, Aqua Spirit is a very cool bar is on the mezzanine level of the top floor. The high ceilings and raking glass walls offer up unrivaled views of Hong Kong Island and the harbor filled with ferries and ships.

Most Hong Kongers have fond childhood memories of the aquatic theme park, Ocean Park. It was built by the omnipresent Hong Kong Jockey Club on 170 hilly acres overlooking the sea just east of Aberdeen.

Most Hong Kongers have fond childhood memories of the aquatic theme park, Ocean Park. It was built by the omnipresent Hong Kong Jockey Club on 170 hilly acres overlooking the sea just east of Aberdeen.

Arguably Hong Kong's most famous—if not most perpetually packed—indoor dai pai dong, Tung Po has communal tables large enough to fit 18 guests and the restaurant's walls are scribbled with their ever-growing list of specials.

Arguably Hong Kong's most famous—if not most perpetually packed—indoor dai pai dong, Tung Po has communal tables large enough to fit 18 guests and the restaurant's walls are scribbled with their ever-growing list of specials.

The tiny storefront of Yau Yuan Xiao Jui in Hong Kong may look like any other noodle joint, but its humble appearance belies its culinary prowess. The restaurant plates up authentic Shaanxi snacks

The tiny storefront of Yau Yuan Xiao Jui in Hong Kong may look like any other noodle joint, but its humble appearance belies its culinary prowess. The restaurant plates up authentic Shaanxi snacks

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