One of the most cosmopolitan cities in Asia, Hong Kong is a culturally diverse metropolis, a heady mix of East and West where old heritage buildings line up against sleek skyscrapers, and English, Cantonese, and Mandarin are widely spoken by its ethnically diverse population.
Explore Hong Kong's culture through its heritage, traditions, language, and daily activities.
Feng Shui, the ancient practice of aligning buildings and objects to attract good luck and ward off misfortune, still plays a big part in Hong Kong life. It is seen not only in the city's major buildings, like the HSBC building in Central has a high, hollow atrium to invite good energy, but also in daily activities. Many head to Taoist temple Wong Tai Sin temple to pick up lucky amulets, to the Che Kung Temple to spin the wheel of fortune three times for good luck.
Hong Kong’s bustling streets and soaring skyscrapers have served as a backdrop to some notable Hollywood blockbusters, including Godzilla V Kong, which sees the city’s neon-lit buildings destroyed; Transformers: the Age of Extinction, which utilised five tightly-packed high rises in Quarry Bay for its Monster Building; and The Dark Knight, which features Batman catching a helicopter from the roof of the Peninsula Hotel. Why not reacquaint yourself with these movies and find the locations where they were s
Framed by hills and mountains and with skyscrapers on either side of Victoria Harbour, the Hong Kong skyline is a spectacular sight, with more than 1,500 buildings taller than 100 metres. Hong Kong's skyscrapers are strikingly illuminated at 8pm nightly for the Symphony of Lights, the world's largest permanent light and sound show, when more than 40 buildings including the HSBC Tower, Bank of China and ifc Tower on Hong Kong Island and the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in Kowloon are lit up in shade
Hong Kong's cultural cache continues to grow, with a steady stream of museums and galleries springing up all over the city. The newest, and arguably one of the most impressive, is the Hong Kong Palace Museum along the West Kowloon waterfront, where nine galleries dedicated to Chinese art and culture await. Don't miss, too, the M+ Museum in West Kowloon, which curates regular international exhibitions. Head over to Tsim Sha Tsui to visit the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Hong Kong Science Museum, whi