Hong Kong is unlike any other Asian city. Its past as a cornerstone of the British Empire is obvious at every turn, from post boxes to street names. Yet this is a proudly Cantonese city, with a superb food scene that's the match of anywhere else on the continent. The views of the towering skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island from Victoria Harbor are iconic, while the Mid-Level Escalators make exploring the Central district's bars, restaurants and backstreets a breeze. Across the water, Kowloon's neon streets are grittier and reward intrepid tourists with an up-close view of the real Hong Kong. Beyond are some of the greenest hiking spaces and emptiest beaches in Asia.
It’s the most happening of cities, a place where over 200 languages are spoken and millions flock each year to see its world-famous sights. New York draws visitors in like nowhere else. The crowded streets of Manhattan are the stuff of legend. First timers will want to head to the top of the Empire State Building and stand beneath the glare of the lights of Times Square. But there’s so much more to see and do, whether it’s catching an Off-Broadway play, checking out world class art at MoMA or shopping the streets of SoHo. Brooklyn’s hip neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Fort Greene offer a more relaxed vibe, while the food in Queens’ Chinatown is worth the long subway ride.