World travelers have long been seduced with the views of Hong Kong harbor and city – and with its many specialty restaurants and shops. The harbor teems with incessant nautical activity and is back dropped by a spectacular cluster of skyscrapers.
For its best weather, visit Hong Kong from October to mid December - usually the skies are clear and the temperature, comfortable. The weather can be hot, humid and rainy in the summer, and a tad chilly in January and February.
To be fully appreciated, this wonder must be seen from three distinct vantages - Victoria Peak, boat, and Kowloon:
The best panoramic view of Hong Kong is from the top of the 552-meter (1800-feet) high Victoria Peak. It is the tall peak in the photo. You see Hong Kong harbor laid out before you - and as you look directly down, your eyes capture a spellbinding foreshortened view of Hong Kong's skyscrapers. The view is virtually 360 degrees - you also catch sight of the South China Sea and some of the region's outlying islands.
The most popular boat vista is from the decks of the unpretentious Star Ferry ships that travel between Hong Kong's central business district and nearby Kowloon city on a frequent schedule. Daytime ferry rides provide a splendid view of the modern skyscrapers - and let you observe up-close the harbor activity. The evening harbor-light view is, in a word, romantic.
You simultaneously see the harbor and Hong Kong skyscrapers while strolling along the waterside promenade of Kowloon, the city across the harbor from Hong Kong. Some of Kowloon's hotels also offer harbor views.
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