Hong Kong as an extremely interesting city. It has a very rich cultural history as it was first part of the Chinese empire, then the British, then the Japanese, then again the British, and finally somewhere in the middle (at the moment a special administrative region of China) which they are trying to figure out right now. It’s extremely modern and efficient but still has wet markets and all the traditional chinese elements that make it so charming.
It’s totally common to walk through quaint little alleys packed with street vendors and colorful buildings against a backdrop of skyscrapers. It’s not unusual for a lady in traditional garb selling spices on the street to whip out a Samsung Galaxy S4 and look up the latest news or weather report.
All in all, many people pass on Hong Kong because it’s considered an ultra modern, ultra efficient business hub and therefore not of much interest to travelers seeking a cultural experience. However, in reality, Hong Kong is a melting pot of cultures and you can get everything from the best Italian food to rocking dimsums at the cheapest Michelin star restaurant in the world.