With its vibrant people, rich history, and dramatic setting of steel skyscrapers against soaring, green mountains, Hong Kong is one of the most spectacular cities in the world today. Through the tumultuous opium era, a century of British rule, and the peaceful handover, Hong Kong has maintained a dynamism and energy that is unrivaled. It's a great city to visit and it's very "tourist friendly", almost by default. Not only is Hong Kong very compact, but the transportation systems are plentiful, easy to understand, and inexpensive. There are first-rate hotels, restaurants, and museums inside a bustling city life with tranquil, idyllic islands but a short ferry-hop away.