Hong Kong on the up

Twenty years after Hong Kong returned to China, the small territory with big ambitions has plenty to celebrate. With everything from converted walk-ups to five-minute walks to the beach, those who come for business stay for the lifestyle.

  • Places of interest:

  • 01 T PARK
  • 02 Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge
  • 03 Hong Kong International Airport
  • 04 Stonecutters Island
  • 05 The MacLehose Trail
  • 06 Pak Sha O
  • 07 West Kowloon Terminus MTR
  • 08 Xiqu Centre
  • 09 Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • 10 Tseung Kwan O
  • 11 Kennedy Town
  • 12 Sheung Wan
  • 13 Central Harbourfront Event Space
  • 14 Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art
  • 15 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • 16 Happy Valley Racecourse
  • 17 Hong Kong Stadium
  • 18 Chai Wan
  • 19 Junk Boat
  • 20 Tong Fuk Beach

Quality of life: milestones

  • 1998

    Hong Kong International Airport opens at Chek Lap Kok. A Cathay Pacific flight to Heathrow Airport is the last to take off from Kai Tak Airport.

  • 2000

    Wong Kar-wai’s iconic film In the Mood for Love is released.

  • 2001

    Hong Kong Central Library – the city’s largest – opens in Causeway Bay.

  • 2003

    The Sars virus kills hundreds across the city. Almost 15 years later it still informs improved hygiene standards and disease prevention.

  • 2005

    Hong Kong Disneyland opens.

  • 2007

    Smoking is banned in public places.

  • 2008

    All taxes and import duties are removed from the trade of wine, turning the city into a trading hub for vino.

  • 2009

    Tim Ho Wan opens its first dim-sum restaurant in Hong Kong. A year later it serves up the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred meal.

  • 2010

    Hong Kong’s population surpasses seven million.

  • 2011

    Centenary of the University of Hong Kong, the oldest of eight publicly funded universities.

  • 2013

    Art Basel stages its first Asian art fair in Hong Kong.

  • 2016

    The South Island Line opens on the MTR subway network, connecting all districts.