the easiest way to describe that city is to compare it with an asian version of new york city - but somehow i just couldn't connect with hong kong.
i am very torn whenever people ask me about my experience there - i guess i just expected something else. but please don't get me wrong, it is still an amazing and very inspiring city and it is totally worth to check out.
let's talk about the best thing in that city - the ding ding. how awesome and adorable are those tramways? you can actually just find them on the hong kong island and they take you everywhere for almost nothing.
i also had an amazing couchsurfing experience there. i stayed for a few nights with Eric and his lovely girlfriend Viva and their cat. he is a travel photographer who had his own gallery-opening while i was there which was so amazing. feel free to check out his instagram .
i guess the best way to discover the city is just to walk around as much as you can - even though it is very exhausting. i remember it being like 40°C / 104°F and like 95% humidity. try to walk as close to buildings as possible, because they often have their door open and you can feel this tiny breeze of cold air from the aircondition.
of course there are a few things you must do & see - depending on how much time you have though.
the first thing everyone has to do is the "victoria peak". it is the highest mountain on hong kong island so you will have a great view over the whole city and the harbour, if the weather allows it. the best time to get there is maybe like 30 minutes before sunset. so you will get the whole experience. you will get there by the peak tram. the tickets for the tram and the sky terrace are around HK$ 80 / 9€.
lantau island is the largest island and offers a lot, so it is worth to spend a whole day there. i went by ferry and then took the bus to get to tai-o, a really old and gorgeous fishing town. after that i went to see the "tian tan buddha" and the temple right next to it.
on my way down back to the mainland i went by the "ngong ping 360" cable car. a single trip costs HK$ 130 / 15€ which i thought was kind of expensive, but i don't regret doing it at the end.
after the sunset the young hongkongese and travelers from all over the world will most likely go to "lan kwai fong" - the is a really small square of streets. and it is literally very small. but it is a great spot if you want to get a beer or want to meet other travelers.
and if you still have enough time you can go and check out "central pier 9", the "temple street market" and the "tsim sha tsui promenade".
feel free to also check out discoverhongkong - it is a great website with basically every detail about what to do and what to see in hong kong.