But whilst it is teeming with restaurants, nightlife and shopping that rival any in the world, this modern metropolis remains loyal to its roots.
And never is this fusion of contrasts more magical, than during the fabled Chinese New Year
Arguably one of the best and most fascinating places in the world to celebrate the Chinese New Year has to be Hong Kong.
Next year’s event runs from the 10th to 13th February and promises to enthral with a cavalcade of colourful floats, accompanied by performers from all over the world.
Dragon dancers are the star attraction this year, as decorated floats, performers, street entertainers, music and dance take over the picturesque harbourfront, spilling out into the streets throughout the city.
The skyscrapers are decorated with thousands of sparkling lights and a spectacular variety of seasonal symbols – believed to bestow good fortune and happiness – will mesmerise onlookers.
Meanwhile, the sounds of “Kung Hei Fat Choy” and other warm wishes reverberate through the streets. Fireworks over Victoria Harbour mark the end of the parade.
There are also stunning flower displays across the city, with other parades and markets taking place in Victoria Park on Hong Kong Island and Fahui Park in Mong Kok on Kowloon.
You should start thinking about your holiday to Hong Kong now if you are wanting to be there for the Chinese New Year in February.