Ride the panoramic cable car, stand under the 34m-tall bronze Tian Tan Buddha (28) and hike the three-hour Dragon’s Back Trail for views across the island, its peaks and bays.
Stay overnight at the charming colonial style Tai O Heritage Hotel (29) on Shek Tsai Po Street ( 8383; taioheritagehotel.com).
For those who like cool, sophisticated Chinese girls who speak great English, Hong Kong is a veritable paradise and a great place to pickup both in the day time and at night.
One such eatery is Cobo House (19) at 8/12 South Lane ( 3088; cobohouse.com; 12pm-11pm daily), from celebrated pastry chef Janice Wong.
Dishes include duck breast with herbs and mocha mugi (a Japanese glutinous barley), and cod with smoked aubergine puree and dill cream. Another new hotspot is QI Nine Dragons (20) at 20/F Prince Tower, 12A Peking Road ( 8899; qi-ninedragons.hk) which serves blow-your-socks-off Sichuan cuisine. Try the fried calamari with Sichuan miso (HKD128) and cool off with a nightcap on the rooftop terrace.
Take a view There’s no better vantage point to appreciate Hong Kong’s vertiginous skyline than from Victoria Peak (16) ( 0669; hk; 10am-11pm daily), best seen at dusk.
If time permits, walk the one-hour circular Peak Trail for a different perspective. An aperitif The newest and hottest bar in town is Ophelia (18) at 1/F The Avenue, Lee Tung Avenue ( 1117; hk; 6pm-2am closed Sunday and Monday), where cocktails are served in birdcages.On any given night you may also talk to Australian, English, Japanese, Korean and Filipina girls.The best place to start looking for girls at night is in the infamous Lan Kwai Fong (aka LKF) district.The crossing takes around eight minutes and one-way tickets cost from HKD2.50.Icing on the cake Green and mountainous Lantau Island, which sits at the mouth of the Pearl River, is ripe for adventure.Dedicated to the gods of war and literature, Man Mo temple (8) at 124 Hollywood Road ( 0350; 8am-6pm) was built in 1847 and its crimson interior is heady with the aroma of countless coils of burning incense.