Hong Kong is a small city state, once part of the British Empire but since 1997 part of China, though it has some autonomy from the Chinese government. Hong Kong evolved from a harbour village to one of the great far eastern cities, built on trade in the orient. If visiting Hong Kong for pleasure there is plenty to do. A ride on the Peak tram up the mountain which is the core of Hong Kong Island is a spectacular experience, and one not to be missed. Hong Kong itself is an island with the mainland consisting of Kowloon. To cross the harbour you must take the Star ferry, for only a few cents it is one of the great boat trips in the world with amazing vistas of the skyscrapers crowded around the harbour. Hong Kong is not all teeming with people; there are other islands where greenery and beaches are waiting to be discovered. Lantau Island is host to a giant Buddha statue and the Po Lin monastery, as well as the newest Disneyland in the world. Visit Hong Kong for their big horse race meetings or for chinese new year. Try Dim Sum in the harbour restaurants or get a suit made at one of numerous tailors.