Although among the most popular destinations for travelers departing Asia, Europe and Australia, Hong Kong remains only scantily visited by North Americans. There are a number of reasons for this - flight duration, cost, associations with China - but the most endemic among them is simple: they don't know what they're missing.
The city whose Chinese name "Xiang Gang" translates directly to "fragrant harbor" is famous for its legendary Cantonese food, its dirt-cheap electronics and breathtaking views of the South China Sea. More stunning than all these, however, is the extent to which it comes alive at night. Thousands of headlights and neon signs mix with swarms of tourists, street vendors and traffic to paint megawatt portraits all over one of the world's most densely populated urban areas.
Click through the slideshow below to see for yourself! Also, be sure and stay tuned to the Austin International Travel Examiner over the next several days - we'll be rolling out more content related to Hong Kong, including sample day-trip itineraries, neighborhood guides and additional image galleries.
To see more pictures of Hong Kong by night, head on over to Robert Schrader's Flickr photostream.