Hong Kong sits to the South of China, in the South China Sea. It is in part attached to the Chinese mainland (the areas known as the New Territories and Kowloon), and also made up of 284 islands of which the largest and most populated of the islands is Hong Kong Island, home to the central business district largely concentrated in Central/Admiralty.
While Kowloon is fairly flat and densely populated, the rest of Hong Kong is hilly and mountainous in places, making for a sharp contrast between the densely populated city spaces and the surrounding areas.
About three quarters of Hong Kong is countryside, with over 44,000 hectares of dedicated country parks and special areas for nature conservation. This makes for excellent outdoor activities such as hiking or cycling
To the south of Hong Kong Island and to the east of the New Territories are excellent beaches which provide a relaxing contrast to the bustle of the Kowloon and the central business district on the north side of Hong Kong Island.
Hong Kong is regarded as one of the most densely populated parts of the world, with high-rise buildings and bustling streets giving the impression of a crowded metropolis. However, over half of the population live in the New Territories.