There are the iconic urban skyline, neon-lit neighborhoods and large luxury shops. There are also the crowded, densely populated Kowloon, noisy markets with loud street vendors and lush, quiet green oases. Hong Kong is a bustling megacity of many contrasts. It is one of the most important financial centers globally, and consistently ranks as the most competitive and free economic area in the world. Over seven million people live in its endless high-rises and commute across the city and the harbor in a constant buzzing rhythm.