After Moscow, we flew to Hong Kong! I was looking forward to this the most, but I wasn’t looking forward to the 8-hour flight. Needless to say, I landed in Hong Kong tired, cranky and ready to sleep. If you know me, you’ll know I don’t handle heat too well. I kind of hate the feeling of sweat on my face and I get visibly irritated. It was hard to not take in the beauty of Hong Kong, however at this point I was counting down the seconds until I could get a shower!
We stayed in an area of Hong Kong called Tsim Sha Tsui, which is just across the river from mainland. I didn’t have the best first impressions; it felt dirty and busy. The humidity and my tiredness probably didn’t help and eventually I learned to deal with it. I also learnt the importance of having good accommodation. In an attempt to save money on the first part of our journey, we booked a hostel. Never again! I found that nothing is worse than coming home after a busy day to a small compact room, that quite frankly, wasn’t great. I had to shower over the toilet, can you imagine?
You could spend all your time in Hong Kong wandering around and looking at the buildings. It’s a bustling city with small pockets of ancient buildings and beautifully green parks. Naturally the first thing we did was to go to the highest point on the island and visit The Peak. From here you get the best 360 views I’ve ever seen in my life. You can see every building in the island and it gives you a good understanding of how far things are from each other. We were approached by a group of toddlers to practice their English; I was amazed at their ability to speak multiple languages at such a young age. I can just about speak English.
The first temple we visited was the Man Mo Temple. It’s nestled in between huge skyscrapers and definitely feels out of place. You can clearly see how much the Hong Kongers respect their history. I checked and that is the correct term! The more you know, huh?
The Hong Kong Park is another point of interest that seems out of place. It’s right in the centre of the island and is one of the most serene places I’ve ever been! Here you can wander around and feel like you’re far from a city, yet you can still see the huge metal structures of the buildings through the trees. While you’re here, go to the aviary and see some of the birds that are native to Hong Kong.
One thing you must do if you visit Hong Kong is to head to Lantau Island. You can see the Tian Tan Buddha, Po Lin Monastery and take a ride in the cable cars that gives you a 360 view that will take your breath away. It’s definitely a day out worth having because you get to experience so many incredible buildings, statues and views. Unless it’s overcast, which means the Big Buddha literally disappears into the clouds.
Take a ride in a Sampan around the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter. You get to see a completely different side of Hong Kong. You move away from the well-built city to an area that lives and breathes tradition. A lot of people in the area choose to live away form modern society. They literally live next to the river, catch their own food and sell it, right at their doorstep!
If you enjoy wandering around and taking in sights, you must definitely head over to Nan Lian Garden. Whilst you’re here you also get a chance to see the Chi Lin Nunnery, which is beautiful. We stayed here for hours, just strolling around and looking at everything. You can also head over to the Wong Tai Sin Temple, which is located nearby. It’s a temple that has been built with feng shui elements in mind. Everything is placed where it is for a specific reason and it’s honestly stunning. We spent our last night back at The Peak; we got to see the city in the dark with everything lit up and it was definitely a great goodbye.
One thing I haven’t mentioned is shopping! Hong Kong in general is packed to the brim with shopping centres, markets and designer stores. Not spending the whole of my travel budget was definitely one of the most challenging things I’ve had to do.
There you have it, a break down of my visit to Hong Kong. It is genuinely one of the most impressive places I’ve ever been and I would recommend anyone to visit here. If you have any questions, please comment below or tweet me. I’ve tried to keep this blog as short as possible, there is so much more to tell! Next stop, Bangkok!
Until next time,