We really enjoyed Hong Kong! I found the city to be lively, vibrant and quite safe; the people friendly, the weather good and commuting fairly easy. There is a plethora of all kinds of food joints and lots of things to do. The food scene is great for those who love to try local food.
I went on a three day visit from Singapore and we had a really wonderful time. As I always say, you can’t really compare one place from another as each place has something different to offer. Each place has its own magic, its own charm.
The first thing that caught my attention once we entered the city was the trams, casually milling around with the other more modern vehicles. These trams are what gives the city this unique appeal imo. We stayed at the Island Pacific hotel recommended by a colleague. It’s quite nice and gives you great sea-side views at moderate prices.
The first day, we spent some time in the Causeway bay area. Its often termed as Asia’s Times Square and it sort of is. We picked up a couple of things and then went for a nice dinner at Pizza Express, where we tried this unusual but appetizing bread dip of Pumkin and Mint. To travel around, we had purchased the Octopus cards which work on MTR, Bus, Tram and Ferry which makes it really convenient to go around. To get back home from Causewaybay, we hopped onto a tram – I was wanting to do this since we got into the city and we just loved it! It’s a slow mode of commute but for tourists, I think it’s the perfect way to tour the city. I learned later that some trams still have the original wooden frames from when they were first introduced in the city :-O
One of the days, we headed to Victoria Harbor and got onto the public ferry from there to enjoy the famed city skyline. The skyline is quite impressive I must say, especially at night and we enjoyed it from the public viewing area as well as the ferry. We also waited for this sound and light show at public area seeing that a sizable crowd had gathered to watch it. It turned out to be something you can easily give a miss – it’s nothing really. We also took the tram to get to The Peak to enjoy the city view from top of a hill. Turned out, the day we chose visit was so foggy, we could hardly see anything. Anyway, back luck sometimes happens.
This post was more about the city area – views, skylines, commuting and so on. What I also liked about HK was that within a short distance you can get into the lap of nature – there are hills and valleys you can admire or go for a hike/trek on one of the many trails … more on that in the upcoming post.