Six months after the big Asia trip, I’m scrambling to finish my trip reports for two reasons: 1) I leave for Peru in two weeks. 2) A friend got married this weekend and is off to Hong Kong for his honeymoon. He is looking for travel advice, and my advice will come in the form of a blog post. So here goes.
Part 1: When You Wake Up at 3 AM for a 6 AM Flight…
Part 2: Only 18 Hours to Go
Part 3: How to See Angkor Wat
Part 4: The Many Faces of Bayon
Part 5: Trees Galore!
Part 6: Cambodia’s Floating Villages
Part 7: View from the Top
Part 8: The Children of Cambodia
Part 9: When Politics Ruins Your Plans
Part 10: Biking with Monkeys in Thailand
Part 11: Welcome to Hong Kong!
We loved walking around Hong Kong and seeing the different neighborhoods change across the island. Hong Kong is extremely safe (and crowded), so we had no qualms about exploring by foot by day and by night.
Our very first day took us through Hong Kong Park, located right next to our hotel. It’s not Central Park, but I fell in love with it just the same. It’s beautifully decorated, peaceful, and of course, extremely photogenic.
Our trip coincided with a flower festival in Hong Kong Park. I thought it was the most amazing thing ever and HAD to take a thousand pictures. The Boyfriend thought it was just a bunch of dumb flowers.
Hong Kong is a city of layers. Roads are built over roads; walkways tower over highways. You can walk for blocks underground through the city’s subway system. And of course, there are the sky scrapers towering over you everywhere you look.
This is my favorite Hong Kong building – the Jardin House.
We wandered through a street market in Causeway Bay. The fish were still alive and hopping around, which, if you look closely, you can see in the photograph.
Just a funky looking temple in Causeway Bay:
One of Hong Kong’s many street markets:
One of the fun things about Hong Kong is the constant variety – kind of like New York City. One block is different from the next. Each neighborhood has its own personality. You have modern skyscrapers overlooking dilapidated neighborhoods, natural getaways in the middle of an urban jungle, old-school temples next door to high-powered banks…etc. This was a temple we stumbled upon in Sheung Wan, a north western district on Hong Kong Island.
HAVE I MENTIONED YET HOW MUCH I LOVED HONG KONG????