I have wanted to visit Hong Kong for so long now and it’s hard to believe that after three years of living in china I have only just made the trip! So what did I get up to?
We had booked a hotel by the Jordan metro station in the Tim Sha Tsui part of town, so it was easy to get to all the main areas of Hong Kong. The Saturday morning, we (my boyfriend and I) spent our time wandering around the city on our way to Causeway Bay so that I could meet an old family friend. One of the things I enjoy the most about being in new cities, is to just wander. To breathe in all my new surroundings and to just get lost! After a brief meeting with my family friend that is exactly what we did.
The weather was beautiful and admittedly a little more humid than I had expected. We wanted to take the tram to the peak to watch the sunset from the top, however we had to abandon that idea when we saw the 2-hour long queue just to get into the building, instead we continued to wander. Unbeknown to me, that weekend the Rugby Sevens tournament was on and so the city had erected various screening areas around the city for people to watch the games. So, after a little rest stop and a cheeky beverage we headed back over to the mainland.
Now I don’t know when this happened or how, but somewhere along the way I have developed a love for rooftop bars! So, since we weren’t going to make it to the peak, the only other option was to get as high up as possible and catch the sun set from the comfort of a roof top bar. Luckily for us I had already researched a few before we left Hangzhou and so off to the Eye Bar we went. It was a nice location with an even better view.
On the Sunday morning, we woke up early and headed to the tram to take us up to the peak. Unfortunately, the sky wasn’t as clear as it hadn’t been and so the views weren’t as good as they could have been, but nevertheless still a worthwhile visit. If I make it to Hong Kong a second time I will try to walk up to the peak instead of taking the tram. After being totally western and tucking into an American sized meal at Bubba Gump Shrimps, we headed to Stanley beach.
I was really surprised by the beach area and couldn’t believe the sharp contrast of locations within Hong Kong. I hadn’t expected to be walking on the beach let alone splashing my feet in the sea. We walked along the beach and headed into the market area and for the first time in a long time I didn’t feel like I was in Asia. Stanley reminded me of Manly beach area in Sydney and that was a place that I loved! As we were walking along, I spotted a friend of mine, who had recently moved to Hong Kong, it was like a scene from a movie, as we ran towards one another in amazement! I first met my friend Sarah while we were both living in Valencia, Spain and while we haven’t seen one another for nearly 8 years, we both knew all about one another’s life, thank God for those mutual friends! It was lovely to see her, but a shame we couldn’t spend longer together.
That evening we went for dinner at Din Tai Fung and after eating out body weight in wontons, my quest to find another roof top bar was on. This time we walked over to The Ozone bar in the Ritz – Carlton which boasts the highest bar in the world. As far as I’m concerned that’s a perfect reason why it shouldn’t be missed! The view was good, as it was a clear night and the drinks were delicious, even though they were overpriced! At around midnight we head over to Lan Kwai Fang for a few more less pricey drinks. However, when we arrived we were met by hundreds of drunk rugby fans. Everyone was in great spirits singing and dancing in the streets as they celebrated the end of the rugby tournament for another year. The local convenience store was also making a killing, selling alcohol as it was cheaper that buying it in the surrounding bars! It is safe to say that we didn’t have an early night!
On our last day in Hong Kong we took the ferry over to Lamma Island. Again, another beautiful area and not what I expected at all. Stepping onto the island you feel like you’ve gone back in time, a time before the internet, skyscrapers and bumper to bumper traffic. It was a truly beautiful island, and you could feel that this island was a true community where everyone looks out for one another. We walked along the beach, down the cobbled streets and around the forest areas. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to walk the length of the island, but that can be saved for another trip! After spending, a few hours on Lamma island we had to head to the airport and back to Hangzhou.
I loved my trip to Hong Kong and was surprised at just how diverse it is. I can understand why many foreigners prefer to live in Hong Kong instead of in mainland China. Now I am just waiting for another opportunity to go back.