Tickets to Hong Kong was the last present to be revealed from my boyfriend!
We were suuuper excited to go to Hong Kong because none of us had ever been to before, and it would be the Eastest we will ever be yet, before we go to Mainland China or Japan 🙂
Hong Kong is an autonomous territory on the southern coast of China. It was the British colony so you can still see British influence widely in that region, and nowadays it is famous to be the Asia’s financial center. People from different races and countries live in Hong Kong, so it was quiet interesting to find more white people strolling around the city than the Chinese. Local people speak Cantonese, and I heard they don’t quiet like when people talk in Mandarin. So it’s either you talk to them in Cantonese, or just English.
Hong Kong is a typical big city, with skyscrapers surrounding the city, so not really much you can see if you don’t go for shopping or food-hunting. Unfortunately, me and my boyfriend were not the type to go shopping or food-hunting. So for us, 2 full days of weekend is enough to explore the city (but we did not go to Macau, the gambling center of Asia and the Venice of Asia, which we will recommend to anyone visiting Hong Kong since it is just a ferry-ride away).
This is our itinerary in Hong Kong:
Day 1: Arrived in Hong Kong International Airport, went straight to the hotel in Wan Chai (in Hong Kong Island region), then we went to Tian Tan Buddha (the Giant Buddha) in Po Lin Monastery. It was so up high on the mountain, we got there by the cable car (with crystal clear floor so you can directly see what is below you). At night, we went to meet a friend who is doing his exchange in Hong Kong while trying the popular Michelin-starred dimsum, Tim Ho Wan (and it is that good, you really should try it in Hong Kong). Then we visited Lan Kwai Fong, the most famous bar street in Hong Kong.
Day 2: We woke up very early to visit the famous Victoria Peak because we knew if we didn’t go early, we would end up wasting time in queue. We went there by taxi, but we went back by The Peak Tram (the popular funicular railway in Hong Kong, which carries both tourists and residents to the upper levels of Hong Kong Island). Then we explored the Kowloon region in the other side of the bay, starting with taking ferry from Victoria Harbour to see the skyline of Hong Kong. It was a short ferry-ride. In Kowloon region, we strolled around Tsim Sha Tsui area who is supposed to be “the shoppers paradise”. We wanted to see the Avenue of Stars (just like the Walk of Fame in Hollywood), but it was under renovation (presumably until 2018). If you want to really go shopping, you should go to the Ladies Market (also in Kowloon region) but we did not because it was not our intention. At night, we went to the highest bar in the world, Ozone Bar (in level 118 of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Hong Kong, on top of the International Commerce Center).
Public transportation system is really good in Hong Kong, and it covers 90% of the population needs (the highest in the world), so don’t worry about going to places because the easiest and most reliable way is by using the MTR (Mass Transit Railway).
here is the video we made to sum up our short trip to Hong Kong (p.s: we are obsessed with the video clip from Alan Walker “Sing Me To Sleep” so we were excited to know that the video clip took place in Hong Kong)