- Date: October 2013
- Duration: 3 days
- Currency: Hong Kong Dollar
- Lasting impressions:
- A buzzing modern gem of a city, tightly packed with luxury shopping, mouth-watering food, and glowing bars. We wandered the streets for hours, up and down broad avenues, small alleyways, escalators, and moving walkways, marveling at the tall buildings, neon lights, and steady flow of people. The city seemed clean and very safe. We were lucky to have friends there who graciously showed us around the city!
- I could live on this food! Noodles, stir fries, sweet and savory meat, dim sum, whether you dine at a fancy restaurant or grab a bite at a street-stand, you won’t be disappointed.
- Hong Kong’s thriving economy but limited land make it one of the most expensive places to live in the world. Many people have tiny living spaces and long commutes from distant neighborhoods.
- Hong Kong – 3 days
Getting there: Airplane from the US
- Avenue of the Stars, a promenade along the Kowloon side of the bay with an excellent view of the Hong Kong island skyline, especially beautiful lit up at night. It is adorned with the names, handprints, and statues of popular Asian actors, like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. Popular with locals for walking and running.
- Star Ferry, a huge boat used to cross between Kowloon and Hong Kong island, a 10 minute journey. An Octopus card is used to ride all Hong Kong public transportation.
- Victoria Peak, the tallest point on Hong Kong island. We took a taxi to the top, but saw many locals out walking and jogging the hills. From the observation deck is an excellent view of the skyscrapers of both Hong Kong island and Kowloon across the water.
- Jumbo Restaurant, an ornately decorated restaurant floating in the bay, offering a wide selection of excellent dim sum (small bite plates). We sampled a variety of dumplings, hum baos, and crunchy noodles.
- Causeway Bay, a tightly packed shopping and dining district.
- King’s Line Trams, a double-deck tram line that actually marks the natural shoreline, but the government used sand to extend the land area for more buildings. Ride on the top level for a great view of the buildings and people.
- Central District, a network of alleyways with lots of enticing restaurants and bars, offering a variety of foreign food.
- Soho District, an extension of the original bar district with very steep streets connected via escalators or sloped moving walkways.
- Hollywood Road, running through a concentration of antiques shops, offering old pottery and statues of soldiers and horses.
- Temple Street, a buzzing night market with the usual goods and small outdoor restaurants offering a variety of meats and noodle dishes, calamari, oyster pancakes, sweet and sour pork, noodles.
- Kowloon Park, a peaceful green space with many ponds, fountains, trees, exotic plants and gardens, and home to a flock of flamingos.
- Tsim Sha Tsui, the southernmost neighborhood of Kowloon bordering the water, filled with luxury shopping, malls, and bars and restaurants.