The Hong Kong adventure began with a 14+ hour long flight, not enough snacks on the plane, and too thin of a book. This, combined with the fact that the travel was occurring over Christmas break, meant that an extreme amount of patience was necessary.
After landing and attempting to book an Uber (which it turns out is illegal) we hopped into the back of a cute taxi and made our way into the city. Unbeknownst to me, they drive on the left side of the road here; a reminder of the over 100 years under British Power.
We made it safe and sound to the hotel and fell fast asleep.
The next day it was off to the mall for a breakfast of Michelin star quality at a dim sum restaurant. We arrived early and were able to secure a spot at the front of the line before the place opened, and once it did, it only took about 10 minutes before every seat was filled. The food was good and the service was fast but the image I had in my head of what it took to obtain a Michelin star was not what was portrayed in the meal. It was even affordable!
We spent the next hour or so working off the meal and wandering through Hong Kong Island. Newsstands, parks, tall financial buildings… it would make you think you’re in Chicago if not for every sign in both English and Cantonese.
Next, we headed up to “The Peak” for a beautiful view overlooking the city. We chose to go up the mountain by way of a funicular tram that’s been running since 1888. Going up at a steep 45 degree angle was slightly nerve wracking but oh so worth it once we got to the top.
We went back into the city for a delicious wonton soup lunch before making are way across the harbor by the old Star Ferry system. Kowloon was filled with shopping and markets and was incredibly filled with people! Much more like the Hong Kong I had envisioned: dirtier, less pristine, older, with smells of mystery foods from stalls and smoke from fire pits.
We ended the night with a light and music show on the waterfront, enjoying the beautiful skyline of Hong Kong.