Hong Kong Exploring: day 1

5/2 Friday
10:00 Leave home
10:30 Lam tsuen
11:30 Temple tai po
12:00 lunch at tai wan, 
13:30 star ferry,
14:00 pick up at central
14:30 aberdeen, jumbo,
15:15 pick up at WCH
15:30 Repulse bay,
16:00 chung hom kok,
16:30 Stanley
18:00 Dinner buffet at CWB
20:00 peak.

That was my dad’s proposed itinerary to me over whatsapp. Bearing in mind G and I both landed in HK with a stinking cold, I thought he was being a bit ambitious. We did it though. It’s amazing how much more you can see when you get round in a car – once you get over the appalling driving in HK.

The star ferry was a good highlight as a cheap way to experience the waters that surrounds HK as one of the routes runs between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central. The journey is about 10 minutes long and costs just $2.5 (~£0.21).

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View from the Star Ferry enroute to Central

Another must see is to go up to the Victoria peak which you can get to via the vernacular but the queues for it are usually rather off-putting. Once up though you’ll be treated to stunning views from the highest point overlooking the city. This is particularly stunning at night as the skyscrapers put on amazing light displays that light up the horizons.

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HK night sights from Victoria Peak

One of the most chilled out places we went to was Repulse Bay. This is one of the more westernized areas but this means you get a lot of amazing bars and restaurants with doors that open to a beach view. It is super popular in the summer as it’s accessible by public transport (majority of HK locals don’t own cars) but in Feb-April it is a lovely break from the craziness of central HK.

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Repulse bay

Those are probably my highlights of the day. Sorry about the quality of the pictures, I’m currently writing on my phone so don’t have access to the ones on my DSLR. I promise I will post a post of the highlights from my reel when I get back to England.

Countdown to HK – T minus 12 hours

So I’m off to Hong Kong again tonight. I usually go back once every two years to visit family and this time is no exception. The differences this time with going back are:

  • I’m going back during Chinese New Year
  • My best friend G is accompanying me

Both of which makes this an outstanding trip.

You know how you can live in a city and not do any of the tourist activities because you live there and you don’t want to be seen dead within a five mile radius of a tourist attraction? Well that also happens if you go back to your motherland with a regular(ish) frequency. I have done some touristy things in past trips but definitely not since passing mid-teens. It was definitely a smart choice inviting G along with me. Her enthusiasm and thirst for historical and cultural sights is infectious and our itinerary is looking pretty fantastic.

Plus, it is always useful to know someone who lives abroad from you that can visit and inadvertently take advantage of as a tour guide/ host. In this case, that would be my parents.

Expect more posts as to what we get up to!