Quest to Istanbul and Hong Kong, Part 10: Hong Kong

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: TPA-ORD on United
Part 3: ORD-ZRH on Swiss
Part 4: ZRH-LHR on Swiss and LHR-IST on Turkish
Part 5: InterContinental Istanbul
Part 6: Istanbul
Part 7: IST-HKG on Turkish
Part 8: InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong
Part 9: InterContinental Hong Kong
Part 10: Hong Kong
Part 11: HKG-BKK-MUC on Thai
Part 12: MUC-ZRH-JFK on Swiss
Part 13: JFK-TPA on Delta

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Ah, Hong Kong. What can I really say? It’s my favorite city in the world. I’d love to move there. There’s no description I can give of the city that does it justice. I described Hong Kong to my brother before we went in the most flattering terms I could, but he was blown away even more after our visit. Check out this video put together by the Hong Kong Tourism Board:

It’s just such a dynamic city. It’s a bustling metropolis yet it’s peaceful. It’s polluted yet it’s beautiful. It’s easy to get around, yet so complex. It’s simply awesome.

I’ve been to Hong Kong about five or six times, while my brother had never been, so I tried to play tour guide. We did a lot of aimless wandering (one of my favorite tourist activities), and also paid visits to most of the major tourist sites, such as Stanley Market, Avenue of Stars, Victoria Peak, the Ladies Market, watching the Symphony of Lights, etc., etc.. Here are a few of the destinations we visited:

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Stanley Market

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View from Stanley

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The incredible Hong Kong skyline

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Peak Tram

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The Peak

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View from the Peak (notice the InterContinental in the center)

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Hong Kong’s new tallest building

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Just because

It’s just an incomparable city. If you’ve never been you’re missing out. It has completely changed my perception of virtually every other major city around the world for the worse. I’d love to describe the city in more detail, but I’d simply fail. I’m sick of doing my best yet having people actually visit Hong Kong and say “damn, it was even better than you said described it.” I guess it’s a good problem to have. 😉

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Comments

  1. I have to agree with your favorable sentiments for HK. I lived there for five years in the 90s and love to go back at least once every couple of years. My absolute favorite thing about HK is something you haven’t touched on: the food. Hands down the best Chinese food in the world!

  2. Next time you go, if you get a chance, you should try visiting some of the small nearby islands (easily accessible by ferry), like Lamma. They have a laid-back bohemian feel to them (along with good beaches), which can be quite a nice anecdote to the go-go city.

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