I had but a short and sweet time in Hong Kong, as is reflected in this week’s vlog (a Hong Kong mashup), which is equally short and sweet.
The reason for my trip?
Macau. (Which is kind of a different country…sort of….in the same way Hong Kong is a different country from China….sort of).
The short version of my reason for being in Hong Kong was that I spoke at a travel industry conference in Macau, which is a short ferry ride away. With an expiring Indonesian visa and a cheap direct flight, it was a prime opportunity to check out this place I’d never visited but heard amazing things about.
And now…I get it. I get why everybody I know who has visited Hong Kong loves it. I don’t particularly like cities (and I’m not a huge fan of China)….and I still thought it was pretty damn cool.
This post was originally published in 2017, and has since been updated for accuracy of links and content.
I’ll be pontificating more about my experience of and thoughts on Hong Kong in another article (this one).
Suffice it to say I had a pretty amazing week….despite the horrendous cost (and state) of accommodation.
- I ate ridiculous amounts of dim sum.
- I walked and walked (and walked).
- I gawked and gawked (and gawked).
- I marvelled at the juxtaposition of old and new.
- I ate some more.
- I drank tea.
- And then I ate a little more.
The only thing I didn’t do (I expect everybody who loves Hong Kong will take a collective gasp at this), is hike, or otherwise visit nature. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the place, a mere 25% of it is developed – the rest is countryside; 40% of Hong Kong is made up of official parks and nature reserves. Little did I know, otherwise I’d have brought my hiking shoes.
Instead, I brought my city slickers, and considering I only had a week, I made a pretty good show of checking out the city.
Hong Kong Mashup, Vlog Ep. 23
Check out my week in Hong Kong mashup below….a mashup of footage taken whilst gawking at the city, marvelling at the temples, checking out the markets, and of course, eating the food.
Click here to watch the video on YouTube