So my first stop in the real Asia, you know the Asia we think about when we hear Asia was in the big city of Hong Kong. It was crazy fun with many great people in the Hostels but man is this city crowded!
After arriving in Hong Kong I walked around for the city for a bit till I could check in at the Hostel and I quickly realized how all people just seem to be in a hurry all the time. Or the just stop in front of you for no apparent reason. Anyway you always have to look out for other people or do it the chinese way and just don’t care. Later I actually had some goose for lunch in a michelin-star restaurant called Tim Ho Wan in Wan Chai. Great food and a surprisingly affordable price if you go with some friends, it’s said to be the cheapest Michelin-star restaurant in the world.
In the evening I already cross my first must-do thing of the list by hiking up to Victoria Peak to shoot the most iconic view of the city. If you are in Hong Kong you just have to go up there and do it after dark since the lights are just so beautiful. The hike is about an hour and there is also a Tram going up but where’s the fun in that?
Talking about night in Hong Kong: The city just seems so much cooler at night. With all the neon lights and cars and people and skyscrapers and dirt you often feel like you are in some kind of science fiction movie set in a dystopian future. But it’s fun and not only because you see less dirt than in daytime. Most of the city just really comes alive once it’s cooler after sunset. While it’s much fun going out here, be aware that prices for alcohol are often even higher than they are in europe so better not drink too much if you don’t plan on spending the rest of your travels hungry.
If you’ve had enough of the city (and believe me it really is just so exhausting over time) you can always take a ferry to know of the many islands of Hong Kong. I went to Lantau where you can also visit the worlds largest Buddha statue which is of course very touristy but still a nice thing to do if you have the time. And there really are some nice beaches on the island to just relax.
If you’re not in relaxing at all and want total chaos you should head to Kowloon for Mong Kok Markets. That’s where you can just about everything you might want. From clothes over jewelry to flowers and pets like birds and fish. But apparently you can buy parrots but no monkeys at least when I asked. Even if you don’t want to buy anything the markets are just great fun to walk around and just see what people are selling. On Kowloon is also the best view of the Hong Kong skyline. Just take the Star Ferry from Central and you will immediately be in the perfect spot. Once again go there after dark for the best pictures. By the way Hong Kong is the city with the most skyscrpers in the world.
Another fun trip from Hong Kong if you have the time is going to Macau. About 60km from the city this island is said to be the Las Vegas of China. It’s the only place very gambling is legal so there are a lot of american styled casinos. But besides the casinos there is also a really nice old town with portugese styled houses. It used to be a portuguese colony after all. Oh and it’s an independent country so you can now say you have visited yet another one. The ferries from Hong Kong leave regularly around the clock or you could even take a helicopter. Just don’t forget to bring the passport.
Last but not least: Every wednesday there are horse races at the Happy Valley track on Hong Kong Island. You can bet of course but it’s still some great fun to just have a beer and enjoy the atmosphere of this spectacle. For a 10HK$ admission you can’t go wrong.
So this concludes my time in Hong Kong. A really interesting city and even if all those people can get annoying from time to time still great fun. While you can do most of the important sights in about 3-4 days going there for a week just gives you more time to relax and just enjoy the city. I stayed in Check in-Hostel in Wan Chai which I can highly recommend. Very Clean, friendly staff and of course many great guests. Just awesome fun and a perfect location.
Now I’m off to Beijing, China for a few days so I’ll have to see how much of the internet will work but I try to keep posting pictures.