Whilst I was traveling through China, Chris was in Hong Kong completing a university consulting subject. Despite this being the initial inspiration for my overseas trip, Chris and I never even got to see each other in Hong Kong! I think Chris was literally catching a plan out of the city as my tour group walked across the border. I suppose that is what you get when you book your trips at different times!
After catching a train from Yongding, we stayed in Shenzhen – a Chinese city on the border of Hong Kong – for the night. We really didn’t have any time there, and we were up bright and early the next day to walk over the border. It was quite intriguing to go through all the check point formalities one normally experiences at international airports when there were no planes involved! Once arriving at our hotel, we all spent 45 minutes enjoying the wonders of the internet (soooo many emails) before grabbing a quick lunch at a local cafe.
We caught the ferry across the harbour to Hong Kong Island. The weather kept changing between blue skies and ominous clouds, but overall we were pretty lucky! Chris said the pollution smog levels reached ‘severe’ warnings during his stay.
Being an old British colony, there were double decker buses everywhere! We caught one up to Victoria peak, and I sat right up the front on the top level. The road up the mountain was small and windy, so needless to say it was mildly terrifying!
The views from the top were absolutely spectacular! Hong Kong’s city scape was like nothing I have ever seen before. I could have spent hours admiring the skyline, and I loved the contrast between the built up city and the greenery of forest.
At the top we said goodbye to our beloved tour guide, before taking the old venicular tram down the mountain side. Despite having no idea where we were going, we managed to navigate our way to one of the main shopping areas of Causeway Bay to check out the famous Hong Kong hustle and bustle.
Our innocent attempts to catch the metro back under the bay were met with Hong Kong rush hour. We missed three trains before finally boarding, but there was a new train every minute! Efficiency to the extreme.
The city looked amazing at night, thought the famous light show was pretty dismal. I had been dying to get dim sum for dinner, but the light show was at an inconvenient time, so our dinner plans unfortunately never came into fruition.
Afterwards, we had a quick meander through one of the famous (and touristy) street markets, before having one last drink together. I ended up heading home early due to an 8am flight the next day, but ended up getting about an hour of sleep anyway. Perhaps I should have stayed out!
I really wish the tour had given us more time in Hong Kong, but I suppose in part it was also my timing that resulted in me having one rushed day in this crazy city!