One day to explore Hong Kong
Caused by the fact that the trip went one day short (see the blog post Hong Kong 1) I only had one day to really explore Hong Kong. If I had been smart I would have booked the Hotel one more day and even if checking out at least kept the room for one day more and sight seeing some more. But I am Swedish, if not blond at least light haired = stupid…
Hong Kong is a amazing place and I do not regret at all going there but from my point of view one time will be enough. OK, if going for work I gladly do it, and maybe even visit some on the small small beaches to get some tan. But I will not spend money for a holiday. It is a big city and even if the skyline is amazing how many big city skylines can you see and say “Oh, I will go back and look at the skyline again”?
Since I’m not a huge fan of different kind of food I can´t say I am a fan of the Asian kitchen either. But I found a few really good restaurants after walking around in the neighborhood but none of them specialized on the Asian kitchen. And lets be honest, a rice and fried pork in Asia is not the same as that dish at the local China Restaurant in Stockholm.
I did not have a chance to interact much with he locals, I think as everywhere you enjoy a place if you have that opportunity. Maybe not ask them to take you around but at least give some good suggestions on what to see. For me, just for a day, I decided to take the “hop on Hop off” Big Bus service and kind of do the “must see”. And no time for the rest.
Based on the fact that Hong Kong been a UK colony I was surprised to find that so few people spoke English at least a few words. Chinese was obviously the choice of language in Hong Kong, even if most signed are in both Chinese and English. This only created a problem in taxis.
And we can go on with the humidity… I am amazed people actually try to dry their laundry on the balcony of their apartments its impossible it will ever get really dry. For heavens sake clothes hanging in my bathroom in Paris hardly gets dry cause of the humidity in a bathroom.
It feels like you walk out from the Hotel and find yourself swimming to get anywhere. And without places with AC it must be a nightmare. And of course cause of the AC I went home with a cold. Two sides of the same coin.
But overall I left with a good feeling and my travel tip is to if you have a chance for a layover or two three days in Hong Kong take it. But do not plan a 7 day vacation, a long weekend felt enough.