Hong Kong is a jungle. Its like New York City but crazier. I am going to tell you the good and bad of my experience. I felt like it was NYC’s chinatown extended, no offense.
Here is why:
- It was crowded with about 7 million residents
- Its like a sea of buildings being that it has the most sky scrappers in the world, yes beating out NYC!
- Hong Kong has a very efficient metro system and in fact operates the highest fleet of double decker trolleys in the world
- Around every corner you encounter a different smell and no wonder! Hong Kong has the world’s highest per-capita concentrations of cafes and restaurants.
- I could get by speaking English given that it is a common language among its residents along with Cantonese (primary language of communication).
- Tons of shopping!!! Hong Kong even beat out NYC for most expensive retail district as luxury retailers competed to set up flagship stores selling goods to mainline china tourists.
I have mixed feelings about visiting here. I love/hate it; for the same reasons I love/hate new york city. I got bumped around by the endless swarms of crowds that ignored me, the taxis would drive past us without stopping, and wine/liquor was expensive.
On a positive note, Hong Kong was visually extraordinary. At all hours of the day lights were flashing and people were hustling and bustling. Its a people watcher’s dream! The street food was delicious!!!! YUM YUM YUM… I ate to my hearts content, and for very cheap! We did a food tour and sampled some of the best the city has to offer. 9 days in Hong Kong was busy and fun for us. We barely slept and did our best to get around and see as much as we could of this crazy city. My husband tricked me into hiking Lion Rock, telling me it was half an hour but it was 2 hours instead! I am glad he did because it was worth it to see the splendid view while squeezing in some vacation workout.
If you like to visit big cities, Hong Kong is a must. If you like peace and tranquility, you might want to avoid it.
Lodging: Air BNB- An apartment in West Hong Kong
Tours: Food tour by Hong Kong Foodie and eat all of the street food you can!
Must: Visit Lantau and see the Big Buddha taking the clear sky tram, wander through the markets and barter.
**Facts obtained from Weekendnotes Blog