Hong Kong

Trip Start Oct 01, 2011
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Trip End Dec 22, 2011


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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hey everyone,

Sorry we have not been able to post any updates until now but we have had limited internet throughout Indonesia. Here is our first update and the next few should be along shortly!

After a busy few days getting ready for the trip/move and some great going away parties, we finally found ourselves taxiing the runway out of Toronto. After a long but smooth sixteen hour flight, we had landed at our first destination - Hong Kong. Jet lag was not really a factor on this trip due to our sleep deprivation and erratic schedules prior to departure which was a major bonus (sorry Dawn for rubbing it in!)

It is hard to believe that under 200 years ago, Hong Kong was nothing more than a small fishing village. Siting on the Kowloon waterfront promenade looking across at the island (Hong Kong), the skyline is certainly one of the most spectacular we have ever seen. 

For our stay in Hong Kong, we chose Chung King Mansion located in the heart of Kowloon on Nathan Street. Chung King Mansion is a 17 story chaotic mix of budget hotels, retail and curry houses. Although the neighborhood certainly does not have the glamor of the island side, the atmosphere and energy of Kowloon more than makes up for it. 

History - for those interested
Hong Kong was a British colony claimed in 1841 and returned back to China in 1997. In this short time, the small region was developed into a bustling metropolis through capitalizing on the increased trade between the east and west. Although we only had a chance to visit The Kowloon peninsula and Hong Kong island, the region is also made up of the new territories and other smaller islands. Hong Kong island is the business hub of the area and in many ways is very westernized. Kowloon on the other hand has an exciting, vibrant and chaotic atmosphere of night markets, hawkers and of course, lots of neon.


Highlights - Hong Kong

Victoria Peak
"The Peak" is one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong overlooking the vast metropolis from 1,800 ft. To offset the 5-6 meals a day we tend to eat while traveling experiencing all the new food, and to avoid the 2 hr line, we chose to hike up. In the end we only had to hike half of it as one of the worlds longest escalator systems brought us to the top of Soho. The view from the top is truly spectacular and worth taking the time to see during the day and at night.

Markets Markets Markets
Hong Kong is a city of markets; men's markets, ladies markets, sports markets, electronics markets, bird markets, fish markets...the list goes on. We spend our entire second day exploring the markets which was a great way to meet some locals and experiment with local cuisine. The markets around Sham Shui Po were some of our favorites and very worth the extra walk. 

Architecture & Urban life
The sheer number of buildings in Hong Kong alone is enough to overwhelm. The city is full of beautiful architecture, fantastic public areas and all linked by a great circulation / transportation system. This made Hong Kong a great self walking tour city.

All in all we really enjoyed our short stay in Hong Kong and will definitely be back to explore the areas we didn't have time for on this trip. Hong Kong would be a great destination at the end of any Asian trip to squeeze in a few good days of shopping. Next we headed for Indonesia and should have the update out shortly since we are about two weeks behind on this entry!









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More to come shortly!
Steve and Audrey
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