I should have bought a shirt. You know, the one with the “I <heart> HK.” I should have gone years ago but Hong Kong’s reputation for being a shopping mecca discouraged me. (I’m not really big on shopping. I’ll spend hours inside a mall because I’m looking for something in particular not because I’m just hoping to find something that catches my eye. So, I always thought, what else was I going to do in Hong Kong?)
Turns out–hello, ignorant tourist– that there are a lot of other things to do in Hong Kong besides shopping: gawking at the lights show in Victoria Harbour, going up the Peak to gawk at the Hong Kong skyline some more, walking along the Avenue of the Stars, taking the Star Ferry, going to Disneyland, eating dimsum, pork buns and egg tarts, going to a night market, going to a neighborhood flea market, going to a temple, taking the Star Ferry all over again, and just going around the narrow neon-lit streets. Mostly touristy things I know, but I still enjoyed every minute of it.
I was a tourist in Hong Kong. An enamored tourist. (Never did care much on distinguishing between being a traveler and a tourist, or between going off the beaten track or getting lured to the touristy places; what has to matter is how open you are to the possibility of discovering something new wherever you are. Right?) And there are a lot of reasons to get captivated by this former British colony–from towering, blinking buildings to charming, hip neighborhoods (looking at you, Shueng Wan), from iconic shipping vessels (did I mention the cross-harbor ferries?) to efficient railway system (you know I’ll make a separate post filled with photos just for it), from the old lady with the big smile and her calculator selling vintage posters to the brisk and stern wait staff (who tells you bye-bye because you’re taking too long to get up from your chair, hah!). There’s so much to love about Hong Kong. I can’t wait to go back and see more of it.
Below are the most touristy spots we went to in the span of four days.
Couldn’t get enough of the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbour so we went up the Peak to see it from a different angle. While you can hike it, taking the tram is an experience as well…(From the Central Star Ferry pier, you can take Bus 15C to take the Peak Tram; just expect a long queue.)
To satisfy childhood dreams, P and I also went to Disneyland. We got there just in time to see the parade, and all those years of watching the Disney TV movies and the Magical World of Disney in the 1980’s came back as soon as I saw Mickey Mouse waving to the crowd. The parade was fun; I felt like a kid again standing there in awe of Mickey and the rest of the Disney posse. Unfortunately, after a couple of hours wandering around the theme park, I remembered that I’m really not a theme park kind of girl anymore or maybe the long lines to all the rides made me think that.
What I love best about Hong Kong (my feet would beg to disagree though) was just walking around its streets. There’s just a great energy about it–purposeful and little frenetic at the same time. Even Spider-Man couldn’t stay away.