Have you been to Hong Kong?
The day after my last exam we went to Hong Kong, from Norway on a long weekend 🙂 On an 11 hour flight for a long weekend… Crazy.. But we flew on business with SAS and it was amazing. This was my first time and boy, it was worth it. The menu had three choices of starter, main courses and deserts, but the best thing was that I could recline my chair all the way.
If you ever have a chance to fly business class – do it! At least once in a life time 🙂
Just before we left for Hong Kong they had one of the history’s worst typhoons, but when we arrived the weather was absolutely stunning. We arrived our hotel at 08:00 am and ordinary check inn was at 14:00 pm. We booked our hotel through hotels.com and as we all have heard before you don’t get the best rooms when you book through a third party provider. Well, let me tell you again, it is either BS or I have been very lucky so far. We stayed at New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel and we got the best room with amazing view 30 min after our arrival. This is not sponsored in any way and I would really recommend it if you are going to HK and want to stay on mainland. We booked a club room which turned out to be on the top floor.
After a few hours of sleep – business class or not, nothing beats a good night sleep in a good bed :):), we took Star Ferry over Victoria Harbour to Hong Kong Island. Being in a new place I always HAVE to do touristy stuff so we had to go up to Victoria Peak. We were recommended to take the tram up and down as the views were amazing. We waited in line for at least an hour to get our tickets and then another 20 min for the tram. If you get your tickets in advance you might save around 10 min. However, I would recommend to take a cab up and tram down, because you can enjoy the view on your way down much more than on your way up. Stay on the left side of the tram, preferably between the wagons, just check that the window points frontwards and not backwards. Check if it is possible to get return tickets at the peak, cause I didn’t see no ticket booth up there.
There is high humidity in HK (we had 86%), so drink a lot of water.
You can get to the Island either by Star Ferry or by MTR – subway, which is very easy once you figure out how it works. I, personally, would recommend Star Ferry – it’s cheaper and you get to see the skyline of the mainland too and it’s way less crowded than MTR.
It took about 10-15 min with the ferry to cross the harbour and it took us about 15 min to walk from the hotel to the ferry. It took somewhat longer with MTR because it took some time to get oriented and it was so crowded, but that was also the charm of it 🙂
The circles show you what line you are on and the arrow shows the direction – pretty simple 🙂
Category 8 typhoon was back and we got a letter from the hotel under our door informing us to stay inside. There were no people on the streets, no cars, no shops open – it was like a ghost town… 11h flight for one day of exploring in nice weather – thank you very much, Hong Kong!
So we stayed in the lounge until we could go out for an hour in the afternoon after typhoon got weaker.
We wanted to explore Hong Kong Island but the weather made it impossible.
We don’t give up, do we? We managed to take some shots of the skyline by night, despite the weather 🙂
We had booked a food tour on our last day with Eating Adventures which we found on TripAdvisor. It was an amazing experience with Katherine, our guide, who took us through Mong Kok area on the mainland. She told us about life and habits of people in Hong Kong and I learned a great deal. If you want to see the authentic side of Hong Kong, learn more about its culture, habits, way of life and dare to eat what and where native eat I would really recommend this activity!!! You can choose between the tour on mainland or the island – we chose mainland. You can see what kind of food you get on different locations on Eating Adventures website. Check out what we got:
And the famous Symphony of lights – once you have seen it, you have seen it. If you manage to overhear Chinese kids you can hear the music and see the lights on the buildings across harbour dance to the music.
Being an architecture nerd I have to throw in some shots of buildings 🙂
Even though we had only two out of three days to explore Hong Kong we got to see and do more than we expected. We had amazing teppanyaki at the hotel, we did some shopping and we even tried the mid-levels escalators on Queens Road Central, in addition to all of the described above. If you only have three days and wonder if it is worth to take a long flight as far as to Hong Kong – it is definitely doable and absolutely worth it.