The long awaited travel post.
Finally Hong Kong.
I actually was going to plan a nice (way overdue) honeymoon trip [resort, 2 weeks doing absolutely NOTHING] but seemingly a higher power was against my plan ⇒
- Philippines [dangerous and Boracay closed]
- Hawaii [earthquake and volcanic activity]
- Thailand [fully booked or flights to expensive]
- Indonesia [oil spills in Borneo]
- ….are you freakin kidding me?!
And that’s how one ends up in Hong Kong. Though –end up– is a bit harsh for this gem regarding food and potential to amaze.
• Some keywords here:
×they freeze you to death with air-conditioning (felt like 18C inside and 36C outside), ×NON SWEET food culture (coming from japan where everything contains 90% sugar, Hong Kong is a real blessing!! Everything tastes normal, gonna miss it so much! ) ×Less ‘chinese dirty/loud’ than expected (felt like a Seoul with less of anger and like a Japan with much more “life” inside people)
We all know space in Hong Kong is limited and even hotels are smaller than Japanese standard – we did the full luxury course with a 40m2 room at OZO Wesley – to keep some slight honeymoon-touch, which I was hoping for in the beginning. (If you don’t mind staying in smaller places, HK can be a nice weekend trip in case you live in Japan and got bored of Korea.)
The ‘island‘ has less impact, if you have been to Tokyo or Seoul before, but what it made still jaw-dropping, was its density. You suddenly feel like a tiny ant no matter where you go. Also, compared to the “it’s so close to china“-pollution we expected, the air quality was one of the best we experienced since 2 years, plus no rain with beautiful hot sunshine [sweat is not dripping down but drys off asap and only makes you more “sticky” than you might used to be. » Get’s my ‘Love It!‘ stamp – my skin has never been so smooth and clean!!]
It’s a small island, so 2.5 days is enough for a nice overview. We didn’t do much research and browsed the different areas as they came. And yes, you can find some spots that actually let you “breathe” for a while. It would spoil the fun to go into details, so I’ll throw in some keywords for you here ⇒ Hong Kong Park (Zoo) • Harbor view + Harbor (Island side) • Times Square • Causeway Bay Area • Sheung Wang/Soho Area • Kowloon Park • Tsim Sha Tsui …
Food is delicious as well, and even for picky eaters (intestines are a no-go for me too) there are variations of delicious congee (rice stew) and tons of fruits/snacks to explore. [avoid places crowded with tourist or touristy areas, it won’t taste even close as good as the “real deal” addiction potential ⇒
Mui Kee Congee¹, 5min from Mong Kok St. [inside a fish-market on the 4th floor, makes you feel you jumped into one of those old HK fighting movies from the ’80s]
— cheap, with a nice view and super delicious
椰汁大王 (Coconuts Drink)², 3min from Ya Mau Tei St. [opposite of starbucks]
— serves fresh coconuts juice mixed with a hint of condensed milk
Dim Sum Square³, 3min from Sheung Wang St. [a bustling area, slightly expensive,
— but very delicious food, and a nice stop to gain energy for exploring HK further]
- Little Bonus for Mango Fans and “smoothy to go” — Hui Lau Shan (Tsim Sha Tsui, A2) – quite pricey but hella delicious.
If you get yourself a 24h-ticket, you’re as good to go. Don’t forget sunblock/sunbrella and WATER! ( ! Free Shuttle Bus ! to your hotel is provided)
(don’t worry, looks like fake money but isn’t. Each bank prints their bills in different style.)
HK Air offers 1am flights from Haneda Airport and there are hotels which offer early check-in (7am) thus you’ll be getting a full day extra.
We were arriving on a Friday morning and left Sunday late afternoon ⇔ 2.5 days with 2 nights hotel is a pretty nice deal.
If you won’t let yourself rip-off in touristy areas you can eat and drink cheap [in total, this 2.5 day trip was around 1000 bucks for 2 ‘all inclusive’, and we ate a lot and stayed “luxury” class]
¹ Mui Kee Congee, Mong Kok St., Mainland [Exit B3 is closest]
²椰汁大王 (Coconuts Drink), Yau Ma Tei St., Mainland [Dundas Street Exit A2]
³ Dim Sum Square, Sheung Wang St., HK Island [Exit A2 along Hillier Street]