Hong Kong happened. And it was awesome.
First off, the flight was brutal. We flew with a stop over in LA, which came up to about 6 and 12 hours to Hong Kong. What helped were these noise cancelling headphones. I’m not getting any commission off of this, but I’ll link to them here because they are still currently on sale. I think it’s an all around great buy because you can use them in your daily commute, or to drawn out the sounds of your loved ones whenever they’re less love, and more like getting on your nerves. Also, I asked my doctor for a sleeping pills prescription, and that worked out fairly well, it had me knocked out for about 6 hours straight. It probably also helps not being a smoker on these long flights. But what’s the fun in that. I’m thinking of doing a separate post on coping with flying, so stay tuned for that.
But this was the view that welcomed us, and I figured it might be worth it after all.
We landed early morning at 6 am and took taxi to our hotel located in Central area. It cost us about $45 US dollars, and there are cheaper alternatives, so google them. After having an unreasonable amount of cigarettes, we were too nicotine infused to figure out local transportation at that moment. Then we dropped our bags at the hotel, and went out exploring the city. Mostly because we had no other choice. Fun fact, our hotel was located on a street called Dried Seafood, filled with all these authentic local shops.
Then we got Starbucks, and just so you realize Hong Kong is a very modern city. It has Starbucks, and 7 Elevens, and your Saks Fifth Ave shopping. And what can be better then going half-way across the globe to see all your familiar stores? A lot of things, but Starbucks I did appreciate.
And then we went walking. Distances in Hong Kong really don’t measure out far, and it’s very walkable. That is if your feet are made out of steel. Because of the sheer number of skyscrapers, and confusing streets structure, your GPS signal will freak out, and you will end up walking in circles. Which wouldn’t be too bad if not for the hilly streets. It’s like San Francisco had a twin brother, and they were separated at birth. And not even the most comfortable pair of shoes will save you, a few days in you will end up looking like this:
But back to the first day, and hopes for a bright future.
First touristy thing we happened to stumble upon was this Man Mo Temple. And it was interesting since they had all their deities colorful statues, and instances burning, and people praying. And pretty lanterns. And nobody can argue against pretty lanterns.
The we headed off to Central-Mid-Levels escalators, which is the longest running system in the world. And it was great, mostly because we didn’t have to walk, and also because at this point I really got the opportunity to pay attention to the city. And it felt like China Town, only it was everywhere. Like a never ending China Town, which was cool and disturbing at the same time.
Also, China Town now makes perfect sense. Also, if I ever miss Hong Kong, I’ll just go sit in Lower Manhattan for a bit.
We rode the escalators all the way up, and took a walkway down, which coincidentally included a small botanical garden and monkeys. And it was just a welcome surprise, if you ask me. With only a slight side effect of suddenly wanting to own a monkey.
It was still early for our hotel check in, and so we headed off to Victoria Harbor. Which offers an awesome view of the city, along with some cool breeze, and a really overpriced beer.
Worth it. But like one time only.
Jetlag was kicking in at this point, and it didn’t feel pretty. It felt like I wanted to throw up, and fall asleep at the same time. Which should be a familiar feeling to those who like to party, you know, once in a while.
By that point we got back to our hotel, freshened up, took power naps, and felt like somewhat humans again. And off to the night Hong Kong it was, which was plentiful. It’s like Hong Kong was really a triplet with San Francisco, and New York, and they all got separated at birth. We took a subway to Mong Kok neighborhood, which looked really similar to Times Square. Picture neon lights, plenty of shopping and street food, and of course crowds.
And this one robot lady.
This same area also included Ladies’ Market, which is really just a street full of stands with cheap, weird stuff. And is also a great place to get souvenirs for people you like, but not very much. Like all my coworkers got magnets from there.
And that ends our first day. And this post.
To be continued.