I know I’ve done a lot of posts from Japan, there’s been a fair few outfits, a lot of details, and this hefty guide too! (Tokyo guide coming soon). I wanted to put together something a little more casual for my Hong Kong post. I was only there for a few days, and I have to admit it wasn’t my favourite destination of the summer, but it’s a fascinating place, with some incredible things to see – and lots of great parties too!
So here is a little diary post about my time – warts and all! I hope you enjoy it.
Hong Kong was actually the first place I visited although I’m posting about it last. I had a very stressful journey as I flew Emirates on the very same day they had that emergency landing at Dubai. When I got to Heathrow ready for my first long haul flight – all on my lonesome – and saw all the gates closed I was already close to tears. That’s before I even checked the news to see what had happened. All I had been wishing for was a smooth ride out there – I didn’t care what happened on the way back I just wanted to arrive easily and safely with little stress as I was already so anxious about the trip. I burst into tears, and had several panic attacks in Heathrow.
I didn’t sleep a wink during the flight, and was so relieved when I arrived at Hong Kong Airport only for my bag not to show up. So the trip didn’t get off to the best start.
Sunshine in Stanley
Thankfully the next day I woke up feeling more positive and ready to make the most of my time in Hong Kong. Someone recommended we visit Stanley, a seaside town on the outskirts of the main island. We had to get a little minibus there that took about 25 minutes. It was beautiful, but also a little weird. You could very much still see the British influence in Stanley – and it felt wrong somehow! Although there were loads of really tiny shrines dotted around the town which I loved, and a fantastic market with loads of great souvenirs, traditional items, and also what Hong Kong is famous for – fake designer goods! I bought my straw hat with the cat ears and it really cheered me up!
When we were on the bus back into the centre I had a call saying my bag had arrived at my airbnb and been left with the doorman. It was such a relief – after I changed we headed back in for dinner.
Hong Kong’s humidity in August is really oppressive. You can’t walk a metre without sweating through all your clothes. So the change of clothes was really appreciated.
All of the lights
The next day was our sight-seeing day. We started early at 10,000 Buddhas which was incredible. Although it was a struggle walking up the longest staircase up a mountain in the humidity – it was totally worth it when we got to the top. The views are stunning, the shrines are stunning, and the food in the little vegetarian cafe was delicious. 100% worth the climb.
Next on the list was Chi Lin Nunnery. This place was top of my list and it so deserved that place. It was quiet and peaceful, unlike most of Hong Kong, and the gardens were a dream to walk around. One of my favourite places I visited – and definitely my favourite in Hong Kong.
Last but not least it was the turn of Victoria Peak. We arrived to a crazy queue for the tram, and ended up jumping in a taxi – which was actually really affordable. We decided to go up at night to see Hong Kong lit up like I have always imagined it! The view was stunning, and only slightly hindered by the 100’s of other people trying to get a peek at the peak.
We then got a taxi back down into town and explored soho. Famous for its many escalators that take you up and down the hills. We had a few drinks before heading back to our room – and the next day was off to Japan.