Hong Kong Trip Report
I recently had the opportunity to visit Hong Kong for approximately 28 hours (yes it was a mileage run). My goal was to see as much of Hong Kong as possible in that time so I didn’t take enough pics for a full review but I can still give you a decent trip report.
Hong Kong Airport might be the nicest I’ve ever visited. If you love airports you will love it. There a ton of restaurants and equally as many places to shop. Plus, there’s a Centurion lounge. If you’re a shopper bring lots of money because it’s all designer.
My plane landed at 11 and being the crazy person I am, I chose to take the subway rather than a cab. I’m always scared to get stuck in traffic in the back of a cab after a long flight so I’d rather navigate public transportation.
I went to buy a subway card which they call an Octopus card (don’t ask me why). I had heard that I would have little to no trouble with the language barrier and using American cash (the cash part was not accurate). As soon as I got to the desk to buy my card she told me that they only take HK not American dollars. There is a Cash exchange in the airport so I just changed $100 not having any idea how much I was going to need. I don’t worry too much about exchange rates or where to get the best deal unless I’m going to be somewhere for a long time. I will say that the cash exchange in the airport is incredibly slow and I had to do it twice, in the future I would do it right at my hotel.
As for the subway trip, I would have to transfer twice to get to my hotel. The trip was easy enough. The subways are not exactly right next to each other when you have to transfer so that was a bit confusing. Luckily they have an attendant at every stop to help tourists. Obviously not as many at night but during the day if you look confused somebody comes over to ask you if you need help, that’s what I call tourist friendly.
Finally, after about 1.5 hours I got to my stop, walked out and instantly regretted listening to everyone who said Hong Kong was very safe. As you can see from the photo, I was on a completely isolated street across from a sex shop. Thank God for a really friendly woman who saw my face and offered to walk me to my hotel which was about an eight minute walk.
I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui because I was able to use my free night certificate and the second night was fairly reasonable (also only 15,000 Hyatt Points per night). The hotel was fine. I would say nothing too special but the view was beautiful and I really enjoyed the food in the lounge.
I live for dumplings. After researching yelp I settled on a Michelin rated, authentic, hole in the wall dumpling spot. It was really cheap, like $5 and a huge portion.
Don’t eat pizza in Hong Kong that’s all I can really say about that. I also probably wouldn’t eat the sea urchin flavored ice cream either. I sometimes question my choices.
Our incredible Facebook group gave me countless suggestions for how to spend my one day. I wanted to see as much is possible but still enjoy myself so I opted to take the star ferry across the harbor and do the Mega Bus tour. I never imagined that I would enjoy a bus tour but there were so many positive reviews of it from our Facebook members that I just went with it and I’m glad I did. It was fantastic. Sadly it was about 105° and on my way to the second bus route my bus broke down and was stuck for about an hour. That really killed my tourist spirit so I did not get to Victoria Peak.
Below are a bunch of pics I took on the ferry and the Green Bus Line. As you can see, the views and sights are stunning and armed with a pair of headphones, I had a blast.
On my way back to the hotel I stopped in the shopping center and was blown away by how beautiful and luxurious it felt. If you love make-up you will love this place.
I don’t normally travel to foreign countries by myself so I don’t know how this experience compares to others but I found myself extremely aggravated with the amount of cat calling and soliciting of a variety of natures. I asked some fellow travelers about similar experiences and Shawn actually said that there are certain areas of Kowloon by the mansions where this can be an issue. If you’re solo I’d reconsider venturing into the mansions as there seemed to be only one way out and I was actually pretty uncomfortable in there. (If you know me, it takes a lot to make me uncomfortable.) I definitely don’t think it’s reason enough to avoid the area just exercise a proper amount of caution.
I loved Hong Kong and wish that I got to stay there longer and explore more. I would have loved to enjoy more of the food and sights. My hotel was perfectly fine and would set you back a few hundred a night if you didn’t have points but there are a ton of hotels in the area and I had a hard time choosing. You should definitely take the Star Ferry across the river for the pictures alone and the overall experience.