location: Hong Kong, China
I got the amazing opportunity to visit Hong Kong and China for a business trip in April, and it was such a fun experience! With China being my first Asian destination to visit, it was much different from my typical European trips that I have taken in the past. It was so great to experience such a different culture. Hong Kong can be seen and enjoyed within 3-4 days unless you want to venture into more of mainland China. Here is my itinerary for day 1.
Hong Kong has four main areas of the city. There is the western island called Lantau Island (this is where the HK airport is located and Disney), Kowloon Peninsula (which is where I stayed), south of Kowloon across the water is Hong Kong Island (famous Times Square pictures), and there are also New Territories which are in the northern part of Hong Kong area. Since I was staying at the Sheraton Hotel on the water on the Kowloon side in Tsim Sha Tsui, I ventured to the Hong Kong island side and decided to take the ferry, which I highly recommend! It is so lovely to see the city as you approach on water versus underground transportation. The ferry leaves Tsim Sha Tsui and docks at Central and it takes about 10 - 15 minutes to cross. I recommend getting a seat on the right hand side to get the best views when heading towards Central.
(tip: the backs of the seats can be moved to let you face towards central)
As soon as the ferry docks, there is the Hong Kong Observation Wheel which of course I had to do! It is pretty cool to see not only the central side of Hong Kong but it overlooks the entire Victoria's Harbor and has some great spots for photos and sightseeing. The tickets can be purchased outside the wheel and did not need to be purchased in advance. As you can tell in a lot of the photos, it started to sprinkle for a few minutes on my first day.
There are so many streets and turns to wander in Central. And I highly recommend doing just that. I walked around without a purpose and saw so much shopping, a cute little coffee shop where I stopped to grab an iced latte, and there is the longest outdoor escalator I have ever seen. Just start taking it up and walk your way back down!
After exploring a bit in Central, I hopped onto the MTR using my Octopus card (Hong Kong's subway system) and went to Mong Kok to visit the Ladies Market and Temple Street Night Market. The Ladies Market has tent after tent lined down the street selling knick knacks and every "fake" you can think of. It is a good little area to pick up any type of trinkets or small items for friends or family as souvenirs. I got Patrick some chop sticks here. Also before Temple Street Night Market there is a row of outdoor seating restaurants for street food. Just pick one that looks like a pretty decent amount of people are there and order some food. I got the "hot pot" rice dish. And if you haven't caught on yet, being in Hong Kong requires a lot of walking, so make sure to bring your sneakers.
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