After China, our next stop was Hong Kong.
First things first… Is Hong Kong in China, or is it it’s own country? I was confused about this, but after brushing up on my Chinese history, I learned that it is both. China describes it as, “one country, two systems.” While Hong Kong has it’s own laws, governing systems, and even currency, it is still somehow a part of China.
We loved the short 48 hours we had in Hong Kong. This bustling city/country was modern, lively, and full of comforts we hadn’t had since being in the States.
Upon arriving in Hong Kong, we were delighted to see that their public transportation uses double decker buses. Although Hong Kong is big and busy, it was a beautiful place to visit. We stayed in the Tsim Sha Tsui area, and while it was a great location, accommodations were a bit pricey. We opted for the cheapest we could find which meant staying in a room that was barely larger than the “double bed” placed inside. Oh well, at least we had our own space away from the busyness outside. We headed to the Harbor to see one of the most beautiful skylines in the world. Although it was a very misty day, it was still a site to see. The mist didn’t stop us from returning back to the harbor that evening for the 8 o’clock light show. We are very glad we got to see the skyline at night because it was even more beautiful. The light show was fantastic. All I can say is that I hope you get to see it one day if you haven’t already!
The next day, we took the ferry across the harbor to Hong Kong island. If you take the local ferry, it only costs about 30 cents each! We walked around until we found some wifi to look up directions to a breakfast restaurant that had been recommended to us by a friend. I’m so glad that Erin recommended the Flying Pan. Not only was for food delicious, but they also have bottomless coffee! In addition, the atmosphere at the restaurant was very pleasant… making it feel as if we were back home in the States. After returning to Tsim Sha Tsui, we stopped for a few quick pictures in front of the Art Museum.
We got to meet up with my friend Jessica while we were in Hong Kong. She is living in Hong Kong, and she was able to show us around. Not only did she take us to eat delicious Nepalese food, but she also introduced us to the mouth-watering Hong Kong coconut buns. Unfortunately, I was so wrapped up in the moment that I didn’t snap a single picture that evening!
On our last day in Hong Kong, we went to the Kowloon Park before heading to the airport… and I’m so glad we did! If I lived in this city, I’d definitely make trips to this beautiful park on a regular basis. It’s free to get into the park, and it’s absolutely beautiful there. Not only are the gardens and pools beaming with color, but they also have wildlife living in the park for onlookers to admire. On a side note, the park also offers free wifi! It was fun to FaceTime my sister in such a peaceful area. I spy a very small McDonalds! After not enough time in Hong Kong, we found ourselves heading to our next destination. Stay tuned to hear about our adventures in the beautiful country of Vietnam.