Virgin trip to Hong Kong

A belated Happy New Year to all! I just got back from an epic 3 week trip to Hong Kong, Nanjing and Korea and am only just getting back to blogging 😉 Good news is that I’ve been to lots of interesting places and saw loads of cool stuff and have loads to share with you guys!

So first up is Hong Kong. It was my first time there so I was super excited about it. A lot of my friends from London have ended up there as have some of the Hubs’ friends so we ended up rekindling old friendships and catching up on life with them so we didn’t pack in the tourist stuff but still managed to cram in a lot of the sights. And I’ll tell you what guys, I loved it! It was fabulous being back in a proper city with all the hustle and bustle. One thing that I noticed straight away was that there are SO MANY MALLS. I have never seen so many Cartier shops in one city. Honestly, it was nuts. Also, I found Hong Kong great as the city is big and cosmopolitan but small enough to explore easily.

I was impressed almost as soon as we landed, as the Hong Kong Airport was super efficient and we were rolling our bags out of the terminal within half an hour of landing. From there, it was an easy train ride into Kowloon, where we were staying. Unlike Heathrow, where you have to walk for about a gazillion miles to get to the Heathrow Express, the train in Hong Kong was RIGHT THERE. Sooo easy.

Waiting for the train to take us into town

Waiting for the train to take us into town

One of the first places we explored was the Avenue of Stars on the Kowloon side of the harbour. Although I didn’t recognise many of the actors apart from Bruce Lee, it was a lovely sunny day and we enjoyed a nice view of Hong Kong Island.

Tourist heavy Avenue of Stars

Tourist heavy Avenue of Stars

So many people in front of the Bruce Lee statue this was the closest I could get...

So many people in front of the Bruce Lee statue, this was the closest I could get…

View of Hong Kong Island from Kowloon

View of Hong Kong Island from Kowloon

Friends told us that we MUST take the Star Ferry over to the Island. So we did. The ferry was old and creaky and lovely and steeped in history.

Ferry at the dock

The inside of the ferry

Some more fantastic views of the Island

Some more fantastic views of the Island from the ferry

Hong Kong Island was an interesting blend of new (sparkly malls and lots of skyscrapers) and old (older buildings, markets etc). One of the best things about the Island for me was the double decker trams. I love trams as they’re usually cheap and allow you to take in the sights but easier to navigate than the bus. The HK trams were similar to the Lisbon ones in that the interior was dark glossy wood but the HK ones were narrower and obviously taller than the Lisbon trams. Sitting on the top floor gave us lovely views of the Island and the interior was charming.

2 trams  in a row

2 trams in a row

The tram was pretty full

The tram was pretty full

As a first time visitor to Hong Kong, I HAD to visit the Peak. Unfortunately the queue for the Peak Tram (not the same one as the ones I mentioned above) was absolutely massive so we decided to take a taxi up. The road was very narrow and our driver was racing around the corners so I made sure to wear the seatbelt and had to grip onto the handles but the view when we did eventually get there was absolutely spectacular.

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Very built up on one side…

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…and green belt on the other

Speaking of views, I loved the night view of the harbour. We had a lovely drink in the Intercontinental whilst enjoying the view. This kind of stuff you definitely can’t get in Brunei!

Night view of the Island

Night view of the Island

A Hong Kong junk sailing by - with its bright red sails illuminated at night it has a slightly ominous feel to it

A Hong Kong junk sailing by – with its bright red sails illuminated at night it has a slightly ominous feel to it

Although it was nearly a month ago, I have to mention Christmas! We got to Hong Kong a few days before Christmas and the shopping and festive celebrations were in full force. It was really lovely to see all the decorations and experience the festive spirit that was sadly lacking in Brunei.

Decorations at one of many malls

Decorations at one of many malls

Gingerbread house at the Intercontinental

Gingerbread house at the Intercontinental

Santas hard at work!

Santas hard at work!

Of course, one of the best things about being in Hong Kong was the food! All kinds of food and all delicious! Here are the highlights:

Steaming hot noodles at a tiny noodle house just off Nathan Road. It was perfect for a rainy and coldish day

Steaming hot noodles at a tiny noodle house just off Nathan Road. It was perfect for a rainy and coldish day

Very pricey but super delicious steak at The Steakhouse at Intercontinental. I cannot put into words how tasty this steak was!!

Very pricey but super yummy steak at The Steakhouse at Intercontinental. I cannot put into words how tasty this steak was!!

Lovely macaroons at Passion

Lovely macaroons at Passion

My first ever hot pot! It was delicious and plus it was fun ;) Unfortunately can't remember which restaurant it was as we went to one of Hubs' friends

My first ever hot pot! We ordered waaaay too much but it was delicious and plus it was fun 😉 Unfortunately can’t remember which restaurant it was as we went with one of Hubs’ friends

I loved Hong Kong so much I hope to be returning soon and sampling some more of their great food!

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