Hong Kong – Breathtaking Cityscapes
I had no idea what to expect when I arrived in Hong Kong and therefore it surpassed all expectations. I only had 2 nights, a day and a morning to explore so every second counted. I squeezed in shopping at the ‘Ladies Market‘, Lantau Island, a Buddhist temple full of candles and incense, wandering around the shops amongst the huge skyscrapers and my highlight ‘The Peak’.
No photo or words can describe how spectacular the view from The Peak is. I’m not sure I’ve ever been in a situation where a mass of man made structures has literally taken my breath away. Every skyscraper has its own network of lights that dance to different rhythms filling up the skies with a kaleidoscope of colour and movement. The harbour sits below with a stream of ships darting through the water and the tall buildings create wobbly thin light reflections in the water. The lack of sound just adds to the surreal picture ahead creating an almost godlike feel, like you’re a much larger being looking onto a real life miniature city below.
I took the tram to the viewing point at The Peak and this involves an almost vertical climb – loved it.
Hong Kong has a great vibe about it, everything feels alive. Being a massive Three geek I got ridiculously excited when I saw the Hutchison Whampoa Limited building (Three’s parents). I’d love to have been able to arrange a visit with the social media team I used to have monthly calls with.
The price of everything is a bit of a shocker having travelled from mainland China but no more than the UK costs. Food is varied and transport good, clean and reliable. Lantau Island is a nice escape from the city hustle and bustle. We got there by taking the longest cable car ride ever and we were greeted by the giant Buddha.
The Ladies Market is the place to go for knock off handbags and I winced when I saw how good the Mulberry fakes are and at crazy prices. Pleased to see mine wasn’t there though and I resisted filling my already full rucksack with knock off goods.