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Time Out in Hong Kong

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

I just got back from a fantastic 10 day trip visiting an old friend in Hong Kong.  I had my Time Out guide in my bag almost the entire time and thought I would share some of my pictures of the sights in the book…

On my first day, I took the cable car (above, p. 125) to Po Lin monastery and the Big Buddha (below). I am not usually that afraid of heights, as long as I am in an enclosed space, but I have to say, the ride was pretty terrifying. Especially when it stopped going up and just hung there for 30 seconds. I was alone in the car going up and I was convinced I was going to plummet into the ocean any minute. Luckily, this did not happen, and apparently the cars stop all the time. Phew. Once we pulled around the last hill and I saw the huge Buddha in the distance, it was all worth while. What a beautiful place. There is now a Starbucks (no joke) in the village at the base of the Buddha, which kind of ruined the meditative effect, but it was still a stunning sight.

Hong Kong has so much to offer. I imagined it to just be the bustle of a big city, but there were a couple of days where I just ended up walking about. The cable car flies over miles of jungle, and the wildlife is amazing on the outlying islands. I took a tram up to the top of Victoria Peak to admire the city’s architecture from above (p. 88) and on Time Out’s recommendation, ended up taking a a fantastic hour-long walk around the peak (p.88- below, me taking a break in the beautiful natural surroundings).

There’s still plenty for a city lover to enjoy though, of course. Hong Kong is an amazing city. The skyline at night was unbelievably exciting to me (The lights! They move! They change colour! I couldn’t get over how cool it all looked) and I enjoyed a very cold beer from the Star Ferry pier as recommended (p. 73)

Over the weekend, we made a trip to mainland China, to Guangzhou, which is also covered in the book. The city is complete sensory overload, but I’m glad we went. I got myself two new pairs of glasses for next to nothing! And in 24 hours! I swear, this was a first hand glimpse into why China’s economy is growing. We said we were leaving in the morning and they said “no problem” (from the glasses market, p. 282). We also went to a crazy wet market restaurant where you choose your seafood (live) and then they cook it. Ten minutes from live eel to meal in Hong Xing (below, p. 287).

Our (m)eel before

And after.

Sadly I didn’t make it to Macau due to a passport malfuction (mine was with a travel agency getting a Chinese visa on the day I was supposed to go out there), but the Time Out guide covers that too if a Chinese Portugal is more your thing. But there was a lot of stuff to keep me busy even without a visit to China’s Sin City.  Aside from walks and boat rides and island hopping, every meal I had was delicious.  My belly has turned into a giant dumpling from all the fantastic dim sum, noodles and hot pot I ate.   Nom nom nom!

If you haven’t been to Hong Kong before, I would absolutely recommend it.

Katie - Digital Marketing Exec

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