Earlier I did a post about which country would be my 50th country of blog-readers and then updated with the answer. In huge red capital letters, I wrote: "UPDATE: THE WINNER IS HONG KONG!" As promised, I decided to start doing my research to prepare a post about interesting things in Hong Kong. Well guess what? HONG KONG ISN'T EVEN A COUNTRY!! Well how dumb do you think I felt after I found THAT out?
So check this out-- Good ol' HK is not a country OR a city. It's like this area that just does its own thing and has its own laws. But the kicker is that it's considered (insert me doing obnoxious air quotes) a "city"...sort of. You see how confusing this is? It's full name is
|Even the Apple website is confused.|
Maybe there should be a drop down menu for "Select Special Administrative Region"
|Super cute, spesh the tights.|
|The Skittles Crew?|
|2 Dude-bros doin' their thing...|
|There's something about this that I love--|
Maybe it's the muted colors.
NUMBER TWO: Cruisin' Around the City
Once you get to Hong Kong, there's tons of way to check out the city on the cheap. They're huge fans of public transport and your options range from walking, biking, taking a taxi, bus, train, tram, ferry, ship, private car hire, metro, or even hiring a helicopter!
If the 15 minute ride from the airport to Hong Kong Island by helicopter (at a shiny price of $400) is too much for you, consider taking the world's longest outdoor escalator for fun. It
NUMBER THREE: Things to See and Do
Besides the zillion electronic stores, there's tons of shopping in Hong Kong. You can find everything from designer (or "Genuine Copy") purses, clothes and accessories to crazy shoes of every kind, watches, and just about every boutique you can imagine. The neighborhoods have different shopping areas and the streets are packed with retail madness.
Besides shopping, there's other things to do in areas that don't feel so congested. There's a Disneyland Park, a place called Ocean Park that's similar to Bush Gardens, and lots of hiking, camping, and nature walks. Even though it seems like there are a million people around you at all times, you can still take a break and get back to serenity...much like LA.
|...not that this is serene, but keep scrolling down.|
|What a complete contrast from city life..|
NUMBER FOUR: Street Food
When traveling, one of my favorite things to do is eat like a local and try some street food. I've found that it's usually the best tasting, most interesting, and is most often the cheapest. While roaming around the streets of Hong Kong, you can definitely sample a little bit of everything-- from dim sum to meat on a stick, rice dishes, noodle bowls, and fried just about anything!
|Stuff on a Stick.|
|Little ball things...and more stuff on a stick.|
|Feelin' a little saucy-- I wish I could smell these pictures!|
|Armpit sweat adds flavor...|
|More balls, more stuff on sticks.|
|Food on a stick is apparently a big hit.|
NUMBER FIVE: The View
I don't have a whole lot to say about this part, but the views of Hong Kong are breathtaking. In a place where there is so much natural beauty, it's heavily contrasted by the glow of neon lights and high rise buildings. The city seems to come alive at night in a way that's so different than the daily grind of the 9-5 hours.
Hong Kong's version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Avenue of Stars celebrates icons of Hong Kong cinema from the past century. The promenade has fantastic views, day and night, of Victoria Harbour and the iconic skyline. This is also a great place to see A Symphony of Lights -- a spectacular light and laser show synchronised to music every night at 8:00. This is the world's "Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show" according to the Guinness World Records.
Whatever you decide to do, leave the heroin and meth out of your travel plans.