Hong Kong Photo Diary

So I’m officially half way through my trip and one of my best mates from home is joining me for a week in Hong Kong. I can’t believe I’ve already left mainland China… Time flies… But I’m having the time of my life and still have 3 weeks left before heading back home.

After catching the ferry from Macau, I arrived to torrential rain, but after seeing a familiar face from home, I couldn’t wait to experience what Hong Kong had to offer.

The former British colony, in southeastern China, is one of the world’s biggest global financial hubs, with its vibrant and densely populated centre full of western businessmen trying to make their millions. The first corporate business man we stumbled across told us where we needed to go and what we needed to do in Hong Kong. After starting the conversation with: “What are you two virgins doing in Hong Kong?” his advice ended up being quite useful, and a graduate job is certainly on the cards…

We spent the first day at The Peak, which is unquestionably Hong Kong’s most renowned tourist attraction. Although we queued for over an hour to get the tram to the top, it was well worth the time stood burning in the sun as the views over the city were breathtaking.

We stayed at The Harbour Grand in Kowloon which had stunning views over Hong Kong’s skyscraper-stubbed skyline. We spent two of the days basking in the sun by the rooftop pool, but as the weather wasn’t great throughout the duration of our stay, we did get caught in the odd shower.

I spent the fourth day at Lantau Island, the largest of Hong Kong’s islands. I caught the Ngong Ping 360 to the island and then visited the Tian Tan Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery.

In the evenings – after taking onboard our friends advice – we headed to Central Hong Kong for food and drinks. Here we experienced Hong Kong’s corporate side, where middle-aged businessmen ordered magnum after magnum of overpriced Champagne. I certainly know where I’m heading when I graduate…

We also visited Wan Chai in the evening which is Hong Kong’s red light district, simply out of curiosity; however, I didn’t fancy any STIs so I decided to give the hookers a miss…

As I was staying an extra night than Sam, I spent the last day by the pool, recharging my batteries before my flight to Korea.

I had an unbelievable time in Hong Kong and these 400 words don’t really cover our experience but I’ll keep it short and sweet…

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Thomas Mackie