Impressions of Hong Kong

by Mark Wiens on June 18, 2013 · 2 comments

Coming into Hong Kong on a bus

Coming into Hong Kong on a bus

Many people jump straight on the airport express train to get to the center of Hong Kong, but the last time I visited I decided to take the bus.

Rolling into Hong Kong, even on a cloudy day, I got some great views of the city.

Chungking Mansions

Chungking Mansions

While there are some affordable attractions in Hong Kong, compared to Southeast Asia, it’s quite an expensive destination.

For budget accommodation and a true adventure head to Hong Kong’s notorious Chungking Mansions or the next door Mirador Mansion.

Dim sum for breakfast

Dim sum for breakfast

Dim sum, a breakfast meal of many small dishes, is one of the most famous things to eat when in Hong Kong. Dishes are often quite greasy, but full of flavor.

View of Hong Kong

View of Hong Kong

One of the best things about Hong Kong is the view of the mega city from Victoria Peak. You can either choose to ride a cable car to the top or take a hike.

Sign and ads galore

Sign and ads galore

When walking around Hong Kong you’re bombarded with advertising plastered on every wall and sign throughout the city.

The bright signs are a sight on their own.

Fixing a sign in central Hong Kong

Fixing a sign in central Hong Kong

Despite the city being extremely modern, I still love how they use traditional bamboo scaffolding for construction.

Nothing man-made can beat natural bamboo!

Fresh market in the middle of Hong Kong

Fresh market in the middle of Hong Kong

Another thing I love about Hong Kong is within the maze of congested sky-rise buildings, there are fresh wet markets that fill the lanes and alleys.

Roast duck and chicken

Roast duck and chicken

But nothing in Hong Kong compares to the food. Any trip to Hong Kong would be incomplete without spending plenty of time admiring and then devouring the wide range of cuisine.

Glutinous rice and Chinese sausages

Glutinous rice and Chinese sausages

Even the simple on-the-go snacks like glutinous rice and Chinese sausages are wonderful.

View of Hong Kong

View of Hong Kong

Rated as having one of the world’s most impressive skylines, it’s not hard to see why. The view of Hong Kong from the Kowloon side is always sure to impress during the day or at night.

At night there’s also a light show that dances across the buildings.

Hong Kong is one of the world’s great entertaining and always thrilling cities to explore.

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Mark was raised in central Africa before migrating back to the US for University. After graduating, he decided to continue traveling the world. On Migrationology, he shares the cultural side of travel from a slow paced local perspective that often revolves around his love for eating all forms of food. Join him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @migrationology, and add him on Google Plus.

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