If New York is the city that never sleeps, then Hong Kong is one of its many Asian doppelgängers. After spending seven nights in the Chinese region which is populated by seven million, I have returned with too many images to feature in just on story… so I have decided to break up my Eastern experience into categories: downtown, streets, shopping, temples & Macau.
This was the first picture I snapped upon arrival to Hong Kong.
Its of our hotel, the Novotel Century located in the heart of downtown. The service was impeccable and our concierge main man, “Sherman” kept us in the know every morning. I was traveling with Colby Winters and it was our first time in Hong Kong.
After strolling around the lively, brightly lit streets for 90 minutes, Colby and I decided it was best to get back to the hotel and (try) and sleep. We were planning on hitting it hard the next day. Which we did!
Colby is a map wizard, thank goodness, as I am “mapquestionable!” After breakfast on our first day, we walked a couple of blocks to the tramway, locally known as the “ding ding.” For about 50 cents, we rode along the downtown streets. The ding ding was very user friendly and in our opinion, the best way to see the city, especially from the upper deck.
About two minutes into our ride, to our right was this! My heart skipped a designer beat. We were clearly not in Kansas anymore.
I hadn’t stepped foot in a 7 Eleven since my childhood in Miami. Well, they are everywhere in Hong Kong and Colby and I kept ourselves hydrated in the 100 degree temps by purchasing water and juice at 7 Eleven, often.
The architecture is bigger than life. The dated style of some of the building are overshadowed by their mammoth presence.
A typical downtown street… I would not object to billboards like this in my city!
This breathtaking view was taken from the 43rd floor of the Bank of China building, designed by renown architect I.M.Pei.
We were quite impressed by the architectural spiderweb of pedestrian walkways that connected buildings to one another, hence, facilitating foot travel through busy downtown streets. Many of the walkways were air conditioned, a welcome treat from the heat and humidity.
Yep. They’re everywhere!
Hong Kong is electrifying after dark, literally. The entire city is twinkling, sparkling and generating saturated neon lights. Its a spectacular visual overload.
Day 1 was a long 10 hour adventure… it was overwhelming, but we loved it… day 2, the jet lag grabbed a hold of us…
I have many more pictures to share over the next week or so… 再见 [goodbye]