I could give you a detailed description of my 4 days in Hong Kong, but that would result in you reading this blog post for 5 hours, so I'll summarize a bit. I loved Hong Kong because of the wide spectrum of sights to see. You could be caught up in the hustle and bustle of people running to and from work in the Financial District but make a couple turns down some hilly streets and you will find yourself roaming through a crowded street market.
One thing I noticed was that there was not a man wearing shorts in sight. You would see the odd tourist who was in shorts, but for the most part, every man was in a suit, khakis, or jeans --- in scorching weather too (by the way, it's extremely hot and humid all year). The female fashion was very business chic with a plethora of designer handbags. We walked through some of the streets where we found every single designer store you could imagine. There are multiple designer stores all across Hong Kong.
PLACES TO VISIT IN HONG KONG
The Peak - take the tram to see just how amazing Hong Kong really is. The tram ride was only about 4 minutes or so at a very steep incline. The views were stunning…it was amazing to see how many skyscrapers and mountains there actually are and to put into perspective the size of the island since there was a 360 degree view of it.
IFC (International Finance Centre) - I couldn't believe the size of the mall in there…every store you could ever think of was in this beautifully impeccable mall. I definitely had a rubber neck from window shopping as we were walking to lunch.
Four Seasons Hotel - Beautiful hotel, in typical Four Seasons Fashion. We stopped for lunch at the hotel twice. The food was delicious -- I tried a crab meat salad, nicoise salad, veggie fried rice, and chicken fried rice, finished off with a green tea during my two visits.
The Ritz Carlton - tallest building in Hong Kong with the highest bar in the world. The decor in the restaurant (Tosca) and the bar (Ozone) was so unique. It was what I envisioned a night out in Hong Kong to be like. The views were breath-taking.
High Tea at the Peninsula - I regret not attending this event. Every time we got back from our daily adventure, we would be walking into our hotel just as high tea was beginning and the line was lengthening. I was always so exhausted from walking in the heat that I just wanted to go relax in the pool instead of waiting in line for a table. Definitely a must do next time I visit.
Macau - Macau is the equivalent of Las Vegas. It's fun to take a day trip just to walk through the various hotels. We took the TurboJet boat across to Macau, which took just under 2 hours. Word of advice, make sure that you do the boat ride on a calm day… We took the boat across a day after the typhoon hit and the water was very rough -- it was not an enjoyable ride.
Jade Market - Be sure to bring your best bargaining skills. I realized I got ripped off when I purchased a couple bracelets at a high price after I saw how low my dad managed to get the lady to lower her price at a different booth. Each booth carries basically the same inventory and the sales people are very aggressive and pushy. Just be sure to stand your ground and stick to a price. Definitely worth a visit for some jewelry.
All in all, Hong Kong is a must visit on my list of destinations. There is a lot of asian culture that Hong Kong has to offer, but there is also a very western feel to it. The sights are beautiful and the shopping is great. Just be sure that you are prepared to endure extreme humidity.
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