Hong Kong is everything you’ve ever heard: A huge, crowded, over-packed city. There’s skyscrapers and people everywhere. But it’s first language is still English, making it surprisingly easy to get around. The signs are in english, most people speak at least a little english, and it’s international flavor make it surprisingly friendly to tourists. I kind of view it like London East – a crossroads of various civilizations, all co-existing in a relatively small area.
Hong Kong is less a city than a series of islands, each connected by ferry (there’s no bridges). This adds a level of complexity in going anywhere. Consider a trip from anywhere on Hong Kong Island to our hotel across the harbor. Take a cab to the ferry, take the ferry, take a cab from the ferry. A 5 mile ride can take up to an hour between the tight streets, traffic and ferry travel. But then, you can get views like these…
While we were there, the sun didn’t come out once, so going up on the peak behind the city was out. Though we did eventually go OVER it, and found out that half of Hong Kong is actually a beach community. 30 minutes from downtown Hong Kong, you can live here:
Overall, HK reminded me a lot of Miami: warm, humid, on the water, a series of connected islands and a LOT OF MONEY. Only in HK would you Tiffany’s across the street from Prada next to Cartier and down the street from yet another Tiffany’s. And given the humidity, I’d love to go back there in the winter.
After availing myself of Hong Kong’s famous suit and shirt makers (a requisite in HK and a terrific experience), we moved on to Shanghai. Back with that in a few days.