Hi everyone. I’m back! It’s been a long time since my last post. I have been MIA for almost 3 weeks, enjoying an extended vacation. It you follow me on Instagram you probably got a glimpse of my travels. I once heard Suze Orman, the financial guru, say that a “vacation within reason is always justified.” Guess what, I completely agree! Everyone needs some time away and recharge. We are not machines so go find a place and PowPowPoof from the daily grind.
With that said, I took the opportunity to visit a place that I have been wanting to travel to for as long as I could remember, which is Hong Kong. I have been there before when I was a kid but too young to remember. FYI, I hate flying but we all know, if you really want to travel and see the world you need to fly. Getting through a 14hr flight required some help, that’s where Dramamine comes to play 🙂 (I discovered this OTC wonder pill a few years ago and it’s pure magic. It’s used for motion sickness. Take it 30 mins before you take off and you will start feeling drowsy, to the point where you will be zZzz before you know it)
The agenda was basically Hong Kong, Taishan China and Macau. This blog will be Part 1 of 3, the first stop being Hong Kong.
Hong Kong, Asia’s version of NYC. A fast pace always ON city. Some people may or may not like it, but I do (at least when I visit). In terms of getting around, it’s very easy. There are many options from Bus, Train, Taxi and even Ferry! From the airport I recommend Train (easy and cheap, under $12 USD).
I stayed in Mongkok, the western part of the Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong. The Hotel that I stayed in was the Royal Plaza Hotel. This was a very nice hotel in a bustling area. It basically sits inside a giant Mall, with a mix of American and Chinese high-end stores. Everything was great but the only negative I would say is getting in and out of the Hotel. Because the complex is so large, you had to walk a good 10 mins before you reached your room. Outside of that, I highly recommend.
When you are ready to eat, Hong Kong is the place to be. There is food at every corner. Here is the place to get an authentic Hong Kong Style meal. Every meal was outstanding, but ONE in particular stood out. The meal was Dim Sum (Chinese Breakfast, tapas style) at a 1 star Michelin restaurant. If you never been to a Michelin rated establishment, here is your best chance. It’s famous for being the cheapest Michelin rated establishment in the world. Bottomline, top of the line taste at a budget friendly price.
The Accolades below
This place was quite busy, but the food came out hot and fast. I was truly impressed and couldn’t believe what I was eating. I’ve had dim sum thousands of times but this meal was the best of the best. I will always remember Tim Ho Wan and I look forward to my next visit!
When you’re not eating, you’re probably shopping. Here, you can buy almost anything. Prices vary but best deal will be at the flee markets that run at night. Picture below is the Ladies Market, a night market where t-shirts or a copy Rolex is up for grabs (did I say copy Rolex…). It’s not for everyone, but if you are looking for a unique buy and enjoy a friendly haggle, this is the place for you.
If you enjoy store front shopping, no worries. Plenty of high end shopping for all.
While here, I was all over. But my favorite day was when I visited Victoria’s Peak (the locals call it The Peak). It’s a mountain located on the western half of Hong Kong Island. The best time to visit is up for debate either by day (clear view) or by night (neon skyline). To get there, I took the Starferry. It took 10 mins and under $3 USD. It reminded me of the Stanton Island Ferry, quick and efficient. While riding it, you get an amazing view with an ocean breeze.
When you get over, you can take a Bus up to the top. It seemed like it took a solid 30 mins so be patient, all good things comes to those who wait. And when you get there, this is what you will see (this picture does not do it justice).
Being up there so high was quite breath-taking. The day that I went, it wasn’t very busy so it was enjoyable to walk around and just relax. There’s plenty of things to do when you come here. You can eat, shop and walk some trails. Easily spend a full day here if you wanted to.
The Hong Kong portion of my trip was amazing. I started the trip with a bang thinking how can I have more fun than this…? Well, it happened and Taisan China was just as exciting and memorable. Make sure you come back so you can read all about the second leg of my trip in my next blog.
Until Next Time,