As we arrived late afternoon into Hong Kong, we managed to grab the light show at 8pm on the waterfront. We were a little disappointed as it wasn’t as grand as we were expecting it to be, in fact it was pretty pitiful! Maybe I was expecting too much as everyone else was enjoying the show.
The next morning we decided to head the markets after getting some pretty grand suggestions on what to visit in Hong Kong from the concierge at the Intercontinental. G loved the markets and well…I just preferred to photograph the pastel coloured buildings and all the signs!
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As we were on holiday, we weren’t pushing ourselves to see everything in such a short amount of time as we knew Hong Kong was a bit like London; there is just so much to see that you can’t fit it all in a few days.
Years ago on an Amazing Race episode they showed the Junk Boats and the Star Ferries so they were both on my hit list of things I wanted to do. The concierge recommended the Aqua Luna sunset tour and it was a pretty perfect way to see Hong Kong.
No filter required!
Jet lag was getting the better of me along with the humidity. I may have woken up during the night to eat a few gluten free snacks in bed and then G let me sleep in until 11.30am (which he then regretted as I woke up hungry, tired and cranky). Never approach me when I’m suffering from jet lag.
So my breakfast was actually afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong (full review here).
A typhoon had been brewing off the coast of Hong Kong and was growing in strength. Thankfully the Communications Team at the Intercontinental Hong Kong sent me a message to let me know that we needed to start making our way back to the hotel as public transport would be shutting down early that evening. Hence our great plans of getting to The Peak had to be left for another day…Typhoon No 8 never got hoisted…it visited Shanghai instead!
We went for a walk past all the buildings on Hong Kong Island as they’re pretty impressive before making our way home.
So we took the opportunity the catch the star ferry back across to Kowloon and let the typhoon blow through our hair! G may have lost a few strands…shhh don’t tell him I said that!
It was a tad choppy…
…and the clouds were very grey and angry looking! We had a front row seat thanks to our great view from the hotel.
As the typhoon had slightly scampered our plans the previous day, we had a bit to fit in on our last day in Hong Kong including seeing the Big Buddha on Lantau Island.
Thankfully due to the high winds the cable car wasn’t working (there’s the silver lining to the typhoon…I’m afraid of cable cars) so we jumped onto the local bus to get there instead. I truly fell in love with Hong Kong at this point, Lantau Island is a must if you’re visiting Hong Kong as it shows you a completely different side that you wouldn’t probably be expecting.
It was just a nice place to wander around and you had the feeling of space…a lot of space.
We were kinda shocked to learn that the Big Buddha wasn’t that old; actually I was older than the Big Buddha! I’m 35 just in case you’re wondering…and surprise surprise you don’t have to be in your 20’s to write a blog!
Don’t miss visiting the Po Lin Monastery either as it’s just stunning.
Can you believe that this is Hong Kong?
Heading back to Hong Kong Island we needed a cup of tea…I’m never good at making a decision at the best of times and this menu well was just crazy…I went for a Mint Tea, how blooming original…I actually wanted the sexy tea but they had run out!
After a few cups of tea (we were rather thirsty), we caught the funicular up to top of The Peak for incredible views over Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
Pretty impressive aren’t they…
…and then of course we needed to eat ice cream but we didn’t order any Doggie Gelato unfortunately…
…and then we head back down again…it was too hot to walk…like so hot that I felt like I was expanding in the heat!
I think it’s safe to say we could have fitted in a lot more on our holiday to Hong Kong but a holiday is to relax and we knew we had one more night at the end of our trip to visit to fit in anything else that we wanted to see.
We did shop…we shopped a lot…in air conditioning…Hong Kong in July is hot and humid…at least three showers a day humid.
I loved Hong Kong, it’s crazy and fun and I never felt bored for one moment.
Have you visited Hong Kong? What were your impressions of Hong Kong?