Hong Kong

Hong Kong

June 23, 2015

Yay, finally! Now that I went to Hong Kong, not only there’s a new category here in the top navigation bar, there’s also a map update on the About page. You probably won’t notice Hong Kong is highlighted as “been” there because it’s so tiny, but it’s there! Scroll all the way in to believe and also get to test whether you know where HK is on the map haha.

Hong Kong via TinyBlackBird

So Hong Kong. The city I’ve been intimidated to go for a while – I’ve heard it’s crowded, expensive and that alone created a huge invisible wall or resistance towards going.

Hong Kong via TinyBlackBird

But then it was time to plan a birthday trip (I promised myself a trip somewhere new on my birthday after this happened), and I thought, what can be better than spending a weekend with friends in Honk Kong? You know, why? Because Disneyland!

But Disneyland will be covered in a separate post in a bit. In the meantime, here is how we saw Hong Kong. You can see more pictures Anton took in this album.

Hong Kong via TinyBlackBird

Hong Kong via TinyBlackBird

The place IS tiny packed, but it’s also beautifully contrasting with old culture dancing tango with the modern, with buildings taller than you can see and parks on the low-rise. I loved the blend. To come there for a short trip is perfect. Living there? Not sure… as living in Hong Kong is just so compact. Tiny apartments in huge buildings.

Hong Kong via TinyBlackBird Hong Kong via TinyBlackBird

It’s interesting, because apparently it’s not easy to get a hostel/hotel licence in HK and the official hostels proudly highlight the cert or the badge that they are a legit operating hostel. And then you pay $25 for a bed in a three-storey bunk bed dorm. Which is what? You guessed it – tiny.

But that would be the only drawback I noticed. Also the part about HK being pricey. But both are very logical and are compensated with other amazing things:

  • the system and structure of public transportation

Hong Kong via TinyBlackBird

  • yummy food. I totally recommend this place and this one.
  • vibrant night life. The price concern is being addressed by the resourceful party crowd – Google Club 7 Hong Kong ;-)
  • true shopping abundance – up until this day I’m puzzled how come KL is claimed to be the shopping heaven of SEA. They all must be just making two spelling mistakes in HK there, right?

Hong Kong via TinyBlackBird

  • the views

Hong Kong via TinyBlackBird

Hong Kong via TinyBlackBird

And you don’t have to pay to get the bestest best view, there are a lot of way to discover HK on a budget, so in case that’s what’s holding you back from discovering this beautiful city, here’s what I want to tell you. Just go.

Hong Kong via TinyBlackBird

So tell me, have you been to Hong Kong yet? If you have, what’s your feel of the city? If you haven’t, would you go?

Hong Kong via TinyBlackBird

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