October 12, 2013

Hong Kong photo diary - Part 1

It's finally here! I managed to finish editing all the pics from my trip to Hong Kong, and I've cut it down to fit into 2 posts. As usual, it was tricky. Hong Kong is definitely a country I'd love to go back to some day. I weirdly felt right at home the minute I landed. The food was delicious, the people were so friendly (I managed to learn a few words in Cantonese!) and the shopping was amazing! I preferred the markets over the main department stores because I didn't want to travel to another country just to go shopping in the same stores I have at home. The markets were crowded but heaps of fun, and there were so many unique items - a great spot for souvenir shopping! 

The sightseeing and culture of Hong Kong was also amazing. I pretty much spent my entire trip exploring all the sights I possibly could, and going to different locations every day. I was actually surprised by how much there is to see in this country! There was never a boring moment, which I loved. Travelling to Hong Kong has now made me even more excited to explore Chinese culture further, and plan my trip to Beijing! Not sure when I'll be going yet..

So, here are some photos from my first few days in Hong Kong. I hope you enjoy part 1 of my photo diary! Part 2 will be up later this week :)

The view from my hotel room... Got the best of both Islands - Hong Kong & Kowloon :)
 Taking a cable car to Lantau Island to see the world's largest outdoor Buddha!
 Reaching the top - the village of Ngong Ping was beautiful! Can you spot the Buddha statue in the background?
 Walking up to the giant Buddha! A long and steep walk, but definitely worth it.
View from the top:
 On the way to Macau!
It was crazy busy in Macau! Definitely a popular holiday spot for Chinese tourists.
 Everything was written in Spanish! It felt like Europe - and a world away from Asia.
 Let's not forget the hundreds of casinos in Macau! The Grand Lisboa is one of the largest casinos. And everything inside was pretty much gold! Gold chairs and lounges, tables, stairs, doors etc. Amazing.
I stayed at the Harbour Grand hotel in Hong Kong and it was stunning! The room was large, had heaps of facilities, overlooked the harbour and the beds were the most comfortable hotel beds I've slept in! I'd definitely recommend this hotel if you're planning on taking a trip to Hong Kong.
Streets of Hong Kong Central:
While walking around the city, I had to stop at the HSBC building. The architecture was really cool, and it's one of the city's most popular buildings. No surprise since it's a financial hub in Hong Kong.
 One of the many markets in Hong Kong. I love finding bargains and souvenirs here!
 I went on the world's longest indoor escalator! Weird, but true. It went for almost 4 blocks! Great way to see the busy streets below without having to walk through them ;)
Man Mo Temple - the largest temple in Hong Kong:
 Avenue of Stars! This is pretty much like the Hollywood walk of fame but instead has famous actors from Hong Kong - mostly in the genre of martial arts. There were heaps of names, but I only knew 2 of them - Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan :)
 Jackie Chan!
Popcorn stand! Or at least I thought it was... until I read "Shredded Squid" - must be their version of popcorn. 
 The famous Bruce Lee statue!
NAILED IT! hahaha..
 It's also an amazing spot to see the harbour and the city skyline of Hong Kong.
 As sunset approached, the lights were switched on!
 I know, random pic.. but this pig was just too cute :)
 City skyline of Hong Kong at night - absolutely stunning.
 The Sampan! A traditional Hong Kong boat :)
 Every night, the city lights up in a show called the "Symphony of Lights". Music plays along the harbour, while around 15 buildings on each side of the harbour participate in the show and switch on their laser lights. 
It's quite similar to "Wonder Full" - the light show at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore (which is also amazing!).

Well, that's it for part 1! I hope you guys enjoyed it. Stay tuned for part 2 later this week :)

Have you travelled to Hong Kong? What were your favourite sights?
Have any questions? Let me know in the comments below!