Hong Kong, a Dreamy Travel Diary
If there’s one thing I learned in during my time in Hong Kong, it’s that it’s impossible to do all you want to do in Hong Kong in 10 weeks. Each district has its own unique charm, and its own sub-culture that helps create the diverse landscape of the city.
Hong Kong has a constantly expanding population of over 7 million and an area that covers over 5 times that of New York City, making this mega-city one of the largest in the world. With such a rapidly growing population, the city has had to adapt by growing upward- not outward. The rocky and mountainous terrain shoots 30 stories upward with high-rise apartments that shine over the horizon like teeth.
One constant among the districts in Hong Kong - markets. In almost every part of the city the narrow streets are littered with local markets and restaurants, selling everything from fruit to fish to jade. This city is definitely ideal for the adventurous eater. Street vendors pop out from the doorways every building, serving up smells and tastes that are unique to this part of the world. Octopus balls, egg waffles, bubble tea, soup dumplings, and mochi, just to name a few; all alike in their semi-sweet flavors and soft and chewy consistency.
Never have I been in a place with such a diverse landscape. Get off one train stop (called the MTR) and you’ll be in a huge shopping district, get off the next and you’re in a small fishing village. My favorite thing to do while I was there was to explore the hiking and mountains. There were countless trails and countless mountains to climb. Some of the most popular are Victoria’s peak in Hong Kong Island, the Big Buddha in Lantau, and the Maclehose trail in the New Territories. There are also plenty of hidden gems tangled within the more heavily traveled trails, such as the infinity pool in Tai O or narrow caves in Cheung Chau Island.
Despite being on the opposite side of the world, I had no problem accepting Hong Kong as my new home. Whether you’re a foodie, a shopaholic, or a nature lover, this city will accept you with open arms. With an incredibly diverse population of people from all over the world, this city is a hub for international travel and business. There is so much to do, and so many people to meet. The more time you can spend here - the better.