China, Destinations, Hong Kong

Hong Kong in pictures

July 30, 2010

I spent my entire flight from Qatar to Hong Kong looking around at all the calm and sleeping passengers and wondering ‘don’t they know what we’re in for?!?!’

But for all my worrying about flying into a typhoon (I don’t advise you YouTube Hong Kong landing videos right before flying), we landed so smoothly I hardly felt a bump. The black rainstorm (called as such by Hong Kong Observatory)  waited for me to clear immigration and customs and board the bus to the city before erupting in fierce torrents that threatened to blow the bus off the numerous bridges we had to cross.

Anyway!

In Hong Kong, thanks to the generosity of my sister and my parents, I had a little holiday from my holiday. I got to catch up with my sister, and some friends I hadn’t seen in 18 months.

This is some of the stuff I did:

A blustery day on the Winnie the Pooh Ride at Hong Kong Disneyland

…hung out with my sister

A four-star break from gungy guesthouses

…stayed in a fancy-pants hotel, where I didn’t wear shoes in the shower. I also got myself and my sister kicked out of another fancy-pants hotel, but that’s a story for another day.

One of Hong Kong's mega malls

…was an accomplice to a bank account-busting amount of shopping, and influenced to spend the equivalent of a day’s travel in China on clothes I had to send home anyway.

Saturday morning dim sum in Hong Kong

…ate dim sum and began to get accustomed to the pushing and shoving. Being taller than most people helps.

Wonderfish! eating away layers of dirt and skin

…discovered that my foot tan was, in fact, months of travel dirt, when a tank full of Garra Rufa fish ate away a layer or two of skin.

Any excuse will do...

…had an excuse to have McDonald’s delivered to our room (over 200 locations on an island that small…and they still deliver!)

to infinity...and beyond!

…went to Infinity…and beyond! at Hong Kong Disneyland. Also discovered it’s impossible to cry on Space Mountain, even when you want to because it’s so terrifying and you’ve realised why they suggest you don’t ride if you’re in any way prone to motion sickness.

Didn't I just leave?

…returned to a place I thought I’d just left

Not really that far from home

…but was closer to home than I’ve been in a while

The symphony of lights

…found the Symphony of Lights overrated and also found that the Hong Kong Star Ferry should also come with a motion sickness warning

The view from The Verandah

…had a fancy lunch, and several almost-fancy dinners

Repulse Bay

…and became accustomed to afternoon thunderstorms, in preparation for my heading to the mainland.

For more images from Hong Kong (including Hong Kong Disneyland!) visit my RTW Travel Photography site.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Jasmin July 31, 2010 at 4:08 am

    It's so weird that we'd think nothing of showering without shoes, until we've been on the road for months and realise it's a small but important luxury! I guess that's why so many travel writers/photographers wear sandals whenever possible on the road?!

    • Reply Megan July 31, 2010 at 4:11 am

      Haha maybe! Though I do try to wear closed shoes on bus and train travel days…you never know what you might step in!!

  • Reply Ayngelina August 1, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    One of my biggest travel regrets is not taking photos when I went to HK 10 years ago, yours are fantastic.

    • Reply Megan August 3, 2010 at 11:56 pm

      Thanks 🙂
      Sometimes though, I think it can be better not to take photos – I can get carried away snapping everything that I forget to really take things in!

  • Reply Martin December 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Awesome, I’m glad our son didn’t see Buzz from Toys on our visit to Hong Kong. I suspect we would never be able to leave. Also, if you thought Hong Kong Star Ferry should come with a motion sickness warning, don’t go to Koh Tao (Thailand) via catamaran speedboat. It was the worst boat trip we have ever encountered.
    Here is our summary of the HK adventure with our son Niko -http://aroundtheworldwithkid.com/hong_kong_round-the-world-with-children/

    All the best on your travels.

    • Reply MeganRTW December 10, 2011 at 11:40 am

      Hi Martin! Happy to hear your son is also a Toy Story fan 🙂 Thanks for sharing your Hong Kong adventure – I think it’s a great city to take kids!

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