Despite the current turmoil and upheaval in Hong Kong, we still decided to visit this diverse and wonderful city. Having lived here over ten years ago, this time we had brought along our good friends and neighbours from Perth. We only came across one protest during our stay, although we did see evidence of the destruction that has been caused.
Hong Kong – a city with a population of over 7 million is home to many different nationalities making it a truly international city. Located in Southern China and surrounded by the South China Sea. Most of the population live either on Hong Kong Island or Kowloon, although some live on the outlying islands of Lantau, Cheng Chau and Lamma.
From the airport there are many ways into the city, we took a taxi, but there are airport buses and an express train.
The trees below are all real and also the poinsettias.
There are so many things to do in Hong Kong and we only had a week to do it in!
We stayed at the Hyatt Centric formerly Hotel Vic in North Point (a review of this hotel to come).
Hong Kong in December is a great time to visit. The weather is cooler with no humidity and all the buildings are dressed up to the nines with Christmas lights. Everywhere you look there are Christmas trees and decorations all competing for attention.
One morning we took a ferry just outside the hotel over to Hung Hom, Kowloon and then walked along the new promenade to Tsim Sha Tsui East. It’s a lovely walk and was surprisingly very empty for a Sunday. We realised later this was due to a protest being organised somewhere else in Kowloon. A sunny but hazy day.
The Hung Hom Promenade
We saw many of these small tents along the way and these are what the domestic helpers use on a Sunday to enjoy their day off.
This promenade takes you right along to the Avenue of Stars on Tsim Sha Tsui East waterfront.
Bruce Lee and Anita Mui both famous Hong Kong actors, sadly now passed away
Anthony enjoying a little shopping spree!
Later that evening we took an evening cruise around Hong Kong Harbour on the famous Duk Ling Chinese Junk. Built in Macau around 1955, it has been refurbished many times over the years. It’s a great way to see the harbour and the Hong Kong skyline. Tickets can be bought online or at the harbourside and include a guided tour and free drink.
Below are photos of the former Hong Kong Prison which is now an arts centre. What an interesting place to visit, full of history and quirky shadows videos depicting how the prisoners were treated. Located on Hollywood Road, Central.
Getting around Hong Kong
It’s extremely easy to travel around Hong Kong Island and over to Kowloon. Just get yourself an Octopus card from an MTR station and you’re all set. Public transport is not expensive in Hong Kong. It can be used on the MTR, trams, buses, mini buses and ferries. Top ups can be made at any 7-11 or MTR station. The train goes all the way to the border with Shenzhen. Octopus cards can also be used to buy small purchases in 7-11 and Watsons.
A designer decorated tram!
Oil Street and Electric Street –
Many years ago this building in Oil Street used to be the old oil terminal and is now an Arts Centre. The Government Printing works were also situated here.
The former Marine Police Headquarters, Canton Road
Pottinger Street Market – also know as Stone Slab Street – named after the first Governor of Hong Kong, Henry Pottinger – 1858
We also spent a few days outside of Hong Kong in Lantau, Macau and Sai Kung – posts to follow!
My peaky blinder enjoying a late night cocktail
Until the next post!