I flew into Hong Kong on a misty January morning. I was excited to be away from the frigid temperatures in Cheonan. I decided to take a double decker bus into the city. I don’t usually find myself overwhelmed when I visit new places, but I was getting some major vertigo from staring up at all the buildings as the bus sped to my hostel.
Hong Kong is a city that is never boring and always busy. I never had to worry about running out of things to do. It also never gets too cold and has wonderful public transportation.
My only complaints stemmed from the hostel I was staying at. The hostel was in a good location and was clean but the guests staying on my floor liked to stay up until 5 am so they could drink and blast Russian pop music. I probably would have enjoyed some Russian tunes if it wasn’t going on at all hours of the night. Two girls also got into a fight and smashed a glass bottle on the floor of the common room. I’m still in my twenties, but I already feel like I’m getting too old and cranky for hostel dorm rooms. Call me pretentious if you would like.
Anyway, onto the list!
1 The gardens and parks rising up from between the skyscrapers
2 The variety of brands from all over the world
I enjoyed my first Japanese MOS burger in almost six years, which was conveniently located across the street from my hostel.
3 The bakeries
I may or may not have eaten breakfast at the same bakery every morning.
4 The dim sum
I knew this would be the one thing I would have to eat no matter what.
5 The constant trains, easy to use subway cards, and helpful maps
6 Being right on the ocean
Hong Kong was a good choice.