I just can’t get enough of big cities. They give me such a rush, inspiration and motivation. I love exploring them and to find the things the locals like. After New York, it was difficult for any city to excel that, at least in terms of skyscrapers, skylines and lights. But well.. being the most vertical city in the world, Hong Kong kinda managed to do that. While I still like New York City better for its attractions and restaurants (and maybe also the atmosphere), I must say that the skyline and beautiful surroundings (bays. beaches, mountains… ❤ All a real tropical paradise) of Hong Kong are just a bit better, haha.
We went up on Victoria Peak by tram (really cool!) around 5 and stayed there to see the sunset and the city at night. Then we wanted to walk down the mountain to a bus station somewhere halfway (we got that tip from a few Dutch guys we met in the hostel in Hangzhou).. However, we kinda took the wrong way and ended up hiking in the dark (REALLY SUPER DARK), small path which was only accessible for pedestrians, down the mountain towards the city. Pretty scary, since we needed to use our phones to even see the path (and hurray for Google Maps, I must say.. It kinda saved our lives then), through the jungle (hahaha, it really felt like it), but also REALLY cool! Still, I was pretty relieved when we made it to the city alive. 😉
A really nice tip we got from a friend who studied in Hong Kong for a semester was the Wooloo Mooloo Steakhouse with a sky lounge on top of a skyscraper in the middle of the city: a truly amazing experience!
The last day (we spent 4 days in HK), we went to the other side of the islands, where the bays and beaches are. This was absolutely stunning. We got a tip from a British expat we met on the streets, to take a regular bus (I believe it was 6), and sit upstairs.. which actually is the same as a tourbus, but then waaaay cheaper. Unfortunately, we are not really used to UV indexes around 11, so only 1 hour in the sun and some relaxing in the shade gave us an insane sunburn. Totally unintended and kinda unexpected, since we used sunscreen and went out of the sun on time – or that’s what we thought… It wasn’t a really nice experience to have to sit around 14 hours in a plane seat with your butt and back burned, I can say…. Anyway, if you go to Stanley beach, make sure you go to The Cave in Stanley for a delicious frozen yogurt and super good salads!