This post is a continuation from my first post about Hong Kong.
I really loved Hong Kong. It was a nice breath of fresh air from living in Shanghai, China. More people speak English and just seemed nicer than in Shanghai. I wasn’t receiving any stink eye from old Chinese women, so that was always a bonus. Plus Kowloon has a ton of crazy apartment buildings. That paired with the old neon and sparsly painted buildings give it more of an authentic feeling. Gritty and alive. Plenty of hustle and bustle.
Day 2 I was up and just planned to wander the city. Trust me I love traveling with my wife. But I can completely understand why people love solo travel. You do what you want, when you want. No waiting for someone else. When you are hungry, you eat. When you are thirsty, you drink. I probably walked over 10 miles this day and just loved all of it.
I headed down toward the Avenue of Stars to take the Star Ferry across the harbour to Hong Kong Island. My goal was to take nice photos and really see the city.
Here are a few shots of the Avenue of Stars/Kowloon Public Pier area – approaching the Star Ferry terminal.
These images were by the Kowloon Public Pier/Hong Kong Culture Centre. I just realled liked the light and angles.
This is the Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower, originally completed in 1915. It’s also called the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower.
Something very different from China that I noticed was protests. These protest posters were located right by the Star Ferry terminal in Kowloon. I couldn’t read them, but as you can tell they are about China.
I took the Star Ferry over to the Wan Chai Ferry Pier and walked from that area to Central.
I really loved just walking around and getting a sense of the city.
Here is a view looking down from one of the raised walkways by the Wan Chai Metro stop.
Every now and then taking a Ding Ding. Yes, a Ding Ding.
Ding Dings, or double decker trams have been running on Hong Kong Island for over 100 years. You can hear them coming because of the bell or “ding ding.” The current fare is HK$2.30 for adults, HK$1.20 for children under 12, and HK$1.10 for senior citizens 65 and above. It’s a one price for all travel and they don’t make change, so if you plan to ride, get some smaller money.
The Ding Dings run back and forth East to West along the northern part of Hong Kong Island. They are very easy to jump on and jump off. I really loved the old school feel, even though most of the recent Ding Dings are only from the 90s.
From the Ding Ding, I jumped off around the Central area on Hong Kong Island. Lots of fancy shopping and big malls in the area.
There are a crazy collection of escalators that run north/south depending on the time of day called the Central-Mid-Level Escalators. The escalators are great because Hong Kong Island is pretty hilly.
The escalators daily run downhill from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and uphill from 10:30am to midnight. I jumped on and off the escalators to check out the alleys in between.
All in all I’d say that Hong Kong is easy to get around. You just have to be ready for the hills.
Here is a picture of the Lan Kwai Fong Street. As you can tell it’s a bar area that usually has patrons spilling out into the streets.
Here is the HSBC Lion outside of the HSBC Building. The bank itself has a long history in Hong Kong, first branches of the bank were founded in 1865 in both Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Plenty of cool sitting areas are sprinkled around the city. I loved these little nooks off to the left that over look a park on Pottinger Street.
Here is another cool little sitting area. I really just loved the design of it.
Lots of cool street art as well in Hong Kong.
Plenty of English inspired architecture as they colonized Hong Kong.
I hope you enjoyed Part 2 on Hong Kong. Type design by yours truly.
Where did I stay in Hong Kong?
Because it was just a few nights and only me, I went with a hostel. Rainbow Lodge HK – It’s a newer hostel on Nathan Rd. in Kowloon with comfy beds, great location and great community of travelers. The staff was very helpful with many reccomendations.