I had to make a quick solo trip to Hong Kong while we were in Shanghai because my visa was only 60 days, where Jen’s was single entry for 90 days. Hong Kong ended up being the cheapest flight, so that was the plan. 2 nights, 3 days. Just to see and explore a little. I’m splitting this up into a few parts because I took so many photos.
No jokes about my sweet handwriting. The weird thing about Hong Kong is that they don’t stamp your passport. China stamped me in and out, but nothing from Hong Kong. They just gave me this little slip that I had to hold on to. It’s almost like I wasn’t even there.
I landed at the airport and made my way to the bus terminal.
A lot of buses run to the city and it is cheaper than the train, so I went with that option. The bust was 33 HK one way or $4.25. My bus was the A21, which heads right down Nathan Road in Kowloon. Kowloon was a cheaper option to stay and right across the harbor from Hong Kong Island. Lots of metros and the Star Ferry runs across Victoria Harbour.
I had no idea that Hong Kong was such a huge port for shipping. Really, I just never thought about it. But the machinery to load all of those shipping containers is magnificent. Not to mention they look really cool all lined up.
My first night in Kowloon, the staff at the Rainbow Lodge HK recommended that I head down to the Avenue of the Stars to see the nightly light show. The skyscrapers across the river light up and perform a 15 minute show to music at 8pm every night.
I then wandered all over Kowloon looking at the vintage neon signs that still seem to dot the buildings.
I just made you say “Under wear!” – Barenaked Ladies
There were plenty of snacks sold on the street in the area. I couldn’t resist this crazy egg waffle. I think it was 15HK or just under $2.
I did not buy any snacks from this little snack shop.
Loved this sign.
For dinner I found Mak’s Noodle, which is a chain as I saw them a few other places in the city. Anthony Bourdain even made a visit. I went with the Shrimp Wonton soup for 48HK or $6.20. Maybe a little fishy for my taste, but it did the trick.
That tasty treat wraps up my first Hong Kong post. Here is a link to Part 2.
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.