I am honoured to co-host this month’s travel link-up with the fabulous topic of ‘your greatest adventure’. Since I have already talked about my incredible experience travelling Central America, the U.S. and Asia in my Travelling vs. Holidaying and My Travel Personality posts, which was without a doubt one of the greatest & best adventures of my life, I thought I’d instead tell you about a not-so-distant-future adventure that I’m super excited about.
I’m moving to Hong Kong.
In exactly 6 months I will be moving to the other side of the world for half a year. Since the move is with work, all of the stress of finding somewhere to live and transportation to the office etc. is taken care of, leaving just the exciting bits to think about.
Asia’s easily my favourite continent (you might have guessed from my ranting & raving about my love for Thailand), and Hong Kong is a country close to my heart as, despite having only visited once for a short week, my parents lived there for a number of years before I was born and speak so fondly of it that I’ve always wanted to spend some proper time there. Plus, I was Made in Hong Kong. Yep, just like yo T-shirt.
The week that Michael & I spent there in late 2014 couldn’t possibly have got me more amped for the move as there is literally SO much to do, see, eat and discover. It’s a cultural Vegas.
It’s also a foodie’s paradise, which is of course my favourite aspect, offering everything from the cheapest, yummiest local treats to super snazzy international restaurants.
Whilst Michael & I were there we ate dim sum at the well-known & loved chain Din Tai Fung, the combined taste and price of which literally makes you want to cry and puts Chinatown to shame.
We also went somewhere much more ‘traditional’, Metropol Restaurant, and by that I mean there wasn’t another Westerner in sight, no one spoke English, and you had to try your luck grabbing dishes from the trolley dolly that wheeled past you at a million miles per hour. And God only knows what you’re eating. Still, it was such an awesome experience and I will definitely be seeking out all of the local haunts whilst I’m there.
Don’t even get me started on the Peking duck. It’s everywhere. I’m going to live off it.
^ Deep-fried green tea dessert bao, I’m coming for you.
Michael & I also ate at Aqua and Zuma. I preferred the food & ambience of both of these restaurants in Hong Kong to London and was absolutely blown away by the views that you get of Victoria Harbour and HK’s skyline at the former, of which Michael & I couldn’t have asked for better front row seats. Perfect to see the ‘Symphony of Lights’, a light & music show which takes place every night.
There are 101 high-rise bars & restaurants of which I officially make it my mission to visit every one. We only went up to Ozone, but my hit list is just beginning.
In addition to getting fat & happy, there’s a great party to be had. Lan Kwai Fong, Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai seem to be where all the nightly magic happens and on each of the nights that Michael & I visited these areas the streets were packed with people having fun.
Plus, anywhere that sells 3 fishbowl G&T’s (I’d say each one holds 3 normal drinks, and is 50% gin) for less than £10 has my heart. Especially when they serve you hot bar snacks on the house to keep you goin’. I mean…
Then there are the markets. Not your average markets. Hong Kong markets sell everything from your usual clothes, electronics and food to art, flowers, birds and goldfish.
And let’s not forget the Peak, Big Bhudda, Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Victoria Harbour, Ocean Park, Repulse Bay…
^ One of many buildings with a gaping hole in its centre to achieve good feng shui. Legend holds that dragons live in the mountains and hold positive & powerful energy, which blows through Hong Kong on a daily basis as the dragons move from the mountains to the sea to drink & bathe. The holes provide ‘gates’ or ‘windows’ to allow the dragons unimpeded passage to the sea and natural air flow through the city. What’s not to love?
Oh, and did I mention the BEACH?
I intend to spend a lot of time on ‘junks’, beautiful ancient Chinese sailing ships that now provide all the modern fun in the form of island hopping and boat parties.
Hong Kong even has Disneyland. (There are too many emojis I want to insert here.)
And yes, I know it’s meant to be crap and for 3-year-old’s, but I don’t care. I’m going. And I will be so happy. Mostly because I will have eaten DISNEY CHARACTER-ED DIM SUM.
And although I intend to spend the vast majority of my time exploring and falling in love with every inch of Hong Kong, I will definitely be using my location & annual leave to my advantage and booking cheap flights to China, Burma, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand (you know the love is real), and maybe even Australia & NZ if I’m feeling extravagant, but essentially making the most of all the nearby travel opportunities.
From the little glimpse I saw of Hong Kong it has the perfect balance of culture & modernity. All the best bits of Asia & Europe combined. I can eat an outstanding meal for less than 10p and then hop on the shiny-steel outdoor escalator to take me up to my apartment.
The country embodies the past, the present and the future, and I simply CANNOT WAIT to be immersed in it.
P.S. If you have any recommendations at all or know anyone that might, please let me know! I’m planning not to sleep so I will have plenty of time on my hands