I arrived in Hong Kong a week ago. When I first landed, I was in shock. I don’t blend in here at all. The first thing I did was go to an outdoor market where I tried different foods like Shark Fin Soup, which was amazing. I also took a ride on a tram at The Peak which had spectacular views of the city. While walking, I got pretty lost but eventually I got to the science museum which was incredible. I also went to the The Temple Street Night Market where I met a fortune teller and I even had my palms read. It was an amazing day. In the evening, I realized I had somehow lost my credit card. After becoming very upset and panicking, I found it in my sweater pocket, thankfully.
This week I have visited numerous restaurants though my favorite was Lung King Heen which is an excellent Cantonese restaurant. I also went to Hong Kong Wetland Park where I saw birds and waterfalls. They had a nice souvenir shop although I’m reluctant to buy anything because I have very limited storage. I did end up buying a postcard and I’m considering buying a postcard in each country and then maybe I could create a big scrapbook with them. I also spent a couple evenings at Lan Kwai Fong, a popular nightlife area. I met some great people and danced the night away. It was freeing to just enjoy myself in that environment.
Two days this week I went to Hong Kong Disneyland. I enjoyed seeing all the characters and attractions. One of my favorite rides was the Jungle River Cruise. I sat up front and I loved the water and the trees. It was a bit loud and scary though, but I would ride it again. The park had similar rides to the American Disneyland, like the Cinderella Carousel, the flying Dumbo elephants, and It’s a Small World. The food was incredible and the staff was helpful and always smiling. I really enjoyed my time in Disneyland and I hope to return some day.
The next day, I went on a walking tour of the Avenue of Stars. There were all kinds of plaques and monuments for actors in the movie industry. I loved the Jackie Chan kung fu statue. I visited several shops along the way and I ended up buying an umbrella. I really have enjoyed touring Hong Kong. It is a beautiful city with a lot to offer. I loved all the parks as well as the endless shops and restaurants. I enjoyed this city a lot more than I assumed I would.
I made the terrible mistake of going with the cheapest lodging I could find. I stayed at the Chungking Mansion for three nights. The first night was okay because I was just exhausted and collapsed on the bed. But once I woke up the next day, I realized what a mess it was. There were beatles on the floor, drunk people all around. It was jam packed with people and a total fire hazard. At first I decided to just settle and not move around but the second night that I stayed, I didn’t get any sleep because the people around me were so loud. I stayed one more night but still didn’t get any sleep so I checked out and found a new hotel. The one I’m at is much better. Unlike the Chungking Mansion, there is running water in the room and even a shower! It is much more quiet but a lot more expensive. Thankfully, I can afford to upgrade. I don’t know what I would have done if I had to stay at Chungking.
I am having a great time traveling. I want to see more of the country however I think I’m going to have to cut my stay short so I can make it to the next location. If I ever come back, I’m definitely going to do Disneyland again and I will think twice before staying at a cheap hotel. I love the adventure that I’m having. I wake up every day with no plans and I just go where I please. It is so freeing to be able to relax and enjoy the scenery. For the first time in a long time, I can say that I love my life. I have enjoyed seeing Hong Kong but I think I’m ready to see what else the world has in store. It may be time to pack my bag and head on to the next adventure.