I recently came back from a trip to Hong Kong. It was primarily to visit family, but of course I also wanted to explore the city as well. In the two weeks I was there, I just couldn't get enough of it. The mix of old and modern buildings, the delicious food, and best of all doing all of that with friends and family makes me speechless. That's why I will mostly let the photos do the talking.
Hong Kong is just full of life... probably because there are so many people. I sometimes wonder how full the streets would get if everyone inside the buildings came outside... it would be insane! For a city just packed with buildings though, it's nice to find a park or garden to relax in.
Not only is there Disney and Ocean Park for the kids (myself included... heh), there are plenty of museums around to provide history lessons for tourists like me. I never liked History as a child, but now that I'm older I find that I appreciate it more. Hong Kong is also pretty close to Macau so there is tons to see and experience everywhere!
Above is the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defense. I found it surprisingly interesting for some reason.
Why are the Hotels in Macau so big?!? I can literally spend just a day at one hotel! This just blows my mind.
One of my life's goal is to go to every Disney in the world. Two down! Three more to go! I think.
Ocean Park! I haven't been here since... 1999? A lot has changed apparently. I wouldn't know since I don't quite remember, but now I have this memory! So we'll see how much it changes the next time I come.
That is one big buddha. This is the Tian Tan Buddha after taking the cable car. It was a nice hike up a lot of stairs.
Noah's Ark! There was a lot of history on what scientists have been doing to find the real ark. Unfortunately, I wasn't in the mood to read a lot that day. Still interesting though! And hey look! My relatives... which leads us to the last section.
I haven't seen my relatives for 9 years until this trip. It's amazing what changes in 9 years. Everyone is more mature, but still knows how to have fun. Being away from family a lot makes me appreciate and really cherish the time I have with them when I can. This section is by far the most memorable part of my trip... (yes... it even surpasses Disney for me). It is what separated me from the rest of the tourists. I felt like I was visiting a new place, yet it also felt like home. It was a weird feeling that still confuses me today.
This blog post might not have been as informative as it should have been. That's mostly because I was on vacation and not in work mode. I do regret not taking more photos or videos during this trip, but I think that's what makes me hold on to these memories even tighter; because most of the memories are in my head. This is by no means what Hong Kong is truly like. I'm sure a lot of what I saw was for tourists to experience. How the locals see the city is currently beyond me, but maybe sometime in the future I'll go back and experience a little bit more of the local life for myself.
Until then, it was a memorable 2 weeks. I enjoyed every last second of it... even the times I felt jet lagged and had no appetite (though I wish I did have a bigger appetite... so much good food wasted). Hope to post something again soon. Summer gets busy at Lake Louise.