It has been several years since I visited Hong Kong, but the memories of how beautiful and vivacious this city is have remained with me. I'd really love to return.
Hong Kong boasts a fascinating mix of natural beauty, stunning harbour views and enormous skyscrapers which stand as metaphors for its financial power. This creates a pleasing jumble of modern and ancient cultures, natural and manmade wonders that can really take your breath away. Add to the mix the powerful Asian currents which are blended with Hong Kong's British colonial past, and the whole city-state becomes a fascinating, cosmopolitan mosaic. (Can you tell? I loved Hong Kong!)
A huge highlight for me was riding the Peak Tram -- which is Hong Kong's oldest means of public transit -- up to the top of Victoria Peak and its break-taking views of the city, which ripples over numerous sharp hills to eventually reach down to its harbours. (And for some reason, I found it a particular thrill to actually view the South China Sea -- I find that name so romantic!) Since I didn't buy a digital camera until a year ago, and can't scan my old snapshots, all of these photos are from TripAdvisor. The first photo is the view from the Peak!
Of course, I was in Hong Kong on business, so touring time was limited. A few colleagues had suits made in their free time; I tramped around to see as much of Hong Kong as possible!
Another highlight of this trip was a late-night jaunt a group of us made across an enormous harbour in an ancient (and very rough) junk to have dinner on Lantau Island. (The second photo above is a view from the water of the city skyline) Lantau is the largest island in the Hong Kong district, mountainous and very green.
One of my colleagues, who had been posted as a reporter in China for several years, knew the island well and had chartered a boat for our group of journalists to travel there. Of course, I and a few others wound up working late, literally missed the chartered boat and had to make our own way across the harbour. The three of us approached an elderly man with his tiny boat and hired him for the trip. As we rocketed across the water, we all tried to ignore the incredible amount of trash floating in the water and instead focus on the stunning night skyline of Hong Kong.
Finally, a few TA photos of my hotel (since I can't scan my own.) (The above photo is of the lobby) I can highly recommend the Island Shangri-La Hotel, a 5-star in the centre of Hong Kong. I've stayed in several Shangri-La hotels across China, but I think this was the very best of this hotel chain.
My room had a similar view to this (just above) and I thought I could get very used to such a sight!