I've never really had a desire to visit Hong Kong but finally my frequent flier miles have accumulated for a free flight plus a few co-workers were also heading to the island for a conference, so what better time to go than right now?!
dim sumLuckily I was able to couchsurf in Hong Kong where apartments are about the same size as they are in Korea, but before I met my host I met another HK couchsurfer who took me for some dim sum and escorted me to 'the Peak'. We took the tram up the mountain which is the wealthy residential area of Hong Kong. The tram literally goes up the mountain vertically and as you rise you realize how this bustling city is really just an island. Truthfully the peak is more of a tourist trap than anything else. Once you get to the top you have to pay extra to go to the viewing area where you get the full, unobstructed view which is really a load of crap with all the smog. The view is never clear.
the peak tram
At night I went to Victoria harbour to check out the infamous night skyline that Hong Kong is most known for. The view is the best from the Avenue of the Stars which is the HK version of the walk of fame, except it honors Hong Kongers in the film industry. The light show happens here daily at 8pm and it was quite the disappointment. The view of the harbour as you approach it on the Star ferry is incredible, and it's quite cool to be on the ferry that is part of HK history.
Hong Kong is different in that it's quite historic yet so modern at the same time. It's a small place but with loads to do and see so I was feeling quite overwhelmed. Of course I wanted to do it all but at the end of the first day I had mixed emotions about the place. It was somewhere I could live BUT it lacked authentic culture. Every other person spoke with a British accent; it seems the British never really did leave their colony.