Hong Kong Photos + City Guide


HONG KONG

Languages  Chinese (many dialects) + English
Currency  Hong Kong Dollars (HKD)
Airport Chek Lap Kok International
Time difference from Los Angeles  +16 hours


Hong Kong - an immense towering urban jungle with close to 7.2 million people living in a country smaller than the major islands of Hawaii (imagine fitting 1/5 of California’s 38 million residents on Oahu alone). 

So what do you do with such a densely packed area? Build upwards. 

The result?

An insanely beautiful skyline that seems to overcome any law of gravity. The buildings, with their varying combinations of lines, curves, stacks and layers, each present a unique fingerprint in the city's iconic skyline - the jaggedness hinting at a seemingly never-ending race towards the sky among the architectural giants. 

Getting lost is an adventure in itself and is probably my favorite way of exploring a new city - from the endless array of shops in Tsim Sha Tsui to the photogenic streets of Sheung Wan to the steel towers of Central and even up to the unexpected wrong turns leading to the grittier parts of the city - each area is distinctly its own. 



C I T Y  G U I D E

three days isn't nearly enough time to conquer a city that always eats

 

F O O D

Mong Kok
street food
mtr station: mong kok

Tim Ho Wan
michelin-star dim sum
various locations

Bo Innovation
molecular gastronomy
60 johnston road

C O F F E E

N1 Coffee
34 mody road
tsim sha tsui

Elephant Grounds
11 gough street
sheung wan

Deadend Cafe
72 ho ping fong
sheung wan

 

 D E S S E R T

Nakamura Tokichi
green tea specialty
18/f, the one, nathan road

Oddies Foodies
egg waffle + ice cream
shop 1/f, 149 wan chai

Tai Cheong Bakery
famous egg tarts
35 lyndhurt terrace, central

A C T I V I T I E S

Victoria Peak
panoramic skyline view
mtr central J2-lower peak tram 

Symphony of Lights
sound and light show
victoria harbor waterfront

Ozone Bar
tallest bar in the world
118/f, the ritz, 1 austin road

///

 

If I can easily get around (even with my terrible sense of direction) then you can bet the country has a great public transportation system. Hong Kong happens to have one of the most efficient public transportation systems in the world. I bought myself an Octopus Card which cost $150 HKD or $20 USD (with a refundable $50 HKD upon return of the card) to make my way around the city. I’ll embarrassingly admit that when purchasing my Octopus Card, I asked if I could buy an Oyster Card (dang it, London!) and got weird looks from the man behind the stall.