Exploring Hong Kong

Looking over Hong Kong Island across Victoria Harbour towards Kowloon on the other side – picture taken from the Peak

Hong Kong is a great place for a long weekend! I really enjoyed my three nights/four days there, and I’m itching to get back. It’s very accessible and easy to get around, and there’s lots to see and do. This was my second visit, but on my first a couple of years ago I was in and out to attend a conference and didn’t explore much. So everything was pretty much new.

Looking across to the island from Kowloon

Hong Kong is short of space, so it has built upwards. I can’t think of a city with as many skyscrapers, nor one that is quite so densely packed. The main bit is Hong Kong Island, which is where we spent most of our time. But we were staying over the harbour in Kowloon. Kowloon is more heavily populated, and there’s lots to do and see here too, but we’ll leave our exploration of this side of the harbour for next time.

The famous Star Ferry

One of the great things about Hong Kong is the ease of getting around. The tube system, the MTR, is efficient, cheap and easy to navigate. Taxis are plentiful and very affordable: the only problem can be the traffic. And then there are ferry options for getting across the harbour which also work really well. We used a combination of all three.

The MTR

Rooftop pool at the Harbour Grand, Kowloon

I’ve chronicled the eating and drinking options in separate posts. Here I’m just sharing some images. If you are a tourist it’s kind of compulsory to take the tram (technically a funicular) to Victoria Peak, but beware: you have to queue for about an hour to get on, which is tedious in the summer heat. The views from the top are sort of worth it though.

 

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