When you touch down in a city for a mere handful of days, it’s tough to get a true sense of the place. Many have told me how much they love Hong Kong and yet, I can’t say I feel strongly about it one way or another.
Having spent a fair amount of time in India now as well as in New Zealand, I’ve experienced first hand the difference that time makes. Each day affords another opportunity to learn or see something new, observe and engage with people, discover local customs and foods. It all slowly seeps in when you’re able to stay longer and do more than just visit the top tourist attractions.
That said, the experience of walking around Hong Kong felt like Times Square in Chinatown. It felt more crowded than Tokyo – especially in the subways – there’s just a huge volume of people. The subway system is impressive though and it’s easy and convenient to use.
Hong Kong is a great place for seafood lovers and adventurous eaters – we saw some seriously strange food on menus and in the streets. There’s also a ton of high-end shopping as well as electronics and jewelry stores.
The skyline is impressive, with skyscrapers and absolutely enormous apartment buildings. We learned that Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.