|Rumor has it that Hong Kong is one of the most amazing cities in world. From the moment we stepped outside the train station, I was in shock. There were so many skyscrapers and people that I thought that I was in New York City except for the fact that they were all built into the side of a mountain. Hong Kong is made up of three areas: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and New Territories. We were heading straight for Hong Kong Island and the word renowned Victoria Peak Tram. Due to the 2 hour wait, we postponed our ride to the top until late evening which turned out to be really awesome.
My dad and I had a few hours to kill so we asked a local where we could grab a bite to eat. We wandered the streets and ended up going to a market in the basement of one of the many food malls they have in Asia. As I was walking up and down the aisles, I started to see all the food we have in American grocery stores. When I saw a bag of light blue Lays potato chips, I prayed that they would be salt and vinegar rather than the horrid grounded beef flavor (which was the only option I’ve had for 2 weeks). OMGGGG!!! When I read the label I nearly screamed, they were salt and vinegar!! This may not seem like a big deal, but ever since we left America, I have not seen any familiar snacks, and being a kid you must know that (junk) food is an absolute necessity.
It was nearing 9:00pm so we decided to head back to the tram; the wait was now only about an hour so we decided to wait it out. Once we finally made it to the top of Victoria Peak, the view of the lit up city of Hong Kong was absolutely breathtaking!! There were hundreds of people crowded onto a viewing deck (most holding selfie sticks) taking pictures of the wonderful and colorful sight; I eventually squeezed my way in to get some of my own. After our photoshoot we were able to choose from Bubba Gumps, Hard Rock, or various other restaurants in the food court. We devoured a Pepperoni pizza and Caesar salad without even a thought about missing a “spinny” table dinner.
The cab driver drove like a lunatic and we were soundly asleep by midnight in our shoebox size room at the Rosedale! The next morning we woke up at our leisure (a luxury that hasn’t happened since we landed in Asia) and strolled over to the Hong Kong Open WTA professional tennis tournament. We watched two of the Academy players warm up (Diyas and Zheng) and a final round of qualies with American Carol Dolehide. Afterward we navigated the Hong Kong subway system and went straight to the “Central” district for some shopping. Walking the streets was interesting on this Sunday and final day of Holiday. The servants from the wealthy residents basically camp in the city for the day as a vacation away from their employers homes. They were playing games, music, and all on their cell phones!
We then boarded the Star Ferry which took us across Victoria Harbor and over to the mainland so that we could get a cool view of Hong Kong Island from afar. We hung out near the water and met a really nice couple from Boston who were traveling on a Cruise. Afterward we attracted our ark to the Kowloon West station to board the Fast train back to mainland China. Although Hong Kong is part of the Peoples Republic of China, they are a totally separate jurisdiction and region with different laws. It feels different and not communist. Internet sites weren’t blocked like they are in China, Hello Instagram!
I loved our trip to Hong Kong but I also can't wait to get back to the peaceful location we are at in Guangzhou.