From a geographic perspective, us Filipinos can always say, Hong Kong is always a good idea. A 1,200 km distance away means a 2-hr flight already transports you to a different world of iconic skylines, fascinating neighborhood and a glorious harbour. Visiting a few days before the Lunar New Year though could be quite busy time with more tourists.
Funny how I never realized though as I was exactly here the same time last year or perhaps it was really a change? Take for example – the weather. I’m so sure it just wasn’t being with three seniors last year that made the weather decidedly unbearable, it was really freezing cold and rainy then. Last week though, it felt like I could’ve just saved space in my luggage and left my puff/ fur coat behind.
It was also strange observing a horrible queue at the Peak Tram (really shocked as it’s the first time for me to see it reach the other side fronting Hong Kong Park in the many times I’ve been here). In a way it was good as we had to explore other means to get to the peak and was rewarded with other perspectives along the way. To be honest, I also don’t understand why I always come here around January when there are other times of the year where I could also enjoy layering of outfits. 😅 But all the same, I had fun exploring the city mostly by foot and was able to see more of Central’s Art District and its unique finds in Hollywood Road – the essential HK. Also, Wan Chai market is a welcome change from the usual Ladies Market in Mongkok and Temple Street.
One thing that I’ve always wanted to do here though is to explore its nature. Amazingly, 70% of Hong Kong is actually mountains and sprawling parks. My resolve then is to do more hiking and cross of some of HK’s nature views in my next trip. It was fun but ‘til then, Hong Kong. 🇭