Earlier in October, my husband and I got the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong for a short stay. While we were only there for two and a half days, I felt like we made a good dent in sightseeing! Hong Kong is pretty small, so we got to see a lot in just a little time.
We booked our lodging through Airbnb and were quite happy with our room. Pretty much any hotel you book will be microscopic in Hong Kong – our room had about 4 square feet of standing room, a bed, a nightstand, and a bathroom that also doubled as a shower. We stayed in the area of Hong Kong called “Mong Kok,” and it was a great area filled with lots of people and things to see. We used the subway as our main form of transportation, so our hotel being close to one of the stations was a plus. Below is a photo of one of the side streets near our hotel where we picked up some fresh coconut milk!
This coconut milk was the best I have ever had. I enjoyed every stinking second of it. Hong Kong is inner-city, but also very tropical and has many perks because of it. I love anywhere I can get tropical fruits fresh!
One of the places in Hong Kong that I highly recommend is the Zoological and Botanical Gardens. It’s nestled right in the middle of the busy city, but offers an oasis for plant and animal life.
I loved walking around looking at the various monkeys and lemurs – I felt like I got to say hello to Zaboomafoo. The gardens are also home to many species of birds, some meerkats, as well as tortoises.
Time for a cat nap.
Later, we took the subway around the city, and decided to eat lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. Yes, I know, not a super local experience, but we love us some good Hard Rock food.
One thing that I did not expect to find in Hong Kong was the hills – EVERYWHERE. It’s essentially a tropical San Francisco with its elevation changes, and it made walking around take much longer.
I loved the mix of urban and jungle in Hong Kong. Such a beautiful blend, and it’s apparent everywhere. The photo below is one of my favorite from the trip, and really shows that medley.
We ended up on an unintentional hike on our quest to find Bubba Gump Shrimp for dinner. On our GPS, it read that we had to walk about one and a half miles, so we figured it would be no big deal. Turns out that 1.5 miles was on an uphill paved path through the forest and up a mountain. It makes sense that it was in a shopping area called “The Peak.”
P.S. The next three pictures were taken by my hubby!
Another attraction at The Peak was a walk through exhibit where you could take funny photos with backdrops that make you a part of them. Below is one of my favorites.
Hong Kong’s skyline seen from the top of the mountain was stunning. I could stare at it for hours.
The second day we were in Hong Kong we visited Disneyland! It was such an amazing experience to go to a Disney park outside of the United States. If you have the option, I highly recommend going to the park right after China’s mid-autumn festival. Many people go on holiday to Hong Kong during this time, so right afterward, the park is absolutely dead. The longest we waited for any ride was 15 or 20 minutes. We were able to go on Space Mountain at least 20 times, and I’m not exaggerating. The park was filled with pumpkins and Halloween decor galore!
We loved our time in Hong Kong!