This was our third trip to Asia and we have to say that it's an interesting part of the world. Hong Kong is a so called SAR, which means it's a part of China, it has it's own government, election system etc.
We had seven nights at a hotel on the western side of the Hong Kong island on convenient distance from the Sai Ying Pun MTR station. It was a good starting point for our trips around the Hong Kong area.
As we were here during summer the weather was very warm and humid. Temperatures went up over 30 centigrades, but combined with the humidity it felt like over 40 and we both sweated a lot. Due to lack of time, we unfortunately missed out on large parts of New Territories. Maybe we can catch up on that another time.
Almost everywhere we went, the high rise apartment buildings surrounded us. It's hard to comprehend in advance, but there are large settlements all over this SAR. Almost the equivalent entire Swedish population is cramped in about 0,2% of Swedens size and has so much more to offer then just the Hong Kong island.
The city is interesting enough and there is a lot of things to do, and one of the highlights was actually the skyline views from Victoria Peak and from Kowloon harbour area Tsim Sha-Tsui.
Outside of the city, one large favourite was our Dragons back hike.
To get around Hong Kong is very easy with the efficient MTR-trains, combined with the old trams and the buses. All is made even easier if you use an Octopus card. It is a fast system to pay the fare while passing the MTR gates, or when getting on/off the bus/tram. With the Octopus card you can even pay when you shop at 7-Eleven and several other stores. You just touch and go!
- admire the beautiful skyline.
- get out of the city! there are many things to do just a short train or bus ride away.
- forget to drink lots of water - at least for a Swede it's a must!
- take the Peak tram up to Victoria Peak - take the bus instead! If you have seen one funicular and think that's enough, this funicular won't be much news for you, a part from a long wait to board it.
We also have to promote the excellent solution with pre-payed mobile SIM-cards for tourists that you can buy at the airport and many other places. The one we got gave us 5 GB of data, some text-massages and calls, and it's also possible to recharge. At the end of our week in Hong Kong we had over 3 GB data left, and we thought that we used internet all the time for gps, google and our blog etc.