I spent almost four years as a expat in Shenzhen, China, which is not known for much other than its factories. It had some redeeming qualities, but lacked true character. However, it did have one advantage over any other Chinese city: it was right next to Hong Kong.
It was six months before my first trip to the former British colony. I was fortunate enough to have my uncle in Hong Kong for business a couple times a year, so I could stay with him at the InterContinental Hotel overlooking Victoria Harbor (and I got treated to some great food).
I also traveled around the city a few times with friends–it was a nice escape when the weekend weather was pleasant.
With everything I got to do in Hong Kong, I missed out on quite a bit–I mostly spent time wandering around Kowloon and Central. Before I headed off on my extended stay in China, I had no idea there was so much to do in Hong Kong. And I certainly wouldn’t mind spending a little more time there.