Victoria Harbor Hong Kong
Victoria Harbor from the Star Ferry

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.

Victoria Harbor from the Star Ferry
Victoria Harbor from the Star Ferry

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.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Hong Kong is such a cool city. I only had the chance to go there once, but hope to go again before my teaching contract is up. Now if only there was good, cheap accommodation…

    • I stayed in some reasonably priced places. I think one of them was the New Sand Diego Hotel near the Jordan MTR. There was also a YMCA–not the one down by Victoria Harbor, but I think it was by Yau Ma Tei.

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