What would you do if you only had 36-hours to spend in an iconic city of 7 million people?
This is what we asked ourselves when we arrived on our planned 36-hours layover that turned into 24-hours due to a flight delay out of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Hong Kong is a large city of several islands built around Victoria Harbor, one of the deepest natural maritime ports in the world at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta.
The history of the town is complex. Leased by England until July 1, 1997, Hong Kong and surrounding territories control was transferred back to China on that date.
Mandarin is now the spoken language, but the English presence is still visible all around town, and most people still speak English.
The train is the easiest way to get to Kowloon Peninsula from the airport. It took us 25 minutes and cost 105 HKG dollars, about $13. We then connected to a free shuttle bus, called “Airport Express shuttle bus” that took us a few blocks from our hotel. There are several lines, just inquire at the information booth when you arrive at the train station.
Hong Kong is formed of several islands, and after further deliberation, due to the limited amount of time we had, we decided to get a good sense of the city by concentrating our visit to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula touristic areas.
The Peak is the highest point in Hong Kong Island and one that offers breathtaking views both day and night of the stunning cityscape, Victoria Harbor and the New Territories. When time is limited, the Peak gives you a good idea of the topography of the city and understanding the strategic location of the harbor around the world. The Peak Circle Walk is a hiking trail that loops around the hill for some of the best view of Hong Kong, and the striking contrast of urban and natural landscape.
The Star Ferry has been transporting passengers from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back for over a century and offer a unique vantage point on the city’s beautiful harbor, skyline, and the various activities taking place on the water.
The Clock Tower
The Clock Tower is a remnant of the former Kowloon-Canton Railway Terminus, a reminder of the Aged of Steam and memorable landmark for the millions who have passed through Victoria Harbor.
Our visit was way too short, and Hong Kong, like Berlin has been added to our bucket list of cities to return.
As always Safe Travel!