Hong Kong was the first stop on my three week tour of China. I timed the visit so that I could run the Hong Kong Half Marathon. I had about a week to take in the city and see the sights. It was barely enough time in my opinion but those are the risks when you combine a race together with a vacation.
Here are a few quick facts about Hong Kong:
Officially, Hong Kong is known as “Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China”. Although it was returned to China in 1997, it maintains separate political and economic systems from China.
The city of Hong Kong is made up of Hong Kong, Kowloon, the New Territories and several surrounding islands.
The official languages are Cantonese, Mandarin and English. It helps if you can speak Cantonese but if you can’t, you can get away with just English.
Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, and also has the most skyscrapers – there are over 8,000 buildings in the city with more than 14 floors.
Because I got sick shortly after arriving in Hong Kong, I didn’t get to try as many places and foods as I would have liked. I picked out a few of my favourites though.
I also set aside time for a day trip to Macau which is located 64 kilometers from Hong Kong. It’s easily accessible by a high speed ferry from either Hong Kong or Kowloon. Tickets can be pre-purchased ahead of time online or at the ferry terminal. Keep in mind there’s more than one ferry company and two different ferry terminals once you arrive in Macau. Don’t forget to take your passport as you’ll need it for entry to Macau and re-entry to Hong Kong.
That was my trip in a nutshell. Unfortunately, I caught a stomach bug and had to change around my touring plans which meant that I missed out on a couple of attractions and restaurants. Despite that, I still managed to see quite a bit of the city and whatever was missed, I’ll have to catch on a return trip.
Farewell Hong Kong, I will definitely be back! Next up, I head to Shanghai, China.