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Hong Kong: is it worth visiting this city?

Many people love Hong Kong, but some don’t like it that much. Is it worth visiting this city? Find out in this article.

hong kong skyline by night

Hong Kong, together with Macau, is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. For more than 150 years, it has been a British colony, and the influence of the British Empire is evident: the cars drive on the left, the metro (called MTR) is extensive and efficient, the names of the streets are English, etc… In general, there is a feeling that the British have just left.

There is freedom of expression and religion, and the internet is not censored (well, a bit less recently): you won’t need a VPN to use Gmail or Facebook. It’s quite impressive if you think that the world is completely different a few kilometers away.

The city is divided into several islands. The main ones are Lantau, Hong Kong, and the Kowloon Peninsula.

victoria harbour hong kong

This being said, what are my thoughts after visiting Hong Kong? I stayed in Kowloon, and I can say that Hong Kong is not my favorite city.

I lived in Taiwan, one of the countries with the highest density of people in the world, so I’m “used” to Asia, but in Hong Kong, you have a feeling of constant claustrophobia.

People are everywhere, and the spaces are really small. For example, the MTR escalators are so narrow that two people can’t fit in. Wherever you go, you will be surrounded by thousands of people.

One of the “benefits” of living in Asia is the low cost of living compared to Western countries. But this is not true for Hong Kong: real estate prices are the highest in the world, and even food costs a lot, especially when compared to other Asian capitals such as Taipei or Bangkok.

watchtower hong kong

Hotels are very expensive and have tiny rooms: the smallest I’ve ever seen. Luckily, with Booking.com, you can find some discounts if you want to book a decent hotel in Hong Kong.

These are my thoughts, and you might have a different experience.

Here’s an interesting fact: according to the statistics from both the United Nations and the WHO, Hong Kong had the longest life expectancy than any other region of the world in 2012.

Some pictures

What about you? Have you ever been to Hong Kong? Did you like it? Check out my guide if you are thinking about moving abroad.

If you want a detailed travel guide to Hong Kong, don’t miss my guide.

Here is the guide on how to cross the border between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Here is the travel guide to China.

4 thoughts on “Hong Kong: is it worth visiting this city?”

  1. Joyce

    Amazing post! The photos of Honk Kong so impressive and looking beautiful. I like all those pics.

  2. travel His world

    I’ve always wanted to visit Hong Kong! The city pictures at night look absolutely amazing.

    Great article!

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