Many people love Hong Kong, others don’t like it that much. Is it worth visiting this city? Find out in this article.
Hong Kong, together with Macau, it’s 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 it’s clearly evident: the cars drive on the left, the metro (called MTR) is extensive and efficient, the name of the streets are English, etc… In general, there is a feeling that the British have just left.
In contrast with China, there is freedom of expression, religion, and internet it’s not censored(well a bit less recently): you won’t need a VPN to use Gmail or Facebook. All of this it’s quite impressive if you think that a few kilometers away the world is completely different.
The city is divided into several islands. The main ones are Lantau, Hong Kong, and the Kowloon Peninsula.
This being said, what are my thoughts I had visiting Hong Kong? I stayed in Kowloon, and I can say that Hong Kong it’s 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 really have a feeling of constant claustrophobia.
People are everywhere and the spaces are really small. Just to give an example, the escalators of the MTR 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.
Hotels are very expensive and have tiny rooms: the smallest I’ve ever seen actually. Luckily with Booking. com you can find some discounts if you want to book a decent hotel in Hong Kong.
Obviously, these are my thoughts and you might have a totally 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.
If you are planning a trip to Hong Kong some of the most interesting activities to do are an evening cruise on a Junk Boat, hiking one of the many mountains, and (if you like it) a day trip to Disneyland (here’s a discount).
Hong Kong: some pictures
The clock tower in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Bruce Lee statue at the Avenue of Stars
Hong Kong by night
One of the trains of the Hong Kong MTR
What about you? Have you ever been in Hong Kong? Did you like it?
Here some more info if you want to visit Lijiang, in China. Here the guide on how to cross the border between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Here the travel guide to China.