Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a hell of a place. Part New York, part London, part Indiana Jones. It is surprisingly mountainous with many roads that a human being just really shouldn’t walk up. It has an amazing China town area (really cool walking through and seeing all their crazy shit), an amazing overlook in Victoria peak (which is honestly outstanding but it takes a million years to go up a million escalators…but still maybe one of the best views you could ever get of a major city), an amazing zoo (weird but true, and it’s high up with great views), amazing restaurants and hotels, and more upscale malls than I thought possible. I mean, how many Pradas does one need. Apparently this many…this many Pradas exactly.

I like how different Honk Kong is from the Mainland. It’s cool to see the difference in a completely capitalist system from one that relies way more on nationalism. Transportation is great with water taxis, subway lines, and regular taxis everywhere. It is weird that Hong Kong is separated into two parts (Kowloon is on one side of the bay), but Hong Kong island is where all the fun is anyway.

Wan Chai is fun. The right kind of dirty. There is only one street in this area, maybe about two blocks long that makes it truly interesting, but it’s a fun street. With countless scantily clad girls in front of their store trying to get you to come in for a drink or a massage or a show. There are also plenty of regular restaurants with elevated patios that allow you to watch all the action from the side (which is always nice to get your bearings). The girls here aren’t too pushy as they really just stick to their store fronts.

Lan Kwai Fong is probably my favorite area. Packed with bars and restaurants and just nightlife in general. People crowd this place like the most crowded places you’ve seen. But not like in shitty cities where you find tons of people trying to take advantage of you. This is just tons of people out drinking and having a good time. I would stay in or near this area upon my next visit.

Notes to self:

-The express train from HKG is mega easy. It sits right in front of baggage claim, costs like 15 bucks, goes to Kowloon and Hong Kong stations, and gets there fast. Way better than dealing with some jack wagon charging who knows what in the cab line.
-Speaking of which, generally speaking it’s 40 or more USD to get from the airport to central, and it’s about the same to get to the border with Shenzhen…then like 6 bucks from there, haha. Cabs in Shenzhen are way cheaper!
-The Hong Kong subway is easy to use, and separately the old school tram cars aren’t necessarily a San Fran must do experience, but they are still pretty cool.
-Gotta seek out some ridiculous Peking (Beijing) Duck. Ultra thin pancakes and the best duck in the world. Really cool.
-Most recently Wan Chai was kind of lame. It was like China was trying to shut down all of the less than reputable places. It could of been the weather, it could of been the time of year, but it was just not happening while we were there…plus our freaking duck place had closed down for good…ugh!
-Buy the Big Bus tour! Not only is it pretty good just in general, but you get neat perks with the ticket. Skip the line ticket to Victoria peak, which is worth its weight in gold, not kidding. Plus you get a ferry ride to Kowloon and a little boat ride.
-We have done Lan Kwai Fong a number of times and it’s always fun, but the real experience is in Soho. First of all the escalators are just rad, but each level at an escalator stop has its own feel and its own fun. I would of spent every night in Soho.
-Total sidebar, but The Woods cocktail bar and restaurant in Soho was a ton of fun and a very NY experience.


Hotels

iclub Wan Chai (Mar. 20 2018)

W Hong Kong (Dec. 31 2010)

Cosmo (Nov. 2013)