I have always had an attraction for Hong Kong. From watching
documentaries to watching Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris films, Hong
Kong seemed to me to be an almost magical place - an
international city. A great combination of Eastern and Western
I first arrived there in June,2008. I was going to meet my
friend from the Philippines there and spend a few days in Hong
I flew to Hong Kong from another city in China- Shenyang. The flight was around 3 hours. As I approached Hong Kong airport from the plane, what struck me were the mountains. Hong Kong is surrounded by them. It appeared just as I saw them on TV. I was thrilled and excited.
After a restful night in my hotel, I met my Philippine friend the next day.
We took the famous ferry ride around the harbour. It was wonderful. It reminded me of the circle line cruise around New York harbor. We enjoyed passing the corporate skyscrapers and beautiful scenery around the harbor. I was greatly thrilled and happy to see the famous statue of martial arts star- Bruce Lee near there. He will always be remembered.
The next day we went to Disneyland. We spent the day there. It was nice but disappointing. Hong Kong Disney is for young children not for older kids or adults. It was very small compared with the ones in California or Florida. We were glad we went, but no return visits thank you.
Another great highlight of our trip was our visit to Victoria's peak - the highest point in Hong Kong. From high on the mountaintop you can have a splendid breathtaking view of Hong Kong below you.That memory is etched in my mind forever- wonderful!
The restaurants are great in Hong Kong, authentic superb Chinese food of course, but also plenty of western restaraunts and cuisine. My friend and I ate in the outback restaurant. It was just as good as the one in New York, especially the giant steins of cold Foster's beer!
For me and my friend,what is really great about Hong Kong is the fact that it is a bi-lingual city. Both English and Chinese are spoken everywhere. The both of us speak no Chinese, so we had no language barrier to deal with. There are English books, newspapers, magazines and TV programs easily available.
I spent 3 days in Hong Kong. I thoroughly enjoyed it. In the next 2 years I visited Hong Kong 3 more times . Next to New York, it is my favorite city. I recommend it to everyone.