I have never really thought of Hong Kong as a major destination but a place to chill and break the 24-hour flight before a more desirable journey to Europe. It is a place with multiple personalities, as a result of being both Cantonese Chinese and under a contemporary ex-British influence. The mixture of both cultures are evident in most aspects of the city and its people.
My initial acquaintance with Hong Kong was a bit overwhelming. I had to quickly learn how to navigate around the tightly packed and crowded sidewalks with neon signages at every corner that almost looks like a red light district minus the girls selling male gratification.
The city is surprisingly safe and wonderfully well organised. It offers multiple moments of designer shopping perfection and if you can’t afford the real deal, there are plenty of copies at bargain prices at the markets.
Hong Kong also offers simple pleasures of affordable cultural experiences like a $2 tram or ferry ride, tasty authentic Chinese food from the side streets restaurants, a whiff of incense curling from temple rafters, savouring fishing-village sundowners and fresh seafood – that are wonderful experiences of priceless memories.
I must say that there are many historic and interesting things to do and see from Disneyland to Fishing Villages to Chinese Temples and the rest. But I didn’t do all that. I was there to go shopping.
TIP: When buying electronics goods, make sure that you know exactly which model you want to get and your local price for that model. They are not necessarily cheaper in Hong Kong particularly if you are an ignorant tourist. Some shop assistants are opportunists.