Love ya, HK.

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After spending 1 week in Hong Kong, I felt overwhelmed by doing my normal day by day diary entry so instead, I am going to list some of the places I liked the most!

*In no particular order…

  1. Soho Area
    1. Queen Anne, Seattle meets Pearl District, Portland multiplied by 50 and you get the Soho area in Hong Kong. Get lost in the alleys of cafes and bars, admire the walls of street art , take the central-mid level escalators up to Mosque Street, walk to Lan Kwai Fong which feels like Capital Hills older and more mature sister…I loved wandering through the Soho area.
  2. Quarry Bay
    1. We came over and walked along the promenade, went to the park, ended up at a fancy mall (no surprise) and found our way to the Ting Chong Farmers Market which was full of delicious food. I liked Quarry Bay because it felt far enough from Central HK that we had some space and quiet. Walking along the water and being surrounded by nature amongst sky scrapers was a nice change of pace from Thailand.
  3. Yau Ma Tei: Old Hong Kong
    1. Full of people, we got lost in the crowds pushing us from shop to shop, admiring the streets of old signs and posters. From Chung King Mansions to Temple Street Night Market, it feels like you went back in time. Some parts of Hong Kong seem like any other Western city but not Yau Ma Tei, which I loved.
  4. Cheung Chau Island
    1. A ferry ride later and we stepped into another world. No cars, everyone walks or bikes. Came during the beginning of Bun Festival so there were a lot of people. Did the walk to the Mini Great Wall, which was really nice being surrounded by trees and beautiful views of the sunset. Definitely did not feel like we were in HK only an hour before. Different worlds.
  5. The food
    1. Dimdim Sum, Share Tea, all noodle shops. I would go back just for the food…
  6. Markets (Ladies Market, Ting Chong Farmers Market, Temple Street Night Market)
    1. I love a good market. Bargaining (ok not my fav) over things you’re buying for people back home is probably in my top 5 most frequently done activities. These markets were nothing like Chatuchak (thank the Lord), as in they were manageable, organized and not a thousand square miles big. My favorite was probably Ladies Market.
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  7. Times Square, Causeway Bay
    1. Right by our hostel, this was probably where we went the most. Tall buildings, massive crowds, fancy stores…it was pretty legit. Getting a Share Tea and sitting to people watch was how we spent a couple of our nights and I thought it was great!
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We didn’t get to see everything so I would definitely love to go to HK again in the future.

Also, if you are a budget traveler, I would for sure suggest checking out Yes Inn Causeway Bay Hostel. It was affordable (for HK), clean, comfortable and in a great place.

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