Time really passes quick ….. it’s now nearly 3 months since I landed in Hong Kong, back after 37 years. I was very excited over going back, even if it only was for 5 nights. Hong Kong is a bit like Istanbul, I love it in small portions at the time.
Have Hong Kong changed a lot????? In my eyes not that much, it had grown on height, there was a new amazing airport (miles away), new hotels and buildings. The Hong Island side had moved a bit into the harbor area. When I was there in 1978 the middle point of the Chai Wan was Oriental Mandarin Hotel, but it has now disappeared in loads of new development like Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and IFC – International Finance Centre.
Plus of course all the new bridges, tunnels and Metro, all new to me.
But the atmosphere and the fantastic chaotic madness is still there, the AC units and all the laundry hanging outside every apartment buildings the same and of course the nightly lights. There is no city I have been to that bling more than Hong Kong, it’s like a big diamond brooch.
Neither have the shopping opportunities changed … it has increased, every office building and hotel have their own shopping malls.
I have always said that so long as Star Ferries run I will always found me way around Hong Kong and it’s still runs in the same style. Same old ferries and same crew uniforms, it’s like going back in time, such a fantastic part of the Hong Kong package.
We took two buses tours with the Big Bus, bought a 48 hours pass (Victoria Peak tram included and harbor cruise) – first to the Stanley Park and it’s famous market, if you leave the market without purchase something, I think there is something wrong with you. I bought postcards and a colorful wheeled cabin bag.
We had lunch at Murray House, which is a Victorian-era building originally built in the present-day business district of Central in 1846 as officers’ quarters of the Murray Barracks, the building was relocated to Stanley during the 2000s.
Repluse Bay where Stanley Market is located is also where the rich and famous of Hong Kong lives, with sandy beach and yacht harbors.
In the tour ticket was also a swamp ride included around in Aberdeen harbor.
In Aberdeen, modernity meets tradition with skyscrapers overlooking a community living on traditional junks. The typhoon shelter on the south side of Hong Kong Island is also a popular seafood dining spot and home to Jumbo Kingdom, one of the world’s largest floating restaurants.
Aberdeen has for generations been a fishing port and home to the Tanka and Hoklo clans who originated from the mainland coastal areas, they were wearing large-brimmed hats … these boat-dwellers were once forbidden to live on land or marry land people and were born, married and died aboard their sampans and junks. Didn’t see any largre-brimmed hats anywhere.
Returning to the finale stop for the bus by the Central Pier building the sky was getting serious black and rain was hanging over us, but we walked along the waterfront promenade through the building sites – and manage to reach the hotel before the rain came.
In the evening we had the most memorable dinner during our whole trip … at “The Principal”, but that story has already been told (click on the name), but there are other stories to be told.
“If you’re too free, you’re like the way Hong Kong is now
It’s very chaotic.”