From the second you exit off of the city train into Central or Mongkok stations, to the minute you get to your hotel or tiny studio apartment, it’s busy. Packed. Jammed. Tight. Crowded, however you want to say it, it’s above all, Energetic. So many people in such a confined space may freak out a claustrophobe, but for me it’s energizing, at least in pieces. It’s my complete contrast to the outdoor seclusion I am used to, and its envigorating.
You might get some funny states because of what you wear or because you’re the only white person in a 100meter radius, but as soon as you speak to someone they are instantly filled with smiles and helpfulness.
Stunning neon city lights around the area of Mongkok where the adults playground is amongst all of the funny bars and street entertainment. Pinks and blues and yellows light up the stinky tofu stalls and make this already bustling area, a total visual experience.
For your ears. Karaoke in HK is definitely ear opening, if you weren’t paying attention to all the noises around the streets, you’ll suddenly become aware as soon as someone starts Karaoke under a mid afternoon street marquee.
First off. Stinky Tofu stinks. Fact. The apartment I stayed in was right above a stinky tofu vendor and I am very familiar with the smell.
As for everything else, attack it. HK has the mix of all Asian foods, Korean chicken, Japanese sushi, Hawaiian Poke, and Chinese Milk Tea, with beef noodle soup, which is probably the only thing I remember how to say in Cantonese, it’s That good.
Food is never hard to find in this city but good food is often hard to randomly discover. Don’t be afraid to ask a local for some recommendations, I’ll throw mine below.
I’m not promoting/encouraging the act of finding roof tops…. But I guess I am. Go to a hotel, like L’Hotel or Cordis Hotel, and walk in and over to the elevator like you know where you are going. Then take the elevator to the second level from the top. Get out, walk over to the stair case and walk right up until you reach the roof. The door will probably be open. If it is. You’ll enjoy every second of the view. Just be careful, or don’t, up to you.
As for the hills and island of which this city is built upon makes it extremely easy to access the outdoors. Drive, train, bus or even grab an Uber out of the city about 20mins and you’re home free. Hidden beaches, mountain hikes and even unknown city hill hikes that overlook the city, that’s what this city is all about. Escape. So go escape.