July 28, 2016

My First Impressions of Hong Kong


It was cold and windy when I landed in Hong Kong. Temperature had dropped to one of its lowest in the last many years. Endless blocks of structures welcomed me as the car sped from the airport to the city. Buildings seemed like matchboxes from a distance. Countless numbers of them.


The city has tall structures everywhere, many with glazing exteriors while a few without them. The roads meander themselves through these tall buildings with traffic signals present after every few hundred meters.




Hong Kong still holds an old world charm with its trams running through the traffic.


The red taxis are ubiquitous and easily available everywhere.



The best vantage point in Hong Kong is from Victoria peak where the city spreads itself in front of you. However, it was quite foggy and I missed out on the view. The place is quite a shopping paradise with numerous shops and outlets selling a wide range of things.


SOHO is the place to be in the evening with an exciting night life and innumerable pubs and restaurants. The narrow alleys here are wonderful for an evening walk.




There is no dearth of entertainment in other parts of the city too with clubs present everywhere.



Ladies night market is an ideal place to go on a shopping spree with a plethora of items on sale. I had to sharpen my bargaining skills quite a bit.


Hong Kong for some weird reason failed to entice me. Too fast paced, not so courteous people, tall structures everywhere. Am sure there is much more to see here and I have missed out a whole lot of it. But, would I go back to see them? Ain't sure about that.

24 comments:

  1. Nice pics. The last one makes HK look like an Indian city :)

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  2. Loved the photos. They brought back many memories for me :)

    --Nimi
    www.NimiArora.com

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  3. Brought back nice memories of the city.

    How long were you there? I liked it for the way it is. What I didn't like was the cost of living. :)

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    1. Glad it re-kindled your memories. I was there only for 4-5 days, but stuck with work most of the time.

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  4. Agree with your points. I feel Singapore is cheaper and better.

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    1. True, loved Singapore. Can't say the same about Hong Kong.

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    1. Yeah, there are locations which are exciting.

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  6. I went with the sole purpose of taking the kids to Disneyland and it worked!

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    1. Have heard the Disneyland is one of the best. Hope you had a nice time.

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  7. Something new this time. Nice to read about fast paced Hong Kong.

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  8. Niranjan,

    We have spoke over some tweets, never came across your blog. Glad I stopped by. Great blog I must say. Well I missed seeing HongKong when I went to Macao as it was short trip. Glad to to hear your experience. Btw do drop my www.photokatha.in too!

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    1. Thank you, Rutavi. Glad you dropped by. I do go through your blog intermittently. :)

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  9. Looks like the nightlife there is quite good. Thanks for the description too ☺️

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    1. Glad you liked it. Yeah, nightlife is quite exciting. SOHO is the place to visit.

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  10. Adored the photos...Agree with your focuses. I feel Singapore is less expensive and better...
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    1. Glad you liked it. Despite loving Singapore, I found the cost of living to be more expensive.

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  11. Been to Hong Kong as a child and remember very little! Thank you for taking me on a virtual trip through the city.

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