Hong Kong has been on top my travel wish list with cities like Tokyo and New York for ages. I wasn’t sure why, but I just felt like I had to go there. My ever-growing interest in Asian cultures has obviously something to do with that. So when I was wandering around the web and found a cheap flight+hotel deal for HK, I knew it was now or never. A week later, I found myself on a plane from Chiang Mai to Hong Kong. Excited like a kid in a candy store.
As soon as we saw the first glimpses of Hong Kong, through the windows of the airport train and in the cab to the hotel, I knew this was going to be awesome. It was exactly how I had imagined it. A concrete jungle, busy, messy but most of all visually pleasing. A mix of old and new, the patterns of the skyscraper’s windows, the big Chinese signages for shops and restaurants, and the dirtiness that big cities have – even though it was surprisingly clean everywhere. My camera did not disappear in my backpack for one second. We couldn’t walk for 10 meters straight because I saw photograph worthy stuff everywhere. I couldn’t be happier.
The weather couldn’t be crappier though. Rainy and cold(ish). Just what a winter should be like. The clouds hanging low, covering the tops of the tallest buildings in town. A strange atmosphere that I couldn’t have embraced more. A great cool down from the melting Thailand weather. I don’t think you have any idea how much fun it was to wear jeans and sweaters, for the first time in 5 months! On top of that, it was the perfect excuse to enjoy a hot cup of coffee, while people watch of course, to warm ourselves up again.
So here we go: the first series of pictures, taken in Kowloon. Kowloon is a part of the city, situated on the main land, at the other side of the water of Hong Kong city. This is where we stayed, and we absolutely loved the real authentic China town feeling of it. Quiet in the mornings, busy in the afternoon. But the most alive during the evenings when streets fill up with markets and people dine outside in the local restaurants. Welcome to Hong Kong!