Hong Kong is a city of many many contrasts. You’ll find old Chinese temples in between the massive newly built skyscrapers, little green lungs in the massive concrete jungle and the traditions next to the ‘hip and happening’. In this city, the contemporary Western world and the authentic Chinese culture walk hand in hand. It made me feel like I was back home in Europe. Wandering through a huge China town of London or Paris. But at the same time, it felt quite the opposite.
The energy it gave me was incredible. It was not because I drank litres of coffee, ate a shitload of food or slept like a princess (impossible, the hotel was rubbish). It had all to do with the positive vibes of exploring new places, trying new food (vegan mock-fish sushi for the win!), and experiencing new traditions. The feeling of a once in a lifetime experience even though you secretly know you’ll be back. The people watch – from hipster Hong Kongers to an old lady walking in the street and even some loud British expats, the beautiful Chinese letters and sings, oh and the lanterns – they’re everywhere. The clichés and the unexpected.
It made me more than happy. The kind of happy you want to hold on to forever. If I had the budget, I probably would never have left. But for now, all I can say is: I’ll be back Hong Kong. Sooner or later.