WE ARE IN HONG KONG! We kept saying as we walked down the streets while navigating the throngs of people and looking up at the towering skyscrapers.
Hong Kong, one of the great cities of the world, would be exciting to visit no matter the circumstances. But after spending a month on the sleepy islands of Sulawesi and Flores, it was a major shock to the senses. One day, you are on a bus that takes seven hours to go 45 miles, the next you are in hyper-efficient Hong Kong where subways, buses and trams run with the precision of a fine watch. One day, you are watching a buffalo get sacrificed as part of an ancient tradition, the next you are in one of the modern business capitals of the world.
We loved Hong Kong, especially at night when the city seemed to really come alive. Below are a collection of photos taken after dark.
The classic view of Hong Kong at night from Victoria Peak. Although a crowded metropolis, nature in the form of green mountains and sandy beaches are right on the doorstep.
Christmas lights adorn the skyscrapers in Hong Kong.
The People of Hong Kong in Black and White
Even though seeing the sweeping city-scapes was very exciting, street life in Hong Kong is vibrant and interesting. We stayed on Shanghai street (which we later learned was in the heart of the red light district) and spent our evenings eating and wandering around the Temple Street Night Market area. People watching was a fun, free activity. There were other “fun” activities going on around us, but they were not free.
People eating at one of the many outside street cafes.
A classic city scene in Kowloon.
The baby is nearly bigger than her momma!Checking messages while waiting in the rain for the bus. I dodged people all over Hong Kong walking down the street, crossing the road or going down stairs with eyes glued to the phone.
Have you been to Hong Kong?