Hong Kong Travel Diaries

In Hong Kong

March 27, 2016
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From my very first steps in the airport of Hong Kong, it was clear that this city isn’t similar to any other. Beautiful, elegant, clean, chaotic, strict, magnificent, authentic, filled with street food flavors and thousands of different sounds – this was my first impression of Hong Kong and this is how it will stay in my memory.

Having left the airport, we went to the central area of Hong Kong Island known as Causaway Bay or Times Square. A lot of people compare Hong Kong to New York City and their resemblance is evident: they both have Times Square areas in the very heart of each city. Times Square is where life pulsates and flows of people pass each other heading to and from different areas and islands. You can find anything you need here, from luxurious stores and boutique hotels to restaurants in skyscrapers, pharmacies with Chinese potions and double-decker trams all surrounded by millions of city lights.

After checking-in at a boutique hotel JPlus, I desired to melt into the streets and feel the city’s vibes.

As I found out very soon, Hong Kong is very easy to navigate by public transportation. I always use the maps.me app that helps me feel at home in every new city I visit.

So I headed out to explore Times Square and I still do not understand why I felt like being in my home city! Maybe the reason is the long separation from my home, my relatives and friends. In any event, I felt myself being at home in the places I visited. Perhaps another reason is that Hong Kong is home to thousands of expats from all over the world.

I felt like so small being surrounded by huge skyscrapers in a big city. As I was walking the streets of Hong Kong I entered different cafes and tried meals at random, took old trams and hopped off where I wanted, without any specific plan. The whole city is a happy solitude, where everybody is together and on their own at the same time. It is very easy to get lost in Hong Kong and is also very easy to fall in love with.

To be continued …

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85 Comments

  • Reply Mariah March 27, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I love traveling!

  • Reply Diz Fam March 27, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    I was surprised you mentioned the city is clean! Big cities here are so dirty. Looks like I should add Hong Kong to my bucket list!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya March 29, 2016 at 9:38 am

      I was also surprised to see that a big Asian city would be so clean, but as I mentioned it is also very strict, so I guess this is the reason.

  • Reply Amanda Love March 28, 2016 at 1:01 am

    I have a friend who wants to travel there next year and I’m thinking of going with her. It looks like it’ll be a lot of fun.

  • Reply kancell724 March 29, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Really amazing photos. I have a really long list of places I’d love to visit someday this is on that list.

  • Reply Megan McCoig March 29, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Amazing architectural photography! Hong Kong looks incredible, I would love to visit! Great post once again 🙂

  • Reply seasaltsecrets March 29, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Wow! Hong Kong is top of my list of destinations in Asia, such beautiful photos!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya March 29, 2016 at 11:15 am

      Thank you so much! It is so easy to fall in love with this city!

  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy) March 29, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    What an amazing adventure! I have always wanted to go to Hong Kong!!

  • Reply Mary Yaroscavitch March 29, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I so can’t wait to read part 2. Long long did you stay for? I what kind of camera did you use to take the pictures?

  • Reply Dana Peller (@Pellerini) March 29, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    I’m going there in 2 weeks and I can’t wait. I went last year but we didn’t do too much because my husband had to work but this time I want to explore! I’d love any tips you could share!!

  • Reply Kristin Cook March 29, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    You have so many awesome adventures! Hong Kong looks kind of intimidating!

  • Reply Eva /Kid Minds March 29, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    I love coming to a new city with no plans and just flow with the current. It looks like Hong Kong is great for that kind of exploration. Fun photos!

  • Reply Kait March 29, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    It looks like you had an amazing adventure! Your photos are beautiful and really seem to capture the vibe of the city. I’ve never been to Hong Kong before, but I would love to go one day!

  • Reply Mariah March 29, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    The architecture looks so fascinating! Being in a foreign country is always so mesmerizing to someone who grew up in a small town!

  • Reply Heather (@TownsendHouse1) March 30, 2016 at 12:06 am

    What a breathtaking city! I have never been, but I have friends that have gone several times. It looks like there would be a ton to see and do!

  • Reply toughcookiemommy March 30, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Hong Kong really does seem like a beautiful city. I’ve always thought so when I saw images from friends who vacationed there. It has a certain charm to it.

  • Reply Debra Hawkins (@wifeeclectic) March 30, 2016 at 1:07 am

    What an amazing and beautiful city! This one is on my bucket list for sure! I have always wanted to travel here!

  • Reply alexandria March 30, 2016 at 1:20 am

    One again, gorgeous pictures. Hong Kong seems so busy, but also so inspiring. I love that it looks chaotic. Does that make sense? Love your long top or jacket; can’t really tell in the pictures what it is!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya March 30, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply dacounsel March 30, 2016 at 1:23 am

    As usual, your pictures never diappoint. I get lost in the scenary! You make traveling look hip, fun and exciting. I didn’t have Hong Kong on my list of places to visit, but after seeing your post, it’s going on there!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya March 30, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you! I am so happy to hear that my photography inspires people

  • Reply Monica March 30, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Your photography is stunning! I have always wanted to visit Hong Kong and after reading this I want to go even more.

  • Reply seasidemermaid March 30, 2016 at 2:00 am

    I have never been to Hong Kong before, but it’s one destination that I’ve always wanted to visit. It looks so fun and energetic! – HilLesha

  • Reply keatingbartlett March 30, 2016 at 4:57 am

    I’m in love with your travels and photos! I would love to visit Hong Kong someday.

  • Reply jillconyers March 30, 2016 at 11:41 am

    You have captured the essence of Hong Kong beautifully. You can feel the energy of the city through your photos.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya March 30, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you! I do my best

  • Reply Fatima March 30, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Wow. What a beautiful city Hong Kong is! I know what you mean by feeling small in front of all the skyscrapers. Those buildings in the photos are huge! It seemed like a busy place so I bet you never felt alone.

  • Reply tp keane March 30, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Hong Kong, such a beautiful and diverse city. I’m so envious that you get to travel to these wonderful exotic places. Love it.

  • Reply Roxanne March 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! You make traveling and enjoying life seem so carefree! I have a friend in Hong Kong now and sending back so spectacular pics!

  • Reply littlemisscant March 30, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Wow… Hong Kong looks so much cleaner than I had thought it would be. We love to go travelling but we haven’t ventured that far from home. I don’t think I have ever been somewhere with that high of skyscrapers either.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya March 30, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Same here! I knew that Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai are very clean, but I never thought HK would be on that list

  • Reply Shelly C. March 30, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I went to Hong Kong eight years ago and it was absolutely amazing. If you get the chance, I highly recommend going to Lantau Island. It is absolutely beautiful, has great beaches and shopping. Also, Kowloon is pretty fantastic as well. It has a ton of great bars and restaurants.

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya March 30, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      Thank you for your amazing recommendations!

  • Reply Hannah Adkins March 30, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Hong Kong certainly looks beautiful. I love all of the amazing photography that you’ve included. They’re breathtaking!

  • Reply April (@theaprilnoelle) March 30, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    What gorgeous pictures. I would love to go to Hong Kong one day. It’s definitely on my bucket list.

  • Reply Carolyn March 30, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Hong Kong has always seemed so elegant to me. I lived in NYC for 3 years and it looks so similar.

  • Reply Cara (@StylishGeek) March 30, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Your post is making me miss Hong Kong :(! I love your photos! :). It’s interesting that you say this city reminds you of New York. It does the same for me. I think you will realize that HK doesn’t appear to sleep either, like NYC! And yes, public transportation over there is awesome! I lived there for about 3 months and I loved every minute of it!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya March 30, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      The next day we left HK I woke and asked my Hubby, so when are we going to go to Times Square? )))) You know, it is easy to fall in love with, I understand why you enjoyed every minute of it

  • Reply onceuponadollhouse March 30, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Loving this post, your imagery is exquisite. I’ve never heard of that map app before but am going to download it and play around with it in my city – Chicago! Never been to Hong Kong but feel like we were just there with you through this post!

  • Reply Julie @ Girl on the Move March 30, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    That skyline though, I am just swooning over here! And I love the picture with the mural backdrop…such a great background and art piece

  • Reply Laura March 30, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Such a beautiful city! It’s pretty high up on my travel bucket list. Also your outfit is on point!

    xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

  • Reply Hollie || Little Goldfish Invitations & Stationery March 31, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Considering Asia is the closest neighbouring continent to Australia, I am ashamed to admit that I have only been to Singapore for a quick 24 hours on the way home from Europe. I’ve never even considered going to Hong Kong, but you’ve definitely changed my mind about that, it looks incredible.
    Thank you for opening my eyes and adding another country to travel to my list!

  • Reply westviamidwest March 31, 2016 at 12:47 am

    One of my favorite cities is Hong Kong! Seeing your pictures makes me want to go back again really soon!! (ps, your pics are always so lovely!)

  • Reply Rachel G March 31, 2016 at 2:07 am

    We used to live in China, just across the border from Hong Kong, and loved going there for regular visits! I’d go back in a heartbeat!

  • Reply Sequins in the South (@CarlsonLaci) March 31, 2016 at 2:09 am

    I can remember being little and wanting to visit HK even then I still do I am so intregiued one day I will definitely visit !

  • Reply leannematlach March 31, 2016 at 2:24 am

    I’ve never used maps.me before. i’m planning a trip to italy this fall and will have to check it out while planning.

  • Reply laura londergan March 31, 2016 at 4:41 am

    wow looks like another amazing location that you have gotten to visit. Your photos are simply stunning – love it

  • Reply sveeteskapes March 31, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Hong Kong sure seems like a vibrant city. I have always read it is another big city yet still clean, and your beautiful pictures and post proves that. I love to explore a city by public commute, it makes all the difference I think – living like a local 😉 I can totally relate to feeling like home when you visit a new city, that happened to us when we were recently in Sydney, it sure is such a wonderful feeling right, that instant comfort and connection!
    Cannot wait to read the next part 🙂
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  • Reply Jennifer Corter March 31, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Oh my gosh, what an absolutely breathtaking place! It is so beautiful! You got some great shots, too!

  • Reply Dawn McAlexander March 31, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I have always wanted to visit Hong Kong. It looks like such a beautiful place. I have friends who have visited and they loved it!

  • Reply Ana De Jesus March 31, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    I love how different these photos feel, Hong Kong is very much about being urban and you certainly blend in well! I love the colored lights.

  • Reply Angela Bethea April 1, 2016 at 6:29 am

    My gosh! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience and photography in Hong Kong. I know for a fact I would love to visit someday and explore.

  • Reply Toni Williams April 1, 2016 at 11:24 am

    You captured the city and its beauty beautifully. Hong Jong had not been on list of places to travel, but it definitely is now. It’s comparable to New York here in the States.

  • Reply Chels (@Inspire_Indulge) April 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    The very first pic of you is PERFECTION!! How did you get that to blur?!!!! I’ve always wanted to visit Hong Kong. <3

  • Reply Chandler @ Life as a Larsen April 1, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I have always wanted to go to Hong Kong but my husband is like anti Asia traveling for some reason. These pictures are amazing and it looks like you had a great time! What camera do you use?

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya April 1, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      Chandler, thank you for your comment! Asia is not similar to anywhere else, you either love it or don’t!
      I use Canon Mark ii

  • Reply Ashleigh April 2, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Hong Kong looks amazing, I’ve always wanted to go. You’re pictures are great, thank you for sharing!

  • Reply livelifewellblog5 April 2, 2016 at 10:51 am

    This is SO perfectly timed! I’m in Hong Kong right now. My mom and I are here for a long weekend staying at the Ritz Carlton in Kowloon and we LOVE it! It’s an amazing city.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya April 3, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      Allison, are you staying at the Ritz Carlton above the observation deck? How is it? I would love to see some photos.

  • Reply Simply Save April 2, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Looks wonderful and so full of life! I hope to visit some day.

  • Reply Joanna Malefaki April 2, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    The pictures look lovely. I hope I get the chance to go to Hong Kong!

  • Reply modchicmag April 2, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    The city looks amazing! And what gorgeous photography too.

  • Reply atlasheart April 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Hong Kong looks like such a vibrant and intriguing city!! I’m visiting it for the first time in October this year and I can’t wait to see what it’s like. Love these pictures!

  • Reply Michelle Mink April 2, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    i need the jumbo bag hanging above the entrance to ralph lauren. looks like hong kong is an exciting city to visit

  • Reply ruthieridley April 3, 2016 at 4:10 am

    I loved your comparison of Hong Kong to nyc their similarities etc. your pictures are lovely! This is on my bucket list on places to visit!!

  • Reply Nicole Torres (@DesignItVintage) April 3, 2016 at 4:40 am

    You’ve captured some really amazing architecture, I felt like I was there. Beautiful country. I love all the stores and it almost has a NY feel.

  • Reply Rosemary April 3, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Great pictures. Hong Kong is on my list to visit and so glad to get your perspective. I’m looking forward to how the story unfolds.

  • Reply Cresentia Evelyn Halim April 3, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    i love hongkong! the food, the shopping mall, the beach and everything in hk!!! i missed hongkong!!
    thanks for sharing dear, have a great day
    xx,
    http://evelyn-halim.blogspot.co.id/

  • Reply Erin (@ErinShebish) April 3, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Hong Kong looks so beautiful! I have friends that have travelled there but their photos didn’t capture the life and beauty you show here. Definitely adding this to my bucket list!

  • Reply Jess Leeman April 3, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Hong Kong looks absolutely stunning. There are so many places I’d love to go, this being one of them
    Jess from Beautiful Breakable

  • Reply Joanna April 3, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Your photography is insane! How did you shoot this? I am in awe! Such a big fan of you!

  • Reply Alicia April 4, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    This looks beautiful’

  • Reply CourtneyLynne April 4, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Omg Hong Kong looks like a fabulous place to visit!!! Hopefully my travels take me there one day!

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  • Reply Paula April 6, 2016 at 6:09 am

    I haven’t been to Asia, but it’s on my list, for sure. Hong Kong looks very vibrant and fun, and like a great place to take in the sites.

  • Reply beccadorr April 6, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    These are such gorgeous pictures. You’re definitely making Hong Kong an addition to my travel bucket list!

  • Reply Jennifer Pilgrim April 7, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Wow. Your photos are so spot on! I cant wait to visit Hong Kong. This made me smile!

  • Reply Epepa April 11, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Wow, I’m totally impressed. Beautiful photos and blog.

  • Reply Chrissa - Physical Kitchness April 16, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    AMAZING photos! I feel like I was there with you!

  • Reply Karla | karlaroundtheworld April 16, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Really amazing photos. Your blog is so nice. I’ve been to Hong Kong a lot and each time I go I fall in love with it even more.

  • Reply perri May 2, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    WOW!!! I love how artistic your pictures are, really beautiful! My boyfriend and i are planning a trip to Asia in the fall, we may have to add China on the list!

  • Reply By Land and Sea June 11, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Great photos! What kind of camera do you use? I’m in the market for a new one!

  • Reply Martine de Luna August 10, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Your photos are stunning. I enjoy staying on the main island (which I still call Victoria Island!), because I grew up there as a child. I love how upbeat Hong Kong is and I super miss it! I should plan a trip, definitely.

  • Reply walkwithmisspiggy August 13, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Looks like a part of Makati City or BGC in the Philippines. Nice architecture by the way

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