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 …