We recently lucked out with the way a couple of holidays fell in early May, so we found ourselves with a 5-day weekend — it only made sense to take advantage of the extra time off to head abroad! We were able to spend 60 hours in Hong Kong and were able to fit in quite a few experiences!
We’ve been saving Japan for a longer vacation period (we’re headed there in early August!! :)), so we decided on Hong Kong because we’ve never been there, it’s only a little over 3 hours flying time from Korea, and we wanted to experience some Chinese culture!
We arrived after midnight on Friday night. We had booked our stay with the Cosmopolitan hotel, which ended up being a great choice. We were able to enjoy a comfortable room, free shuttle service to popular subway stations (including the airport express line), and free smartphone usage, which included free data, apps, and maps. (This seriously was so helpful!)
We wanted to make sure we could experience as much as possible while spending our 60 hours in Hong Kong. I decided it was probably easiest to outline some of our experiences, below!
While in Hong Kong we….
- Took a ferry from Kowloon to Central. Everyone recommended taking at least one ferry ride and we’re glad we did. The skyline views were beautiful and it was a cool experience!
- Visited Wing on Plaza, a building in Kowloon, Hong Kong, where a famous Jackie Chan stunt was performed. This stunt was filmed in 1985 and can be seen in the movie Police Story. Nick was in heaven!
- Had drinks and ate sushi at the highest bar in the world at the Ritz Carlton Ozone Bar. It was an awesome experience! The bar is located on the 118th floor of the tallest building in Hong Kong.
- Tried roasted goose! We ate a few different meals in Hong Kong, but this is one that was recommended often when we did our research. The meat was really yummy. It was challenging to eat with chopsticks, as there were still bones to worry about.
- Spent time at two beautiful parks, Kowloon Park and King George V Memorial Park. We saw lots of beautiful plants, trees, and wildlife.
- Visited the Times Square shopping center. There were many high-end stores and tons of travelers looking to shop, shop, shop.
- We drank fresh smoothies and juices. It’s so nice visiting places that have better access to fruits! Fruits are very expensive in Korea and it’s almost impossible to find 100% orange juice!
We also tried other foods, visited market areas, and drank lots of drinks! We feel lucky that we had the opportunity to visit Hong Kong! It’s always exciting visiting a new place, taking in the culture, food, and views. Maybe we will be back, but probably not – because we have a rule in place about visiting new places! We’re thinking we may add Northern China to our list in the future. 🙂 I’ll include some more pictures below!