Oh Hong Kong..
Hong Kong was one of those places that just clicked with me. You know those cities that just resonate with your soul? It had me mesmerized from the moment I drove over to the island in my little taxi I caught at the airport. I was always obsessed with Tokyo and Kyoto and pretty much every other city in Japan since I was little, so I never paid much attention to Hong Kong. It was just one of those cities you heard about but never thought about. I guess I lumped it in with my ,“someday” list instead of my, “right now” list. At least that was until I decided to use Hong Kong as a layover city on my way home from Thailand for my birthday!
Maybe it was the luxurious apartment we were staying in near Soho (a birthday treat) or the fact that there was a Mark and Spencer’s only minutes away, or maybe it was the fact that Hong Kong was a world on its own and simply everything about it made me so happy. Hong Kong is so different from anything I had ever experienced before!
I come from a small acreage in the middle of good old Alberta Canada. To get anywhere when I was little my mom had to drive the 20 minutes into town, and in the mornings I would take the big yellow bus to school with all the other country kids. The “Cheese Wagon” the city kids called it. Being from the country I never had those rebellious teen years where you hear of people sneaking out to party because if I snuck out it would take me a day and a half to make it to the party and then I would have to consider if I wanted to be eaten by a cougar on the way.. Pretty easy toss up. I liked playing in the trees better anyways.
“..like nothing I ever experienced..”
When I moved into the city I was overwhelmed with the amount of traffic because I was so used to highway driving where you did one speed and off you went. In the city there’s a million different speeds with a million crazy drivers but still, my city is teeny tiny and there is only two main areas. The rest in just suburbs and river valley.
So when I went to Hong Kong with all of these skyscrapers, massive cargo boats, bays with stunning traditional junk ships, water everywhere, giant bridges, neon boards, traffic like nothing I ever experienced.. well.. I was in love. What was this place!? It was like I got sucked through a portal.
One minute you’re down Soho checking out all the cool cafes and the next you’re at this market where gold fish are being sold by the bag. And then you try dim sum for the first time and make yourself sick on all the custard buns because they were so good. And then you look out your apartment window onto the madness that is Hong Kong.
The population of my city is 812,200.. Hong Kong’s population is 7.2 million. That’s insane! And I love it.
After being in Europe for quite some time I realized how much I missed that big city feel. And after being in Positano’s misty mornings it made me remember waking up in Hong Kong with all of this fog and rain speckled on the window as I watched the cargo ships in the bay. It made me remember that “buzz,” electricity if you will, of a city that was just simply beautiful and cool.
Has a city ever done this to you? Make you completely and utterly in awe? Let me know in the comments so I can add some new places on my list!