The Hong Kong Story

by brian on December 2, 2008

Loyal reader Ayana said she thought Hong Kong was “a huge street fair that smells like the harbor with fireworks and really good food.”

No on the harbor smell.

Pretty much right on everything else.

Hong Kong is one big ginormous shopping mecca. Huge malls everywhere.

Beyond the shopping the lights make Times Square look like a town with no electricity. You’ll strain your neck looking up all the time.

The Tsim Sha Tsui area on Kowloon at night
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The skyscrapers along the Hong Kong waterfront are all brilliantly lit and have light patterns built in their facades. Every night at 8PM, there is a light show choreographed with all the buildings on the waterfront.
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A ferry coming into dock on Hong Kong Harbor
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Kowloon during the day. New Yorkers does this remind you of anything? I feel right at home.
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The view of Kowloon across Hong Kong Harbor from Hong Kong Island

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I sent out a message on LinkedIn to the groups I’m affiilated with to see who was in Hong Kong. Debbie, a fellow Cornell grad responded and I hooked up with her and her friends to go hiking in the hills above Hong Kong.
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Taking a break from the trek

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The Big Red represents everywhere! Thanks Debbie!

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Sunset from the hills of Hong Kong

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Debbie December 2, 2008 at 6:31 PM

OK you were right, it wasn’t a terrible picture :-P
But I looked up the Vitasoy thing and the founder didn’t go to Cornell! Boooo that brought my day down a notch. Vitasoy is awesome – especially the green melon one. Mmmmm

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brian December 3, 2008 at 4:59 AM

@Debbie
No terrible pics for Debbie, not with my camera. I got to try this vitasoy now.

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Bathabile December 4, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Hong Kong doesn’t smell anymore?! I loved that Hong Kong had its own atmosphere (so thick you could chew it). Is the night market still called Stanley Market?

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Kymbugs December 4, 2008 at 5:54 PM

The pictures are lovely! I think Hong Kong will feature on my Big Asian trip next year!

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brian December 5, 2008 at 3:34 AM

@Bathabile
Stanley Market is still around. To be honest there are so many markets you would not even miss Stanley.

@Kymbugs
HK is very photogenic. You could drain your batteries clicking pics all day long.

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Ken Barnes December 8, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Unbelievable, it looks like I missed you in Hong Kong by about 12 hours!

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