Wednesday, 9 April 2014

H for Hong Kong

I didn't have much of a choice. You see, my H was the first letter popping up in my mind the very minute I jumped on the AtoZExpressTrain. My H just had to be for Hong Kong. Yes, I admit, probably a bit colored by our recent Hong Kong adventures, but really - what a dream destination it is. So, even though I was immensely sad to leave the Golden Temple behind, I am thrilled to be back in Hong Kong with you.

So, what to do first? I suggest we kick off our day by taking a stroll in the busy streets in the central parts of the city, so colorful and vivid, and with a fascinating mix of old and new. Hong Kong in a nutshell - with old temples, fashionable shops and new skyscrapers side by side. There will be a lot of people, but it somehow doesn't seem crowded. It is all very organized and the streets and pavements are very clean. And then the restaurants, oh the restaurants.. Let's taste some dumplings at a street stall and then go for a yummy Chinese lunch. What do you say?

Then, let's take the tram up to Victoria Peak to enjoy the stunning view overlooking the city. The choices are many in HK, so whether you like culture, history, shopping, Disneyland, Madame Tussaud's or just strolling along in solitude at the sea promenade or in the busy city streets Hong Kong has something for you. It's a fascinating east meets west metropolis.


So, I hope you enjoyed our express Hong Kong day? If you want to come back, do check out the city calendar before you go, because there is a lot going on here all year round. You don't wanna miss any of those bright, colorful noisy festivals, I think. Check Discover Hong Kong for more information.

And if you want a good-read on Hong Kong from the eyes of an Indian Expat there (oh yes!) - let me recommend my friend Amelia's blog Chai - A Cup of Life. She just featured a guest blogger: Palka Chopra who is writing about her Hong Kong. Lovely read, I tell you, and so interesting to explore Hong Kong through her. Check it out here: Hong Kong - A City For Everyone.

But let us finish our HK day with a refreshing stroll along the very well made sea promenade. Do you feel that sea breeze in your hair and see that neon skyline on the other side? It's great isn't it, just walking here and preparing to travel off to another destination....

Oh my, this 26 day's world tour is getting busy, but I do hope you enjoyed our Hong Kong day? We are soon off again however, and tomorrow we are going to a true wonder of this world... I...  is coming up...

1-30 April I participate in the A to Z blogger challenge, and this post is written as a part of that challenge. Check out some amazing participating blogs hereMy theme for the challenge is Dream Destinations. I hope you had fun coming along? Please stay tuned for a new destination tomorrow. 

45 comments:

  1. Hong Kong is a very exciting place to be... Nice clicks

    PhenoMenon
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    1. I agree. Happy to see you here:-)

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  2. I loved your commentary about Hong Kong and the lovely pictures you shared. What an amazing place it must be! ♥

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    1. So happy you liked it dear Kathy:-)

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  3. After Golden temple, Hong Kong. Another beautiful place that I have visited. The night market is awesome.. Thanks for the very nicely done account...

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    1. That's great Jayanta, Thank you for your kind words:-)

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  4. A fun post, Eli :) The pictures are very good, and your write-up is a joy to read. There is another H that comes to my mind right now - Halebidu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halebidu) which I would personally like to visit before visiting Hong Kong :) But I am sure if someone gives me a free trip to Hong Kong, I won't refuse ;)

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    1. Thanks a lot dear Beloo:-) you are so kind:-) And thanks for the tip on your H - wow - it looks amazing!!! Looks like I need to add a trip to Karnataka on my wish-list:-)

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  5. How funny Eli, I had a good laugh too- what a coincidence! I swear I didn't put up this post just as you come to H !! And thanks for the mention :-)
    I only ever hear good things about Hong Kong. It looks like a place where it would have fantastic food and I love the last pic. I really like your conversational style of writing, makes every post easy and fun to read. xx

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    1. That was perfect Amelia:-) Great combo:-) Thanks for your very kind words, as always:-) Hugs your way dear

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  6. Thanks Eli, loved reading your post! And hope you are having a lovely time in India

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    1. Thank you so much dear Palka - so happy to see you here:-)

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  7. Great pictures and again a must visit on my list! I really want to try the street food there...

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    1. Thanks a lot Aditi:-) Big hugs your way

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  8. Wow!! I feel like I am traveling to all these places with you!! :)

    ~S(t)ri
    Participant|AtoZ Challenge 2014
    Smile, it makes (y)our day!

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    1. Yay! So happy to have you along:-)

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  9. my favs are the first and the last - those dumplings n sea side promnade! Loved it Eli...

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    1. Great Mina:-) Love to have to here:-)

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  10. Hong Kong would have been my next guess. :P

    "I" should be... let me see.. Italy? Indonesia? "a true wonder of this world"?? Uh.. India? Oh you're killing me, Eli.

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    1. Ha ha ha --- ye ye Jeena:-) Nice guess.. Next one is tricky:-) :-) Hugs, dear

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    2. Maybe I should stop guessing and just read. :)

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  11. That last pic of the sea promenade is wonderful. Love the cuisine. Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. very nice pics..hong kong looks like a city of noise and festivities

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  13. I love travelling but alas the funds don't often stretch to the trips. I'm looking forward to going to France in May. So nice to connect and follow http://aimingforapublishingdeal.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. That's great Charlotte:-) France is nice:-)Thanks for visiting, popping over to your blog now:-)

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  14. That promenade was beautiful. A wonderful to spend an evening. As usual a wonderful post.

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    1. Thank you Tulika. So happy you liked it:-)

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  15. It's really beautiful and a lively place.....
    I visited HK 5 years ago...lovely post & pics

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    1. Great:-) So happy you liked it:-)

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  16. That was a virtual tour... Nice one :)

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    1. Thanks Sheethal, happy you enjoyed the tour:-)

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  17. i love visiting new places in the a to z challenge! HK is so colorful and lively! and that cityscape is gorgeous with the glowing lights!
    happy h day!

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    1. Thanks a lot Tara - so happy to see you here:-)

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  18. Hong Kong is definitely a happening place. Just saw a documentary 2 days ago about Hong Kong International Airport being the the world's busiest cargo gateway and one of the world's busiest passenger airports! Amazing pics especially the promenade and the dumplings! :)

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    1. Yes, I can believe that:-) Thanks for sharing, and for your very kind words, dear Shilpa:-) Hugs your way

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  19. Love Hong Kong! I had been there in the year 1997! It was just the time when they were getting their independence from the British! Truly amazing memories.

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    1. That's great Danny. Thanks for sharing your amazing memories:-)

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  20. I almost used Hong Kong for H too! I've been 3 times and love it. We always take a trip on the Star Ferry and go up the Central escalator and walk back down past all the gorgeous shops and restaurants. These seem to be our traditions - other than that, we've done different things every time, there is just so much.

    Anabel at Anabel's Travel Blog

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    1. I know, a lot of things to see and do. Thank you for sharing your HK moments Anabel. Happy to connect with you:-.)

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    1. Loved to have you along dear Nabanita:-)

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  22. Dearest Eli,
    Had to come back to this one as we too have enjoyed Hong Kong so much... long time ago though in 1993!
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. How lovely Mariette:-) We also enjoyed Hong Kong so much:-) Thanks for sharing and warm hugs to you dear:-)

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