While researching flights for an upcoming trip to Cambodia, I noticed the potential for a stopover opportunity in Hong Kong. And with some creative booking, we had 48 hours to spend in this vibrant, densely populated mega city!
And what fun we had. We walked 15 miles all over town, ate delicious dim sum, marveled at the skyscrapers and mingled with the locals. We definitely didn’t see all that Hong Kong has to offer during our short visit but that’s all the more reason to return!
We arrived in the evening and checked into our hotel but were eager to explore. We found some dinner and took in the lights of the city.
We woke up at about 4am the next morning and ventured out for some coffee and the sunrise.
Found this great view of the cityscape from the Star Ferry Pier but ended up without coffee until about 9am! Seems nothing opens early in Hong Kong.
Views from Victoria Peak
Mid morning haze overlooking Hong Kong
Ding Ding’s in Wan Chai
We visited the wet market on the next street over from our hotel
Vendors unloading deliveries and preparing for the weekend grocery shopping rush
Pak Tai Taoist Temple
The temple was quite busy on this Saturday morning. Many locals were here for prayers, fortune telling and to present offerings.
A separate room for burning incense coils, which permeated the entire temple!
Next we made a special trip out to the beautiful Chi Lin Nunnery. We learned the temple was constructed without the use of any nails. Based on traditional Chinese architectural techniques, interlocking systems are cut into the wood and hold them in place. It’s the largest hand-made wooden building in the world and simply amazing!
Exploring Nan Lian Garden which neighbors the nunnery
Until next time!