I've been to Hong Kong many times. It is a hub for one of favorite airlines in the area, Cathay Pacific. Although many of my visits have been for stopovers near the airport to continue a flight to other areas, I've explored the city and surrounding areas several times. This post wil focus on the city of Hong Kong only.
Honk Kong was returned by the British to China in 1997. Since then it has remained a separate government and economic system from China. Although China has asserted its influence to keep it in check, Hong Kong still enjoys as degree of independence from the mother country. It still enjoys its own currency, the Hong Kong dollar, separate from the Chinese rinminbi.
The city is densely populated with 7 1/2 million residences in an area of about 400 square miles. That's half the size of Jacksonville, Fl. Rents are very high there and most people have very, very small apartments. I'll share a post later about a dinner I had with a family living in the city.
I usually stay in the heart of the city by the waterfront area in an area known as Causeway bay. It is the most affluent area in the world as it is home to the highest rents worldwide, even beating Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. Good thing I'm staying on points for my hotel stays!
The Sham Chin river separates Hong Kong city from Shenzen City on the mainland. I've taken the ferry across several times to get a good view of the city.
Here are some photos;
Looking at the Hong Kong from the ferry to Shenzen city
Every city has an "eye" doesn't it?
Looking across the river at Hong Kong
Think there's money here?
Hong Kong is a key worldwide financial hub. There is serious money here along with people who struggle to make a living. I certainly did not fit in to the lifestyle exhibited here.
Hong Kong is not my kind of destination even though I've visited several times. But none of my stops were long. I think 3 days was the max. I really want to like the city as I love NYC, but I never got comfortable in it. Maybe I'll warm up to it on my next visit?
In the future I'll share some inner city pictures I took. I'll also share some life experiences with you. This post was simply a quick overview of the city from my perspective.