You can spend months researching a country or city, but you will never really know what it is like until you actually go there yourself.
This is what is was like for us with Hong Kong. We did tons of research online by reading blogs, watching YouTube videos and going through the Lonely Planet guidebooks. We are going to live in a whole new country for one year, so we had to make sure we knew what to expect.
I will never forget that moment the pilot announced: “Cabin crew please take your seats for landing”. About ten minutes before the plane landed, I stared out the airplane window and saw a few islands and mountains peaking through the clouds below me. My heart was racing as we came closer to this foreign land. I had no idea what was waiting for us on the other side.
As soon as we left the airport I knew that we were not back home anymore. (Ps Home is back in South Africa) Everything in Hong Kong seems to be super organized. From the sensors in the bathrooms, so that you just wave your hand over a sign to flush the toilet, to the amazing MTR railway, Hong Kong just works!
Today is our sixth day in Hong Kong. This city really surprises me everywhere I go. I must admit, I was a bit worried that I was going to feel trapped in a city with high skyscrapers and millions of people, but Hong Kong is exactly the opposite. Yes, there are high buildings here, but somehow Hong Kong just got it right. Everything is in balance.
You can walk anywhere and you will still be close to nature. There are beautiful walkways that stretch along the ocean, huge parks, outdoor gym areas and much more! The city is surrounded by lush forests, mountains, beaches and islands. These can easily be reached by Hong Kong’s sufficient transport system.
The other amazing thing about Hong Kong, is the fact that it seems to be an easy city to live in. You don’t need to be worried about not knowing the Chinese language as (mostly) everything is translated in English.
As we have only been here for six days, we haven’t seen everything yet but we are definitely inspired! Hong Kong has so much to offer and we can not wait to dig deeper into this fascinating city! Who knows, maybe after this year we might just extend our visit for a bit longer. 😉
If you have any travel tips on Hong Kong, please feel free to leave us a little message in the comments below.