Hong Kong is a place I know very little about. Sometimes I research, and other times I enjoy letting a new place unfold before me. I have a great resource – someone who knows enough about the city make it interesting but not “ex-pat-been-there-done-that.” I have only ONE day and I’m not working, so I am going to enjoy seeing Hong Kong as a tourist. There is a quick easy train that leads straight into the city in 30minutes or so… (I was delirious – don’t quite remember – but it was painless amount of time after a 10 hour flight)
My hotel is Shangri La – because it’s available, and of course because I like the name, (the concept of Shangri La may well be the motivation of my wanderlust). The front desk staff are professionally intense – handing you items, with both hands and full eye contact, in both the most gentle and elaborate ways. Note to self: Practice the ‘grace’ thing. My room is on the 45 floor – which flips me out, as I edge toward the window to see the view of the city (The wall of skyscrapers is astounding) and harbor. It’s so high up. I don’t look out often.
I walk to the Victoria Peak trolly first thing in the morning …wait in the line for a painless 15 minutes, take the steep trolly up, up. up the mountain. Really an incredible view – I had no picture in mind of Hong Kong except stories people have told me of the old airport, and planes landing between buildings. Now that I’m here I wonder how that would have been possible. When I make it to the top – I find along with the view – a Starbucks – of course, they are following me everywhere. My next mission is to find The Aviary – “a treed enclave in the middle the tall buildings” my resource tells me – pleasantly surprised to find it’s walking distance from the hotel and victoria peak trolly.
On the Ferry to Kowloon to see the city from the water. Outstanding recommendation from my source –who hasn’t steered me wrong yet. I stop by the Peninsula Tea Room for a scone…the line up is forever and cutting into my tourist-time, however, I am completely occupied watching the crowds go in and out of Cartier making purchase after purchase. This hotel houses a Prada Store, Versace and more. The myth is true – absolute utter label obsession – women with huge GUCCI and LV shopping bags. Mass consumption – wow.
While I’ve been eating scones – it starts to get darker – Time to catch the ferry back.