So my last adventure of the year has turned out to be a bit of a bigger one that I honestly expected…
It seems that the Hong Kong itch I previously told you about just won’t go away, and thus – as I revealed at the end of my 100th post celebration – I’m heading back to make up for the missed opportunities of last time!
Well I’d said I wanted to make it to five countries this year despite my full-time position, and this is the way to emphatically hit that target!
Still although I previously hinted that Hong Kong might be on the radar for an end of year escapade, I didn’t truly think it would happen. In fact I was only two clicks away from heading to a completely different and significantly closer destination, but the low temperatures put that temporarily – pardon the pun – on ice.
As such time was drifting by with my indecisiveness seeing me make no plans for the ten day stretch I have off of work. And although I surely wouldn’t have just let those cherished free days go to waste, the push I really needed came from an unexpected source – my mother! She kindly reminded me that I wouldn’t want to be sitting around next year – when I may not be able to take such a far away trip – regretting not heading back when I had the chance. And that I’d mentioned it enough times this year already so I should damn well do it!
It sealed the deal though – And I’ll be heading east for the second time this year on Friday 29th!
I have to admit that it definitely feels quite indulgent to be taking my second long-haul trip of the year, however I certainly wouldn’t be taking it had I not received almost the entire cost of my flights to and from Japan back in compensation. Who knows, maybe that was a sign that it was just meant to be…
Adding that stroke of “luck” to the fact that I won’t have to deal with the stifling humidity this time around due to the more favourable Hong Kong climate in November/December, along with the much increased chances of sunnier days and better visibility, and it seems as if all the pieces have fallen into place.
So what’s on the agenda for my return visit? Erm, that’s a good question…
Well as adjusting to the time-zone is a priority due to my trip only being a week long, I’ve decided to make sure I have my own private room for the first couple of nights so that I can catch up on sleep at my leisure. That said I’m sure my inability to sleep on flights will see me attempting to pull another 32 hour sleepless stretch or similar to avoid the dreaded jetlag and get my body clock in sync with HK time.
I’ll be bunkering down in the hustle and bustle of Tsim Sha Tsui again for those first couple of days, as I’ll attempt to get my surely knackered self reacquainted gently with the one area that I know reasonably well. Plus I need to do some serious snapping after not making the best photographic use of the crowded Kowloon streets last time around. Oh and also get up to Mong Kok and check out the markets and general busyness – we didn’t even make it up there once last year!
After a couple of days I’ll probably head over and base myself on the island, with the aim of making sure I see more than just Central and The Peak this time around. I’m particularly looking forward to checking out Aberdeen, Stanley and Repulse Bay on the southern side of the island for a different slice of Hong Kong life slightly away from the hustle of Central and TST.
No doubt plenty of other trips will be taken though, with the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau being a must after I didn’t venture out there last time. I’m more than open to any suggestions too, particularly in regards to any activities in the New Territories and smaller islands – I intend to be busy! Although I can’t say Disneyland is high on the agenda…
With six full days to make use of though it seems daft just to restrict myself to Hong Kong, even if I do have a lot to see and do. But with another country/territory just an hour’s ferry away it’s too tempting not to go…
So I’ll be adding Macau to the visited list too!
Truth be told I don’t know a great deal about Macau outside of the fact that it’s a gambling mecca – certainly not something I’ll be participating in – but I’m definitely curious to explore the mish-mash of Portuguese and Cantonese culture that makes up the tiny region. I may just make it a very packed day-trip as I have no real plan on staying there, but we shall see. As you can tell, I’m so organised right now with just a few weeks to go…
In fact the plan all round is pretty damn un-organised past the first couple of nights. Truthfully you could probably just narrow it down to these three key points:
And that’s exactly what I intend to do! I’m looking forward to getting up in the air with Cathay Pacific again (same can’t be said for the bus journey to Heathrow first though…). I’m looking forward to arriving and being blown away by the numerous skyscrapers on my way in from the airport. I’m looking forward to chowing down on much more Chinese food this time. And I’m looking forward to photographing the heck out of this awesome city.
In fact, I’m just really looking forward to getting back to Hong Kong – So bring it on!
Do you have any tips for my upcoming Hong Kong return? And have you visited at this time of year?