My memoirs from Hong Kong
Well, I have chronicled the memoirs from my 2012 trip to Hong Kong before also, as most of you will know. Yet, I set out to do this once again, to share with you all my innermost thoughts about this amazing city which seemed nothing less than a fantasy place to me. And with my further journey to Macau, this trip besotted me, leaving me with the boyish cravings to go back again 🙂
Every visitor in a new city gets drawn in and immersed in the sights and sounds of the place, no matter what. Even before boarding the plane for my journey along with my office buddies, this being a business trip, I had a pretty fair idea what to expect from this giant of the most powerful, glamorous, multi cultured, cosmopolitan, financial capital, gorgeous of a city called Hong Kong.
Was this the land of fantasy for me ? Of course, yes. Being a big fan of old Asian martial arts movies, Bruce Lee, and then currently Jackie Chan, fan of Chinese cuisine and various old world charms of this corner of South East Asia, I was thrilled and excited to get a chance to visit the place.
When I first opened the curtains from the huge windows of my 38th floor room in the Reneissance Harbor View Hotel, the view in front of me of the picturesque Hong Kong skyline along the Victoria Bay Harbor created the same excitement as on stepping out of the International airport into the city for the first time, which was nothing less than time travel for me. And the sight of the double-decker buses and the cars on the street below looking like toys brought in further excitement.
In the three days I stayed in Hong Kong, some part of our journey got immersed in official meetings and work which was unavoidable. Apart from that the other parts of the stay became exploration time for us, as we with the help of our local guides, explored different hotspots of the adjacent areas in the Central district, Kowloon islands and Tsim Tsa Tsui and of course in Wan Chai.
Lun Kwai Fong offers the best clubbing and night life experience in the heart of Hong Kong. And I decided along with my buddies to take a first hand experience of the nightlife. So, we finished dinner early one evening and stepped out of our hotel to catch a cab. And just imagine my excitement at the sight of the red cab which came down the road and stopped in front of us. The tall Chinese guy at the driver’s wheel gently nodded us to enter, and we were four of us. It was a very comfortable Toyota. After we told him our destination, he informed us the starting fare of 10 HKD from where the journey will start. And he zoomed off at great speed. We enjoyed this very fast cab ride through the night streets of Wan Chai in all its glitter and glamour, and finally reached LKF.
As we stepped out of the cab, we were greeted with a cool breeze from the Bay area, as we started walking through the close lanes and by lanes. We were automatically immersed and drawn into the clubbing and nightlife scene, and got the first hand experience of the very Cosmo crowd there including Expats who had their presence in large numbers. We finally came back to our hotel in the wee hours of the morning. Exhausted ? No….enjoyed ?….fully 🙂
Life goes on in its usual hustle and bustle, as is quite evident on the streets of Hong Kong, as I became besotted with the sights and sounds of this very densely populated Global financial hub and a major port as well and the sights of the colorful and very decked up trams and buses plying on gracefully in their designated tracks was nothing short of watching of a movie scene for me.
Memoirs of the Peak tram
This is one of the memories which will stay with me for long, and wish to go back again and visit the same. This is Hong Kong’s Peak Tram, the vehicle is right from history books straight out into reality in front of you, taking you up the steep slopes of Victoria Peak to the Peak top and entertainment center there, and helping you to get a real breathtaking view of the famed skyline doted with skyscrapers. The tram station was chock-a-block with eager tourists that morning we were waiting to board our ride. As the tram gently glided down to enter the station on its return journey from the peak, we got the chance to enter this historic ride. As the tram started its upward journey towards the Peak Tower and Sky terrace, I was awestruck at the sight all around me of the skyline, the natural beauty of the hills and much more. The ride finally came to an end in the top at the Tower. As we entered the entertainment cum shopping center at the tower, we started to climb the stairs to the sky terrace to catch the awesome sights of the skyline. Those sights will stay wt me for long. Honestly I had never seen anything like that before. The ride was all worth everything.
Hong Kong Red Cabs
In an age of app driven cab facilities almost widely available everywhere, traditional cabs are still part of history and nostalgia of every city in the world. And Hong Kong Red Cabs are no exceptions. Back from the days of the ’60s till today, taxis in Hong Kong are still very popular mode of transportation for locals and for tourists, they are an attraction indeed. The very comfortable 5 seater, excluding driver, Toyota Crown Comfort cabs in lovely red[there are blue, green cabs too] are my favorite and I had really wanted to have my fair share of the same. Thus, this pose of the cab permitted by his very jovial driver in front of my hotel was perfect for me, as it was my ride along with my friends in the red cab for a night out in town. The Hong Kong cab is a must ride for cab enthusiasts and anyone visiting Hong Kong, the feel of being in history in modern times must be shared.
Memoirs from Macau, addition to Hong Kong
One of another highlights of this trip was to visit the islands of Macau, the Vegas of the East. And yes, very rightly the title of Vegas of the East. Macau is an entertainment hub, with huge establishments, luxury at abundance, innumerable enormous casinos, and other enticements. Macau is a bustling modern metropolis across the South coast of China, a one hour high-speed boat drive from Hong Kong, and a must visit for visitors to Hong Kong. Thus, I was really excited as I boarded the high-speed catamaran to Macau, and further was my excitement to stay at the Grand Royal Venetian, an imposing structure and establishment housing one of the largest casinos in Asia. Though I wasn’t much interested in trying my hand at the casino, but just the stay at Venetian and taking a tour round the establishment was too much for my senses. And same was a trip to Senado square for a shopping spree at this huge bargain street market offering huge varieties of fares. You will love Macau, an additional attraction to Hong Kong.