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G9 Travel Guide: 48 hours in Hong Kong – City of the Future

July 27, 2011

Day 1 

After 48 hours in Yangshuo we packed our bags, said zài jiàn to the monsoon rain, and jumped on a plane into the future. Arriving at Hong Kong airport is like arriving at an advanced space portal. The modern lines are mesmerizing and the array of culinary and fashion outposts is staggering. Would you like a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes or a freshly tailored Zegna suit to take with you into the city of the future?

The sun was setting just as we hopped on the Mass Transit Railway and then transferred to an awkwardly skinny and tall bus that carved the narrow intricate streets on Hong Kong. When we arrived at the hotel, this is what we saw:

Kowloon

Hong Kong Skyline

Everywhere you looked there are buildings that dwarf the tallest building in San Francisco. Megawatts power the surreal light show that bounces lasers and instantaneous LEDs up and down the steel wonders.

Hong Kong Island Speedway

Hong Kong Subway - Late

Get out late on weeknights to capture this architectural playground in all its bold energy.

Slipping across a roof.

We shot for 5 hours. Pure bliss. We headed for the infamous Temple Street for a late night bite.

pick a chuck

We were overstimulated. The transition from the slow tranquil Yulong River to the constantly energized Hong Kong was fatiguing to say the least.

Day 2 

Tai O – coming in the next post

Meeting up with a local is key. Hidden within the massive steel skyscrapers are full scale shopping malls, layers of walkways, and if you look hard enough you’ll find horse races.

Hong Kong Horse Racing

The layers and density of Hong Kong is staggering. 48 hours was too much of a tease, we want to go back.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2011 8:50 am

    Those city pictures are simply fantastic. You captured Hong Kong well.

  2. August 3, 2011 5:04 am

    Great shots!

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