1. Travel

Hong Kong (Day 1)

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM HONG KONG!!!!! weeeeeee

Writing this from my hotel room in Hong Kong. It’s 1 AM and I can’t sleep because of jetlag (it’s 9 AM in LA). We’ve been in Hong Kong for about 10 hours (actually more like 12, but I’m not counting all the time we spent in the airport) and it’s been a tiring day, again, due to jetlag.

Our flight over to Hong Kong was AMAZING. All nine of us (me, Mom, Dad, Desmond, Uncle Simon, Auntie Linda, Samantha, Alexandra, and Grandma) were given free upgrades to business class. This is probably the best thing that could have happened to us on our 16 hour flight… individual cubicles, seats that recline ALL THE WAY, all you can eat and drink (I got myself a glass of champagne before economy even boarded the plane), overnight kits consisting of toothbrushes etc., and of course, awesome service. I spent the flight alternating between eating, drinking wine, sleeping, watching movies, reading (Dan Ariely’s The Upside of Irrationality), and doing puzzles out of my logic book.

View from my business class seat… peep the 4 feet of extra legroom I got!

By the time we got to Hong Kong, sorted everything out with Immigration, and left the airport, we were feeling good due to the adrenaline. We took a bus to Mong Kok / Kowloon, and got to see different parts of Hong Kong on the way there. It’s been dark and raining all day, but I think I still managed to get some good shots.

View of Kowloon from the bus. Boo rain.

The most memorable place we visited this afternoon/evening was Victoria Harbor. From here you can see Hong Kong’s cityscape, which is pretty sweet. The only negative thing I have to say about this is that Hong Kong is SO smoggy, so my pictures are meh at best.

Victoria Harbor. so. much. smog.
Panorama of Victoria Harbor
Streets of Mong Kok

After grabbing a quick bite to eat and checking in to our hotel, it was about 9 PM. Samantha, Alexandra, Desmond, and I decided to do some exploring out on the town. Luckily, people in Hong Kong are pretty decent at speaking English, and the four of us are conversational in Cantonese, so we were able to hail a cab to one of the night markets nearby. To our slight dismay, the Temple Street Night Market wasn’t like the night markets in the Asian soap operas – there wasn’t much street food for us to try. Nevertheless, we walked around for a bit and took in the sights.

Entrance to Temple Street Night Market
Entrance to Temple Street Night Market
Nathan Road - outside the Temple Street Night Market
Nathan Road – outside the Temple Street Night Market

We closed off the night by walking around our hotel area. It turns out that our hotel is connected to a mall and an MTR (subway station), so we did a bit of loitering there.

Hanging out at the mall next to our hotel. Merry Christmas from your favorite Chin family cousins!
Hanging out at the mall next to our hotel. Merry Christmas from your favorite Chin family cousins!

Enough for today! Gonna try to sleep off this jetlag. Tomorrow will be a full day in Hong Kong 🙂

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