Highlights of Hong Kong (2018)
Yikes, I took too long a break from my information Travel Throwback Tuesdays, didn’t I? Truth be told, it feels a little like a chore to detail my travels from a while back. Especially during this pandemic. It feels like a while yet before us Australian folks will be allowed to travel again.
Note there will be quite a few photos of food in this post.
In 2018 I spoke at Hong Kong Code Conf. It was my first international conference, which was extremely exciting! 😊 Nick and I decided to use the opportunity to also spend a week in Hong Kong working remotely and experiencing the city. I didn’t write much about this experience at all, including the conference itself. 😅
Although it happened two years ago, I still have some pictures to share and a summary of our time there. This is going to be quite a short post – even though it was a memorable trip, it was mostly filled with eating food, working from our hotel or from a cafe, and browsing the shopping malls. So effectively there is not all that much to share. 😆
We stayed at a hotel in North Point. It had a gym (woooo! 😂) and an infinity pool. We were able to keep up our gym routine while we were there. With Hong Kong being a few hours behind Sydney, we still made every effort to work on Sydney time, and woke up at 6:00am and often started working at 7:00am, so that around lunchtime we could grab a bite to eat and spend time enjoying the city.
We flew into Hong Kong on a Friday, with the conference happening the next day. Our flight was delayed a little bit, but we arrived in time for the speaker dinner. This was a good opportunity to meet the organisers and the other speakers.
Although we worked for most of the week, we still had a really nice time in Hong Kong. Most of the time we worked from our hotel but a couple of times we found cafes to work in.
This is somewhat random, but I brought along my showercap (from Shhhowercap) and Nick was making fun of me for wearing it in the rain. LOL. Well, when I bought it, I knew it was going to last me a long time as it’s made of durable, hydrophobic and waterproof material, and it’s exceptional quality. It was even suggested you could wear it in the rain. So I brought it along and it actually did stop my hair from getting wet. 😛 And the cap was not ruined, either.
The highlight was definitely the food – some of it is just difficult to forget. 😋 These pan-fried dumplings from Cheung Hing Kee are out of this world. If you ever find yourself in Hong Kong, these are unreal. There isn’t really a place for seating but many folks will be standing around eating these as a snack.
In terms of landmarks and tourist attractions, we visited the Big Buddha and the Peak one afternoon, and also squeezed in a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland on the day of our flight back to Sydney. Since the Disneyland is fairly small, we were able to go on most of the rides and explore the whole park in several hours.
Most other days we found some time to explore the city in the afternoons after wrapping up work for the day.
And that’s it for this post! Mostly photos with longer captions. I know this style varies from my usual travel recounts, but I don’t mind it too much. I thought it was that I didn’t remember what happened (granted, it was two years ago), but as I mentioned, the truth is that there weren’t really a tonne of details. Maybe I just summed it up better. But I have three posts left in this informal series, and I’ve yet to think about how I will structure them. I really only intended for them to be recaps with photos, however, some of my travel posts in the past have been centred around certain parts of the trip rather than by city. I think I am splitting them by city for this series because I have a goal where I am essentially filling in gaps on my blog. 😆
Either way, I will catch you on the flip side. Hope you are doing well!