My first trip to Hong Kong was exhausting. It was August 2016, I was visiting to change my visa and a typhoon was due the day I was to leave. I arrived following delays, stumbled around the city looking for WiFi as I was lost trying to find my hostel. This resulted in my first Mc Donald’s meal in five or so years. Finding the hostel around midnight I was immediately challenged to getting ready in 10minutes to join a party I apparently shouldn’t miss. Too tired to argue I freshened up and allowed myself to be shuffled out the door with a group of strangers, searching for a tall building whose top floor hosted the party. Needle in a haystack echoed in my mind. Despite the odds of finding the right building we succeeded.
I stumbled to my hostel, disorientated through tiredness mainly. This was the first chance to really take in my environment. I had never stayed in a hostel before and I chose Yesinn on Causeway Bay from recommendation and convenient location to the immigration center. I stayed in a mixed dorm room of nine people, I turned out to be the only girl but was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere. I was invited to dinner and to site see and left to my own devices if I preferred. Unfortunately my only aim of this trip was to catch up on sleep and obtain my new visa, so I remained solo and wandered the city to take in its diverse and contemporary architecture.
Hong Kong’s skyline is considered by many to be the most impressive and at present is the worlds biggest with a total of 7,681 skyscrapers, placing it ahead of even New York City. Although Hong Kong holds many styles of architecture, in my short visit I decided to explore it’s examples of a more modern design, taking in the aesthetics of glass and steel. It would be easy to miss this city at eye level, the relentless vertical heights reached by Hong Kong’s skyscrapers often leave you with no where to look but up, in awe of the construction. It was pleasant however to see areas of green life entwined in contrast with such magnificent design.
This year I shall revisit Hong Kong and follow up this post with more varied examples of this city’s spectacular architecture. For now, here you are…