The countdown was over, I turned off my laptop in the office and finally hit the road. After a long way to Hong Kong the airport doors opened and suddenly I stopped breathing for a second or two. The heat and incredible humidity surprised me. Yes, I was not prepared. But it only takes one day or two to get used to it. This was not my first romance with South East Asia and because they say – Hong Kong is everything but the real China, I was eager to verify this theory. Hong Kong is a busy and crowded place, no doubt. Such a populated city in quite small area has no chance to expand out so the only choice left is to expand up. Extremely high buildings embracing the entire city creat an atmosphere that is really unique. Hong Kong (“fragrant harbour”), former British colony, offers everything you could wish for on holiday if you are not a seaside resort tourist.
Hong Kong consists of Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories, and over 200 offshore islands, of which the largest is Lantau Island. Probably the most fancy part is Central District located on northern part of Hong Kong Island. Steep streets (reminding you of San Francisco), shops with antiquities and old books intensify this unique atmosphere. Go for a walk along Hollywood Road and you will find expensive branded goods, serviced apartments, western architecture accompanied by quintessential Asian (Chinese) features like Man Mo Temple, clothes hanging out of windows, street food and chaos. Once you are in Hong Kong you must not miss Victoria Peak (also known as The Peak), a mountain located in the western half of Hong Kong Island which offers one of the views you will remeber for the rest of your life.
If you´re in need of a soothing place where you could remain silent just with your thoughts, Man Mo Temple is a perfect place to go to. Man Mo Temple is a tribute to the God of Literature located between high buildings. If you go inside, incense sticks will take you to the Asian spiritual world.