I just returned from a trip to Hong Kong, a destination that I've always wanted to visit and despite of the issues we had to deal with, it did not disappoint. My cousin Bryan accompanied me on this trip and our flight into Hong Kong departed Manila at 5:45 AM, meaning that we would be zombies on our first day.
We had some free time before the tour started and we took the hotel shuttle to the MTR (subway system), where we hunted for food. We wanted an authentic experience and had a delicious lunch at a local noodle house. The tour started at Victoria's peak, and we rode Hong Kong's oldest form of rail transport to the top, with the ascent at 45 degrees at times.
Once we were atop, we checked out Madame Toussaint's wax figures, which was moderately entertaining. I was cautiously optimistic about the view, the real reason I wanted to go up to Victoria Peak. It had been foggy all day, and I was worried the famous view of the city would be obstructed. However, the lights would not be dimmed that night, and we managed (to the best of our ability) to capture some cityskapes.
The next stop was Mong Kok market, notorious for it's affordable yet counterfeit wares (similar to Greenhills in Manila). I wanted to sample more local Hong Kong cuisine, but that gesture never came into full fruition. After I purchased some grilled squid, the vendors exclaimed, "arigatou" to me. They were not locals. They were Japanese expats selling their native delicacies.
The market tour concluded right before 10 pm and we were shuttled back to our hotel. We previously talked about sampling the nightlife, but since we only had 3 hours of sleep, just called it a night.