I always loved using Hong Kong International airport as a transit hub whenever I travelled to Asia. Cathay Pacific is my favorite Asian airline. I did stop at Hong Kong a couple of times but I never actually left the airport area. However this time I decided to intentionally take a later flight in order to actually see Hong Kong. It was my real first time visit to Hong Kong.
From the airport I took the train to the city. I arrived at the main train station then I took the bus which stops exactly at the doorsteps of my hotel. Everything was so easy and convenient.
I’m a loyal member to Accor chain of hotels. Their hotels are always my first choice if they fit my itinerary. At this trip I decided to stay at Ibis Hong Kong Central and Sheung Wan. I chose this Ibis mainly because of the location. I was only staying for one night so I just wanted a place to crash and see a bit of town. The location was really a nice surprise. My room was overlooking Victoria harbor. I really enjoyed seeing ferries pass by non stop just outside of my window.
After a quick check-in. I went out to explore Hong Kong. I immediately noticed the colorful Tramways (Trams or Ding Ding). Ding Dings are the most fascinating way to explore the city. I hopped on one near the hotel and went towards the highest point in Hong Kong. Victoria peak or commonly known as The peak. To reach the top you must take the peak tram which was a memorable experience by itself. The peak tram has been running for more than 150 years and is considered one of the few remaining historical sites of Hong Kong. The ride was very steep but the views were breathtaking.
Once you reach the top you get to see a panoramic view of Hong Kong.
After coming down from the peak I wanted to try another Hong Kong popular activity, Star Ferry. Up until the 1970s, the Star Ferry was the main method of transportation between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. It is a short 10-minute ride across the Victoria Harbor but offers amazing skyline views.
I found Hong Kong to be an interesting country. All the lines and organized traffic makes the city great for street photography. It is very cosmopolitan with a touch of Asian culture.