Hong Kong: When you are in China, but not really…

After a fantastic five days with Jing and Li in Macau our trip was coming to an end. We still had one full day in Hong Kong before catching our flight to London and thereby ending our amazing honeymoon.

Hong Kong is a place where you can easily spend a couple of days or a week, but we only had a couple of hours, so we had to prioritize and decide what we really wanted to see. With the help of Jing and Li, we made up a bit of an itinerary, to get the most out of the city.

We took the ferry from Macau back to Hong Kong. Hong Kong has quite a cool utility that allows you to check in your baggage in central Hong Kong, and not the airport, which saves you loads of time if you’re short on time and want to see Hong Kong without your luggage.

Taking the cable car to the Giant Buddha

Taking the cable car to the Giant Buddha

Enjoying the Buddha surrounds

Enjoying the Buddha surrounds

Once we cleared our luggage we headed straight to the first point of call taking the metro to MTR Tung Chung Station, and from there you make the short walk to the Ngong Ping Cable Car station which takes you up to Hong Kong’s Giant Buddha. However as it was Sunday, there were massive queues, which meant something that could have taking us around an hour and half, took us around four hours to get up and get down.

Stunning setting for the Buddha

Stunning setting for the Buddha

The Giant Buddha

The Giant Buddha

The Giant Buddha

The Giant Buddha

However, the sight itself is quite something. It is the biggest seated bronze Buddha in the world, but it not only this that makes it quite an impressive sight. Its location, hidden in the mountains was another major plus in favour of this place. We took our time enjoying the views and the giant Buddha before heading back down towards Hong Kong.

Central Hong Long

Central Hong Long

Having taken much longer than we expected, we arrived in central Hong Kong just before sunset. We wanted to take the cable car up to the peak to some of the great sunset views on offer, however there was a pretty long queue to get the cable car and having already spent our fair share in queues that day, we decided to pass on this.

Shots from the big bus tour

Shots from the big bus tour

Hong Kong's walk of fame

Hong Kong’s walk of fame

Fortunately, just across the road we spotted one of those big bus tour agents. We don’t normally do this, but we decided that considering our lack of time, it might be worth it.

Hong Kong: When you are in China, but not really…

Hong Kong: When you are in China, but not really…

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Hong Kong: When you are in China, but not really…

Hong Kong: When you are in China, but not really…

Hong Kong's amazing skyline

Hong Kong’s amazing skyline

Well… to be honest it wasn’t worth it at all, but it did give us a bit of insight into the city and did take us to places we wouldn’t have seen. The last stop was at Victoria Harbour, where I tried to take some photos of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline.

Raquel and me in Victoria Harbour

Raquel and me in Victoria Harbour

With our time in the city up, we got on the Metro and headed to the airport ending our six-week honeymoon in Asia. I think both Raquel and I really enjoyed the trip and experience, but were slightly tired of all the travelling and a small part of us was happy to go back to normal life.

This post was based on our day of the 21st of October 2012

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