Hong Kong is definitely one of the top ten cities I’ve visited so far. The tropical climate and celebrated Chinese traditions offer an exciting contrast to the modern Western influences, all of which comes together to create the city’s unique character. On top of that, there are so many fun things to do, including day trips, pleasant beaches, and nearby islands perfect for a day hiding away!
This time I started my morning with a late breakfast at Classified, a cute cafe on Hollywood Road. It’s the perfect place to sit down, have some food and delicious coffee, and make plans for the day.
I then rode to the ferry station and took the boat to Macau. Macau is a former Portuguese colony often referred to as the Las Vegas of the East, as gambling is permitted there. And just like in the Nevadan desert, you’ll find huge casinos, the newer ones always trying to be bigger and more glamorous than the others. The ridiculously gigantic Galaxy casino complex pushed it to the limit.
After a few hours spent losing money – followed by the obligatory sightseeing, of course – I returned to Hong Kong. I was really thankful that I booked my return ticket in advance because the line for the return trip was unbelievably long…
Back in the city, I just had to visit my favourite dumpling restaurant, Din Tai Fung. They’re quite simply the best dumplings I have ever eaten: I’ve been a huge fan of this chain ever since the first time I accidentally walked into one of their branches.
As it was a Wednesday, I couldn’t resist taking a cab to a place called Happy Valley. Every Wednesday evening from September until July, there are horse races there. It’s an entertaining way to start the evening, and – this time! – it paid out well for me. With my newly acquired riches, I felt like celebrating and went to an opulently decorated French bar called Le Boudoir. They have a cocktail menu to die for and a cool crowd – a beautiful place to end the night.