Before leaving Korea in February, I decided to take a final trip, this time to Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, a true world city with a population of seven million. It is a city I had always been curious about, and my visit there did not disappoint. Despite some rather rude people and near constant harassment on the streets by salespeople (most of whom were selling fake watches, but some of whom were selling drugs), the city tops my list of the most beautiful Asian cities I have been to.
I spent four days traveling throughout the city with my friend Shonte. Our first stop was the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, built by a single devout Buddhist layman who dedicated the last years of his life to constructing an elaborate temple containing nearly 13,000 statues of Buddha.
After visiting the monastery, we headed over to IFC Mall where we had a small dinner and enjoyed the fantastic view of the harbor from the roof.
Our final stop for the day would be the famous Victoria Peak. Although our trek to the peak proved to take far longer than initially expected, the fantastic view of the skyline was worth it.
My Hong Kong adventures continue on Day 2…