Hong Kong is a fascinating city and one which is very enjoyable to stay in for a few days. If you are fit, you can see quite a bit by walking around but you will need transport at some point to see all the different zones. Public transport is very good, I used trams, boats and the subway, all of which were very easy to navigate. A trip to The Peak is essential, even if just to look down on the city. The ride up and down on the funicular is great fun too – I got there really early and avoided the crowds but that was only because I was jet-lagged. Yes the crowds – be prepared for hordes and throngs everywhere! Especially in Tsim Sha Sui and Central. Restaurants and shopping areas were packed all the time. I ended up retreating to the lovely parks and gardens to get away in the end, plus a day trip out to Lamma Island and walk across it was very pleasant too.

As a lone tourist Hong Kong felt safe, clean and modern. In the museums small armies of workers went around wiping doors handles and offering hand-sanitizer – the spectre of SARS is still strong there. Also of note in the parks were the elderly people everywhere doing Tai Chi, it gave the place a distinctive Chinese feel, as opposed to being just any old big city. I went mid-January and the weather was good – not cold or hot or humid – just right!

Inside the Museum of History – Tsim Sha Sui

Inside the Museum of History – Tsim Sha Sui

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The Sculpture Walk Kowloon Park – Tsim Sha Sui

The Sculpture Walk Kowloon Park – Tsim Sha Sui

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Fu Kee Sea Food Restaurant – Lamma Island

Fu Kee Sea Food Restaurant – Lamma Island

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Bank of China Tower – Central

Bank of China Tower – Central

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Dragon Statue Walled City Park – New Kowloon

Dragon Statue Walled City Park – New Kowloon

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Zoological and Botanical Gardens – Central

Zoological and Botanical Gardens – Central

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Circular Doorway in the Walled City Park – New Kowloon

Circular Doorway in the Walled City Park – New Kowloon

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Flamingos in Kowloon Park – Tsim Sha Sui

Flamingos in Kowloon Park – Tsim Sha Sui

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St John’s Cathedral – Central

St John’s Cathedral – Central

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Poem Poles Kowloon Park – Tsim Sha Sui

Poem Poles Kowloon Park – Tsim Sha Sui

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Sok Kwu Wan – Lamma Island

Sok Kwu Wan – Lamma Island

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Sculptures in Kowloon Park – Tsim Sha Sui

Sculptures in Kowloon Park – Tsim Sha Sui

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Circular Archway in the Walled City Park – New Kowloon

Circular Archway in the Walled City Park – New Kowloon

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Bruce Lee on the Avenue of Stars – Tsim Sha Sui

Bruce Lee on the Avenue of Stars – Tsim Sha Sui

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Metal Spider on The Sculpture Walk in Kowloon Park – Tsim Sha Sui

Metal Spider on The Sculpture Walk in Kowloon Park – Tsim Sha Sui

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Tin Hau Temple at Sok Kwu Wan – Lamma Island

Tin Hau Temple at Sok Kwu Wan – Lamma Island

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Kowloon Park – Tsim Sha Sui

Kowloon Park – Tsim Sha Sui

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Henry Moore Sculpture Exchange Square – Central

Henry Moore Sculpture Exchange Square – Central

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Sculpture of Faces in Kowloon Park – Tsim Sha Sui

Sculpture of Faces in Kowloon Park – Tsim Sha Sui

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Kowloon Walled City Park – New Kowloon

Kowloon Walled City Park – New Kowloon

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Fountain in the Zoological and Botanical Gardens – Central

Fountain in the Zoological and Botanical Gardens – Central

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A Pavillion on the hike from Yung Shue Wan to Sok Kwu Wan – Lamma Island

A Pavillion on the hike from Yung Shue Wan to Sok Kwu Wan – Lamma Island

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View Across the City – The Peak

View Across the City – The Peak

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Two International Finance Center – Central

Two International Finance Center – Central

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Central Ferry Pier – Victoria Harbour

Central Ferry Pier – Victoria Harbour

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