- Written by Dan
Hong Kong Hustle
By Colton Powell
We left Tokyo in the early hours of the morning after sleeping in the Haneda airport.
And with little to no sleep arrived in Hong Kong ready to take on the next destination. Exhausted, we found our hostel and decided to take a quick nap and go exploring later in the afternoon.
Hong Kong was a complete change from Tokyo. Instead of an endless urban sprawl, towers dominate the landscape, stacked side by side, rising up into the clouds. The city felt busy, with a sense of urgency, as people hurried to complete their daily errands. The city itself is situated around the busy Victoria Harbour, as ferries shuttle people from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island.
We happened to arrive in Hong Kong during the ongoing protests against the Chinese government. We were told to expect the worst, and figured since we were staying close to the affected areas we would be right in the middle of the chaos. We soon discovered that most of the initial protests had died down, and all that remained were signs and barricades that caused a giant traffic jam rather than a legitimate safety concern.
Unlike dim sum in Vancouver, where the cart comes to the table, here you go to the cart and fight for your meal. I went first and found myself in the middle of a food auction, as people screamed in Cantonese and waved their paper, waiting for the lady to stamp it and give them their selections. I made it out of the chaos with one of the last dishes, which looked like some sort of Chinese sausage roll. Five minutes later we braved the cart again, and came back with a BBQ pork bun and a chicken leg wrapped in a local herbal remedy that one of the couples informed us was good for our health.>
We soon learned one of the guys sitting at our table was also from Vancouver, and was now working in Hong Kong. He acted as our guide for the rest of the meal, and ordered us some rice and noodles to satisfy our appetites. We exchanged numbers and he volunteered to be our tour guide for the rest of our stay in Hong Kong.
Although we only had a short stay in Hong Kong, we managed to pack in a lot of sights and attractions.
The city is extremely fast paced, and busy, and it is easy to get lost on more than one occasion. It is filled with an energy that makes you feel alive and excited the entire time you're there. I think this is why so many travellers use it as a hub to begin or end their adventure. It truly is a gateway into Southeast Asia, and a great place to get your feet wet before you head further south.