For the first part of our two week Songkran holiday way back in April, we headed to Hong Kong with my parents and met up with my aunt and cousin who were flying in from Singapore. We flew with Hong Kong Airlines from Bangkok and got ourselves straight onto the train link into the city. Thankfully my dad had been planning this trip for months so knew exactly how to get around as none of us had ever visited before!
The train took us straight into central Hong Kong in about an hour, from there we jumped onto the complimentary hotel shuttle buses and were dropped off outside our hotel in Soho. We were staying in the Holiday Inn Express which turned out to be super convenient for getting around the city as well as being on a street full of life and personality with lots of little bars and restaurants.
Once we’d checked in and unpacked a little, we headed out to walk to the Star Ferry to head over to Kowloon to catch the 8pm light show. I’m so glad we did as the next day the weather truly turned and for the rest of our time in Hong Kong, it was pretty darn miserable. I had to go to Zara and buy a coat and scarf as the temperature change was so drastic!!
We had planned on taking the open top tourist bus to get a feel for the city but it was so stupidly expensive we decided to use the trams instead and do our own tour! We kind of rode the tram from one end to the other and got off and found food/drink or both and then got off and rode to the other end. It was great fun riding about on the old trams and we saw so much despite the bad weather!
Part of the reason for our trip was to visit Aberdeen where my grandfather was stationed during the war and from where he managed to escape when Hong Kong was invaded. From the pictures along the promenade it was clear that just like the rest of Hong Kong, Aberdeen has changed drastically since my Grandad was there but it was really moving being somewhere that he had been and seeing the junks still going up and down.
We headed up the Peak despite the weather because quite frankly I wasn’t coming to Hong Kong and not going up the Peak. Of course, visibility was zero and I declined the offer of superimposing myself onto a background of the usually breathtaking view with the thought that I will return and see it for myself someday.
I really liked Hong Kong, it was so diverse culturally and there was just so much going on. I don’t think I have been anywhere else recently that I have taken quite so many pictures! It was a photographers dream. It is certainly in my plans whilst living in Thailand to go back and explore in some better weather, but we had a great time despite the grey and drizzle. Here are a few of my other favourite, slightly grey hued pictures!