post no. 50! hong kong!

Two things immediately come to mind when I now think of Hong Kong:  the unbelievably expansive views and what has to be the best shopping in the world! Everywhere I turned, there was another view or retail opportunity to feast my eyes on. I also left with the sense that I had barely scratched the Pearl of the Orient’s surface.

Staggering view from Victoria’s Peak

Although Hong Kong ended 156 years of British colonial rule  in 1997, there are still many reminders of the Queen’s rule. Everything from pubs, street names, colonial era buildings, statues and street names. One of the more enduring English traditions is high tea and the most celebrated place to do it is at the Peninsula Hotel. However, if you don’t get there early and have the proper shoe attire (no flip flops!), you probably won’t get in!

Van Cleef  and Arpels behind me in Peninsula Hotel lobby.

Hong Kong is a veritable fashionista hub. From glitzy malls to funky street markets and everything in between.  AND they have very ravishing pearls!

Swarming Ladies’ Market

The Intercontinental Hotel undoubtedly has the best location in all of Hong Kong. My harbor view room made me feel like I was floating over the water.  It also gave me a front row seat to the world’s largest nightly laser light show!

Daytime view from my hotel room

Symphony of Lights Laser Show

How about this scene from my hotel’s infinity swimming pool? Actually, were it not for this pool, I could have accomplished more sightseeing and shopping!

This pool blew my mind!

You know how sometimes you meet someone and click right away? This describes my new friendship with Laura. She recently moved to Saigon on business and we have become fast friends.  Occasionally, she has business in Hong Kong and it just so happened we overlapped a couple of days.  This was MARVELOUS! She showed me the Hong Kong ropes and we had a fab time shopping, drinking, eating and hanging out. Hoping to go back with her soon! Love you, girl!

Dining adventure at Harlan’s with my good friend, Laura.

I know you are all expecting to hear about my Hong Kong “cyclo” experience…I mean, when you think of Hong Kong, rickshaws are one of the images that comes to mind. According to my guidebook, only four remain in all of Hong Kong and when I found them, two were for sale and two were without pullers! :(

Where have all the rickshaws gone?!

But the plethora of dumplings in Hong Kong kind of made up for it!

Three of many dumplings consumed during my trip!

Next stop…Mekong Delta! Saigon Love to all, Lisa

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Inez
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 19:08:22

    Wow!!… I feel like I just took a lil trip with ya to Hong Kong. Thanks for the ride Lisa !
    Enjoy!!!!

    Reply

  2. Kady
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 22:42:56

    Mrs.Lisa, You really need to send me some EASY recipes from Vietnam because ive been trying things out for your Baby ;) All those dishes you been posting look AWESOME. oh& You look sooo pretty as well!

    Reply

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