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Trip Report Hong Kong in June - Oh The Humidity!!

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Hi all! I’m just back from a quick work trip to Hong Kong, so I thought I would take the opportunity to write down my experiences and thoughts since experience proves I’m too lazy to keep a diary ☺. Admittedly I’m the kind of person to try to squeeze in as much as possible on a work trip when not working, so that’s really what this report is about. Condolences for anyone who was hoping for a corporate rundown of meetings ☺ I had a full work schedule on Monday through Thursday, and tacked on a day for leisure on Friday before catching a flight back on Saturday. In hindsight, I feel like I was able to see much of the city and get a feel for it, despite spending most of my waking hours at work!

SUNDAY

I took Amtrak down to NYC on the Friday night before my flight, since I couldn’t get a direct flight to HK from Boston. I’m not a great flyer, so I wanted to minimize the day’s hassle, which was the right move. I flew on Cathay Pacific, which I have to admit I was looking forward to. I had heard tales of their comfortable seats, splendid service, and good food and I must admit – all of it is true! I’m not one to enjoy 15+ hours on an airplane, but to the extent it is possible to enjoy such a thing, I did! The excellent food and free wine get them big points in my book ☺

My flight left NYC at approximately 2 PM on Saturday and arrived at 7 pm on Sunday in Asia! I know we’re crossing the international date line, but what a crazy concept!

When I stepped off the plane and cleared customs, I could not believe the humidity in Hong Kong! I had heard tell that June, July and August are the months to be avoided, but woah! They aren’t kidding!! ☺ It was a roughly 50 foot walk from the terminal to the taxi line and I was already glistening! Yuck. With very limited exceptions, the whole week would be this way, which, coupled with severe jet-lag, led to yours truly not being at her best. I hope you’ll forgive me ☺

In any event, when in a strange city, I am not one to waste time. After checking into my room at the JW Marriott in Central, I promptly went out to Maxim’s City Hall Palace in search of delicious dim sum. When I found the restaurant, I was disappointed to learn that dim sum ended at 3 PM each day. Still, I stayed for Chinese food dinner, which was really clean tasting, MSG free, and delicious. Two thumbs up! The crab and corn chowder was out of this world!!

MONDAY

Talk about jet-lag. Up and at them at 4 a.m. ☹ At the least the gym at the Marriott was 24 hours, so I managed to work off some of the post-flight malaise and felt pretty good as I shipped off to Kowloon for a day of meetings.

I have to say that my favorite thing about Hong Kong (apart from the food) is their subway – the MTR. It is clean, efficient and punctual. No one pushes. You get wifi reception – good reception! It’s a great experience and to my knowledge, no city in the USA can even come close to offering such a great riding experience. (Although I’m sure someone will correct me if I am wrong!)

Kowloon is a pretty weird place. Right across the water from Central, it is home to many office buildings, one of which swallowed up my whole morning and afternoon.

When I left at 5 pm, I headed back to Central with the idea of taking the tram up to The Peak (the highest mountain in Hong Kong) for its spectacular views of the city. But it was terribly humid out and the line was terribly long, so I elected to change course and head over to the Mid-Levels.

The Mid-Levels are a really neat area of Hong Kong where a series of escalators saves you the trouble of walking up hills. This was particularly a treat, since I wear heels everywhere and it was a zillion degrees out! ☺ I decided to eat at a place that had been recommended to me by a work colleague called Mak’s Noodles. Best Wontons I had ever had! (Little did I know that their supremacy would soon be challenged!) . . .

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