Some places you just can’t help but fall in love with.
For me, Hong Kong was not one of those places.
It might have been because of the heat, the crowds, the filth and the pollution – but each of these major Asian cities has those issues, too, bar Singapore, of course, which is mostly immaculate.
I can tell you something that I didn’t like for sure – and that was how joyless and pushy the locals seemed to be. Seriously, what would it take for someone in Hong Kong to hold the door open for somebody else?
And what was up with so many people walking into me? Um, I’m six-foot tall and I kind of stand out with my blond hair and blue eyes, my complexion a pale white colour after the British summer.
A nice, bright, friendly city Hong Kong most definitely is not.
I don’t know what it is about the special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China but I just don’t really see what all the fuss is about – apart for the irrepressible sky-scraper skyline and the mostly excellent food.
Of course, when I was in Hong Kong I was also suffering from the worst case of jet-lag ever (see Fun with Spanish travel acrostics if you don’t believe me). I couldn’t sleep at night and when I finally did enter dreamland I wouldn’t wake until the early afternoon, at which time I’d feel horrible for wasting so much of the day.
And then the weather wasn’t exactly great, either. The famous Hong Kong light and sound show, A Symphony of Lights, was cancelled due to high winds and rain – and my flight out of Hong Kong was delayed for a couple of hours due to a typhoon off the coast of China.
I should have taken the hint – the weather was trying to tell me that Hong Kong and I were never going to be best friends. I did enjoy the Hong Kong ferry, though.
What did you think of Hong Kong? I have a feeling I might be on my own here…