After 4 weeks in China it was shear bliss to come back to somewhere so western and most importantly back to normal toilets!
I had one night in Hong Kong with the tour group before an emotional goodbye. 4 weeks with the same people 24/7 was very intense but I’ve made some friends for life and we’ve already planned our next holiday together.
Some stats: 5673 miles travelled, 28 days, 5 overnight trains, 21 day buses,14 metros, 12 hotels, 8 day trains, 1 bike ride, 2 bamboo rafts, 1 Great Wall, 1 tuk tuk, 9 world heritage sites, 28 people, 1 broken ankle and 5 Sophie falls, I had been told by many people that I would dislike China and Hong Kong and everyone couldn’t have been more wrong. I’ve loved it. Every second. If a job was on offer in Hong Kong I would happily move here, I love it! My first proper day here with Michael we went up the Peak which had such stunning views of the city in both day and night. Day Two we explored the greener side of Hong Kong away from all the high rise buildings. It didn’t even feel like we were anywhere near a city which was so surprising and rather nice. We did the well known Dragons Back walk and the views were stunning! Day Three, we went up to the Big Buddha – the second largest seated Buddha in the world!!! It was so very impressive but very windy and cold up on top of the mountain and shock horror very very smoggy!No trip to China/Hong Kong would be complete without visiting the fake designer goods markets and for me they were heaven!! Thankfully Mum comes out tomorrow to take my 3 bags, 2 bracelets, a painting and a scarf home as I got slightly carried away…but £27 for a Chanel, YSL and Mulberry bag I couldn’t say no! Being only one hour by speedboat from Macau it was somewhere I desperately wanted to visit! Vegas of the East! When researching Macau I also learnt much about the history which was so insightful as I had no idea it was previously owned by Portugal but when you arrived it instantly had a Mediterranean vibe. After the culture it was time for the Casinos! We started at Studio City and made enough profits to spend it on dinner -it could have been an 8 course Michelin taster menu or a lowly pork bun?! Who knows but our winnings paid for dinner! Next stop, the Parisian. Famous for its Las Vegas branch the decor certainly did not disappoint but with a winning streak behind us we were confident we were about to make enough money to pay off our student loans. Sadly we were disappointed. And out of money in half an hour! So we dragged our £50k of student debt along to the Venetian with dreams slightly crushed that we would be free from student finance! The Venetian was even more stunning as in the centre of the shopping mall there is a replica of the Grand Canal in Venice! It was incredible!The remainder of my time in Hong Kong was spent visiting museums, markets and temples. For such a small city it has so much to offer, I would come back in a heartbeat! Tomorrow I head to Singapore for Christmas, bring on the sun!! Kate x