After immersing ourselves in the rich history of Beijing, we boarded a plane and flew to Hong Kong. Upon landing I almost turned Ian’s hand blue by squeezing it so hard! Hong Kong’s airport is nestled right on the coast, therefore as a first time visitor, I honestly thought we were making an emergency landing in the ocean! Luckily, land appeared moments before the wheels touched down and I let out a huge sigh of relief!
By the time we got settled in our hotel it was dark out. Normally my plan would be to grab dinner and get an early night’s sleep – but we were in Hong Kong! Ian and I wanted to make the most of our time on the island and chose to head into the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong’s nightlife. First on our agenda was to walk down to Victoria Harbor and watch the nightly laser show. After the 15 minute event we walked to the popular Ladies Market and strolled past booths selling everything from handbags to jade figurines.
The next day we woke up before sunrise to trek up to Victoria Peak and soak in the views of the city. Hong Kong is one of the most surreal places I have ever visited! Skyscrapers are nestled into the terrain from the base of the mountain range down to the harbor. It is simply breathtaking!
As someone who is terrified of heights, my blood pressure was off the charts the majority of this day! After teetering on the edge of the highest mountain in Hong Kong at Victoria Peak Ian and I made the trek across town to catch a cable car ride up into the mountains to hike up to the Tian Tin Buddah. I kept my eyes closed most of the ride, but Ian encouraged me to look out the window once the Buddah peaked through the mountain tops. It was a deeply moving experience and a true highlight of our China adventure.
Once we were back from the mountains we took the metro over to the Happy Valley Racecourse for our first horse race experience! The race track is simply stunning as it is located in the heart of Hong Kong island and surrounded by skyscrapers. Ian and I upgraded our tickets to sit in a booth and enjoyed placing bets on our favorite horses. Bonus: bets could be as low as $2.50, so it was perfect for first timers! We didn’t end up winning anything, but the atmosphere at the racetrack made this outing one of our favorite nights!
And just like that, our time in Hong Kong was up! We had an afternoon flight home and were able to squeeze in a quick metro ride to the Wong Tai Sin temple. As we walked around the temple we were engulfed in incense as locals practiced their daily prayers. We were short on time, so we couldn’t explore as much of the temple as we would have liked, but we were thankful we managed to squeeze in as much time there as we did.
Watch the video below to catch a glimpse into one second from each day in October. Traveling to China made this month fly by!