On the road: Hong Kong

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Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

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Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

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Growing up, my mother didn’t have the chance to travel a lot. Circumstances were dire and to add to it, she was the youngest of the family, and a daughter, which meant that whatever money my grandmother did have, it would go to her brothers. We’ve heard plenty about it through her many ‘when I was young’ stories. Sometimes she still can’t fathom how cheap air travel can be nowadays. Things are certainly different today. We’re crossing borders as easy as we can say honorificabilitudinitatibus. In the mean time, I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of a transporter device. Beaming yourself from one place to another and not having to deal with a fear of flying – sign me up for it. Of course, in the off chance your disintegrated body will not dematerialize properly, it is slightly more worrisome than your average turbulence.

On our recent travels to Hong Kong I was once again reminded how easy traveling is nowadays. In my mother’s time, you couldn’t go anywhere without a tour guide or friends in the country you were visiting. Today, everything is one click away on the internet. Browsing through my instagram feeds every day I feel like I have come to know places I’ve never even been to. Social media has a way of connecting, in a way that must have been unthinkable decades ago. 

We’re going from Vienna to Los Angeles and Bangkok and Bali all before breakfast. 

Still though, nothing beats actual traveling. There may come a day when virtual traveling is made possible – a development I’m not that keen on I must say – but until that day, nothing comes close to the satisfaction you get from waking up in a world unknown. I may be an introvert, but I long for the hustle and bustle of city life. Traveling makes you aware of the fact that you’re just a small spectacle in an infinite universe and that whatever you do, it all goes on. Which, for us millennials, is something we easily forget.

Located in Central, the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is a great gateway to the rest of the city. I found myself drawn to Soho every time we went out. The art galleries, innovative restaurants, old buildings repurposed to fit independent shops and artist ateliers and artworks in every corner of the neighborhood. If I could live in Hong Kong one day, I would find myself a place in the creative buzz of Soho. This post is a visual diary of our stay at the Mandarin Oriental and the sites we visited while there. The photos don’t do the places justice. The Mandarin Oriental is much too dreamy and elegant and Hong Kong lively for that. But may this post inspire your next travels or, at least, satisfy your travel dreams before breakfast.

In collaboration with Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Street Photography

Hong Kong PMQ

Hong Kong PMQ

Hong Kong High Street Intersection

Man Mo Temple Hong Kong

Man Mo Temple Hong Kong

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PMQ Escape from the busy streets of Soho and wander straight into an artful hub designed for creative professionals. Located in an old residential unit, spaces have been converted into design studios and shops.

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Art Basel Art Basel is every art lover’s dream to visit. The art fair is held annually in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong. We were lucky enough to be there while the Hong Kong expo was on. 

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22 Ships I was raving about it here already. 22 Ships by Jason Atherton was one of my favorite restaurants in Hong Kong. I love the modern concept of serving creative dishes in a laid-back setting.

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Man Mo Temple If you want to dive into more cultural sites, the Man Mo Temple is a great visit. It’s a short walk from PMQ.

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Wanchai Heritage To discover Hong Kong’s East meets West sites, do the Wanchai Heritage trail. The architectural and cultural tour covers tong lau buildings, French influenced architecture and Chinese wood carvings.

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Mid-Levels escalator The longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world takes you from Central to the Western District on Hong Kong Island. On your way up you’ll find many shops and restaurants and the higher you go, the better the view.

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1881 Heritage Travel back in time to the 1880s when you enter a Victorian-style shopping mall. The old police headquarters has been preserved and restored and is now home to luxury brand shops and an exhibition hall.

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Langham Place Slightly touristy but currently one of the biggest malls in Hong Kong. The building has an unusual corkscrew design that allows you to ascend or descent the floors without using an escalator.

Art Basel Takashi Murakami

Art Basel Takashi Murakami

Art Basel Hong Kong

Peninsula Hong Kong Afternoon Tea

Peninsula Hong Kong Afternoon Tea

Peninsula Hong Kong Afternoon Tea

Hong Kong Mid Levels

Hong Kong streets

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Hong Kong Tram Line

Hong Kong Blogger

Hong Kong Palm Trees

Hong Kong Apple Store

Hong Kong Eslite

Hong Kong Instagram

Hong Kong Skyline

Hong Kong Victoria Peak

Hong Kong Mongkok Shopping

Hong Kong Street Food

Hong Kong Mongkok Shopping

Hong Kong Long Exposure

Hong Kong Night Photography

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Hong Kong Skyline Victoria

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  • Eleonora Wagtendonk

    Heel leuk Igrien! X

  • Being able to visit Hong Kong would be such a dream, you’d think I would’ve visited already since I grew up in Taiwan! The cityscape is just so gorgeous, thanks for sharing your beautiful shots!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

    • You have to go Alice! It’s so much closer to Taiwan than it is to Amsterdam! Thanks so much – have a great weekend!

  • Rae

    Haven’t been to Hong Kong but it’s somewhere I have always wanted to go! It looks absolutely amazing. Your photography is so stunning, I love the way you captured the city’s atmosphere and mood in this post. I have been following your blog for a little while and just love your posts!
    Keep it up!
    Rae x
    http://www.rachaelgunn.com

    • Thank you so much Rachael, that means a lot! Hope you’re having a great weekend! <3

  • I quite enjoy reading your words I must say. It’s inspiring and interesting. BTW, Hong Kong is my home city, so I agree with you that this is such a cosmopolitan city for exciting opportunities and events! And no, your photos actually capture a better spirit of the city than reality. Thanks for doing so!

    xx Margaret
    http://www.maleemaleehong.com

    • Thank you Margaret. That means a lot coming from someone who is from Hong Kong! I hope you’re having a great weekend!

  • Oh I just love these photos! Very inspirational. I’d love to visit Hong Kong one day – definitely on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing!

    Love, Lindsey
    http://www.thenomisniche.com/

    • Thank you Lindsey! Do go, it’s one of my favorite places in the world! <3

  • These pictures are amazing! Haven’t been to Hong Kong but its on my list.
    I love how travelling is made easier too now.

    zekalin.com

    • Thank you dear 🙂 Do go – there’s so much to see and do in Hong Kong!

  • Wow, what amazing photos! Hong Kong is so huge! I love the night pictures of the city! Thanks for sharing!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  • This is absolutely gorgeous – I love this post, it’s so lovely and all your photos are just beautiful!

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

  • StylNova

    Your photos are the closest thing to doing Honk Kong justice! Stunning! & that makes 2 of us waiting for a transport device to be invented lol 😉
    http://www.StylNova.net

    • Thank you dear! Haha, yeah such travel device has to come sooner or later right? I hope I will still be around to see it! Have a great weekend dear 😉

  • Marta Pozzan

    Oh my goodness too beautiful, I wanna go there now!!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRbRRY9jAIo

  • God, I love your blog!
    These photos are just breathtaking!
    I’m speechless.

    xo,
    Iga
    http://www.stylenightcap.com/

    • Thank you so much Iga! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend, wherever you are 😉

  • I love this post so much! Hong Kong is on my bucket list now!

    X

    • Thanks Nora! Definitely do visit Hong Kong!
      Enjoy the rest of the week! <3

  • Wow, I absolutely love this travel diary!! The pictures are so beautiful; can’t wait to visit Hong Kong some day!! Your high tea also looks delicious!! Hope you had a blast! Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

    • Thanks Susanne! I definitely enjoyed my time there and you will not regret going to Hong Kong! Enjoy the rest of your week Susanne!

  • I stumbled upon your comment in Margaret Zhang’s site and I’m glad to have gotten lost in this beautiful world of yours! Stunning photographs!

    http://www.lapetitegarconne.org

    • Thank you for the kind words Raiza! <3 Hope you're enjoying your weekend! 🙂