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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.