It was already late when we landed in Hong Kong, and by the time I took the airport express into the city and checked into my hotel – the W Hong Kong – I was still full enough from eating on the plane that I wasn’t really feeling dinner. Decided instead to go have a good walk around to stretch out the legs and grab a few drinks before checking in for the night.
The W had upgraded to me to a nice suite with ice cold air conditioning, but even with this the jetlag was catching up to me and I was up nice and early in the morning. I went to bed telling myself I wasn’t going to set an alarm just to get up and see the sunrise, but jetlag conspired to wake me up early anyways, so off I went.
I had seen on FlyerTalk from someone who did a similar trip to mine just a couple weeks before that sunrise on The Peak could be awesome, so I caught an Uber up to the top to see if I could see it. Unfortunately, my Uber got slightly lost, so by the time I found the path, the first signs of sunrise were already out. Still was a very dark walk for the first part down to the observation point.
Sun just moments away from breaking the horizon, with a great view of Hong Kong Harbour.
Sunrise over Hong Kong, framed by a small tree.
It’s a beautiful day….
The sunrise cast a nice glow over some of the skyscrapers.
Pro tip from Google – ask your taxi/Uber to take you to the top of Lugard Road, and follow it to the observation point.
Rather than head back the way I came, I decided to walk down from the Peak. I would regret this the next day, with extremely sore calves and glutes from all the downhill.
Part of the “Morning Trail” down from the Peak.
Fortunately, we were heading downhill, because I was really starting to feel it in my legs. Just about when I was realizing I wasn’t 21 any more, we passed the Fitness Corner for the Elderly. All these flavours Hong Kong and you had to choose to be salty?!
Trail eventually ended at the University of Hong Kong, where I had a nice wander through the campus.
Sun Yat Sen meditation pond.
Seniors doing Tai Chi in the middle of campus.
…and I found Starbucks. Perfect end to a nice hike, sitting outside in the cool weather enjoying some coffee.
After this decided a bit more walking was in order, so walked for another hour or so all the way to the Star Ferry pier. I hadn’t taken the Star Ferry in years, so figured since I was out playing tourist I might as well make the most of it.
After the ferry docked I ended up taking a short nap while the iDevices recharged, and then it was off for some lunch. I wanted to go back to the Island for lunch, and debated taking the train, but it was so nice out that I decided another ride on the Star Ferry was in order. Heading back to Tsim Sha Tsui:
Grabbed lunch a fun little brewpub I like called The Roundhouse which serves amazing brisket, then, a bit of wandering the chaotic streets of Hong Kong:
Taking the mid-levels elevators:
Typical Hong Kong street scene:
After a couple more hours of walking, it was back on the crammed rush hour subway to my hotel:
Met up with a friend for dinner near the hotel before crashing relatively early. It had been a really early morning, and I had to be up very early again the next morning to catch my flight to Singapore. It had been a wonderfully active day, and I forgot how much I’ve missed visiting destinations where you can just spend the entire day walking around. You can’t really do that in Afghanistan, Congo, etc…
Next up, Singapore First Class to Australia!
Good call on waking up for the Sunrise! A friend of mine really got me hooked on taking great sunset photos on my travels years ago. But until now, I’ve never really considered attempting to take gorgeous sunrise photos – mainly because I am never up that early – but will start planning to do so from now on. Thanks for the idea!