Expectations & Reality in Hong Kong

If I haven’t made it obvious already, my perception of Hong Kong before coming here was extremely limited. But after traveling for 4 months throughout Europe prior to coming to Hong Kong, I had made a few expectations that I thought were obvious. After living here for almost 2 months, it is somewhat funny looking back on the few expectations I thought I had right. Mostly because I was wrong.

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Hiking in Hong Kong

Only 24% of Hong Kong is considered developed land, with only 7% used for housing (which is a whole other story). But what this means is that there is some absolutely amazing hiking all over Hong Kong! Part of the reason I love Hong Kong so much is because of these spots that give you a break from the city.  Below are some pictures from each of the hikes I’ve done so far, although I’ll have to say my iPhone camera doesn’t do the best job of capturing the true beauty here.

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Hong Kong ≠ China

Before coming to Hong Kong I was continually asked what relationship Hong Kong had with China. Was Hong Kong an independent and separate country? Was Hong Kong still part of China but with less regulations? I had also heard the phrase “2 systems, 1 country” thrown around, but didn’t really understand what it meant. From a few googles, I also knew that Hong Kong had been a British colony until 1997. But I still struggled to understand Hong Kong’s current status and couldn’t give anyone a clear answer.

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The People you Only See on Sunday

Central District has been toted as the “most celebrated financial district” in Hong Kong, and on any typical weekday you would see men in suits and ties and women in heels and dresses on their way to their respective banks. During the lunch hours between 12-2pm the sidewalks are also flooded with people, but it is the same men and women you would see in the morning on their lunch breaks. But Sunday is completely different.

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