Hong Kong – Day Eleven – Spicy Crab

Hong Kong, being one of the finance capitals of the world, is a proper and modern metropolis. It also has the prices to prove it. Living in New York one becomes numb to these numbers. It is the cost of living in a vibrant place. But after spending ten days in places where a dollar could fetch about anything desired, paying $300HK for a cab ride from the airport to our hotel was a wake-up.

This leg of our trip waves bon voyage to Minh and Paul as they continue on their six-week journey through Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. We open our arms to Bob and Susi, Shell and Kalysa’s parents, as well as good family friends of theirs, Sam and his wife Stacy. Sam goes east for business regularly and was ready to show us a good time around Hong Kong and show off his Cantonese skills. Our first day was a wet and rainy time, but we made the best of it by using the covered walkways and the ever sprawling malls.

We stayed in a section of the city known as Kowloon. We spent much of the day wandering around and taking the city in, riding ferries and such. The bulk of my Hong Kong photos come with tomorrow’s post, but after our wandering adventure, we headed back to the hotel for a couple drinks before we ready for dinner and more drinks!

After dinner, we make our way back to The W and continue to jolly our spirits. When I got back to our room I couldn’t help but attempt some long exposures of the bay from our window.

By Daniel Hatke

The author was born and raised in Indiana. After graduating from Purdue University he worked in the asset management industry in New York City. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship. Currently, he is fueling his curiosities through taking time off for extended travel and experiences in Europe and Asia, as chronicled here.