|A building with bamboo scaffolding|
|Star Ferry Pier and Maritime Museum|
|Hong Kong Observation Wheel|
|Overpasses connecting buildings|
We were staying in a small room in an AirBnb Guesthouse on Kowloon Peninsula in a nice neighborhood close to markets and lots of restaurants. Our room was tiny! Just two beds, one very small double bed, and a single bed. A closet for a bathroom, with a sink, shower and toilet in one- you had to sit sideways on the toilet because the wall was too close to the toilet! This is standard in Hong Kong. There are 7 million people living in Hong Kong, densely packed into the city in towering tall buildings that stick up thin as matchsticks in the skyline.
|Hong Kong Park|
|Turtles in Hong Kong Park|
|Orchids in the greenhouse in Hong Kong Park|
|Teddy bears chilling out on their porch in the greenhouse|
|The Tai Chi garden walkway|
|The views of the skyline from the park|
|Hong Kong Park's bird aviary|
For a city with such a huge population, I had no idea that there were so many beautiful parks in the city center of Hong Kong. After taking the short Star Ferry crossing to Hong Kong Island, we decided to walk up to Hong Kong Park before visiting Victoria Peak, the highest point in Hong Kong. As soon as we walked into the park, I felt the sense of peace and happiness at being surrounded by nature, even when the skyscrapers surrounding us were still visible from the park. Despite the craziness of the city outside the park walls, with it's towering buildings, endless shopping malls, and neon lights, the lush greenness of the park offers a way to escape the big city. How lucky are the locals in Hong Kong to have a chance to experience the best of both worlds- busy and vibrant city life, combined with the calming and revitalizing process of spending time within nature. Hong Kong Park is a wonderful park with many different gardens, including a greenhouse filled with tropical plants. The bird aviary is also spectacular, and offers you a chance to observe many different species of birds among a lush green backdrop. I was so impressed by both parts of the aviary and greenhouse, and entrance to both was free!
|The view from the Peak Tower|
|The Peak tram coming up the hill|
|The Star Ferry|
|Busy 'Nathan Road'|
|Nathan and Charlotte on 'Nathan Road'|
We found it funny that our guesthouse was near a main road called 'Nathan Road'. We stopped and took some pictures there, before slowly working our way back home, observing the busy Hong Kong nightlife, before taking an early night in preparation for our continuing adventures in the morning.
That's all for day one in Hong Kong... I'll post about the rest of our stay there separately :)
Thanks for reading,