A modern mecca just south of the mainland
07.04.2009 - 07.09.2009 95 °F
We wrapped up our four month journey through Asia in Hong Kong, a surreal city full of skyscrapers in which most of its seven million inhabitants work and live. Hong Kong is made up of hundreds of small islands, but most people congregate on Kowloon and Hong Kong. The business hub and shopping mecca is extraordinarily crowded. Hong Kong's mountainous geography has left very little room for urban sprawl, so architects have built up.
Hong Kong was under British control from 1842 until 1997 when it transferred sovereignty back to China. The differences between the mainland and Hong Kong are night and day, both socially and culturally. Hong Kong feels like a western country. It was clean, there was no spitting, and we even saw a public personal hygiene campaign aimed at preventing the spread of the swine flu.
It is easy to escape the chaos with just a short ferry ride to one of the rural islands or a bus ride to the mountains, which we preferred.
Our time in Asia was a great adventure for sure. By experiencing first hand places and cultures we had previously only read about, we gained some amazing insight into the area's history and our own culture.
For the next two months we'll explore Africa. We are currently recharging in Cape Town, South Africa.
- Dave & Elizabeth