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Hong Kong through Instagram

As the constant stream of photos coming from Instagram continued to flood my Facebook and Twitter streams I knew that before I poo-poo’d the concept I should try it out. Little did I know that I soon was part of the insta-addicts group taking photos using my iPhone as I drove around Adelaide, my home town. On my trip to Hong Kong in December I got a little Insta-crazy snapping photos of everything along my way. So here is just a taste of what I did in Hong Kong – the fun, the delicious, and the lights.

Gingerbread lattes and snowmen cupcakes in Starbucks which overlooks Victoria Harbour

Over a gingerbread latte and super cute melted snowman cupcake I worked out that Westerners in Hong Kong head to Starbucks for the free wi-fi, English newspapers, and coffee brand name that they’re familiar with; the locals and Asian tourists head to Starbucks to take photos of the Westerners who flock there. Kind of an amusing spectacle to watch with the ever moving Victoria Harbour in the background.

Bruce Lee statue along the Avenue of Stars with Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island as the backdrop

The Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong’s answer to Los Angeles Hollywood Boulevard, has visitors flock to see the hand prints of their favourite stars from Asian cinema. I didn’t recognise many of the names but Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and Bruce Lee all have stars on the waterside avenue; There’s even a statue of Bruce Lee which people pose to take photos – always good for a giggle when people strike the same post.

The Toy Story Christmas display outside Harbour City in Kowloon, Hong Kong

Each year Harbour City creates a holiday display which draws locals and tourist. To celebrate the 2011 Holiday season Disneyland Hong Kong teamed with the shopping city to create a display titled ‘Toy to the World’ to coincide with the launch of the launch of the Toy Story themed land opening at the park.

Worlds cheapest Michelin star restaurant in Mong Kok, Hong Kong

The purpose of my trip to Hong Kong centred around one tasty place and my first endeavour into Chinese food when visiting Hong Kong. Tim Ho Wan, the worlds cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant, in Mong Kok was my destination after hearing stories of how amazing the house speciality, pork buns, was. More importantly to me  were the dumplings, my food of choice. Four dishes and tea for less than AU$5 – bargain! Read more about my Tim Ho Wan experience here.

Ladies Night market in Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Instagram of the tacky disney stitch iPhone covers I bought in Hong Kong at a market

Of course no trip to Mong Kok is complete without a visit to one of the many markets, and so with a stomach full of dumplings my quest to find the warmest pair of gloves to brace me for New York’s chill began in the Ladies Market. Wandering through stalls of electronics, bags, Chinese art, and an assortment of winter clothes I felt overwhelmed with choice regardless the similarities in stock between each vendor. Instead I bought two super cute Stitch phone covers for my iPhones… whoops!

Trying a hot pot in Hong Kong

All that walking around the Ladies Market made me hungry so I stopped off to try Hot Pot in an area not so well to foreigners. On the streets and in the restaurant I was the only foreigner and despite a few looks at me, and a small laugh when they heard how bad my Cantonese is, I managed to order a meal. After the locals gave me a ‘Chopstick Use 101’ I tucked into this delicious meal of rice, beef, egg, and asian greens – a perfect late night snack.

Meeting new people, travel blogger Runaway Juno Kim in the markets of Hong Kong

Whilst in Hong Kong I got to meet fellow travel bloggers Juno from Runaway Juno, Stephan from Bohemian Traveler, and Andrew from Grounded Traveler. Together we explored Central and of course ate dumplings!

Instagram photo of Nathan Road in Mong Kok, Hong Kong, zebra stripes, pedestrian crossing

Pedestrian crossing on Nathan Road, Mong Kok.

Instagram photo taken through the front of a taxi cab in Hong Kong

View from the back of a taxi when getting lost.

Chistmas lights on the Peninsualr Hotel in Hong Kong

The Christmas lights on The Peninsular Hotel are always beautiful.

Victoria Harbour and famous Star Ferry in Hong Kong just before the light show titled the Symphony of Lights

Instagram photo of the Symphony of Lights over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. The world's longest lazer light show!
After accidentally going to the Cantonese version of the A Symphony of Light’s the previous night I finally made it to the English version and was able to watch the world’s longest light show complete with lazer lights. Over 40 buildings along Victoria Harbour participate in the nightly show, and best of all it’s free!
Instagram image of sunset over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour skyline with a tug boat

Have you visited Hong Kong? What would you take Instagram photos of if you went?

For more suggestions of what to see and do in Hong Kong check out my First Time in Hong Kong guide.

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Vanessa
    February 10, 2012 at 8:33 am

    i come from hong kong and i took an amazing instagram shot when i was in stanley! little junk boats juxtapose with modern buildings http://instagr.am/p/n7Ko-/ (:

    btw love that you went to tim ho wan and also ordering in cantonese!! (: did you have to wait long at tim ho wan?

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      Nicole
      February 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Gorgeous shot! I love all the little boats down in Stanley. 🙂

      I’m trying to learn Cantonese because I go to Hong Kong so often! Could be useful now that I want to start exploring off the beaten track places!
      I only waited about 20minutes to get a table at Tim Ho Wan – both the people I were talking to and I were surprised because it took others an 1 – 1.5hours to get a table. The perks of going alone I guess haha!

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    Maria Alexandra @latinAbroad
    February 21, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Lovely photos! I’ve been “bombarded” with Hong Kong photos and wonderful posts lately…and my heart jumps every time…is this a sign of the universe?! About time I finally see this part of the world and seemingly-fantastic city! 🙂

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      Nicole
      March 9, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      I think it is a sign Maria! Hope you get down to Hong Kong soon it really is a beautiful place. 🙂

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    Paul Davis
    August 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    How I miss the wonderful streets of Hong Kong. I have been there twice and I’m planning to go there again this Christmas. I’m looking forward to witness Harbour City’s holiday display.

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