Hong Kong took my breathe away. I love city life and I particularly loved it here with the beautiful bay, the peaks and mountains as the back drop, and the way it lights up at night, it is spectacular. I was most fascinated by the many gardens and unique architecture showcased throughout this bustling city which is currently populated by 7 million people.
I must be honest I have never been a huge fan of Chinese or Cantonese food, but went in open minded and as I do in any destination, I take the opportunity to try anything I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy. I must say, by the end of my time in Hong Kong, I was quite in love with Dim Sum and loved trying to many unique dishes, with the Peking duck being my favorite.
My time in Hong Kong was busy and the group and I who were traveling together had quite a hectic itinerary of sites to see and hotels to visit. In the midst of the time we had in Hong Kong, there was one hour that we had free to enjoy on own so I took advantage of this as I thought it would be nice to go for a walk and enjoy some time in solitude. During my time in Hong Kong, I stayed at the sumptuous Shangri-La on Hong Kong Island side, and as I left the hotel I walked across the street and entered Hong Kong Park.
Hong Kong Park
I entered the park with intent on finding a bench to sit, take in the surroundings and maybe enjoy a few moments reading my book. As I proceeded into the park, I realize it much larger than I had imagined with many different sights to see. From dining, to museum, to greenhouse, bird/animal exhibit, aviary and Olympic colosseum, the winding paths throughout provide interesting architecture and scenery.
The park is apparently very well kept with beautifully groomed bushes and flowers, amongst lagoons and waterfalls, I found such peace and happiness in this park and could not help but smile from ear to ear while taking it all in. It was fun to see all walks of life including local business people, families, athletes, school children dressed in uniforms, tourists like myself, etc I spoke to a couple of locals who could not have been more kind.
Tai Chi is offered daily at the Tai Chi gardens here in the park. The morning I went to enjoy Tai Chi with Master Nuni who I had heard so much about, the weather did not cooperate and unfortunately the rain was quite heavy so Tai Chi was moved indoor. I feel so fortunate to have met this 90+ year old Master who worked with me on breathing, letting go and helping to find balance or the ying to ones yang. It was such a special hour that we shared together and I can only imagine that with this profound practice, how special it would have been to be amidst the sunshine, chirping birds and trees in this beautiful park.
People often ask me what the favorite part of my trip was and it is often hard to choose and upon returning from Hong Kong it was equally as difficult. I realize on your travels it is important to sometimes sit back and take it all in, to think about the people you have met, the sites you have seen, and the culture you have experienced. My time in Hong Kong park reflecting on how grateful I am for the joy and education that travel brings to my life will never be forgotten and remains one of the highlights from my time spent here.