The airport is enormous yet wonderfully clean & efficient and after a short wait we get through customs. Fortunately, we’re not collecting any luggage so we head into town straight away. We only have a few hours to enjoy the sights before we need to return for our next leg.
The express train takes just 25 minutes from the airport to the centre of the city and a return ticket costs HK$100. Our plan is to do no more than grab a quick bite and get our bearings so that when we return in a month we have a better idea of what to expect and where to go.
I have been forewarned that Hong Kong is corner-to-corner commerce and so for the shopaholics it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The huge number of shops is many and varied; everything from electronics & toys to clothing & footwear. We drift towards Central only to find ourselves surrounded by Louis Vuitton, Bulgari and D&G. All very posh!
Christmas is in full swing with lights, Santa statues and Christmas trees.
At street level we’re surrounded by a sea of people and a cacophony of traffic noise. The evening is a rush as workers head home in a city that seems to stay open all-hours. Taking it all in can be overwhelming at times. It will be much better when we’re not so tired next time around.