As 2017 comes to a close, I’m not too sad. It was a rough year both personally and broadly speaking, regarding what was happening in the world (which I will touch on in another post).
My time in Hong Kong finally came to an end a few months ago. While things were disappointing for me on the work front as I left my job (one which I really busted my ass at), my time in Hong Kong helped me learn some important lessons, renew old friendships, make a few new friends, and save up a bit. I also did some good hikes though not during the summer when it was terribly hot. If there is one aspect about HK I really like, it is the hiking, which is easily accessible whether you’re in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, or the New Territories; and which offers some fantastic views of the sea, greenery and urban scenery.
Looking out to the sea and the eastern fringes of Hong Kong island from Devil’s Peak in Kowloon
Dragon’s Back hike has been called the best in Asia and it’s not hard to see why. This was my last hike in Hong Kong, done during my second-to-last week there
Sometimes the older and somewhat rundown buildings are the ones with the most character in Hong Kong, like these in Sai Ying Pun.
I’m not exactly a fan of cosplay and anime but I still decided to attend the anime convention in the summer. It was kind of decent.
During my last days in HK, I moved out to this hotel near my apartment. Great views, terrible rooms.
The smoky interior of Man Mo Temple’s main hall, with its lanterns and coils of burning incense
Tanka boatpeople community in Shau Kei Wan, eastern Hong Kong Island
Coastal Defense Museum, Shau Kei Wan, a surprisingly decent museum and free as well
Book fair, which I went to for the second year in a row. It was just as packed as last year as well
Hollywood movie setting (and Instagram star), the Yick Cheong building
Attended this summit featuring the Indonesian President Joko Widodo on a public holiday, due to work. It sucked having to “work” on a public holiday but it was kind of cool to see the president of a major country in person, albeit from over 50 feet away
For July 1, the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover, China sent its aircraft carrier for a little visit. I got a glimpse of it from a pier in Western Hong Kong Island.