Throughout childhood, trips abroad mostly mean trips to Hong Kong | Macau (and forgive me for treating HK and Macau as one). Needless to say my family and I have seen the place a number of times to a point that we no longer visit the usual tourist spots. But as we got older and busier, Hong Kong was less and less of a sale-season shopping destination. With that, it took half a dozen years for me to visit HK once more in August 2012.
The trusty subways were still there, shopping centers still filled Nathan Road and authentic HK cuisine is definitely still cooking. But gone are the peddling vendors that roam the streets at night – and their quick getaways whenever the police arrive. On the other hand, new establishments have been built – and by that I mean more malls – but more so in Macau. Portuguese egg tarts were all I recall about Macau. Today, make that Portuguese egg tarts and gorgeous hotels and casinos.
I would say the visit was more of a metropolitan escapade of sorts where we ran to another metro to ride ferries, shop in outlet stores and indulge in endless food trips – not exactly a time to slow down but still an enjoyable, exciting trip.