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Hong Kong – Last Day – Departure

The last day of my visit to Hong had unfortunately arrived. My flight was scheduled to depart in the evening. I still had a few hours to spend in Hong Kong before leaving for the airport.

Final day locations.
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Final day locations. © 2018 Google
Final day locations. 
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Final day locations. © 2018 Google

Fully packed, I went for a walk, making my way towards ‘Olympian City’, a large shopping mall. Above the mall is a large residential tower complex where one requires DEEP pockets to afford an apartment. Compared to other fancy high-end malls in Hong Kong, I would rate ‘Olympian City’ as a mid range mall. Since I didn’t want / have anything to purchase in the mall, going there was more of a people watching experience.

'Olympian City' shopping mall and residential complex.
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'Olympian City' shopping mall and residential complex. © 2018 Google

Another place I visited before leaving Hong Kong was the ‘Elements’ shopping mall in West Kowloon. It’s a very luxurious mall, part of the Union Square development. The mall is connected to Kowloon Station. Several architecturally interesting residential/commercial skyscrapers are part of the Union Square as well, including the International Commerce Centre, the 2nd tallest building in Hong Kong. The Sky100 observation deck is located on the skyscraper’s 100th floor. Unfortunately, I did not have time to go up for a peak but I’m sure that the view from up there is breathtaking.

The outside area of the Union Square development provides for some great views of Victoria Harbour / Hong Kong Island. If you are into taking photos of architecture, this would be the place to do so. The whole adjacent area is still very much in development with construction noise prevalent.

Union Square development. West Kowloon.
Union Square development. West Kowloon.
Kowloon Station entrance in the Union Square development. Attributed to Diego Delso via Wikimedia Commons
Kowloon Station entrance in the Union Square development. Attributed to Diego Delso via Wikimedia Commons
Elements Shopping Mall entrance in the Union Square development. Attributed to WiNG via Wikimedia Commons.
Elements Shopping Mall entrance in the Union Square development. Attributed to WiNG via Wikimedia Commons.

I made my way back to the hotel using the MTR and my own two legs. Conveniently, the hotel had a shuttle service to the airport. 30 minutes later, I was back at the main gateway of Hong Kong.

Inside Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport.
Inside Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport.

My final meal in Hong Kong was at the Tim Ho Wan restaurant branch inside terminal 1. It was a good meal, one of the best I have had at an airport.

The airport’s duty free could easily rank as one of the best as well. It was by far the most luxurious duty free that I have been to. I decided to skip buying a Rolex watch inside the brand’s 2-story store but settled for some good Belgian chocolate and some salty snacks.

Duty Free, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport.
Duty Free, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport.
Bags are packed. Time to leave Hong Kong.
Bags are packed. Time to leave Hong Kong.

I boarded the plane, ‘eagerly’ awaiting the 11-hour plane ride back to Canada. Luckily for me, I can sleep on an economy class seat. It was dark by the time took off. Farewell Hong Kong. Until next time!

Flying back home to Calgary from Hong Kong is an 11 hour ordeal. 
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Flying back home to Calgary from Hong Kong is an 11 hour ordeal. © 2018 Google

The Hong Kong trip was a big success. During my 10 full days, I have managed to film most of what I have intended on filming. The help that I have received from the Hong Kong Tourism Board and the various other establishments was invaluable, enabling me to capture locations that would not have been possible otherwise. I am deeply grateful for their assistance!

The 10 days in Hong Kong were unforgettable. It is truly one of my favorite places to visit. However, in future visits I would most likely spend less time there. I would suggest a 3-5 day curriculum for people who are visiting. Obviously, if it is your first time visiting Hong Kong, 3 days would not be enough. If you find that you have a connecting flight through Hong Kong, I would suggest taking a few days to stay in the region.

As much as I have filmed during my stay in Hong Kong, the footage amounts to a mere glimpse. I could have easily spent an additional 10 days filming full time and it still wouldn’t cover all that there is to see and do. No amount of video could. You must physically experience Hong Kong.

There are several locations I wish that I have had the time / access to film in but are not in the travel video. Some of those locations are:

Lion Rock Peak Viewpoint

If you recall, I have tried to get there but my poor knowledge of the area caused me to lose valuable time and miss the time window that I have had to climb up to the viewpoint. The views from there are splendid!

Braemar Hill Viewpoint

Located south of North Point on Hong Kong Island, some excellent views of Hong Kong Island / Victoria Harbour may be seen. Alas, I did not have enough time to go there.

Braemar Hill Viewpoint, Hong Kong Island.

Attributed to chensiyuan via Wikimedia Commons
Braemar Hill Viewpoint, Hong Kong Island. Attributed to chensiyuan via Wikimedia Commons
Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden

Unfortunately, my request to film in these locations was not approved (emails went unanswered). However, these locations are a must when visiting Hong Kong.

Chi Lin Nunnery, Diamond Hill.

Attributed to Rob Young via Wikimedia Commons
Chi Lin Nunnery, Diamond Hill. Attributed to Rob Young via Wikimedia Commons
Nan Lian Garden, Diamond Hill.

Attributed to Clément Bucco-Lechat via Wikimedia Commons
Nan Lian Garden, Diamond Hill. Attributed to Clément Bucco-Lechat via Wikimedia Commons
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

Another iconic monastery in Hong Kong that should be visited. Again, my request for filming was not approved.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

I did not intend on filming inside of the Disneyland Resort itself as I felt that it was not a unique experience to Hong Kong. I did want to film outside of the park just as a general mentioning of this very popular Hong Kong attraction.

Entrance to Disneyland Resort Hong Kong. Attributed to Thwong terry via Wikimedia Commons.
Entrance to Disneyland Resort Hong Kong. Attributed to Thwong terry via Wikimedia Commons.
New Territories

86 percent of Hong Kong’s area falls under the New Territories banner and is home to half of the population (basically, any area outside of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island). I have barely scratched the surface of exploring the region. I did not have the time to set foot in any of the areas north of Kowloon, all of it is part of the New Territories. There are many country parks, villages and tons of hiking trails in beautiful natural surroundings.

New Territories, Hong Kong.
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New Territories, Hong Kong. © 2018 Google

Hong Kong Wetland Park, located in Tin Shui Wai in the New Territories, would have been a spot I would have liked to film. It’s a shame that most visitors to Hong Kong neglect to visit the New Territories. There is A LOT to see and do.

Outlying Islands

Beyond Lantau Island, I would have liked to film in Hong Kong’s other outlying islands, capturing a more traditional side of Hong Kong.

Cheung Chau Island was at the top of my list, with it’s small village lifestyle, natural surroundings, beaches and famous temples, including the Pak Tai Temple. Filming here would have been a treat, as well as on the ferry going there, capturing the beautiful views of the South China Sea.

Cheung Chau, Hong Kong. Attributed to Bernard Spragg via Wikimedia Commons.
Cheung Chau, Hong Kong. Attributed to Bernard Spragg via Wikimedia Commons.

There are many more areas of Hong Kong that I can mention that would enhance the travel video. But, capturing Hong Kong in it’s fullest would required that I move to Hong Kong haha.

What I do hope is that my travel video has enough footage to give the viewer a good taste of Hong Kong. It has A LOT to offer. I personally cannot wait to return!

So that’s what my Hong Kong experience has been like in a nutshell. Stay tuned for my future blog posts, covering my adventures in other places in the world. Cheers!

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