05.09.16

HONG KONG TRAVEL

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hong kong travel guide | designlovefest

i recently spent about 10 days in hong kong and japan and wanted to document them as much as i could. i was only able to scratch the surface of hong kong, so i am not sure how much help i will be, but i think i can still provide you with some good insight on traveling there and a few fun things we did! something that made it very easy was that almost everyone could speak english which made getting around a breeze. (we didn’t have the same experience in tokyo!).  

hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest

let’s just say it’s not a short trip from los angeles to hong kong, it took us about 14 hours! we flew united…not the best plane for long distances, but they did have wifi which was a savior and pretty rare for over the ocean travel! we arrived pretty late at night, checked into our hotel and went to for dinner. we tried to go to (funny name if you say it out loud) because we heard it’s amazing, but it was booked up…so make a reservation! we really loved the dinner at mott 32 though. a very cool ambiance, unique decor, the best bbq pork (this and the peking duck is what they are known for!) it kinda feels like you are in a james bond film here, honestly. definitely on the fancier side, but an awesome welcome into a new place.

hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest

was a true dream. i was working with a company called , a cool website that curates hip gorgeous hotels around the world. i always check this site when traveling somewhere new. was calm, neutral, comfortable, the best service, visually appealing and made it very hard to leave the room. because we arrived to hong kong at night we had no idea what our surroundings actually looked like, so to wake up and open the windows to this beautiful city with TONS of greenery was so amazing. i was freaking out on snapchat. it felt like we were in jumanji or something. this hotel is on hong kong island, and i would recommend staying in that area!

hong kong travel guide | designlovefest

a few things: get your octopus card! it’s an electronic payment system using a less smart card. you can use these in convenient stores and for the subway. (you can get one in the underground subway stations) which by the way the subway is extremely easy to use and clean.

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another thing to note is that in hong kong and tokyo the store 7/11 is like a thing there. better food, and they are everywhere. you can also drink on the street so picking up a beer there and walking with it is definitely common.

hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest

our first morning we decided to go looking for dim sum and hit the jackpot. we took the subway over to (the tsim sha tsui location) and got there right when they opened. luckily, because there was a big line in a matter of minutes. the place was so pretty! amazing tile and cool design elements everywhere…and seriously good food. look at those little pastries that come in a birdcage and dim sum that look like little pigs. so entertaining.

hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest

this was the only time we ventured off hong kong island so we spent the day wandering around the streets and markets. we went to a jade market that was pretty cool to see! i absolutely loved all of the old neon signs with the perfect worn color combinations. so inspiring to me. like i said, i was only in hong kong for about two days, so i definitely don’t know the lay of the land but from what i saw, the soho area on hong kong island seemed more hip and kowloon felt harder to navigate. just so you can get an idea of how to manage your time there!

hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest

i loved walking around the soho area. i found the colorful pastels, cool architecture, adorable restaurants to be very inspiring!! it’s definitely a place where inspiration can be found on every corner, but you have to look a little harder for it. which makes things fun, like a treasure hunt. we took a cab (the cabs are red there and most are cash only, i think) over to soho to see the . it was very small, and they had huge coil incense burning everywhere and you get to light your own incense sticks there. it was amazing to experience the culture and traditions there.

they have these that take you up up up while outside. a unique experience that i thought was a good way to see a lot in a short amount of time. see them on the right of the road in this photo?…ALSO! notice that they use bamboo scaffolding for construction. i found that to be so interesting!

hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest

see how there is cool color combinations everywhere! (see this post too) i found it to be a hard city to capture on camera because of how vertical that place is…there’s tall buildings everywhere.

a list of things in the area that were recommended to me:




ps i wouldn’t really suggest the LKF (lan kwai fong) area unless you are into suuuuuper crowded streets with lots of drunk people. it seemed like a younger crowd. kinda neat to walk through it just to see, but definitely not my scene to hang out for a whole night. felt kinda like a late night musical festival.

hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest

our last night (it was over so fast!) i met up with a guy i had a thing with back in college and he lives there. i hadn’t seen him in so many years so it was fun to get together and have him show us around a little. we had dinner with an amazing view and then took the star ferry at night and saw the incredible lights that hong kong has to offer. i was feeling pretty bad vertigo from the jetlag which wasn’t great, but overall i would recommend that ferry! super easy to just go to the station buy a ticket and hop on. i think it was something really cheap like $3 each way. a fun night for sure.

oh and the lounge at the upper house hotel has an incredible view of the city and makes very cute martinis with sidecars. we hung out there for a few hours.

hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest

our last day we had a breakfast meeting at the hotel and at first was a little bummed i couldn’t have one last meal in the city but then loved the breakfast so much i was pleased it worked out that way! i am so into the food in hong kong.

and look at the view from our room!! i’ve never really seen a place with high rise buildings built into the greenery like this. and again, notice those lovely colors…

hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest

we strolled through hong kong park (wanted to go to  (which was closed for construction) but the park was peaceful and serene. and then headed to PMQ for our last few hours in hong kong. is like a creative hub for local design talents…there are multiple floors of little stores and showrooms. think of it like a cool mall for local artisans! the perfect place to pick up gifts and get inspired.

hong kong travel guide | designlovefest
hong kong travel guide | designlovefest

just look at this purple to pink gradient building. it doesn’t even know how cool it is.

hong kong travel guide | designlovefest

hong kong, i wish i could have explored you way more…but i know i will someday! you made me happy. next up, see our longer trip to tokyo and kyoto…

18 COMMENTS

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    Wow I’m loving all the pastel colors! I had no idea Hong Kong was so pretty

    Kylie Garner says:

    Nice place and great tour too! The hotel room is really spacious and awesome.

    love your perspective of HK! haven’t been back since 2006. my parents grew up there.

    Aileen says:

    I’ve always wanted to venture East, but I’ve been too chicken. I love all of your photos…It looks like a great adventure. Now all I need to do is convince some girlfriends to make the trip with me 🙂

    Chelsea says:

    I’ve never had any desire to visit Japan (if you can believe it) and now seeing this post and seeing your snaps from when you were there I’m like, WHAT was I thinking? Now it’s at the top of my travel bucket list. So cool. Thanks for sharing!

    Cesd Monsada says:

    luuuuuv 😍 I hope you get to visit South Korea also!

    Amy says:

    Hong Kong has never been on my bucket list (I never realized how beautiful and magical it was until your trip there!) Thank you so much for sharing your guide (I’ll definitely be checking out some of these things when I go!)

    Rachel says:

    Hong Kong looks like such an amazing place to visit! I would love to go one day!

    Carrie Purcell says:

    Where are your friends pants from? I’ve been looking for some just like that! Also, way beautiful scenery.

    I never knew that Hong Kong was so beautiful! After reading this post I’m definitely adding it to my travel list.

    nerr says:

    you’re inspiring to me! i love what your eye sees!

    Charmaine says:

    I love Hong Kong! What a beautiful way to capture the city. So glad you had a chance to experience it! My family used to go visit every couple years in the summer and in some ways, it still feels like my home away from home whenever I’m there 🙂

    Leah says:

    Beautiful photos! This is the second HK post I’ve read today and I’m really starting to want to go there myself! I found you on Instagram, really glad I decided to stop by the blog. Good stuff 🙂

    Stunning photos! Hong Kong has been on the top of my list for places I want to visit and this post makes me want to go even more! Wonderful experience you’ve shared with us. Thanks.

    Dexter says:

    Such a beautiful city. Hoping to return to this place someday.

    Nerissa says:

    Will be going to HK this weekend and oh thank god I saw this post! The colors are just so adorable!

    I was born in Hong Kong and I almost could not tell from your pictures that they were taken in HK. Lovely Capture!

    shachar says:

    Amazing photos!
    I’ve never been to Hong Kong yet, hope to check be there soon.

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