some thoughts on life in Hong Kong

Same idea as some thoughts on life in Japan but here I am collating thoughts about my current home Hong Kong. This could be anything related to Hong Kong’s culture and everyday life that I’m finding worth sharing.

Hong Kong’s yards

I have to admit that even though I moved to Hong Kong 6 months ago, I haven’t been able to go and explores the city much. Due to the ongoing school closures there hasn’t been much spare time on my hands. The one exception was that one day in November (which happened to be the day before schools were told to shut down again after only two months of allowing kids on campus). A friend had suggested to go to Sheung Wan to visit some galleries, followed by a typical yum cha lunch. It was the first time I could just wonder through streets and little alleyways without nagging kids trying to drag me in all sorts of directions. During a previous short trip to Hong Kong I had noticed the street art that is scattered across central Hong Kong, however, at that point I hadn’t been looking (yet) for the little green and quiet spaces that I so admired when walking through Tokyo’s streets. During that wander through Sheung Wan, I stumbled across below, peaceful courtyard and decided to add a picture here whenever I discover a new one worth sharing, just as I had done with the little Tokyo front gardens that play such a big role in the city’s urban landscape.

Sheung Wan courtyard

In Some thoughts on finding peacefulness I‘ve written about the quiet places I discovered during the time I lived in Tokyo and I am planning to do the same for Hong Kong. Compared to Tokyo, Hong Kong feels louder and more chaotic. This is only partly due to its density. Hong Kong’s culture and the nature of its people plays a vital role in it, too. Since I am not living in the middle of it all, I am enjoying the city‘s vibrancy, its hustle and bustle and noise whenever I am ‚in town‘. Saying this, I still feel the urge to search for the quiet spaces in Hong Kong; tranquil havens to go to whenever in need of a break.

Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

Being situated in the New Territories it takes some time to get to Kadoorie Farm but the relatively long drive is worth it. Set along a steep hillside with a myriad of short walking trails to chose from, you can easily find yourself all by yourself in the midst of tropical plants and trees. We went on a slightly wet day which covered the higher parts of the farm in mist. It was beautiful.

Lockcha Hong Kong Park

Many of the restaurants that I’ve been visiting so far here in Hong Kong, remind me of the places I knew from my years spent in Sydney or London. Large-scale, vibrant (aka noisy) and serving excellent food. Even though there’s a stark contrast compared to the restaurants that I loved so much in Tokyo, I’ve also been quite enjoying this change. When visiting Lockcha back in January though, I realised that I’d been missing the quiet and serene atmosphere of a typical Japanese restaurant. Places where you can fully enjoy some delicious food paired with a relaxed conversation. Lockcha is a teahouse, which also serves excellent vegetarian dim sum. Situated within popular Hong Kong Park it is for sure not an insider tip, however, a perfect addition to my list of calm and peaceful places in Hong Kong.