Welcome to this week’s Postcard From – the feature where I chat to some lucky explorer about their recent travels.
This week’s Postcard comes from the lovely Roshan, a blogger and writer of English/Sri Lankan heritage who grew up in the small town of Berry on the NSW South Coast. Roshan, who now lives in lives in Sydney with her husband and daughter, caught the travel bug early when her parents drove her around Europe in a combi van when she was six months old. After being disillusioned by lecturers whilst completing her BA Communication (Journalism), Roshan has pursued a career in event coordination instead. She started blogging as a creative outlet for travel obsession and opinions on life and hopes to be a published author one day. Check out Roshan’s blog, Roshan’s Ramblings, or follow @RoshansRambling on Twitter.
Read more: Getting Stamped have some awesome Hong Kong travel tips that will help if you’re planning a trip there – or check out this fab itinerary to Hong Kong and Macau to see everything you need to do there!
Hi Roshan! So, where have you been lately?
My husband, daughter and I went to Hong Kong for a stopover on the way to Europe. It was better than I expected and not as crowded as I thought it would be. We went in October and it was very hot.
Did you stay somewhere nice?
We stayed in a great little modern apartment in the Wan Chai area which had friendly staff and common rooms with televisions and coffee facilities which I found useful when my one year old daughter needed somewhere new to crawl around.
What did you get up to?
Caught the Peak Tram up 552m to Victoria Peak which is the highest point in the city. It was a clear day and we had gotten there early (before the smog set in) so we were lucky enough to get good views of the city. There was a lovely temple up the top.
Went to the beautiful Hong Kong Park with its waterfalls over lakes, botanical gardens and plaza of fountains- one that you can even walk into the middle of. I am a big fan of fountains, so I loved that! We also stumbled upon a display of character statues from cartoons such as Dragon Ball Z and found a huge playground for my daughter to play in – she loved it.
Caught the world’s longest escalator from Central to the Mid-levels to go to a bar in Soho. On the way back to the hotel we stumbled upon a lovely art installation in Central – a very nice surprise.
Caught the Star Ferry over Victoria Harbour to Kowloon.
Walked along the Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade which had a lovely dragon fountain. We found the bizarre Avenue of the Stars like the one in LA- except that the only movie star I recognised was Bruce Lee. We also stumbled upon a Kinder fun run for kids along the way- very quirky.
Went to Kowloon Park which had lovely water gardens.
Wow, you got lots done in a stopover! What was your highlight?
The Star Ferry because it is so famous and was the first time my daughter had been on a ferry.
What was the food like?
The food was Asian and there were lots of very cheap breakfast diners. The best food we had was from a dumpling chain in one of the newer shopping centres.
Were there any funny moments?
The double decker cable trams were fun to ride and crowded. Everyone loved my daughter as she was a novelty with her blonde hair and blue eyes.
There was no bath in the hotel so we had to bathe my daughter in the kitchen sink! Fortunately it was deep and she was still small.
Do you have any tips or advice for anyone planning a similar trip?
Go for more than two days! I would have liked to have had more time to be able to go to Macau or see the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island.
And finally, did you manage to learn any useful words or phrases in Chinese?
Chinese is a hard language– but we managed to learn please and thank you.