I went there twice, with the last visit in 2006. People always ask, why Hong Kong? Now that is an interesting question. Different people travel or take a vacation for different reasons, my first reason was because of the newly opened (then) Disneyland Hong Kong Resort. It is the nearest to where I was and in a language in which I could understand. Previously, the nearest place where I could find Mickey was in Japan.
Another reason was because of the influence of Hong Kong serials on local TV networks. We have been bombarded with them ever since I could remember. Every day during dinner time, the family will be sitting at the dining table with the TV on, sometimes it would be a period piece depicting stories from historical books, other times it would be the cop and robbers series, family dynasties with plot and intrigue and the usual slapstick Hong Kong comedies.
A Cantonese will eat anything with four legs except a table, and anything that flies except an aeroplane.
Thirdly, it was because of the food. There is a saying in Cantonese (I am one, by the way):”A Cantonese will eat anything with four legs except a table, and anything that flies except an aeroplane.” Where else could you find, edible, chicken feet, frog legs, pig ears and jellyfish? If you are the adventurous sort and willing to try exotic dishes a la Fear Factor, then Hong Kong’s abundant varieties of delicacies would be a must-try.
Lastly, the shopping angle. Hong Kong is a shopper’s paradise. From the haggling trade along the various streets around Mongkok and Jordan, right up to the brand names on Causeway Bay and Central. You will find what you’re looking for, as long as you know where. But beware of imitation goods from mainland China.