My second trip to Hong Kong was even better than my first. It seems the more time I spend in this place, the more I fall in love with it. Sensory overload. That’s a good way to describe Hong Kong. I mean that in a good way, of course. It’s a city that just has so much to offer. The food, the sights, the sounds, the smells. The way the city blends into the jungle and the sea. Gucci stores next to $3 noodle shops. Ah… I’m getting nostalgic just thinking about it.
My first trip to mainland China was quite the experience. Kate and I stopped over for three days en route to Hong Kong. Recently, (maybe one or two years ago?) China has started allowing 72 hour layovers without requiring a visa. Great! The hassle of applying (and paying for) a visa was one of the main things deterring me from taking a trip in the past. As an american, I pay roughly double that of other nationalities. Keep in mind that there are some rules to the new 72 hour regulation, so do your research before you book a flight:
- You can only visit selected cities
- Only selected nationalities are eligible
- Your ticket cannot be round trip. You must be on your way to a third location (Hong Kong counts). For example, I went from Seoul->Beijing->Hong Kong->Seoul.