Admittedly, I am not the biggest fan of China, but I am convinced that Hong Kong is one of the greatest cities on this planet. I remember visiting as a kid, how big and crowded it was–like New York City to the nth degree. As an adult, I can tell you not much has changed my perception. Scale is everything, but what most people don’t know is that apart from the Westernized, densely crowded areas that most tourists visit, Hong Kong is also one of the “greenest cities” on the planet. The city itself is 3/4 rural with 24 country parks, scenic hills, woodlands, reservoirs and coastline. Who would have thought?My boyfriend and I stopped in San Francisco to explore the city for a few days before heading on Singapore Airlines direct to Hong Kong. California is always a great and cheap(er) option to get from the United States to Asia. This is one of my favorite airlines and they are Star Alliance Partners with many airlines, so you may be able to use points to upgrade, which we did. We are going in the Fall which is considered low season, but also my boyfriend’s birthday so we really lucked out on the cost of the flight.
One of my best friends from college lives in Hong Kong, so we were able to crash there. Very lucky too because hotels in Hong Kong are very expensive. She lives right near the Mid-Levels which is a perfect central location to walk and take a quick metro anywhere. Highly recommend this area.