Hong Kong trip 2015 recap
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Hong Kong Trip 2015 Recap

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We’ve been back from our 3 weeks Hong Kong trip for more than a month now, and it just doesn’t feel like that was that long ago. I WANT TO GO AGAIN! It’s been taking me way too long to write about our trip and it’s been driving me kinda insane because I have so much to share with y’all! I’m going to break down the trip into a few posts, starting with this first one as an intro.

We go to Hong Kong about every other year so we always try to go for as long as we can, so we can spend enough time with the family and also explore the city and the countryside. It’s the third time Adam and I have travelled to Hong Kong together. The last couple times we went during the summer, and the heat was just inescapable.

This time we really wanted to take advantage of the cooler weather in Hong Kong, since we went in February, so we could do more outdoor adventures. Plus, we were really excited about Chinese New Year so we ended up staying in Hong Kong for the entire 3 weeks and didn’t take any side trips to other Asian countries.

hong kong new years fireworks 2015

The passed Chinese New Year was my first time being back to celebrate New Years with my family since I moved to the States 15 years ago. Talk about making up lost time! Everyone was of course happy to see me over New Years, especially my Ma. After all, it was kind of her idea that we’d visit in February, plus plane tickets were at the lowest I had ever seen. Needing or wanting to take a trip to the Kong? Go in January or February. Prices usually jumps back up during and after Easter. We were super psyched when we booked ours for less than $900 per person through Cathay Pacific. Are you maybe wondering what we had to pay when we went during the summer? A whooping $2400 PER PERSON. Yep. You do the math. That’s a hugh difference, and we pretty much got the best deal this time.

BUT WAIT! There’s more. The morning while we waited for our delayed flight (because of high winds), they told us, out of no where, that we got upgraded to Premium Economy, for FREE! Hum. Was that luck? Probably. Was it also because I checked us in one minute after the check-in time? Most definitely. So it turned out that checking in as early as you can does pay off like you can never imagine. We were of course thrilled!

BUT WAITTT! Omg, yes there’s actually more. We got bumped AGAIN coming back home! We were just floored by our luck, and absolutely ecstatic at the check-in counter (no, we didn’t scream like teenage girls but it certainly was a high-five moment on the inside!) And just to give you an idea… we would have paid about $9,000 for flying Premium Economy both ways. We only paid $1,800.

Wow, nelly.

We know that things like that can seem such a small thing to get excited over. But come on, let’s be real here. Neither Adam and I are high ballers. While we get that some people do have the means to travel in class, we just felt like we had won the lottery. We were happy and excited going there and coming back.

Our entire trip was great. I love seeing and hanging out with my family. Everyone is just so generous and kind. They might not all speak English fluently but they certainly tried their best when talking to Adam who didn’t know what was going on most of the time. I do wish, so badly, that he could understand ’cause he’s been missing out on a lot of good jokes and good laughs. Some things just aren’t the same when translated.

So as planned, the trip this time around was just incredible. We hiked, then we hiked some more.

hong kong trail dragons back

hong kong dragons back tai o

The weather was gloomy on most days we were there because it was the beginning of spring and clouds were over our heads a lot. However, we did get lucky with having a lot of sun on the day we went to Lantau Island. It was one of my favorite day trips in Hong Kong.

lantau island dried seafood market

lantau island buddha

lantau island cable car

Whenever we weren’t doing stuff with the whole family, we enjoyed going out on adventures ourselves. We hiked up to Tai Lam reservoir via the mountains and country parks near where I grew up. One of Adam’s favorite places to go is Mongkok, simple because there’s tons to see. And we always find ourselves in interesting places looking at something while eating awesome street foods. We also betted on some horses at the Happy Valley racecourse, and spent some time doing some grocery shopping at the local wet market and a brand new supermarket. There were a few days where my parents took the afternoon off, and drove Adam and I all around the New Territories. There were even times where we poked into places that we almost weren’t allowed to go to, next to the Hong Kong and mainland China border. My aunt and uncle, who live on Hong Kong Island, also drove us around the island one day, and we finished the day with a huge sushi dinner in Wan Chai. Little day trips with my aunt, my mom, and my sister to Lantau and Cheung Chau were just amazing, and we absolutely loved it.

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hong-kong-jockey-club-happy-valley

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hong-kong-wet-market-vegetable

So with all that being said, I’m gonna sign off here for now and work on writing out the rest of our trip. Hope you enjoyed the few photos and come back for more!

  • Kathleen @ hapanom

    Wow! It sounds like you had an unreal time! So jealous! 😉 And how cool that you were in HK for Chinese New Year – it must have been insane! Love the photos too, just breathtaking.

    • http://www.saucy-spatula.com/ Saucy Spatula

      It was so. much. fun! The day we went to Lantau Island and walked up to the Buddha, it was like we were up in the clouds! It was an unforgettable day for sure. I took sooo many photos – need to take them one chunk at a time!

  • http://newkidonthewok.com/ Pristine

    Great photos! Hope to meet up on your next trip back!

    • http://www.saucy-spatula.com/ Saucy Spatula

      Yes! Definitely! 😀

  • http://www.theworktop.com/ Tina Jui

    Looks like you had a beautiful and exciting trip! I love visiting HK because all the food there is so delicious. We’re headed out there in July, and your post got me looking forward to our trip! Glad you had such a great time.

    • http://www.saucy-spatula.com/ Saucy Spatula

      July! That’s great! It’s really so easy to find good eats for good prices. There’s just so many good choices that you can think of at different price points, and I miss that about HK a lot.

      Thanks for stopping by, Tina!

  • http://themissinglokness.com/ Lokness @ The Missing Lokness

    You guys are so lucky to get upgrades! I always wish that would happen to me!
    It is totally true to not visit HK during summer times. Just too humid and too hot. Totally miserable! We took 2 showers a day when we were in HK during summer. Look forward to hearing many stories and seeing more pictures!

    • http://www.saucy-spatula.com/ Saucy Spatula

      Yea, being there in the summer is tough! (And one of these days, we will meet in the Kong!!)

      I gotta organize my photos and write a whole bunch! Not a good timing as Spring has finally arrived in NY, and I just want to be outside all the time!

  • http://www.superwowomg.com/ Denise Lai

    So sad that I didn’t get to see you this trip in HK and NY too):

    COME BACK SOON!

    • http://www.saucy-spatula.com/ Saucy Spatula

      I know!! We haven’t seen each other in ages! Hopefully the next time we come around, we’d be able to hang out! :)

  • http://www.recipetineats.com Nagi | RecipeTin Eats

    I hate you for getting TWO free upgrades. Think of poor sods like me who got the taste of the high life when I was flown business around the world, then had to GO BACK to economy. Boo! All those photos bring back so many fond memories of HK. But hiking….? I never thought to hiking!!! I can’t wait to go back. I was struck down with food poisoning last time I was there, missed out on half the holiday. So I HAVE to go back soon!!!

    • http://www.saucy-spatula.com/ Saucy Spatula

      Food poisoning! What a shame! Oh man. I’m sorry to hear that :(

      There’s TONS of hiking trails in HK and almost all of them are really well manicured and kept, and lots of direction signs on the trails. I’m gonna do a post on all the hiking we did so stay tuned! :)