What a treat! I would usually go for a month at a time pretending that I too lived in Hong Kong. Her apartment was half way up Victoria Peak with giant picture windows overlooking the harbor. My favorite night-time activity was simply sitting there looking at the light show. I could not believe my luck.
She had a gym in the building which kept me busy and I was great friends with the staff. When done with my workout I would find a new way to hike down to town, exploring each block and trying not to get lost…which is more difficult when you have the harbor and peak as landmarks.
My only job was to prepare dinner and that task also became fun as I tried out different grocery stores with different foods. When loaded up with bundles I would take the apartment bus back up the hill.
About the time of my third visit I decided I needed another hobby to fill up some time so I signed up for Mahjong lessons at the YWCA. While it was interesting I did learn an important lesson: never, never, never agree to play with someone from China, especially if money was involved!
On the weekends, my daughter would take me on explorations all over the islands. We discovered the pink dolphins, local artists, the wine explosion in the city, and many hikes from the MacLehose Trail to the twins and 1000 steps.
Hong Kong is also a great place to explore the rest of Southeast Asia and we did that as well, from the Beijing Olympics to Boracay in the Philippines to Sri Lanka.
This post is from years ago….not traveling right now, but revisiting some of my favorites!