Have you ever been to a place and fallen in love with it immediately? It almost never happens to me. My favourite places – Delhi, Jaipur, Leh to name a few – were slow and steady affairs. But not Hong Kong. From the moment I arrived in this cosmopolitan city, I was dazzled by its energy.
It was just after nine on a Monday morning when I landed in Hong Kong as part of a familiarisation trip (aka fam trip among travellers). After getting off the plane, I rode the airport express to the immigration area. Moments later, I got my first real glimpse of the city as I walked out of the crowded train and up an even more crowded escalator.
Over the next few days, my infatuation with Hong Kong intensified. I discovered things that made my brief visit to the city so memorable.
The energy that pulsates through everything
Before my trip to Hong Kong, I didn't know of a city so energetic. Delhi's a blend of history and modernity, Mumbai is fast-paced while Helsinki charms you with its orderly way of life. But neither place has the pulsating buzz that Hong Kong does. I've heard that New York comes close but I won't know until I've visited. With people walking faster than you cycle, the energy was the first thing I noticed in Hong Kong.