Hong Kong took me by surprise. For me, the name Hong Kong has always conjured up technological sophistication and colonial ambiguity, but I had never pictured a cultural side to the country. I visited Hong Kong in April, which gave me a completely different perspective on the country.
I stayed on Lantau Island for a week, during which time I visited Lantau Peak and the Buddha on top of it, various hikes, a few abandoned communities, a bustling seafood pier, *cough Disneyland cough cough*, and a few tiny fishing villages.
The parks are beautiful and sprawling, the culture is alive and well, and the people are very friendly. One of my favorite places was Tai O, a little fishing village on the outskirts of Lantau Island. Dried fish hangs from hooks, and the salty smell of seafood is pervasive throughout the village, which means that the cats are abundant.