Andrew and I are busy planning our first big trip of 2013 and it’s a doozy! At the end of March, we will be heading to Asia, to spend a week in Hong Kong and a week in Malaysian Borneo. Besides our 2011 travels to India, this will be our first trip to Asia and I’m feeling excited and a little scared.
When I say ‘Andrew and I are busy planning our trip,’ what I actually mean is I am knee deep in guide books, blogs, and AFAR Highlights and Andrew is putting up with me showing him yet another place we have to eat dim sum. I have pestered all of my traveler friends for recommendations (and even some of my friends’ friends), and I have enough activities and restaurants to fill two months, rather than two weeks.
While I have an (ever so slight) tendency to over-research travel destinations, CheeseWeb’s Asian Adventuretm has me in full-blown ‘type A’ mode. The truth is, just as with our trip to India, my excitement for new travel experiences is tempered with more than a little fear. It’s not the jungles of Borneo giving me the jitters (although I’ve purposely not researched the island’s insect life for fear of uncovering a troop of giant photographer-eating spiders.) It’s actually civilized Hong Kong that has the power to induce a panic-attack.
If I’m honest, China has never been high on my ‘places to visit’ list. It’s not that I don’t want to go there; there are just so many other places I want to visit more. Why that is, I’m not entirely sure, but my fear of crowds is certainly part of the reason.
I’ve been jokingly referring to Hong Kong as ‘China lite,’ and I realize it is much different than its mainland neighbor. However, Hong Kong has the 4th highest population density in the world, vs Belgium at 34 and Canada at 228. I likely won’t be enjoying any wide open spaces during my week there.
So instead of freaking out, I’m trying to focus on the things I love: photography, culture, art and food. Hong Kong has all of these in spades.
Before visiting India, I collected some inspiring photos of things I wanted to do, see and eat. So, to help me focus on anything but the crowds, here are some things I’m looking forward to experiencing in May:
(All photos via Wiki Commons and linked back to the original file.)
If you’ve been to Hong Kong (or borneo) and you’d like to share some tips with us, leave them in the comments below. (Just don’t mention spiders or crowds please.)
- CheeseWeb’s Asian Adventure 2013
- Highlights from CheeseWeb’s Asian Adventure 2013
- Visiting Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
- Visiting the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
- Cruising Sabah’s Klias River in Photos
- Kinabalu Park UNESCO Site in Malaysian Borneo
- Our Foodie Guide to Hong Kong Restaurants
- Exploring the Markets and Shopping Streets of Hong Kong
- Visiting the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong
- Six Things that Surprised Us About Hong Kong