I am often asked why I like Hong Kong so much and really struggle to answer the question because its not just one thing, more a combination of many elements. Firstly I love big cities, so I guess given that there are millions of people living in an area about the size of an Australian shopping centre, is a good start.
Hong Kong provides so many different experiences from food to shopping to some great attractions. Lets start at the basics,firstly transport is efficient and incredibly cheap, even Taxis are cheap. The train (MTR) is nothing short of amazing. If you are not into silver service then food is cheap, lots of great food courts and local food, its possible to get a decent feed for under $A10 all over Hong Kong. I often refer to the Big Mac index as a way of assessing the cost of living in a big city. I think a Big Mac meal is around A$8 here. Last time I was in Hong Kong it was around A$2-50. Hard to work out how that can be but I am guessing its got a lot to do with the cost of labour, generally wages are about 30% of ours. Hong Kong is a really interesting economic model and I am still trying to work out how it works, but if it means I can go there and travel everywhere for a few dollars and have a Big Mac for $2-50, then who am I to question it. Next instalment hotels.