My Morning Walk in Hong Kong

I arrived at my hotel in Hong Kong at just about 7AM and after taking care of some emails and phone calls did one of my favorite things to do in a foreign country – explore!

Since this is my fourth time to Hong Kong I have a general idea of the different parts of town and how to get from one to the other. Let me just emphasize here that when I say “Basic” that’s what I mean – I’m far from being a certified tour guide!

My hotel is in an area called Lan Kwai Fong which is home to some of the best bars, clubs, and restaurants largely geared towards the ex-pat community.

I decided to make my first stop somewhere I hadn’t been before – the Man Mo Temple – a beautiful temple located just a few blocks from my hotel. The temple was built about 100 years ago and is still actively used today. Pictures and videos can’t do justice as the strong smell of incense that hits you when you walk in really is part of the experience.

Inside a giant shrine sits at the front and large pots filled with incense surround the room creating a smokey mist through the inside of the temple.

After the temple I decided to do what I do best – Get Lost! Traveling is in my blood and I like nothing more when I enter a new city than to wander aimlessly until I’m completely lost…and then of course find my way back! So that’s exactly what I did.

I started my adventure by heading down to the Hong Kong Harbor and into the hustle and bustle of the Monday morning commute!

I walked FAR from my hotel and my attempt to get back started to seem impossible. Before I knew it I was seriously lost in Hong Kong…of course that was my goal so I couldn’t have been happier!

Soon I found myself standing in a street with carts all around me selling vegetables, fish, and fresh meat. I shot a great video that I’ll share with you once I have an Internet connection that can support the upload.

At this market you could buy just about anything from live fish, crab, etc. to Eel or even animal tails which I saw hanging from the door of one place!

The funny thing is – when I was at the fish market I assumed I had reached the peak of being lost…then much to my surprise I turned the corner and there was my hotel!

Travel is a great adventure and if you don’t take the time to get lost – who knows what you might miss!

Okay well now I’ve changed-into jogging pants and I’m going to take a quick jog and then hit the gym. Since exercise is an important part of my regular daily life I make sure it also gets prime focus when I travel.

If you are reading this and you live in Hong Kong – look out your window – I might be jogging by right now!

{ 8 comments… add one }

  • Edgar March 22, 2010, 2:56 am

    Hi Morgan, is it time to develop those travel domains?

  • Eunice Pato May March 22, 2010, 5:47 am

    first , welcome to hk , good morning

    the ManMo temple , to which u linked ,
    is @ Taipo,HK

    the ManMo temple , in which u have just visitted ,
    in in hollywood road , Central,HK


  • dad March 22, 2010, 6:29 am

    What a great adventure…I have been getting lost most of my life…. Glad to see you are following in the family tradition!
    Look forward to reading and seeing your photos…will be interesting to learn about the Asian domain market too…
    You are the best!

  • Gazzip March 22, 2010, 2:10 pm

    I lived in Honk Kong (Kowloon) for 4 years when I was a nipper (and there was only one McDonalds in the whole country !!)
    I have some great memories of HK , taking the star ferry, junk trips and barbecues on little islands, causeway bay beach, climbing up to Lions Rock, ocean terminal shopping and views from the peak etc

    If you like excercise why not join everyone in the parks for some early morning Tai Chi 🙂

    Amazing place, have fun 🙂

  • Robbie March 22, 2010, 2:38 pm

    Hong Kong rocks, I had a similar story while when I was there in Nov. The thing I really love about HK is the MTR, You can hop on and go virtually anywhere in minutes.

    Have Fun, Keep us all updated.

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  • manuel j. posada March 22, 2010, 4:42 pm

    Hey morgan,
    make sure you make a trip to Macau, you’ll will stunned at what you see.

  • Andrew Rosener March 22, 2010, 8:23 pm


    What are you travling to Hong Kong for? Business or Pleasure or Both?



    • Morgan March 22, 2010, 11:21 pm

      Thanks for the great comments everyone!

      @Andrew – take a look at my post titled “Hong Kong Here I Come” – this details exactly what I’m doing here 🙂

      @Manuel – great advice and it looks like I’ll be gong to Macau tomorrow!

      @Robbie – yes – the MTR is amazing – I wish we had something like it in LA!

      @Dad – thanks for the comment – it’s true – getting lost is definitely in our genes 🙂

      And for those who are wondering – yes that is actually my Dad 🙂


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