The familiar streets of Hong Kong Island – they lure me back every few years. This is my first visit at this time of year – between Christmas and the Western New Year. I love the cooler weather conditions. And despite Hong Kong being fundamentally Chinese they seem to indulge in the Western passion for the festive season. Christmas Carols are played in stores – they must a soft spot for Bing Crosby. Christmas trees adorned with pretty lights line the streets and corners. I have a particular passion for the Christmas lights and they are everywhere around Central. You cannot help but feel the Christmas spirit lurking in Hong Kong.
I enjoy a feeling of safeness and familiarity as I walk the streets I recognise from previous visits. Hong Kong presents a diverse array of choices for food – many places open past midnight. In Lan Kwai Fong, Soho and Central on Hong Kong Island are many small bars and restaurants – the perfect place to share a drink or two. On my way home I am reminded this is a cosmopolitan city, as I stroll past bars, busy with workers – mostly ex-pats – catching up, downloading their day. I am struck by the contrast of my home town – where most places close before 9pm.