I'm home again after twelve days on the road that took me to Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong. It was a good trip to three amazing cities with my good friends Rob, Christopher, and Andrew (all MS colleagues.)
I've already mentioned my newfound love of Kuala Lumpur. I also rediscovered Hong Kong on this trip. I haven't been in HK since my honeymoon eleven years ago (before the handback of HK to China).
It's still an incredible place. The crowds and the energy are still insane, but the development of the area was even more incredible. Since my last visit, there were huge new bridges (Tsing Ma, Kap Shui Mun, and Ting Kau), a new airport, a new Disneyland, and countless new skyscrapers and major civic buildings. KL, Shanghai, Beijing, and the other Asian cities are all upstarts compared to this grand dame of Asian tiger cities.
While we didn't have much time in HK, it was a great visit. The Grand Hyatt is beautiful, with stunning views of the harbor (see above for the view from my room). Dinner at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (see an upcoming post) was really a nice experience as well. And, it's still a fun place to shop, especially for electronics (ask Rob about his MP3 player purchase experiences.)
I can't wait to go back.