As far as I can make out, these days the travel writing on this site falls into one of two categories. We either liveblog about a place while we’re there, or we make lots of notes at the time and then take over half a year to convert them into something readable. This is an example of the latter. Sorry about that.
Hong Kong! The Funnest Place On EarthTM! My first ever visit was in 1993, and since then I've been popping back regular as clockwork once every four years. It's true that I also transited through its airport in 2011 and 2012 on the way to Perth and Tokyo respectively, but I’m pretty sure those don’t count. Though to be frank our 2009 visit wasn't much better, given that it was just a couple of days at the end of our epic eclipse tour of China, and that I spent most of it on the toilet.
But now it's September 2013 (yes, now, it's a literary device, shut up) and we're back. The Belated Birthday Girl and I have a full twelve days to play with, and have chosen to spread them over three different parts of the territory. STRUCTURE! Four days in Kowloon, the bit that borders onto mainland China: four days on Hong Kong itself: and four days on Lantau Island, as part of a general campaign to look at some of the other offshore bits. It’s a carefully planned-out itinerary, and it’s hard to see how anything can go wrong with it. FORESHADOWING!