*We were here in early January, but finally getting around to catching up the blog (6 months later) with the rest of our journey.
We took a detour from Asia to spend Christmas with our families in the States and departed on New Year's Day for Hong Kong.
On our way to Hong Kong, we endured an overnight layover in Beijing. I say endured because the day we arrived to Beijing, the air quality was at its worst level since China began monitoring their pollution. The air outside the airport was so thick with brown smog that we couldn't even see the buildings across the street. We were lucky our flight out of Beijing the next morning wasn't cancelled like many other flights were that day!
Fortunately, the smog hadn't reached Hong Kong by the time we landed, and we had perfect weather to check out this bustling city for a couple days. This autonomous territory has much interesting history and it showed in the architecture, food, and culture. Hong Kong is a city you discover over a long period of time, and our 2 days there were barely enough to scratch the surface!