Mary is a Hong Kong native, having lived there her entire life except for a few years away for college and work. She loves to walk the city’s streets and run its trails. She’s so obsessed with the place that she hung a giant topographic map of Hong Kong in her house.
Where I live:
Causeway Bay. It’s full of restaurants, shopping centers and giant billboards, but it also has quieter residential areas. I love that I’m just a 30-minute walk up the hill from a dense network of peaceful trails.
Best way to get around the city:
The Mass Transit Railway, or MTR. The subway system here is expansive, affordable, clean and almost always on time. Just be prepared to really squeeze like sardines during rush hours.
Don’t leave without having:
Egg waffles, or gai daan zai, as the locals call the classic streetside snack that’s shaped like giant bubble wrap. Although they’ve become popular globally in recent years, egg waffles actually date to the 1950s.
But the local favorite is really:
Zaa loeng, which are steamed rice-paper rolls with dough fritters (what I think of as Chinese churros) wrapped inside. Douse them with peanut sauce, sweet chili sauce, XO sauce and soy sauce, and dip them in congee.
If I moved, I’d most miss:
How close the soaring mountains are to the gleaming skyscrapers of the city’s urban core.