Getting to Hong Kong
We were supposed to leave on December 26 with a routing of SFO -> LAX (overnight layover) -> HKG but at the last minute, I found a non-stop flight and changed the routing. I didn't expect to be calling American Airlines on Christmas Eve to do this, but when lightning strikes...
Instead of landing at 7pm, we'd now land at 6am giving us a full additional day. At least that was the idea, but our bodies clearly didn't get the memo as we passed out by 3pm and didn't wake up until 3am the next morning!
The fact that our flight had to make a pit stop in Taiwan due to crew rest and mechanical problems did not help with the jetlag! Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed the flight as you can see below.
Cathay Pacific Business: SFO-HKG
The Mira Moon Hotel
For this trip, the initial plan was to stay at the W Hong Kong. I had stayed there during my previous trip and absolutely loved it. This time around however, given that it would be around New Year's, we wanted to be closer to the action and instead stayed at the boutique Mira Moon hotel in Causeway Bay.
As you can see from the pics below, it really was a bit of an unexpected gem with gorgeous decor and furnishings. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.
Mira Moon Hotel
New Year's Eve
In Hong Kong, fireworks for New Year's are set off around Victoria Harbour. Initially our plan was to head down to the harbour front to view them.
I'm generally not a big fan of large crowds, so when our hotel mentioned that they had an offer where they provided dinner at their restaurant and would then escort us to the rooftop of a nearby building with unobstructed views just in time for the fireworks, we jumped at the opportunity.
We weren't quite sure what views we would get at midnight but as you can see below, they underpromised and overdelivered, plus we had unlimited champagne!
The final few hours of 2016
As the clock struck midnight, Hong Kong Harbour let off 15 minutes of fireworks. Below is a video from the first few seconds of 2017!