My husband and I love to travel. We covered most parts of Europe, before we had our brats. Post parenthood, we had drastically cut down on travel. Last April, we decided to explore Hongkong with our two sons, aged 6 and 3. We booked our stay online at the Metropark hotel and flew via Cathay Pacific. It takes about 6 hrs from Bangalore. The Hong kong airport is really impressive and technologically advanced. We stayed in Kowloon, which is an old city. Hongkong being an island is divided into regions. It is congested like India ,but more modern. Many people don't understand English ,they speak in Mandarin , but are very friendly. They love children,which is a big plus. We tried out all the forms of transportation for fun- We took a ferry ride to the beautiful Victoria harbor and walked thro' the hall of fame ,which is similar to Hollywood and has the likes of Jackie Chan and Bruce lee.The kids loved nibbling on cheese bread and freshly baked croissants ,while smelling the sea air. We took a bus and then a tram to visit "The Peak "which is a top tourist attraction, offering breathtaking views of the city. We took the Metro to Fa yuen, which has the oldest temple.The people worship saints kneeling down, using fortune sticks and incense sticks.Our kids tried out shaking fortune sticks and dropped coins in a wishing well.We ate at vegetarian restaurants, both buddhist and Indian ones which are a little hard to find.There are many Indians in Nathan street,which is the equivalent of Singapore's Little India. We skipped the malls and shopped at the famous Ladies street market. I picked up fake Gucci and prada handbags,while the boys had fun collecting jade tortoises and Buddhas at the famous jade market. The kids had a blast at the Kowloon park, where they picked up some kungfu and played water sports. We explored different parts of the city by bus and walk and were impressed with the infrastructure, transport, schools and medical facilities for senior citizens. My hubby and I liked it so much that we are definitely planning to go back after a few years.As for my sons,the travel bug seems to have bitten them too. We are lucky we planned this trip before the swine flu pandemic . Now, we are confident that we can make many more fun filled trips with our kids.