We had a fantastic time in Hong Kong! I’ll post later all the specific details of what we did, cost, etc, so those travellers on their way there can get some ideas of what to do!
Hong Kong reminded me of New York City, with the amount of people everywhere (and Manila is supposed to be crowded – ha!), the different options of food (it was hard finding Chinese food, but we had everything else!), and the it never sleeps sort of feeling.
And without further ado… Pictures!
We arrived late on Friday night, so not many things were open for dinner. We went to a place that was 100% Chinese, and ordered something “safe” out of the menu (with the things we could actually understand).
The next morning, it was raining when we made our way out to Causeway Bay, but luckily, right after lunch (we had delicious Vietnamese food), the sun came out, and it was sunny the rest of the day.
We walked from Causeway Bay over to Victoria Park, then went over to the bay side…
Then walked to the Peak train for the view. And what a view!
Since it was already 4 o’clock, we decided to wait around for the night view as well. Though we eating at Bumba Gump Shrimp in Hong Kong might seem like a cop out, when you see this view you would understand why it was PERFECT. Plus, the lychee-pomegranate margarita was AMAZING.
And it was worth the wait! Though there were crowds there at the time (and even after taking all their pictures people would NOT move out of the way allowing the others to take pictures as well, I got fed up after 15 minutes and basically climbed in between two Chinese girls and snapped away.
When we left the Peak, we walked over to the Star Ferry and took the ferry across the water to Kowloon Island.
There we (err, I) shopped at Temple St! I bought two paintings for our place, now I just need to get it framed!
The next morning, we took the MTR straight to Kowloon, to go check out the Sky 100 – a new observatory that just opened in April at the ICC – the fourth tallest commercial building in the world.
After the ICC, we went to the Ladies Market, where I bought a couple of souvenirs. You must bargain for everything, and for the most part, you get a price that’s 50% of what was originally quoted to you, but you know, it gets really tiring after a while. I just want to buy something for a fair price, all those theatrics get old, and I bought a lot less than I would have otherwise if I didn’t have to bargain so much for every single thing. (And it’s not that I’m cheap, but most of the times the quoted prices would be more than what you’d pay for the same thing in the US – even though it’s all made in China!)
I visited my FAVORITE drink maker so far – the Coconut Master, right off Temple St. If you’re ever there, try the mango + coconut drink. OMG, it’s to die for. Fresh mango + coconut water + actual coconut + milk. Yum!
That night, we had Korean food. Food in Hong Kong is VERY expensive, so I’m glad we live in Manila where I can get the same meal for 10 bucks a person!
The next day? We visited Macau! (Yay for more passport stamps!)