Hong Kong

Reluctantly, but because my expiring visa, I had to leave Bali and make my way to my next destination: Hong Kong. I had a connection in Singapore, and I don’t know what it was, but I was really tired when I got on the plane in Bali, but I just passed out. I haven’t slept like that on a plane, and when I woke up, we were already docked at the gate in Singapore. I quickly got up from my seat, picked up my bag from the overhead bin, and got off the plane: WITHOUT PICKING UP MY BELOVED KINDLE FROM THE SEAT POCKET! 😦

As you all know, I was travelling during my birthday this year, and obviously haven’t received any gifts from pretty much any of you. I am willing to forgive the delay in return for a Kindle (not the cheap one please) from any kind soul who feels like getting me one. Please do text me separately and let me know.

Now, Hong Kong is not part of the banana pancake trail, and rightly so; it’s almost like a European city with European city rates. Hostels are tiny and expensive, and they’ve got 3 tier bunk beds in an already cramped space. The food is amazing though, and there’s malls everywhere. In fact, there’s only malls. It was hard to hold back because Hong Kong does not have any sales tax, so clothes, shoes, perfumes and electronics are cheaper than pretty much anywhere else . I was there for 10 days, and I felt like it was a few days too much for Hong Kong. Most people stay for no more than 2 or 3 days. But there’s something about big cities that I just love. I like staying in small towns and villages, but for the long term, it’s always going to be a city for me.

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In terms of the touristy stuff Hong Kong has a few things to offer, and they are all quite nice. But even though I had 10 days, I didn’t get to Victoria Peak / the Peak Tram – the lines were just insane – and I’ve been there many years back already. The captions with pictures below are sufficient explanations for the tourist spots.

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Victorian era cannon that’s fired at noon everyday.
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Cable car in Tung Chung.
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Big Buddha.
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Cable car views on the way back.
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Temple Street night market.
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Lovely Chinese temple.

Hong Kong has dim sum shops (obviously), and dim sums are my favourite things to eat (right after pasta). I had loads of them. There’s a bunch of Michelin star restaurants in Hong Kong, and some of them are surprisingly cheap! By Michelin star restaurant standards anyway. But something all the restaurants in Hong Kong do, much to my chagrin, is serve tea with every meal. If it were free, I wouldn’t care; but it’s not. You need to shell out anything between HK$ 3 to 15 for the tea – whether you want to drink it or not. I don’t drink tea, so it was a few HK$ wasted with every meal. But I think the food made up for it.

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Noodles at Din Tai Fung

Later at night, the pier on both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon have some nice spots, and it was calming just sitting by the water and watching the beautiful city by night. It would have been a lot nicer if I had a Kindle to read a book on while I sat there, so in case you skipped paragraph 2 of this post, I repeat: I am accepting Kindles as gifts.

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Looking at Hong Kong Island from Kowloon.

For my last few days, I also ran into this goofball, who brought me some delicious wine from Australia. And in spite of her bellicose nature, I think overall she was tolerable.

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I guess she’s trying to tell me it’s time for food?
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Airport goodbye… no ragrets.

From Hong Kong, I have now made my way to Vietnam (without leaving anything else behind on the plane – thank God), and it’s been such an adventure already; so more on that soon…

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