Hong Kong: 1-2 Mar '14
Sat 1 Mar 14 - Sun 2 Mar 14 18 °C
My final stop was Hong Kong. My flight from Melbourne - London stopped here, and rather than sitting in the airport for 7 hours, I chose to do a stopover and spend 31 hours in Hong Kong. Sorted. I was staying on the mainland in Kowloon, rather than Hong Kong island, but its probably got a bit more life...
So, Saturday night (with two Swiss girls):
- the light show over the river is rubbish (don't bother), but the lit-up skyline is pretty impressive
- the night-market on Temple Street is very much like all most of the other Asian night-markets I went too, but the food is something to be believed:
- excellent and enormous portion of noodles and pepper beef at a place full of locals
- Portuguese custard tart from Macau restaurant very much recommended
- inadvertent visit to karaoke bar not advised
Sunday morning dawned sunny and bright, and the view from my hostel looked like this:
I followed this good start to the day with searching out some dim sum. It was very tasty. I like dim sum enormously.
I then wandered the streets of Kowloon and saw some increasingly weird buildings before heading on the famous Star Ferry across to Hong Kong island. By this point my views were basically obscured, as it was now, frankly, damp. So Hong Kong was swathed in mist. I have a rather fine selection of pictures of grey skyscrapers disappearing into grey skies and grey clouds next to a grey river.
Hong Kong's central district is intriguing. You don't walk along the roads, you walk along walkways in the sky, connecting each set of buildings. It sort of feels futuristic. The Apple store is enormous (I wandered in in search of cheap goods. They've cottoned on and they aren't really cheaper than the UK any more.). There are some Henry Moore statues (pretty) and some cool skyscrapers (all glass and metal and weird angles). On a Sunday there are also these:
Yep, that's right. Bagpipers. Hong Kong bagpipers. News to me too. There was also some random band.
Whilst trying to work out what was going on, I met an American girl. We decided to wander round together a bit more. This is what we discovered:
1. The cathedral is pebble-dashed. Not attractively so.
2. There is a free aviary in Hong Kong Park.
3. The teahouse in the park is rubbish. The setting is beautiful, the tea is lovely (I had a special type of yellow tea), but the service is dreadful, it costs too much and they didn't have half of the dim sum on the menu, including running out of some after we'd ordered it. Useless.
4. Macau food is epically good. Try it. Portuguese-Chinese is a good combination. Melaka's Nonya (Portuguese-Chinese-Malay) food is also good, but quite different to Macau food. Except for the custard tarts, both of which are definitely nearly as good as proper nata.
5. The Temple Street night market is good for at least two visits.
6. There is a giant Muji in Kowloon. Yay.
7. Kowloon at night is much more fun than Hong Kong island by day.
And random fact about Hong Kong. Women spend their Sunday's out of the house. When it is sunny they go to parks and other outdoor green spaces and sit around and gossip and eat food. When it is wet, they shelter in the walkways sitting on flattened cardboard boxes. So you walk through a narrow path down the middle of a walkway packed with women having a chat. Its really strange. Almost as strange as the bagpipers.