As I write this post, several thousand protesters line the streets near the Chinese Government buildings on Hong Kong island. What a difference a couple of weeks make! None of that was in evidence when we were there. And we stayed on Kowloon side, away from where the protests are being carried out. I haven't heard of any issues for tourists in Hong Kong at the moment - the airlines are still flying. It would be a shame to miss out on what Hong Kong has to offer.
We didn't though! We did this last trip too, but gosh-darn if the Star Ferry isn't the easiest and cheapest way to get from Kowloon side to Hong Kong Island! We didn't really have anything in particular we wanted to see on Hong Kong Island (my suggestion of the botanical gardens was poo-pooed by everyone else!). It was such a stunning, sunny day, we had to. We even used our Octopus cards this time :-)
The one thing we DID want on the Island side was the little Chinese takeaways on the ferry wharf. Yum! We bumbled through not speaking Mandarin and got yummy dim sum in little containers. Nom.
And now for a little holiday anecdote. You know how as your children grow up, you have to let them try things they were too young for before? You have to let them spread their wings and learn. By living. Doesn't make it easy for us mum's though! I was complaining that I was hot (it was hot) and still hungry. Video Boy had some Hong Kong dollars in his wallet and offered to go buy me a can of Coke and some more dim sum. What a sweetheart. It was just a few metres away. So we let him go off by himself (after I checked that he had indeed taken his meds that morning!). So...10 minutes go by and I can't see him and I think "how long does a drink and dim sum take???". I expressed my concern to Hubby, who told me to chill and he probably just went to the toilet. I waited another 5 minutes or so...He really should have been back by now, but if I go and chase after him, he would think I don't trust him...
...still waiting...fuck this! I'm going to look for him! I went down to the shop (pictured above). No Video Boy. Wandered about for a bit. No Video Boy. Thought maybe he went to the next wharf down. No Video Boy. Me? A sobbing mess! I've lost my baby in Hong Kong! Someone has stolen him!!! Fuck, fuck fuck!
I went back to where Hubby and Wombat Girl were waiting. Hubby went off to see if he was in the toilets. Waited another billionty minutes. Here comes Hubby. No Video Boy? YES! VIDEO BOY!!!!!!!!! Tears of joy from me in the middle of Hong Kong in the middle of the day! My boy! He had apparently wanted to put his money on his Octopus card so he could buy a Coke from the vending machine. But there was no Octopus reload machine. He thought he had seen one when we got off the ferry, so he walked down to there, but got lost (OMFG) and ended up on the walkways into the CBD (yanno, the ones you see on the news where the protesters are). After a bit he thought we might be getting worried and so made his way back to us where he met Hubby. Oh dear Lord. Give me more grey hairs! And a coke please.
[caption id="attachment_1976" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Relax Mum![/caption]
Back on the ferry and apparently Wednesday is Free Day at the museums in Hong Kong, so we decided to go to the space museum we didn't get to see last trip because it is closed on Tuesday afternoons. The district around Tsim Sha Tsui is lovely - full of museums and art galleries and performance space.
[caption id="attachment_1981" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Oh look! It's a giant silver poo! (go on - you know you were thinking it!)[/caption]
And lots of iconic buildings and shops to admire:
But it was FREAKING HOT, so we went and hid in the Space Museum. It was OK - I'm pretty glad we didn't have to pay. Maybe we have been to too many museums, but it was a bit ordinary. Air-conditioning was nice though!
[caption id="attachment_1991" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Look closely - sea monkeys! A fully self-sustainable ecosystem.[/caption]
We wandered back up Nathan Rd, bypassing the (luxury) shops, although we stopped and people-watched for a bit. We walked past the Kowloon park, because, damn, it was hot. We struggled to find a cab rank, so in the end, Hubby just hung out in the kerb and hailed one!
Back in our (air-conditioned) hotel. And of course, thoughts turn to dinner. It was our last night in Hong Kong, so we wanted to have a nice meal. The hotel was ridiculously expensive, so I rang the concierge to ask for nearby Chinese restaurants (not in the hotel). His suggestions were in the big (air conditioned) shopping centre - winning!
We decided on a nice little place. We got a nice little table/booth with our very own chandelier. But they mustn't drink much in Hong Kong. We opted for a nice bottle of champagne. When they brought it to our table, it was room temperature! They put it in an ice bucket (where we kept it for as long as possible!), but they didn't give us champagne glasses - no! We got huge red wine glasses. Our lack of Mandarin meant that a very strange conversation took place and we ended up drinking warm champagne from red wine glasses. Oh well. The rest of the meal was quite nice though!
[caption id="attachment_1995" align="aligncenter" width="564"] I just Googled "fish maw" - it's the swim bladder. Pass. And also on the cow's spinal cord...[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1996" align="aligncenter" width="564"] Pork belly and tofu[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1997" align="aligncenter" width="564"] Salt and pepper jumbo shrimp![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1998" align="aligncenter" width="564"] Mmmmm, warm champagne![/caption]
Never mind all that because tomorrow, we cruise!!!!!!!!!!
PS: Because I am all about sharing, here's a hot tip for you - when you take selfies, always ALWAYS try to aim from above. Because below kind of sucks. You're welcome.
[caption id="attachment_2003" align="aligncenter" width="800"] errr....[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_2004" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Much nicer![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_2005" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Or you could get your husband to take your photos. Or not...[/caption]
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