Hong Kong

December 2017/January 2018

I spent the latter part of the month of December 2017 in Hong Kong. I have always spent NYE in the Middle East with family or in London. Two years ago, I spent it above the sky in the plane (quite uneventful!). In 2017, I have decided, when 2018 approaches, I shall be in a different country.

I am fortunate enough that my really good friend is born and raised in Hong Kong, as such it was easier to go around the city and eat where the locals would eat.

Looking back into this trip, I feel like I have spent most of my time eating some of the most amazing Chinese food I could possibly have. The food in London will never compare, I am now left with such high expectations of what Chinese food should be like.

Can’t wait to come back to this city again! It’s already in my favourite city list!

Places To Go To:

  • Tian Tan Buddha and Lantau Island
    • Can’t go to HK without seeing the Big Buddha. You have to line up for a bit to pay for the cable car to get to Lantau Island. There’s at least 200 steps to get to the top once you get to the island. This is an all day activity which you can combine with Tai O Fishing Village.
  • Tai O Fishing Village
    • The village in wooden stilts. Had the biggest fish balls here with loads of markets selling dried seafood. You can get to this place with a bus from where the Big Buddha is.
  • Victoria Peak
    • The view of Hong Kong from above. We didn’t get a chance to use the tram to visit the place so definitely need to come back to experience this.
  • Victoria Harbour and Ferry
    • From HK Central, take the ferry (£2) to Kowloon island to get a view of the harbour.
  • Mongkok
    • Shopping, from shoes, to clothes, to street food, to goldfish. You can find almost anything here. This is also the district I stayed for 6 nights.
  • Wong Tai Sin Temple
    • From the cultural, temple statues and the hidden gardens. The contrast is seen as the high rise buildings can be seen from afar. This is where you get your fortune told after you shake a cup filled with numbered sticks. Once a stick falls, you write this in your paper. Try and get a good English speaking Fortune teller, they should only charge you for 30 HK Dollars for reading your fortune based on the numbered stick you got. Do not give them your palm, as in most cases they can charge you more to get palm and face reading done.
  • Tsim Sha Tsui
    • Shopping District. Took the tram here and experienced the chaos unfold. There are a number of street food here and malls left and right.
  • Lan Kwai Fong
    • This is where the nightlife happens, all the bars and the clubs are found here. This is also where we celebrated NYE.
  • Quarry Bay
    • Seen those high rise colorful buildings on Instagram, with people posing. This is where these instagrammable buildings can be found.

Places To Eat In:

  • Crystal Jade – Xiao Long Bao. I went to this place twice. This restaurant has the best soup dumplings I’ve ever had. No words can explain how amazing the soup dumplings are in this place.
  • Tung Po –  Wet market turned restaurant somewhere in North Point. Eating in this place is more than the food, its an experience. Drinking beer in this place is an art too. I can officially say, I can open a beer bottle with a chopstick because of this place.
  • Hutong – 18-course brunch. Definition of fine dining with a view of the HK skyline.
  • Yum Cha – Dim Sum or also called Yum Cha will never be the same. Custard Buns and Pork Buns were cutely presented in this lovely restaurant.
  • Tai Cheong Bakery – bought Almond Cookies here and Egg Tart. Unfortunately, lost my egg tart and never got round to tasting what this bakery is famous for. The almond cookies were great though!
  • Chopsticks Kee – had the famous pork bun and condensed butter toast. Great milk tea!
  • Tsim Chai Kee Noodle Shop – great broth for this quick noodle meal.
  • Oddies Foodies – egg waffle with ice cream. Makes me question the egg waffles I’ve been having in London. Out of this world.
  • Little Bao – truffle fries are so good! Yes Bao!
  • Iron Fairies – not really a restaurant, but fantastic place to hang out for drinks. The evening we went, there was live music. Look up the ceiling and be fascinated with all of the hanging butterflies.

Quick Tips:

  • Currency: Hong Kong Dollars
    • £1 = $10 Hong Kong Dollars
  • If you have a friend in Hong Kong, ask them if they have time to take you around the local places. Being with a local is the best way to experience the city of Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong prices on restaurants can vary, local noodle restaurants are usually cheap and wouldn’t cost much. We paid less than £5 for dishes in Tsim Chai Kee Noodle Shop. I can’t explain it, but food in Hong Kong fills my stomach with contentment. For the food alone, I would come back.
  • 1 Week is more than enough to go around most of the places in Hong Kong. Everything is walk-able, so bring your comfty shoes.
  • The MTR is quite self explanatory and easy to use. You can buy the Octopus Card, and get your 50 HK Dollars back when you return it. This is by far the simplest and cleanest train transportation I’ve ever used. You can use your Octopus Card for almost anything, vending machine, 7/11 purchases, trams, trains and even the Victoria Peak 360 entrance.
  • There are loads of instagrammable places in Hong Kong. If your goal is to get those places into your Instagram, it may take you a few days to get to all the places. Great list can be found in Time Out. Bear in mind, some of these places are public housing, as such when we went to Lai Tak Tsuen, without knowing anyone inside, you won’t really be able to instagram the spiral architecture of this building from inside.
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