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Hong Kong: Sights and Shopping

17 May

We enjoyed Hong Kong for many reasons: ease of transportation, tasty and cheap food, (window) shopping for every budget, and the list goes on and on. Even though Hong Kong is technically part of China, it feels like a world away from mainland China — the people and mannerisms are different, and the language is different as well.

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The view from the 61st floor, where we stayed.

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Nighttime view.

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Stanley Beach. Very quiet on this day.

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Repulse Bay.

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They only day we had a clear view from Victoria Peak. You’ve probably seen this picture in countless Chinese restaurants in the U.S., but the skyline is constantly changing with new skyscrapers.

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View of Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) during a thunderstorm. We weren’t able to capture any of the lightning during this storm because it occurred right behind the hill on Hong Kong island.

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The Hong Kong subway is busy but easily manageable. They even sell umbrellas from the vending machine! And for some reason we were attracted to those bright shoes. HK fashion all the way!

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Stanley shopping center and Bay.

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Double-decker buses are common in Hong Kong, just as they are in Britain. We’re riding on the top deck of an open-air bus here.

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View from the Lions Club lookout area at Victoria Peak.

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Looking backwards down the cable car ride back down from the Peak. At some sections the tram car goes down at a 50 degree angle!

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Street life in HK.

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Prostitution prices are clearly listed on these yellow signs. This is the back alley right behind the Jordan Temple Street night market.

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High fashion in HK: Chanel store requires one to line up before going inside. Anna Sui was signing autographs the day we happened to be in this mall.

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All sorts of random stuff: Jeannie in a button store, an old electronics reseller, and a bicycle shop. Jeannie was beyond excited to find an entire section of Sham Shui Po that sold all sorts of crafty stuff.

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Top: The goldfish market is a whole street dedicated to selling exotic fish and other animals. Bottom: The Mongkok ladies market sells a lot of t-shirts, clothing, fake purses, iphone cases, and other knick-knacks. We haggled too hard for an iphone case and the women threw us out of her stall.

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View from the peak looking south instead of the usual north.

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On our last night, Joe took us to a board game cafe. Look how many games they have on the wall! We ended up playing all night and caught one of the last buses home at 11:30.

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This cafe has everything. Top middle: Ticket to Ride. Bottom: A cooking game where you actually have to flip the crepe in your pan!

We enjoyed Hong Kong very much. It’s definitely on our short list to visit again in the future.

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Hong Kong: Good Eats

16 May

Since we were not fans of Beijing style northern Chinese fare, we were happy to land in Hong Kong and immediately find cheap delicious food everywhere.

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Dim Sum is everywhere in Hong Kong.

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Red-dyed noodle wrapped around chinese donut with shrimp inside. We’ve never had this before and it was fantastic.

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Our friend Joe has worked in Hong Kong for the past year. He took us to a HK$12 noodle soup place and we cleaned up.

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Gong Cha, one of the best boba places that we’ve been to. Neck-in-neck with Half and Half in LA.

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Tin Hau: a Michelin-star rated dim sum restaurant in a train station. Cheapest Michelin-starred place in the world!

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Our picks at Tin Hau. The fare is basically the same, but with a twist in either flavor or presentation.

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Hung’s Delicacies: Another cheap Michelin-starred restaurant in Hong Kong. They are famous for their sliced goose. The food was tasty and very homestyle.

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More street food in HK.

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Family-owned porridge place near Tin Hau station. It was delicious and definitely the kind of restaurant that we like supporting.

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Our host parents for our stay in Hong Kong, Mr. and Mrs. Lui. They are the parents of one of Jeannie’s best friends and they made our stay wonderful.

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More porridge. We couldn’t get enough!

Up next: what we did in Hong Kong to digest all the tasty food.

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