March & April 2014
When I hear “Hong Kong”, my brain will recall “electronics” and “dim sum“. Yes, as it’s duty free, you can buy electronics in Hong Kong cheaper. BUT you need to be careful with to check the product and bargain to get the good deal.
For transportation, get Octopus card. It can be used in convenient stores and some other payments as well. If you’d like to get lost in a fun way, get a tram from the end of a line to the other end. Warning: Hong Kong bus drivers speed even in turns, better hang on tight if you’re standing.
If you like Chinese food, eat anywhere and you’ll get at least edible food for your hungry tummy. Don’t forget to find dim sum. My recommendation: chicken feet and pork char siu bun. Most of dim sum contains shrimp or prawn so be careful if you’re allergic. Order Chinese tea for the drink to experience the culture. In Hong Kong, when the waiter is pouring the tea into your cup, you can tap your finger to say, “it’s enough, thank you.”
The famous area to visit is Tsim Sha Tsui. There are museums, old hotels, and shopping malls. My favorite place to walk around is the Admiralty area along the bay. There’s a park where you can chill out. You can also watch the laser show here. It’s at 21.00 every day. Hong Kong has nice view in the evening. The building lights make it colorful.
My uncle took me and my friend to Victoria Peak hiking trail (this one is the Peak to Pok Fu Lam reservoir, the route I took). We took a classic tram up. The queue is quite something, so better not expecting to get a seat. Be prepared to stand and hang on because sometimes the rail is almost vertical. It’s pretty easy trail for beginners.
Also find out about the ladies market. You can go shopping with good price here. I didn’t really pay attention where that was because my uncle was leading 😛
A friend told me about Sunday Service in Sky City Church at Sky 100 building, the highest building in Hong Kong. It’s surrounded by windows, so you can see the view of Hong Kong from the church. Sky 100 also has observatory deck if you’re not Christian.