We spent a few leisurely days wandering around Hongkong. I've been a few times but can't really call myself a frequent visitor, so it was nice to visit new places and revisit old ones.
|Journey on the Peak Tram|
We walked around for a bit, had lunch at Mak's Noodles and then made our way down via the little mini-bus. In the past it was only the British colonial rulers who stayed here, up where the temperatures were cooler in the heat of a Hongkong summer, in splendid isolation away from the locals. Today, it continues to be a very desirable and exclusive place to stay. With the hill behind and the water in front, it's really good from the feng shui perspective too! The downside? From the mini bus, we could see the very steep roads going to some of the houses though - it's a tough climb for those going on foot.
|The Star Ferry|
mother was pleased to see that actually senior citizens could travel for free! We had Octopus cards handy though, so we paid the princely sum of HK$3.50 each to take one of the most iconic ferry journeys in the world.
I had a purchase to make in Tsim Sha Tsui - cookies from "Jenny Bakery", a small Hongkong shop which sold buttery handmade cookies. My colleagues had been regularly buying these cookies and bringing them to the office so I felt that it was my turn to reciprocate. The cookies have become so
popular that apparently the queues extend outside the shopping centre where the shop is. Competitors have emerged (their signs are pasted on the route to the bakery) as have fake Jenny Bakery shops - I encountered one for myself. We were walking down Nathan Road on the way to Jenny Bakery when we saw these women with placards parading outside one of the shopping centers. I did not think anything of them but my mother noticed that the placards were advertising for Jenny Bakery! Curious, we followed them into the shopping centre but it was all too apparent that this was a fake store so we made our way out again to the real "Jenny". Surprisingly, there were no queues in sight - just a few people ahead of me. I bought my cookies and we made our way back.
|Read the placards carefully...|
Later, my brother-in-law said that according to his colleagues, the number of PRC tourists to HK had fallen due to the ongoing protests. Hence, shorter queues, less crowds etc. Well, for those of us who didn't stay away, that was certainly a positive!
|"Occupy Central" at Admiralty|
More pictures of my visit to Hongkong are on my Flickr page.