29 Jan – last day in HK

Woke up feeling rested. Day planned out, so up and off to a bit of history for breakfast. Ferry over to HK and a brisk walk to Luk Yu teahouse. A wonderful old teahouse covered in dark wood panelling with old Chinese prints for decoration. Staff wander about calling out the dim sum they are carrying and you beckon them over to taste their wares. It was a great experience. Then we walked off the dim sum in HK Park.

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Park was interesting with fountains, waterfalls, Olympic amphitheatre, bird house and teaware museum. Best of all though were the views. One side were the towering skyscrapers of victoria harbour and the other side were mountains.

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Next up was a trip back to Kowloon and the Chi Lin Buddhist nunnery. A beautiful wooden building with impressive gold buddha statues and orchid covered shrines. There was an “impressive rock” display (their words) and many twisted bonsai trees. No nuns though. Next door was an equally  beautiful Asian garden and lake with the biggest carp I’ve seen.

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We then headed across town to a suckling pig restaurant but found it closed. Bloody guardian recommendations. As it was our last night and we had a 4.30 start in the morning we decided that we would go for wine and cake instead. Back over the water to Soho for one last drop of red and the wine bar was handing out free buffet snacks for the expat workers including CHEESE! There are certain foods you expect not to eat while travelling round Asia and you dream about tasting them and look forward to savouring their flavours when back in blightly. Since we’ve been in Hong Kong / Macau though, we have had good red wine, bacon, olives, chorizo and CHEESE.

We reminisced about our time here and marvelled at the wonder of Hong Kong. It is completely out of context with the other Asian countries on our trip, a weird fusion of east meets west. Prices for clothes, hotels, food and drink can surpass London but the ferry, tube and buses are cheap as chips. There are shopping centres everywhere, in subways, at train stations in the basement of skyscrapers. You walk through subways, on elevated walkways and covered escalators and occasionally actual pavement. Nearly everyone speaks English so you have to be carful what you are saying. There are loads of suited brits and yanks talking finance in the bars. And you don’t have to sit on a small plastic chair in the gutter to have a beer.

Some of the food and especially the dim sum is the best we have eaten on this trip but at home we aren’t great fans of Chinese. We have had a great time here and the view of the skyscrapers on Victoria harbour lit up at night or shining in the bright sunshine is simply breathtaking.

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