Another hot and humid day in Hong Kong. I tip my hat to everyone who survives these sweltering humid-hot summers each year. Although that’s probably what people here say about our Canadian winters.
Weather aside, I had a wonderful day! My day started just around noon where my aunt picked me up from my grandparents home on the Kowloon side and then we drove to the Hong Kong Island. There’s quite a difference between the Hong Kong Island side and the Kowloon side.
The flashy, trendy, skyscraper-filled, cosmopolitan scene is really the Hong Kong Island side. That side is the site of the original British settlement, or so wiki tells me. Hong Kong Island side is also home to the corporate banks, finance-hub, and HK Convention Center. If you’re into restaurants and nightlife – SoHo and lan Kwai Fung are well-known.
The Kowloon Side, I think, gives a better look at back-in-the-day HK with the older looking (almost concerning) apartment buildings, food vendors on the street, and different markets on along the road. This side of the Victoria Harbour is well-known for shopping. But really, all there is to do in Hong Kong is shop. It’s overwhelming. Along the waterfront is Tsim Sha Tsui which has well…more shopping and also a nice view of the famous skyline.
Either way, no point in feeling like you have to visit one or the other if you travel to Hong Kong. The subway will easily take you across or a quick ferry ride is scenic too.
Back to my day.
I had lunch at Lupa, by Mario Batali, in Hong Kong. I remember watching re-runs of Iron Chef on the Food Network and Mario Batali was always my favourite, next to the Morimoto. Lupa is Mario’s first restaurant in Hong Kong. For lunch the restaurant offered a reasonably prices buffet with a selection of salad, seafood, meat, and desserts. There was also the option to add a main dish on top of the buffet. It was nice a nice break to eat “gourmet” salad and western food from all the Chinese food I’ve been eating the past week.
Continued the day with more shopping. I really don’t even enjoy shopping but it was neat to see how large each store was. After walking hours, I ended up buying one pair of jeans.
Finally! What I really wanted to do this day was to go to The Peak! The last time I was here I was maybe 6? It had been so long that I forgot what it was like to take the tramcar (The Peak Tram) up the mountain. The Peak attraction offers stunning views of the city from the highest peak on the Island.
Sky Terrace 428, is a building tower sitting on the top of the peak. The Sky Terrace 428 stands 428 metres above sea level, if you too were wondering if 428 had any significance. I also found out that this tower was one of my uncle’s design and construction projects. He has left his fingerprint on several well-known building in HK which is amazing!