Goodbye Hong Kong
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I started out the morning heading out for a dim sum breakfast. I was the only non-Chinese person in the entire area and stuck-out pretty badly. I found a restaurant and sat down at an empty table and proceeded to be ignored by the wait staff for twenty minutes. I finally flagged down a waitress and gave my order. I'm not sure if the ignoring was due to them not wanting me there or them thinking I wasn't ordering anything. A few minutes after my food arrived a local Chinese woman joined me at my table and was served immediately. She ended up pointing to my meal and ordering the same thing, so I suppose that means I chose well!
After finishing my dumplings and bao, I navigated my way to the MTR to Che Kung Temple.
I decided to try my luck at Sik Sik Yuon Wong Tai San temple instead. This temple was huge and consisted of a number of buildings each dedicated to different types of deities. Clearly some were more popular than others, but without an English guide I was a bit lost as to the meanings of what was going on around me.
She was a smaller, older lady and read both my palms and my face. I couldn't catch everything she said, but she did keep repeating herself so I caught the general idea.
Next it was off to see the Golden Bahiria which was not as exciting as it sounds. Unfortunately after sweating in the humidity, the expo center next door was closed so I couldn't see the excellent harbor view.
I then followed a walking tour in the Lonely Planet guide that was pretty disappointing. The majority of the "sites" were small shops that were identical to those throughout China and Hong Kong. I stopped at a small local shop for some Peking duck and saw the stores selling bird's nests, but at hundreds of dollars a piece I figured I'd have to pass on the bird's nest soup.
I made my way over to Mid-level escalators- the longest outdoor escalator system in the world. I was surprised to find out it's not one escalator, but a whole series of them. It did make going uphill much easier though.
I then walked downhill to the peak tram. It was farther than I realized and I didn't enjoy the humidity that much. The peak tram is a cool wooden car that goes practically straight up the hill. At the top is an expensive, several story mall that was very unappealing. I took a quick look around and got right back on the tram heading back down.
I called Pat and she asked me to take a bus to meet her. I couldn't figure out where the bus stopped, so instead took the metro since I was already at the station.
The next morning, I woke up at 6 and headed for the airport. While I was sad my trip was over, I was rather happy to leave Hong Kong. I generally dislike big cities and Hong Kong was no exception. I was very annoyed by some of the experiences I'd had with locals in Hong Kong where I was frequently given wrong directions and treated rather rudely nearly everytime I'd ask someone for help.