Mong Kok, the Peak, and Belated Turkey
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November 27th, 2009 – by: domnicella
On Thursday night Sandra and I made our way to the waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui for the light show. The light show is basically a bunch of choreographed lasers along the Hong Kong skyline. It's kind of neat, I guess, but I'm not one for lasers and light shows to begin with, so I'm sitting there going "what's the point?" Of course there were thousands of people there to oooh and aahhh; mostly tourists who came for the view.
Friday was a nice clear-ish day (clear for Hong Kong, and absolutely stellar by China standards), and Sandra and I made our way up to the Peak. There was some confusion about which pier the bus left from, and then the bus leaving from the bus station (duh) and not the pier, and by the time we crisscrossed across the city twice over and finally made it to the top it was after 3pm. I couldn't believe it. Both of us were jonesing for western food and so tried a "spaghetti" restaurant (not to be confused with Italian; there was nothing Italian on the menu save for a few poorly interpreted pasta dishes).
The walk around Victoria Peak is really nice. I imagine the views are great on a clear day (the haze beat us by the time we made our way up there), and you're able to see the southern coast as well, which I hadn't realized. The walk is 2.7 kilometers and is flat and paved (wealthy ex-pats who live in the area were out walking for exercise) and is actually really lush and serene and very pleasant. The vegetation is of the tropical persuasion, with rubber trees and hibiscus and bougainvillea along the way. Felt like a slice of home.
From the Peak we hopped on a subway to Tung Chung, which is on Lantau, Hong Kong's largest island (and twice the size of HK itself).
For dessert we had triffle, which I'd never heard of before. A British dessert involving candied/jellied fruit at the bottom, a layer of cake, and a custard/cream on top. YUM. There was also white chocolate cherry cake and mini egg custards. I had one of everything and two helpings of triffle, and no, I will not be moving for the next few days. I stuffed myself til I was uncomfortably bursting, and I didn't care. It was all I could do not to eat more. Dear god I miss home food. And being invited into someone's home and sitting on a couch sipping wine and meeting new people and sharing stories -- it was so wonderful.
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