November 10th, 2009 – by: lamoore
View from the rooftop
Today was a relaxing day. First it was to the fish and meat market, which was quite a spectacle. Gutted fish, fish still alive and flopping on trays, meat dangling from strings, and butchers cutting meat. Wow. The smell was horrific. Overall, it was definitely worth walking through though because you don't find this experience in the US. It was then onto Times Square, a huge skyscraper with over 11 floors of shops, and then floor upon floor full of restaurants. I spent quite a bit of time in a bookstore-it was over 60% English, but cool to explore some of the Chinese books and find different English books that have been translated (Harry Potter, Time Traveler's Wife, Sister's Keeper, etc). We then met Toby and Niko for some dim sum. I really love dim sum, it is so good.
Stanley at night
We had shrimp dumplings, bbq pork buns, cotton chicken (which was disgusting), another shrimp dish, and some friend rice. We then went back to Toby and Niko's apartment and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon on their roof. They have a great view of the city and it was nice to just sit up there, read, and enjoy the warm weather. We then headed to Stanley for dinner. Stanley is on the other side of the island from Hong Kong, and is a nice, relaxing town located on the beach. It was a nice break from the craziness and bustle of Hong Kong. Although the market was closed, we walked around the boardwalk and promenade looking at all the different restaurants. We settled on an English pub/restaurant (although it also serviced Chinese food!), and had a nice meal of salad and pizza before taking the bus back to Hong Kong.