I haven't done a lot of sightseeing in Hong Kong because I have work to do. I am so far behind my word count goal for this year, I need to write like crazy. I did manage to get out a few times though.
On Friday, my sister had the day off work and headed to The Peak -- a famous sightseeing spot. Apparently, to catch the tram to observation deck, is normally a total pain in the butt, involving long waits and a fuckton of tourists. Because we went relatively early, we managed to beat the crowds, by the skin of our teeth it turned out when a big tourist bus emptied out just after we got in line.
The most overwhelming feeling when you get to the top and overlook the island, is just how small this place is. I'm sure I've lived in places in Australia with bigger backyards! So many people in such a small space but there still manages to lots of pockets of greenery. Also the other side of the island is relatively low key. If I had to live in Hong Kong, that's where I'd live.
After some shopping, we needed dumplings!
My sister had to sort out some stuff with her phone so asked the guy for a recommendation. Good plan since he knew his shit - a place filled with locals. The service was kind of strange and abrupt but the dumplings were the best dumplings I've ever tasted. OMG! Melt in your mouth pork. We did try corn and pinenut which was a bit strange to be honest.
On Saturday, I was going to head to Central to do some shopping with my sister but cried off. I don't need to shop and she had a bunch of errands to run. I think she was pleasured not to have to drag me around. Just looking at her tired, stressed face when she got home was enough to know I'd made the right decision.
We hung out in the local 'hood (Wan Chai) on Sunday, checking out the markets and having brunch. Brunch, I've missed you. You are my favourite meal of the day.
The really awesome thing about Hong Kong is that you can get anything here. I'm not talking about "hookers and blow" type get anything - although I'm sure that wouldn't be so hard, I mean you can go to the supermarket and get things like MINT SLICES! There's a huge range of Australian products. I went into a crazy, homesick shopping frenzy, getting all my favourite brands. Pink Lady apples, 5am yoghurt, Carmen's muesli bars... That's not even getting into all the Japanese stuff (had enough of that lately) or Korean.
So, because I've had this huge getting to my word count goal pressure -- I need to write about 35,000 more words this year and I have a lot of non-writing days blanked out, what have I been doing? Not writing but doing more travel planning. I have my next 6 months mapped out now.
After Japan, it's Chiang Mai then Phnon Penh for a month each. After that, a week in Kuala Lumpuer then I'm heading to Seoul for 3 months. Because there is no way I'm going to Seoul in winter. I've seen enough Korean dramas to know how cold it is.