Hong Kong is a dense metropolis, home to more than 7 millions inhabitants. The city life here is very dynamic and exciting. Though I’ve been here a few times already, I’m still amazed by how many people there are everywhere at anytime! Looking up you only see a small piece of sky framed by skyscrapers.
We don’t dislike it though. That’s what makes Hong Kong unique. Every country we travel we always get a helping hand from warmhearted people whom I call angels of our trip. In Hong Kong, our angels are Peter and Joey. We stayed with them at their slum for a few nights. They call it slum because it’s a spacious factory that houses 7 people, 1 dog, 2 cats, a hedgehog and many guests from around the world everyday. They would party, chat, and play mahjong until 5am and then go to sleep through the morning until afternoon. It’s such an awesome and warm group, we felt like a part of it in no time.
From day to night we see hard working people here still living up to the Lion Rock spirit (獅子山精神). This is one of the core values of Hong Kongers, work hard to build a prosperous future. Looking down from Victoria Peak, admiring the most beautiful night view of the world, I have a lot of respect for the people here. This Lion Rock spirit is what has transformed Hong Kong in the past 40 years.
After 3 nights at Peter’s slum, we moved to a budget hotel at Chungking Mansion in Tsim Sha Tsui (重慶大廈). Every friend in Hong Kong heard that we are staying there they gave us a horrified look and said “Oh!" They told us the local people don’t really go there and they warned us to be really careful. We were a bit scared at the beginning, being a bit curious and adventurous we still decided to stay there. The moment we entered the mansion we were surrounded by ethnic minorities like Indians, Pakistanians, and Africans. The strong smell of Indian curry from the Indian restaurants, people doing retail business come up to you and try to sell you things. It’s like entering another world! We are so glad that we stayed there and saw another side of the real Hong Kong.
The food in Hong Kong is so so good! So happy to meet old friends from Vancouver over a great Shanghainese dinner. Peter and Joey brought us to Yum Cha (飲茶）and Dai Pai Dong (大排檔). Brian and Carrie shared a nice Sholongbao （小籠包）meal after Victoria Peak. Carrie and her boyfriend John brought us to Cha Chaan Teng (茶餐廳) famous for silk stocking milk tea. What’s better than reconnecting with friends over good food in Hong Kong!
黃大仙廟 （Wong Tai Sin Temple)
PMQ 元創方:PMQ is a hub for design and creative industries. Residential units have been converted into design studios and shops and offices for creative enterprises.
Morning yoga by the coast near Peter's slum in 觀塘
蘭芳園 restaurant, famous for its Hong Kong style silky milk tea.
香港九龍尖沙咀near重慶大廈 (Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui near Chungking Mansion