Good morning- World :o) It is day 2 in this great city and I was all by myself now. No more Amy that was leading the way. I decided to head back to Wan Chai/ Central and Sheung Wan area today. I took a 20mins. bus ride to Statue Square in Central HK. There, I gazed at the incredibly high skyscrapers such us HSBC Building, which is built strictly following Feng Shui rules. I made my way to Hong Kong Park’s Museum of Tea Ware, where I enjoyed one of my rare cups of Tea. By Tram I went all the way to Sheung Wan District. I hopped off right in the dried fish market. Boy I could smell that. Very challenging for my nose. Passing by Western Market and down Morrison Street, I passed stores, which offer edible birds nests. Wonder how that tastes. I then ended up at Man Mo Temple. Built during Qing dynasty in 1847 it is one of the oldest and most significant temples in the territory. Lending the temple its beguiling and smoky air are rows of large earth-colored spirals suspended from the roof, like strange fungi in an upside-down garden. These are incense coils burned as offerings by worshippers. Different to the fish market there was a very nice smell in these Temples oft he incense coils.
At this point I was a bit hungry. I stopped at a place called LockCha Tea Shop, which was packed with locals. I thought you couldn’t really go wrong if they eat there. Hong Kong style I was seated with someone else at the table. I ordered Dim Sum, beef dumplings and Mango dessert. Yummy. But again, quite challenging in taste and texture- and eating with chop sticks- don’t even wanna go there….haha. I actually had a lady showing me hwo to eat the dessert- sorry to all Hong Kongers :o)
As the weather cleared up I thought I will make use of it and took the famous Star Ferry across the bay to Kowloon. I decided to head to the International Commerce Centre (ICC), which is the tallest building of Hong Kong, planning to enjoy the view from high up. Ritz Carlton, which is part of it, is the highest located hotel of the world. Well, getting to ICC was a bit of a challenge. I found myself stuck in Harbor City Ocean Center, which is a gigantic Mall. I barely managed to find my way out of there. Being stuck in that Mall lead me to two questions: 1. Who in the world needs Gucci- Kids, Armani Kids, Valentino Kids -clothes? and 2. Seriously, how big does a shopping center really have to be?!? Hehe.
Anyway, I did eventually find my out of there and reached ICC. I took the elevator up to the 101st floor. From there I gazed at the beautiful skyline of Hong Kong. An amazing view over my most likely favorite skyline so far.
At this point I was pretty done- soaking up all the visions- smells- tastes and cultural differences is thrilling and also exhausting :o) That’s why I decided to take the subway across the bay, hopped on the bus and returned to my comfy bed. Joy- Gin!
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I'm Cindy. I love to board planes which bring me to new and unexpected places. Born in Switzerland am I currently living/working in Maldives.