The plan for today was to explore Kowloon. With that in mind, I hopped on the bus to city center and took the MTR (subway) from there across the bay. It was ok weather in Aberdeen when I left, so I didn’t bring my umbrella. However, when I reached Kowloon it was raining again :o( Anyhow, we are weather proof, right!
I got off at Prince Edward station. I walked along Boundry street when it started pouring down with rain like insane. I took shelter under a building entrance. With me taking shelter was an elderly local man. We got into a conversation about the awful weather, he asked me, of course where I am from and if I would be all by myself. He was excited once he learned that I am Swiss, as he has visited Switzerland and thinks Switzerland is paradise :o) Your not so wrong my friend, I thought :o) We’ve had a nice short chat. The rain got a little less at that point. I told him I would go on now. He then asked me whether I do not have an umbrella. I said no. Without hesitating the man gave me his umbrella. I said no, I couldn’t take it, as he needed it too. But, he insisted and said he could buy another one, they would be cheap here. This might sound like a small incident, but I was really touched by how helpful he was towards a complete stranger. Honestly, would I have done the same? I truly doubt it. BUT, that was a big lesson learned!! Thank you- Thank you stranger for teaching me a lesson in kindness. These are the moments why I love traveling so much!
Well, I then walked on to Yuen Po Street Bird Garden through the pounding rain with my meaningful umbrella. As the name already says, it’s an area full of stalls where you could buy all sorts of singing birds.
Next, I found myself amidst super many flowers. I reached Flower Market road. Again, as the name gives away- street full of flower shops. Of course I’ve had to buy some flower seeds to grow my favorite sunflowers- maybe this time they will actually grow…hehe.
I walked and walked- looked left- looked right- oh dear- what did my “diver- eyes” see….. hundreds of small and larger fish packed in plastic bags. I definitely reached the Gold Fish Market. Want a Goldfish for your Aquarium? This would be the place to go. It was still raining hard by the way.
I headed back north to take a stroll along Fa Yuen Street market. This is a market where you can buy, I guess, almost anything. A thrilling picture to watch.
After a short break, as my legs started to hurt, I walked through Ladies Market and Electronic Goods Market. I walked one street up- the next one down- up again- down again. Temple Street- Shanghai street- Reclamation street etc. just to name a few. I was amazed by the happenings on the street. All the stalls selling vegetable, fish, raw meat (any part of the cow you could imagine), chicken feet right there on street. I was actually wondering what would happen to me, if I would eat some meat from there…..don’t think that would end too well :o)
I stopped at the Jade Market to practice my haggling skills buying a bracelet. Not sure how successful I was though, hehe.
At this point I was getting very tired- and my legs started to hurt. Keep going Cindy- there is still much to see :o)
I walked and walked and walked. This area felt like the real Hong Kong. Not that I know what that would be like. But this sure felt like it, and was exactly how I imagined Hong Kong to be like. I loved it.
I stopped at Tin Hau Temple. Already approaching the temple I could smell the incense sticks burning. A smell I love. I wish I could make you smell it :o)
This Tin Hau Temple was built in the 19th century. I love the atmosphere in these temples, the dark red light, the golden ornamentation and of course the many many incense coils burning and filling the temple with a mysterious smoke and flavorsome smell.
I decided to take the MTR back to the harbor. I walked to the waterfront thinking what I should do next. It was 17:00hrs. Two more hours until the famous Temple Street Night market would start, but my legs were hurting- my feet felt like sponges, aching. And I could barely keep my eyes open. I still have 2 nights left in Hong Kong, still time to explore the night market. All I want now is my bed.
So……I “jumped” on the subway (subway stations are HUGE in Hong Kong, especially if your feet ake like h&%ç….), hopped on the bus and returned to my haven Ovolo Hotel <3.
Some things, which fascinate me in Hong Kong:
1. How organized public transport is. People will ALWAYS queue. Subway, taxi, bus- always queues. New York learn from that!!
2. The moving stairways are moving extremely fast here :o) Yeah, I nearly fell the first time I took one.
3. Staircase steps seem to be quite narrow here- do have Hong Kongers have such small feet?!
4. Every time I needed a toilet, there is one not just right there, but also very clean. How do they do that???
5. If you get lost here you must be “light headed”. Everything is extremely well signposted. Yes, just as good as we know it in Switzerland.
I think it is safe to say that I do highly prefer Hong Kong to Singapore. I am not even sure why. Maybe because Hong Kong is much more itself and not trying to be so western (don’t get offended with me Singapore please :o))
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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.