Once in Hong Kong, we took the metro to our
hostel, located on Nathan Road, the famous “golden mile” shopping
district in Tsim Sha Tsui on the very tip of the Kowloon peninsula.
Accommodation in Hong Kong is expensive, so we had booked the cheapest
option: a 4-bed dorm at the Cosmic Guesthouse in the Mirador Mansion.
For about $100, we slumbered for the week in cramped quarters with a
variety of roommates from Spain, Ireland, France, England and Canada.
After dropping off our bags upon arrival, claustrophobia began to set
in so we quickly headed back out to find some supper.
Hong Kong is famous for its restaurants, but Zac
and I were floored by the prices. The cheapest proper meal for two
people cost at least HK$100 (we can eat supper in Dalian for
Y12-Y25). Even street food and dumplings were expensive
(HK$24.00 for dumpling soup that we can buy in Dalian for
Y3.50, HK$15 for a roasted sweet potato we can buy in Dalian for Y3),
so we figured as long as we were paying high prices, we might as well
take a break from Chinese food and indulge in the international
restaurants. That first night we ate Malaysian food, and throughout
the week we dined on Indian and Mexican cuisine, ate pizza twice, and
went to McDonalds (with a sandwich, drink and fries costing about
HK$22, it was one of the cheapest dining options).
After our repast, we headed down to the
waterfront to view the Hong Kong skyline, which is perhaps one of the
most beautiful in the world. From the Walk of Stars (Hong Kong’s
shoreline version of the Walk of Fame in Hollywood) we had an
unobstructed view of the impressive Hong Kong Island skyline across
Victoria Harbour. The promenade was decorated with red lanterns for
the Lunar New Year, and was swarming with people posing for photos
next to a Bruce Lee statue with the skyline in the background. It was
about 11:00pm by now, and the city was still very much alive—much more
so than at 9:00 the next morning.
Saturday was rainy, so after visiting Kowloon
Park in the morning, we decided it was a good day to take in some of
Hong Kong’s museums. We went to the Hong Kong Museum of History, had
some pastries for lunch, then spent the afternoon at the Science
Museum. After the museums, we were quite ready to sit down for a
while, so we took a bus that went clear out to the New Territories
(the northern part of Hong Kong). It turns out that taking a bus
around the city at night in the rain isn’t such a good idea, because
we couldn’t see much. Later, we returned to Kowloon, where we went to
the famous Temple Street night market. Zac and I actually weren’t
that impressed with the market, having seen better ones in Dalian.
We’ll allow that maybe the market was small because of the bad weather
and the holiday. We did buy some small flashlights (which we found
again a few stalls later for half the price we’d just bargained for—doh!)
and two small pieces of watercolor artwork.