The Amateur Traveler talks to Melody who has been living as an exchange student in Hong Kong.
Melody tells us what to see in Hong Kong from the very western feeling Central neighborhood of Hong Kong island, the peak and the mid-level escalators to the more Chinese neighborhoods in Kowloon and the less populated New Territories.
She also takes us out to some of the outlying islands like Lantau island with the Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery, Cheung Chau Island with its famous bun festival, and the nearly uninhabited Po Toi Island.
We talk about the 10,000 Buddha Monastery with its add statues.
If you are a shopper and you are visiting Hong Kong then you have to visit the Temple Street Night Market. The market is about 4 blocks long on Temple Street near the Jordan MTR station. The night market is a place to buy clothing (although DO NOT try on clothing without asking first), trinkets, electronics, luggage, purses, craft supplies, knock-off watches and virtually any other manufactured product.
Even if you don’t like shopping Temple street is a wonderful place to visit and also a wonderful place to eat. We ate on the street sitting on plastic stools at the Tong Tai Seafood Restaurant. This restaurant provides great local food (Chinese food) including but not limited to seafood. The prices are very reasonable and the proprietor was wonderfully congenial. The crowd is a mixture of tourists and locals.
Order the garlic broccoli. I have to look for a recipe for this dish. We ate family style and had vegetarian, beef, chicken, shrimp, prawns, and pork dishes. Your bowl is to eat out of and your small plate is where you put the shells from your prawns, bones or anything else you don’t eat. Practice your chopstick skills before you go to Hong Kong.
We explore the fish, flower, bird and jade markets. Melody recommends the Star Ferry for a great view of Hong Kong island, especially at night.
For nightlife, Melody recommends Wednesday and Thursday nights when ladies often get free drinks. Her favorite nightspot is the Cavern and a famous one is the Fringe.
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Hong Kong Travel Guide from the Amateur Traveler
Cheung Chau Island Bun Festival
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