Day 12: Hong Kong
This morning we slept in and ate a delicious Regency Club breakfast while overlooking Tolo Harbor. Having done most of the main tourist-y things on our last visit, we decided to spend the afternoon wandering through several area markets. We took the train to Kowloon and started at the Flower Market, which was nowhere near as crowded as Bangkok’s but still loaded with all manner of flowers, plants, and herbs.
Next up was Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, a lovely little garden that also serves as a space for traders to sell birds. Birds of all kinds were available to buy, ranging from small songbirds to exotic colorful macaws, as well as cages and every imaginable accessory.
We made our way through the crazy traffic to Fa Yuen Street, a long stretch of shops and stalls selling clothes, shoes, housewares, produce, and other odds and ends. Not much worth buying here, although we did ponder buying new iPhone cases for a bargain price of three bucks. We stopped at McDonalds for a drink and so Matt could check out their pie menu for new flavors (only apple here, boo), then walked on to the Goldfish Market. This is one of Hong Kong’s oldest markets, and the vast number of pet stores lining the street sell fish, turtles, lizards, tarantulas, and other exotic animals.
Tired and still feeling the effects of whatever we picked up in Cambodia, we called it quits on the sightseeing and took the train back to the hotel. For dinner we took full advantage of the Regency Club’s complimentary hors d’oeurves and cocktails, eating delicious snacks and reading newspapers in the very comfortable lounge for almost three hours. Taking further advantage of our room amenities, we checked out movies from the business center and watched ‘Quantum of Solace’, enjoying a pleasant, quiet evening in our awesome room.
One more day to go… 🙂