Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Day 4 in Hong Kong

Yes, these are dried lizards on a stick and starfish: I don't know what they are used for

Our flight left in the afternoon, so we only had the morning free. To maximize our time, we got up early (requiring B to run out and get me a frappuccino from Starbucks: maybe 3 cocktails weren't a good idea after all!), and made our way to Sheung Wan, one of the oldest sections of the city. There we took a walking tour of streets selling traditional Chinese products, including all kinds of ginseng, deer antler, swallows' nests, live snakes (for potency), live frogs (to eat), and many other strange, unidentifiable products. We also saw the famous Hollywood Road (where high end art and antiquities are sold) and the Man Mo Temple, popular with both the police and gangsters (and apparently UPS men; we saw two coming in to worship as we were leaving). Hong Kong is still a pretty religious place (for Chinese religion), so it was interesting to experience a little bit of that.

Then we went to Din Tai Fung for brunch. B and I have been to this dumpling chain in Taiwan, Japan, the US, Singapore and now Hong Kong, and every time the food is amazing (it was named as one of the world's top ten restaurants by the NY Times). The xiaolongbao (delicate little dumplings filled with soup and pork) in particular are so good. If I had to eat only one thing for the rest of my life, this would be a contender.

After a very large meal, we left for the airport (and the tender mercies of Jetstar). It was a great trip, and I hope we can go back someday soon: I love you Hong Kong!

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