We had a fantastic, exciting night in Hong Kong enjoying the vistas, markets, superb food, bustling streets, ferries, bargains, oddities, coffee and laughs. We arrived home at midnight with absolutely buzzing kids.
The highlight was the Temple Street Night Markets and surrounding streets. The contrast between this area and the other end of Canton Road, where designer labels have Blade Runner-esque visuals and ritzy stores tower over the streets, is quite extreme. Some distinctive examples of this contrast with the world of Chanel, Louis Vetton and Armani was the omnipresent bamboo scaffolding and the dried octopus for sale at the other end of the street.
Lucy and Sarah were more curious than horrified at the ‘authentic’ crocodile head for storing scissors found at the markets amongst the clocks, paintings, fake iPhone 4s and countless other stalls. We picked up a few pieces and I was really pleased to find a bargain-priced, yet good quality monopod for a few dollars. It really assisted me with the first photo in this post and these silhouettes below. It is really challenging to carry my proper tripod around all day, with all the other gear for four, so this monopod is a handy solution.
Once again, we had some great culinary experiences. I tried some cold duck eggs, prepared Vietnamese style and the girls ate oodles of Shanghainese noodles. The highlight though, dessert. Check out the ‘chilled’ tofu and watermelon.
What the hell is this product, ‘tense up’, I asked? Kate says it is for one’s face, to make it ‘tense’. I have my doubts and welcome your insights.
The kids are great in crowds. We have a system, when it is too packed to walk hand in hand of going ‘Indian file’. The kids do this with military precision and are always up for silly, imaginative games as we explore. I have always loved wandering the streets of a new city, town or village. Kowloon is a real treat and I hope to return alone, with camera and tripod, before we fly to Australia.
The ferry ride is justifiably famous and worth doing again.
Just before we finally got to bed, past midnight, I asked the kids if we should postpone going to Hong Kong Disneyland, their big reward for 4 months of being good travellers, to be shouted down with howls of protest.
Of course they could ‘handle it’!