Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Hong Kong for four days. I went all by myself, and was able to make so many great discoveries.
I stayed on the Kowloon side, in the Tsim Sha Tsui area. I did an absolute ton of walking and exploring and really tried to find the most authentic food experiences possible. You know the kind of places tucked away in random alleys, with a clientele of only locals and a menu written fully in Chinese (no pictures). The kind of restaurants where I personally watched the disposable parka clad tourists flee moments after they blundered through the door. I would of course always be seated in the most remote alcove of the dining area, so to not disturb the regulars with my caveman hand gestures as I tried to order. The first dim sum restaurant I found in this category taught me a valuable lesson. Once I was seated, I was immediately tossed a large tea pot, tea cup, a separate pitcher of hot water, a large bowl, a small soup bowl, spoon, and chop sticks. Every single one of the dishes were filthy. After a few moments contemplating scratching the crust off with my fingernails, I noticed a distant table just being seated. They took the large bowl and began washing each of their utensils with the hot water from the pitcher. I was so happy I didn’t go with plan-A. Going to Hong Kong was full of some many cultural differences and small lessons like this. It was really energizing as well as eye-opening to have to relearn so many of the small things about daily life that I typically never even have to think about and can just do automatically.
This time of year the weather was just cool enough for a light jacket but due to its geographical location, there was fog everywhere and it really limited the visibility a lot. Although, in person it was a very cool effect, it did a number on my photos. This trip was a really great learning experience for myself considering I traveled alone. I’ve never been immersed into so many small, yet visceral adventures in such a short time. I will outline a few of my experiences through the photos below. 🙂 I took a lot of pictures so I’ll split them up into 3 very unorganized categories: Kowloon, Central, and Food.
CENTRAL HONG KONG
What and incredible trip! I learned so much about the areas I visited, that I can’t wait to bring friends with me next time to show them around to all the places I found! Even after all my issues with immigration, and visas, and airport drama I really enjoyed my time there (someone told me I could write a small book about that ‘airport adventure’. If you have a chance to visit Hong Kong, I highly recommend you do just that. Considering 50% of the worlds fortune 500 live in Hong Kong, it is a city that has anything money can buy. It isn’t just limited to the rich as I discovered, by avoiding the typical tourist locations (peak excluded) I was able to really experience Hong Kong culture and food in all of its raw energy.