I hope you’re all ready for some photos from my adventures in Hong Kong!
WARNING: Some images (pigeon) may be disturbing and cause immediate loss of appetite. Viewer discretion is advised.
Parachuters with red smoke circling down from the sky.
I am avoiding eye contact with the pigeon on the left as I am typing this. It tasted really good as long as I didn’t look at it.
Cooling off in our hotel room at Panorama Hotel.
Spectators unite for more dragon boat watching.
Shining example of a loyal dragon boat spectator.
Balloon clowns and ladies brightening up the scene.
The races are over — time to celebrate with some long-awaited dim sum in Hong Kong!
Beautiful night view of the Hong Kong harbour.
We actually returned to Hong Kong after the Philippines for a weekend. I realized that I hadn’t been taking many photos because Hong Kong has become like another home to me — so things that first-time visitors might find new and interesting had become normal and just part of the background for me.
So I decided to keep my eyes open as we went around the city and take some shots of things that really were interesting and, in particular, different from what I normally see in Toronto. Like their double-decker trams (above).
I actually meant to take a photo of the building behind it, because the amount of air conditioners on it is pretty representative of Hong Kong’s hot and humid weather and the fact that they love to blast the A/C indoors. As I was getting ready to take the photo, the tram stopped in front for a really cool shot.
Not only do they deliver, but they deliver 24/7. Ba da ba ba ba …
I absolutely love Hong Kong’s subway system. This is one of the most glaring differences between this city and Toronto, which has the most ancient, inefficient transit system ever created by humankind. I am not bitter and traumatized, no.
Where you are in the world, do your subway stations also have these glass doors between the train tracks and platform? Wondering how common this is.
The crowds of people in Hong Kong are also a feature of this city. And it’s very common for people to walk around during sunny days with umbrellas (not something I see in Toronto).
Having breakfast at Hokkaido Dairy Farm Milk Restaurant. Iced milk tea is a drink you have to try in Hong Kong!
Also something interesting about Hong Kong is that most places will bring you the bill right away, before you’ve finished eating.
Took a trip over to Times Square for some shopping.
Inside Times Square mall. The portrait here is made up entirely of books.
Hong Kong’s other main modes of transportation are double-decker buses and taxis.
Beautiful architecture. Lovin’ that Lippo building.
Home cooking (I didn’t do the cooking). This is called pee in your pants shrimp. Maybe because they are so scary looking they make you want to pee in your pants?
Something that looks like a snail but isn’t. Also tasty!
Fresh crabs! We really got the special treatment :)
Last night in Hong Kong at a karaoke bar. Another difference from Toronto is that you can smoke inside this karaoke (not that I did, but other people were). I guess that’s one good change that happened in Toronto.
Each of the pitchers (coke, green tea, and orange juice) were mixed with a glass of scotch. Cheers!
– Cafe <3
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Next stop: Boracay Island in the Philippines!