January 17th 2016:
My flight was too early in the morning, at around 7 am something, so I had to wake up at 5 am and take the bus at 6 am. I have only slept for like 4 hours because we had the New Year’s Dinner the evening before.
I wasn’t super tired though, but as soon as I landed in Hong Kong, I realized that I was extremely hungry and was slowly getting more and more tired.
Step 1: Shopping Spree
Upon arriving at my hostel, Hop Inn Mody which was a very central hostel at east tsim sha tsui, I found a mall which was located one street further and immediately had a sandwich for brunch. It was really yummy, but a bit expensive as well, just like most things in Hong Kong. At the same mall I found a Q&A book which I have been searching for ages already and it was in english.
I actually needed some boots for our Chinese New Year’s Holidays in Jiuzhaigou, so I went on a little shopping spree. Most of the shops I walked past were designer stores like LV or Chanel, but I also found an Esprit store and found some nice, comfortable looking boots for around 500 HKD (~50 €). Before I returned to the hostel, I also saw an Origins Store and remembered my sister telling me about this brand and its products, especially one mask called ‘Out of Trouble’ which was supposed to be really good. I went in and bought it.
Step 2.3: Bond with your dorm mates
So after this short but intense shopping, I felt really tired, so I napped in my dorm a little bit. It was mostly empty, until I was waken up by a girl who just arrived with her luggage. Her bed was right in front of mine so we started chatting. Soon we agreed upon walking to the harbour to watch the laser show in the evening.
Step 3: Hong Kong at night:
The laser show was a disappointment, but if you are interested to see that, you can do it. It starts every evening from 8pm and lasts until around 11pm. We weren’t too bummed out for waiting for the laser show, since we could have this epic view on the Hong Kong skyline and we got to know each other better. We were chatting and taking photos all the time. Plus, this has been the first time that I had seen the Hong Kong skyline although it was my third time in this city already :’D
Step 4: Indulge in some Cantonese Food
When we were slowly getting hungry, we went to the city to find something to eat. We wanted to have a cantonese dish, and while strolling through Tsim Sha Tsui, we saw a Mammy Pancake shop, a small one. What’s that you ask? It is a very popular shop for Hong Kong Waffles. They are different from our waffles, and soooo delicious.
We tried not to eat everything at once, since we still wanted to have dinner. We found a cheap little noodle shop and were seated on a table with strangers. So this was very typical cantonese :’D
After our food break we went back to the hostel, since we both had plans for the morning.
January 18th 2016:
Step 5: Tradition vs Modernism
I woke up in the morning, took all my things and checked out. I had planned to visit the Nan Lian Garden which was around a 20-minute metro ride away from Tsim Sha Tsui.
I spent my morning there, strolling around that beautiful parc, taking snaps and buying souvenirs.
This was my third time in Hong Kong and it was another epic time here. There is always a lot to do in this beautiful city, so you can be sure that you will never run out of activities.
This was still not my last Hong Kong Post. There is yet one to come. But before you can read that, I will write about how I spent Chinese New Year in my upcoming post.
Thanks for travelling with me!