If I Just Had One Day in Hong Kong

If I was in Hong Kong for just one day, I know exactly what I would do.

First thing in the morning, I’d take the cable car up the mountain to Victoria Peak to see a view of the city:

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And get a green tea ice cream:

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Then I’d head off to Hong Kong Park — and have a really lovely wander, enjoying the nature/urban combo:

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I’d take a break with the turtles:

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And really enjoy the pool of koi:

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And maybe spy “Marie Antoinette” shooting a music video:

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In the park, I’d pop into the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, and learn all about Chinese tea traditions:

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Before popping next door for lunch at Lock Cha Tea House, a vegetarian dim sum restaurant:

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I’d order a rose pu’er tea, because I got hooked on pu’er at Samovar in San Francisco — it’s a fermented tea that tastes pleasingly like dirt, with roses — I promise, you need to try it.  It would be properly served with the clay pot, the bamboo tray, and the porcelain cup:

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And then I’d order lunch — lots of small dishes that all add up to something delicious:

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Turnip cakes for the gluten-eaters:

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Oil-braised bamboo shoots with mushrooms and beans (from my journal: “OMG big spears of bamboo with edamame.  LOVE” — this was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten!):

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Steamed savoury sticky rice in lotus leaf, filled with diced mushrooms (I’ve had these before, but didn’t know they could taste so good!):

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Silky radish cakes:

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Steamed pickled vegetables & mushroom buns for the gluten-eaters:

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And steamed green squash dumplings with herbs:

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And for dessert — glutinous flour dumplings filled with cashew and peanuts — they were sweet and sticky, and rolled in coconut flakes and reminded me of the Japanese sweets I had in San Francisco:

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And something unlike anything I’ve ever had before — jasmine dumplings filled with a black sesame filling — they were sticky glutinous rice flour balls served in a bowl, floating in a jasmine tea:

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Then I’d take the subway back to Kowloon:

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And head out in the evening for a stroll along the harbourfront:

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And down Nathan Road:

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Before heading back to my hotel for a good night’s sleep.

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Hong Kong, I simply cannot wait to come back to you.  Total and absolute love.

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2 Comments on “If I Just Had One Day in Hong Kong”

  1. Baloo
    May 3, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    Love that 43.7% if your photos revolve around food and drink ( not including the koi and turtle pics). Looks like your day was both awesome and delish

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