Continued from Hong Kong Day 1.
We were all so exhausted last night that we fell asleep immediately after eating a late dinner. Of course, jetlag means that we woke up for a little bit in the middle of the night, and that goes for baby P as well. Nothing that a morning nap couldn’t solve though.
Original plan for the day is to wake up early, try to beat the crowd and make it up Victoria Peak for the view of HK harbor. Well, when we woke up, the peak was in the clouds, so it would be useless to head up there. It’s also supposed to rain on and off all day today, so we’ll have to play it by ear on if it’ll be worth the trek to visit Victoria Peak.
We also encountered some of the rudest services here. We had asked for water, because we didn’t want hot tea. To which, they scuffed at us. Finally we ordered tea, and also asked for room temp water, to which they said they didn’t have any. The waitress told us to just drink the hot water used to refill water for the hot tea. Seriously though, why is it such a big deal about serving us water? There are plenty of other restaurants in HK that will serve us water without batting an eye.
Chungking Mansions is just a couple of buildings down from our hotel. I read an entire book(Ghetto at the center of the world: Chungking Mansions)about this building. It’s a fascinating building that has an eclectic mix of uses and houses all sorts of businesses, traders, whores, drug dealers, restaurants, cell phone sellers, hotels, laundromat, etc. You name it, they probably have it in here.
I’ve always wanted to check out the building after reading the book. I will say, it’s very intimidating, especially since I am carrying the baby. You get swamped at the entrance by lots of shady looking people offering their services. I have no idea what they are offering me as I just walk past them. This place is full of ethnic minorities that you don’t usually see in such concentrations around other parts of HK.
And just like that, we took a look and we are out. Reminds me of India, just the hectic environment inside there. I think I would have liked to look around some more if not for the baby and wife. Back to hotel, and nap time for everyone. According to the forecast, we may get a window of no rain mid to late afternoon. The plan is to wake up from nap around then, and head out over to Victoria Peak.
I suck at taking photos. Actually, I think the lens was smudged all day and the camera had trouble focusing sometimes. (Gave the lens a good cleaning, so hopefully will end up with less blurry photos tomorrow.)
Found the subway station, down we go.
Made it to the top of the observatory, and here’s the amazing view of HK from Victoria Peak. Not the clearest day, but the fact that the city isn’t completely engulfed in clouds or rain counts as a huge win for us.
PL is super tired. I’ve been carrying her around in the carrier all afternoon, but she was having a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep in it. The only way for her to not fuss is for one of us to walk around holding her. I guess let’s check out the fish tanks if we are walking around.
The dish in front is actually not supposed to eaten. It’s merely a display showing all the ingredients used to make the soup stock for our soup…which I forgot to take a photo of. It was just this cream colored soup that has the flavor of seafood.
This I am excited about, mantis shrimp. The head is cut up and deep fried, and the tail is deshelled and stir fried. The deep fried shell can be eaten whole, but it was still quite a bit of work. Tastes similar to lobsters and very sweet in taste. It was also very expensive, roughly $40 per mantis shrimp.
We exited the mall to find SWARMS of people walking around outside. When we had arrived earlier in the day, there were very few people out and about. What’s going on? We knew some sort of event had just finished, and everyone is leaving.
Shit, with this many people there’s no taxis available. I guess we need to go to plan B and head to the subway station. We saw that most of the people around are white and many are drunk…very drunk. Some sort of sporting event? Eventually I asked a couple of the people and they said that it was the HK Sevens Rugby tournament, and the finals had just ended. So, now we are stuck with a tired fussy baby and walking trying to find a subway station while being around a lot of drunk people singing their rugby chants.
Wasn’t planning on taking the subway, so did not know where to find it. The map on my phone offers a little bit of help, but maybe if we just follow the crowd, we’ll be able to find it. Not happy about this. We are tired and just want to take a taxi and go back to our hotel in a quiet and fast fashion.
This is kind of stressful with all these people that we didn’t expect. Reminds me a little of the time we were in Ireland and we drove our car straight across the starting line of a running race that was 5 minutes from starting.
Now, we need to contend with all the drunk singing rugby fans. Their chant is a version of Hey baby, Hu Ha(they added this part to the song), I want to know if you’ll be my girl. Again, why is this one their rugby chant for the tournament? Strange drunk rugby fans…
So many people and we had to get our tickets. Thankfully, in anticipation of the crowd, they had set up extra manned desks selling tickets, so we were able to obtain our tickets quickly.
Happy to make it back to our hotel!! It was annoying when we had to deal with the rugby crowd, but now that we are back to our hotel, I am sure we’ll remember it as a fond interesting experience…just like that time we drove our car across the starting line of a running event as the race was minutes from starting…
To be continued at Hong Kong Day 3.