the morning 4am
Still jet lagged, I woke up at 4am to write a post. I ended up sharing a table with one of the hosts of the hostel.
My companion at the table.
With nothing else to do at 9am, I decided to go out and explore the city on my own. My first stop was a neighborhood called Tsim Sha Tsui or TST. It is a well known shopping district with high-end stores ranging from Gucci to Michael Kors.
Gold waterfall in the center of a popular shopping center in TST.
As I walked around TST for a few hours, I decided to grab lunch at an authentic Chinese restaurant. However, it was difficult to pick what I wanted due to the menu being in Chinese. I ended up pointing at the menu and choosing a beef vermicelli noodle dish with a milk tea at Traditional Chinese Noodle.
Milk tea and beef vermicelli noodle dish.
Lunch at Traditional Chinese Noodle in TST.
During my trip to TST, the rain was becoming an issue. I thought Seattle had it bad. Hong Kong has some of the worst torrential downpours of rain.
A rainy day in TST.
After lunch, I decided to walk across Kowloon Park as the rain subsided. Kowloon Park used to be an Army base in WWl and WWll. In 1970, the Hong Kong government turned it into a city park.
One of two ponds in Kowloon Park with Flamingoes.
Trees in Kowloon Park.
After Kowloon Park, I went to the Hong Kong Museum of Art. The ticket was extremely cheap, which surprised me. It was only $1.25US. There were three exhibits on three different levels of the museum. The first level was 1600-1700 era Chinese artifacts. Every piece was hand carved with different types of Chinese wood.
The second floor had Chinese paintings from the 1600-1800 era.
The fourth floor had hand carved wooden sculptures by Tong King-Sum, a famous artist in HK. I found these sculptures to be extremely complex. Tong- King-Sum was part of an influential group of post-WWll artists whose passion for art and creativity showed proof that Hong Kong is not only about money hungry entrepreneurs, sweatshop labor work and property development. King-Sum used models to carve his creations. Many of these sculptures took days on end to complete. This was my favorite exhibit because of the skill it took to make these life sized wooden bodies.
After the museum, I walked around the rest of TST and took photos of the area.
This is a typical apartment building in Hong Kong.
The Victoria Harbour view point looking at Hong Kong Island.
These boats are called Junk Boats. They can be rented out for parties, travel or just a leisure trip around the Harbour.
After the city tour, I met up with Waleed, his girlfriend Gabi and his two friends Rob and Navi. We decided to go to Taco Tuesday at Tequila Jack's in TST. On Tuesdays, Tequila Jack's has $10Hk tacos and $35HK Mexican beers on tap. This was a tradition my friends and I had when I studied in HK in 2012.