Hello beautiful, today’s a hot day. Shall we go out for a walk?
Now that you’ve seen Hong Kong’s beach, I bet you’re dying to see what city life really is like.
So we begin our day’s adventures at Emack and Bolio’s, a corner ice cream store that sells deliciously mouth-watering desserts and milkshakes to ease your pain from the scorching heat and to help you cool off while you stand under the air-con literally dripping in sweat. Yep, that’s how I would describe Hong Kong: sweat. Buckets of it. Everybody’s up and at it in Hong Kong early in the morning, most start their day at 6:30 am, getting on double-deckered buses making their way from the outer suburbs into the inner city to spend the rest of their day in an office building and others are on the bus ready to head into the city to make the most of their day. I met up with an old friend from primary school and treated myself to a frozen yoghurt, relieving myself of the humidity. The extraordinary thing with Hong Kong’s restaurants and corner cafe’s are the vibrant, contrasting colours and aesthetic decor that lures you in – I promise you now, everywhere you go, the interior design has been made to please your eye.
After running a few errands, Yasmin, Joyce and I decided to hide from the heat by tucking ourselves away into an old, and well-known ‘cha chang teng’ which, when transla
ted is a typical old-style fast food restaurant in Hong Kong that serves food made in 5 minutes such as instant noodles with chicken wings, Hong Kong-styled toast with condensed milk and butter spread on top and our very, very well-known iced milk tea which is literally to die for. If you truly want to witness what fast food is like, let me take you here one day; the waiters work together by yelling across the restaurant – with its circle-shaped stools and tables placed so close together you’re basically back-to-back with the other person on the other table but you don’t mind because that’s just the culture in Hong Kong – and you’ll be sat down in the space of 3-4 minutes and they’ll take your order in under 5 minutes and your food will come out in 5-8 minutes. So of course, to honour the tradition of being back home, we eyed each other and grinned knowing exactly what we wanted.
‘Cha chan teng’ with its traditional, old-style stools placed outside for aesthetic effect hosting two ‘regulars’; a businessman and a clerk conversing over iced milk tea and HK-style toast
How to tell you’re in a ‘cha chang teng’ in Hong Kong? Look for vibrant coloured cups.
We continued our stroll through Central district which is built on a steep slope (so we hiked our way through the district, taking in the high-rise buildings aesthetic designs rather than a leisurely stroll), occasionally stopping by stores like Topshop, Cotton On and Zara to both escape the heat and give our souls some healthy retail therapy.
Joyce’s reflection against a restaurant in Soho, Central.
We continued getting lost (as lost as we could since Hong Kong is such a small city) and strolled into cafes that were newly opened or ones we hadn’t been back into for a while, truly enjoying the freedom and relaxation of our Easter holidays.
Elephant Grounds Cafe, Soho, Central.
After threading our eyebrows for $20HKD, we decided it was time to head into another district of Hong Kong – Mong Kok District: the home of tourist markets, pet shops, electronic malls and wholesale retail stores.
Goldfish market, Mong Kok. -Fish sold for $20+
After snapping as many shots as we could of Hong Kong, Jason and I decided that to end our day out exploring it was only fitting to purchase some authentic Hong Kong street snacks. An ice-cold bubble tea and some ‘siu mai’ street food was satisfying both price-wise and hunger-wise. Spending only $18HKD on a large bubble tea and $21 on the bowl of street food, we devoured it in seconds.
So there you have it, a little insight to city life in Hong Kong. I won’t be back in Hong Kong until the summer but I can assure you, I’ve got some things listed down to share with you when I’m back. I’ll let you in on one of the secrets though – prepare yourself for some astonishing views of what hiking in Hong Kong has to offer in the summer!
Lots of love,