I stared up at the monstrosity, fast-moving clouds obstructing my view of the full moon hanging above it. A bat screeched through the night sky, diving into the bushes below me. Every once in a while I'd hear music or laughter coming from inside the monstrosity--most likely from Bubba Gump Shrimp. I thought, "Well, I'd be laughing, too if I were eating battered and fried shrimp at the top of the world".
Then the timid sounds of the crickets and bats from the surrounding mountains would flow back over me and soothingly remind me that I was all alone.
The PEAK of my Hong Kong Experience
The monstrosity is a giant, touristy department store on the top of Victoria Peak. As much as I hated it being there, I decided I'd go up as high as I could without paying for the "sky pass". And there it was on the top level of the monstrosity, the iconic building on Hong Kong's historic peak: none other than Bubba Gump Shrimp.
I hate to admit it, but I got sucked in. I was hungry, tired, and emotional and coconut shrimp sounded like it would hit the spot. With images of greasy, satisfying seafood in my head, I abashedly asked for a table for one.
"It's a two hour wait."
With ridiculous tears welling up in my sleepy eyes, I took the five escalators down and exited the monstrosity.
The secret garden
I walked as quickly as I could away from the crowds and the glare of the luminous monstrosity. Alone near a sign for a public toilet, I turned around and found myself face to face with the Hong Kong skyline. It took my breath away, and I slowly continued down the gently-lit, empty path. A short, metal gate closed the path off from a small set of steep stairs. Naturally, I hopped over and went down to see what was hidden below.
There was a large stone area with benches labeled with a old sign. "Old Peak Road Rest Garden". It might have been the top tourist spot before they built the monstrosity, but I found it completely abandoned. I sat on the bench for at least an hour, writing things down, snapping photos, reading, and letting the cool ocean air rush over me.
Feeling refreshed and inspired, I walked around the mountain, passing laughing couples and excited youngsters. I even smiled when I heard a kid whining to his dad in Chinglish.
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