Bonkers Honkers Part II

Trip Start Aug 03, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Back in Honkers, after an arduous fog delayed ferry journey, I opted to treat myself to a pint and thought the comfort of the White Stag back in Wan Chai would do the trick. A popular haunt on Friday's, on entering I randomly bumped into Sarah and a pal of hers - the tone for the evening was set, particularly when Horseracing Sam messaged me to say that I needed to experience a Friday night in Lan Kwai Fong.

I departed the White Stag and, not feeling like walking having spent the day stomping around Macau, hopped a cab the short distance to LKF. After some difficulty I eventually found my way to the bar where I met Sam and a host of other people who were in full party mode. A spot of LKF exploration followed including seeing an incredible Philipino covers band performing some amazing live music. As the sun rose (well actually it was nowhere near rising, I merely wished to make the evening sound as if it ended in a more poetic fashion.) I found myself a cab and after some serious failed negotiation with the driver, headed home.

On Saturday I returned to Causeway Bay (near the Race track) to have a snoop around. I had seen from my previous visit that it was a Mecca for shopping and consumerism but I don't think I realised quite the extent of Hong Kongers passion for retail and not just your bog standard retail (although I did spot M&S) but luxury high end retail. Surroundign the gloriously commercialk Times Square are vast shopping malls and department stores selling just about every designer brand you list - and the streets just heave with people laden down with bags. Catching the Star Ferry back across the Harbour at night I headed to a little Irish Pub I had spotted on a previous stroll on Nathan Road near the famous Chungking Mansions (a massive retail and residential development that has been described as the best example of globalisation in the entire world) to try and watch a spot of footy before walking the couple of miles home.

Having experienced the designer retail extravaganza of Causeway Bay, I decided that I would spend Sunday seeing the opposite retail side, visiting the whacky markets of Kowloon. Starting in the Flower Market (located cleverly on Flower Road) and then heading to the bird market - a bizarre place indeed. Alongside the dozens of birds for sale displayed in tiny cages, the local bird fancyers/owners like to spend Sunday mornings bringing their plumed pride and joy's to display in their cages. They hover together (this is the owners, not birds) like small groups of children at school, swapping stickers in order to complete their albums - quite the sight. Next up was the Goldfish market where your every aquatic need can be bought in a small plastic bag hanging up on the street (not sure how this sits with the welfare of "All God's creatures") - but fascinating stuff. A mooch around the other markets convinced me that you can actually buy anything you could possibly think of in the whole world in Hong Kong.

That evening I went for dinner with Anil's wife and another couple who were visiting Honkers - a very civilised affair, I enjoyed good food, wine and company before somehow getting lost when leaving their flat - that may sound stupid but, considering the way to get there was to go into a shopping mall, take a lift to the 7th floor, get in another lift to the 14th floor, walk down a road get in another couple of lifts....etc etc you get the idea

Throughout my time in Hong Kong the weather had been less than kind to me - not once offering up a clear day to take in The Peak and its famous views out over Hong Kong harbour - so as my final day there arrived, my last chance to get up there and see it arrived. Fortunately, as I ascended around lunchtime I was thrilled that the cloud had thinned and I was afforded some magnificent views. I took a hike around one of the trails, getting some great views to the South of HK Island and headed up to the roof of The Peak Tower. From up there, the magnificence of the place was clear to see - what an amazing engineering marvel this city state is.

Descending in the tram I had a last potter about before heading back to my hotel to pack and have an early night before heading to the airport the following day..... Honkers, simply an absolutely crazy place.
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Anil's wife on

Anil's wife and the other couple are very hurt that we didn't get a name check in your blog ;-)

mikesprake on

The editor acknowledges the omission of certain names (to protect the innocent of course) but will make the necessary amendments in order to be more inclusive ;)

Damien and Kristen on

Love your blog, miss the good times in Penang!

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