Five quick thoughts on Hong Kong

Thought #1: Why have I never visited Hong Kong before? It is awesome. 

Thought #2: It's actually fine that my Cantonese sucks, it's the effort that counts. Trying to talk to people has helped me remember random words and phrases I thought I didn't know. Eggplant! Good morning! These pants are too long! And it's totally fine to mix in English words, people do it here all the time – "blah blah blah anyways la" – as long as you say the English in a sing-songy Cantonese way. And tack on "la" at the end. It also works in reverse: I'll speak to someone in English and they'll reply in Cantonese and it's all good.

Thought #3: This place is a shopaholic's paradise. Everything from gigantic luxury mega-malls to tiny back alley sock vendors. I have never seen so. many. people. in one place – Mong Kok in Kowloon is this giant river of humanity that I can only describe as a clusterfuck.And they're ALL SHOPPING. After twenty minutes we were so overwhelmed by the number of people that we jumped back on the MTR with our tails between our legs.

Thought #4: I love the mountains. It is insane how all of these high rises are built directly into the side of the mountains. We're staying in Mid-levels, and there are all these twisty lanes with 30 story highrises sprouting from either side of the street. It makes walking around a lot of fun, and everything feels so layered. Even though we've walked past the same streets a few times, I keep seeing new things. And walking versus riding the double decker buses versus a taxi versus the old trams opens up even more views. 

Thought #5: The food is YUM. We had the best of bowl of noodles + wontons + fish balls + beef EVAR. And dim sum really does rule here. The variety is astounding – although with Western food you really have to pay a premium for it.

8 thoughts on “Five quick thoughts on Hong Kong

  1. Tracie Lee says:

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  3. Anonymous says:

    I am so glad you like Hong Kong!!! I definitely loved it a lot as well. And isn’t speaking Canto awesome when you can mix it and it’s not weird?! I think it fantastic. I’m going to look at your Flickr pictures now…Oh and be careful how much you eat…I ate too much and gained almost 5 lbs when I was there! (Christian was sick and didn’t eat anything, but I was ordering for the both of us…)

  4. Julie Lee says:

    Why do you think people immigrated from HK complaint about the food and lifestyle in USA. Mong – in Chinese could means a lot of, busy and Kok means corner. Even when I was a child that place was full of people. Yes, Hong Kong people love to shop and eat. Enjoy your food!I guess the reason we never went to HK because your Ba did not like it there so I never suggested to go there. I have not gone back to Hong Kong since I immigrated to US. I should go back for a visit myself!

  5. Tracie Lee says:

    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"> <html> <head> <meta content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" http-equiv="Content-Type"> </head> <body bgcolor="#ffffff" text="#000000"> yes you should! you would like it here. it’s a lot of fun, and there’s so much to see. we hiked down from the Peak last night and it was crazy – like being in the middle of the jungle even though you’re in the city. <br> <br></body></html>

  6. Julie Lee says:

    I am so happy that both of you are enjoying Hong Kong. I probably get lost when I go back. It is an exciting place to see. One day I will be back there! Maybe we can go there together!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hong Kong is an amazing (to the nth power) city. I often ask myself why am I in New York when I could be there.

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