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HK – Day 2 (Central)

Weeks may have gone by, but I did not forget about the HK posts :)

Markets in Central
The second day, we started off by walking around the busy streets of Central, checking out the markets, going up the Mid-Levels Escalators, then a little detour in Soho, and lunch at Lin Heung Tea House.

Food in Central
Streets of Central
Hong Kong and Shanghai have a lot of similarities (nice and bright buildings next to the old, falling apart ones, for example), but with all the signs hovering over the streets, I thought HK had a stronger “Chinese” feel than Shanghai. I loved it!
Mid-Levels Escalators
Mid-Levels Escalators

Shop in Soho
Going downhill in Soho
Lin Heung Tea House
Dim Sum at Lin Heung Tea House – the place was crazy packed!
It was difficult to get some food at first but the locals at our table were nice enough to help us out. Lin Heung Tea House - full
Dim sum
Dim sum

Hong Kong – Day 1

At the end of August, I had to go to Hong Kong to apply for my Chinese work visa. I stayed there for about 3 days and I’m glad the visa troubles were minimal and I was able to visit the city a bit :)

5:00 Rough wake up → 5:45 Taxi to the airport → 7:20 Late take off of our plane to Shenzhen
*A flight Shanghai – Hong Kong is way too expensive (cost of an international flight). Most people fly to Shenzhen, the mainland Chinese city right next to HK and then take a bus or train to HK. That’s what we decided to do! Arriving at Jinggangshan

10:00 Stopover at Jinggangshan, Jiangxi province

On the way to Shenzhen

11:40 Arrival in Shenzhen, China → 12:00 Bus to HK (with stop at Chinese/HK border for immigration)
→ 14:30 Arrival in Wan Chai, HK → 15:00 Arrival in our hostel in Causeway Bay, HK

We had to almost run to the Visa office to make sure my Visa could be done if not in one day, at most in two! Luckily, we didn’t have too much trouble finding the office and arrived there an hour before it was closing.

Buildings by the playgroundSouthorn PlaygroundHong Kong streetSauna and Fins
About half an hour later we were out of the Visa office. We walked around Wan Chai and back to Causeway Bay.
A friend advised us to look up restaurants on the Open Rice website; best advice ever! By 20:00 we decided to go to an Indian restaurant, Aladdin’s Mess, near Time Square for dinner. Causeway Bay
Causeway Bay at night

Time Square, HK

View of Time Square from the restaurant. Dinner @Aladdin's MessDinner @Aladdin's Mess
We had a dinner set for two; it was delicious and unexpensive 😉 Jardine's Bazaar
On our way back to the hostel, we did a little detour into Jardine’s Bazaar. Nothing too exceptional, just cheap clothes, jewelry and souvenirs.

And thus concludes Day 1 :)

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