Day 1, Victoria Peak. The iconic view from the Peak is always a crowd pleaser and a good way to get the scale on the skyscrapers.
Day 2, Sheung Wan District. Lots of Chinese medicine shops, also known as Shark Fin Alley. Shark fin soup is a delicacy and controversial because of how they fin the sharks.
The wet market was a highlight. Gutting an eel.
They’re pig’s feet. Get over it.
Day 3, Monkey Hill. On Christmas Day we took a bus to Kam Shan, or Monkey Hill, a park boasting four reservoirs and 1,800 wild monkeys.
Developing a healthy respect for the monkeys.
Day 4, Monkok. Monkok has many outdoor markets. Here is my sister-in-law, Anne, at the jade market. Anne makes jewelry, a hawker’s dream.
Temple Street Night Market, he read my palm: “Before 30 you were full of dreams. After 30 you became more practical. You are very logical. Wait, and also creative!” … and so on …
Day 5, HK History Museum. No photos, so here are Hannah, Sam, and Halle resting in a park. Me: “Tomorrow we’ll go to the HK History Museum.” Halle: “Hey! That actually sounds fun.” Looks at her parents. “Thanks a lot, guys.”
Relaxed Matt, enjoying a hot chocolate (also not at HK History Museum).
Day 6, hike up Dragon’s Back. Dragon’s Back, on the east end of HK island, takes you up and across an undulating ridge. The views are stunning. When you climb down you’re near Shek O, a small village.
The weather was perfect. The kind of day when everything comes together. Until…
…I decided we should walk to Shek O. No side walks, blind curves, speeding cars flying around corners. A half a mile in, waiting for the bus. Sam remains stoic.
Day 7, Lamma Island. A rainy day, contemplating seafood. Lamma is the 3rd largest island: 7km long with 6,000 people and no cars.
Lamma is known for its blend of local fishing & expat hippie culture. Hannah and I just like the name of this vegetarian cafe.
Day 8, Stanley Village. We did more markets and dim sum too. I like Stanley best at a distance.
Time to go home. The family flew off on Monday morning, spending the first part of 2013 in the sky.
Photo credits: Thank you Anne and Sam for the great shots.