As the constant stream of photos coming from Instagram continued to flood my Facebook and Twitter streams I knew that before I poo-poo’d the concept I should try it out. Little did I know that I soon was part of the insta-addicts group taking photos using my iPhone as I drove around Adelaide, my home town. On my trip to Hong Kong in December I got a little Insta-crazy snapping photos of everything along my way. So here is just a taste of what I did in Hong Kong – the fun, the delicious, and the lights.
Over a gingerbread latte and super cute melted snowman cupcake I worked out that Westerners in Hong Kong head to Starbucks for the free wi-fi, English newspapers, and coffee brand name that they’re familiar with; the locals and Asian tourists head to Starbucks to take photos of the Westerners who flock there. Kind of an amusing spectacle to watch with the ever moving Victoria Harbour in the background.
The Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong’s answer to Los Angeles Hollywood Boulevard, has visitors flock to see the hand prints of their favourite stars from Asian cinema. I didn’t recognise many of the names but Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and Bruce Lee all have stars on the waterside avenue; There’s even a statue of Bruce Lee which people pose to take photos – always good for a giggle when people strike the same post.
Each year Harbour City creates a holiday display which draws locals and tourist. To celebrate the 2011 Holiday season Disneyland Hong Kong teamed with the shopping city to create a display titled ‘Toy to the World’ to coincide with the launch of the launch of the Toy Story themed land opening at the park.
The purpose of my trip to Hong Kong centred around one tasty place and my first endeavour into Chinese food when visiting Hong Kong. Tim Ho Wan, the worlds cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant, in Mong Kok was my destination after hearing stories of how amazing the house speciality, pork buns, was. More importantly to me were the dumplings, my food of choice. Four dishes and tea for less than AU$5 – bargain! Read more about my Tim Ho Wan experience here.
Of course no trip to Mong Kok is complete without a visit to one of the many markets, and so with a stomach full of dumplings my quest to find the warmest pair of gloves to brace me for New York’s chill began in the Ladies Market. Wandering through stalls of electronics, bags, Chinese art, and an assortment of winter clothes I felt overwhelmed with choice regardless the similarities in stock between each vendor. Instead I bought two super cute Stitch phone covers for my iPhones… whoops!
All that walking around the Ladies Market made me hungry so I stopped off to try Hot Pot in an area not so well to foreigners. On the streets and in the restaurant I was the only foreigner and despite a few looks at me, and a small laugh when they heard how bad my Cantonese is, I managed to order a meal. After the locals gave me a ‘Chopstick Use 101’ I tucked into this delicious meal of rice, beef, egg, and asian greens – a perfect late night snack.
Whilst in Hong Kong I got to meet fellow travel bloggers Juno from Runaway Juno, Stephan from Bohemian Traveler, and Andrew from Grounded Traveler. Together we explored Central and of course ate dumplings!
Pedestrian crossing on Nathan Road, Mong Kok.
View from the back of a taxi when getting lost.
The Christmas lights on The Peninsular Hotel are always beautiful.
Have you visited Hong Kong? What would you take Instagram photos of if you went?
For more suggestions of what to see and do in Hong Kong check out my First Time in Hong Kong guide.