Located at the southeast corner of an enormous country, Hong Kong was formerly a colony of the British Empire, and still maintains it’s own economic and political structure from the rest of China. (English is one of the official languages of Hong Kong, making travel a breeze! So if you are uneasy about visiting Asia, start with Hong Kong or Singapore to get your feet wet.)
From Macau, it was back to the ferry, for a one hour cruise across the Pearl River Delta.
On our first trip to Hong Kong, we experienced Tim Ho Wan’s and have dreamed of their pork buns ever since.
(***Hot tea is always served in China with meals. Ice water, even room temperature water, is considered unhealthy and poor for digestion. I must say I’ve come to agree, or maybe the cold Alaskan living has converted me.)
When we ordered our pork buns, we already knew one order contained three buns, so an order of six would equal eighteen buns total. Follow? After much clarifying, the server thought there must be some sort of misunderstanding, or language barrier, and also sent the manager to double check. Yes, that was in fact, what we wanted. Eighteen buns. No soup, no award-winning dim sum, just six orders of pork buns. Thank you.
The staff was reluctant, but obliged. Yes, I may have felt a tad foolish when the eighteen buns arrived, (and the adjacent table laughed right along with us), but that foolishness quickly faded.
The face says it all. And yes, we finished them. All eighteen, with no regrets.
But one bite confirmed that they didn’t even come close to the original, Lord Stow’s in Macau…
We spent our last few nights in Hong Kong at the gorgeous Conrad hotel and received an unbelievable upgrade! This was our room and our view. Yes, please! (Matt is a master at leveraging travel deals and card benefits. We are in the process of starting a travel blog together which hasn’t been officially released yet, but get a sneak peek about how we spent ten days in China on about $800, here!)
The afternoon called for rooftop swimming on a beautiful seventy-degree day, which for an Alaskan is pretty much a heat-wave! I laid on the pool chair and let the sun’s rays penetrate my soul, just like warm and loving embrace from Jesus himself. Quite possibly my best moment of the entire trip.
We started our final day in Hong Kong at the top of Victoria Peak. A bus ride with many twists and turns, got us to the top. Some of the views looked to be straight down, so prayers were in order that the large, double-decker bus would clear the turns!
As we relaxed in the fancy American Express Centurion Lounge, leisurely sipping signature cocktails, we almost missed our flight home due to a mix-up on our part. Walking up to an empty gate is not exactly a comforting feeling. But, WHEW we made it with five-minutes to spare. FIVE!
But, I’ll take China any day of the week!