Monday 21 September – Hong Kong
Vivian Chow, Tourism Tasmania’s manager in Hong Kong, met us in the lobby and started us off on our rounds to visit key agents. We caught the underground railway (MTR) to Hong Kong Island and the Causeway Bay area for our first, then a taxi back along towards Central for our second and third appointments. This was not due to the speed of the MTR, but due to the time it takes to descend and ascend from the platforms – taxi is quicker.
We stopped at a Chinese teahouse restaurant for lunch, where Viv ordered various dishes, such as a tom yum style soup, sweet and sour prawns and drinks combining coffee, tea and condensed milk. This last sounded unlikely but was surprisingly refreshing and not too sweet as a cold drink. Apparently its a very Hong Kong speciality.
Viv took us back across the harbour on the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui, the southern tip of Kowloon, where our final three appointments were all located. She pointed out the buildings and left us to it. All the buildings were connected by a mall, so we didn’t have to go out into the heat and rain that appeared in the afternoon.
Meetings successfully concluded, we wandered along Canton Road, the busy shopping street in the area, and came across a foot massage place. Having had a busy day we wandered inside for an hour of blissful relaxation.
We wandered in this area for a while before catching a taxi back up to Mongkok and our hotel. For dinner we wandered across the air bridge to the Langham Mall and found a Shanghai style restaurant. While basic fare, the pork and chicken dishes were well cooked and tasty, and we were entertained by the chef stretching up batches of noodles in the kitchen. I had a shredded jellyfish dish, just to be a bit exciting.
The upper levels of the mall were reached by a pair of very long escalators, travelling four floors each. On top there were bars and restaurants and a viewing platform to gaze down on the mall about 10 floors below. Then an irregular passageway lined with small shops selling all manner of weird paraphernalia wound its way down four floors. This was called the Spiral and clearly attracted Hong Kong’s trendy young things.