Lucky I am, I learnt a very valuable lesson – DO NOT TRAVEL to CANTON during rainy summer season. I could say there was not a single sign of a trouble but there it was. I managed to leave early on the day of travel, come to the airport, get through all trouble making sites, even enjoy my sandwich.
Boarding in time, I thought to myself – “Nice, I can even catch some good sleep before the Junk boat trip tomorrow”. And there it was, the pilot announced that due to storms we are not allowed to take off. So instead of leaving Beijing at 8pm, we took off in between 1-2 am. That messed the whole day up!
Normally I don’t suffer jetlag, but this time the Junk boat trip from my bucket list was cancelled, day of sleep and recovery was announced.
Jetlag Plan A.
Finally after all, I managed to reach the bed at around 7am, woken up by 1pm, we decided to have a chilled out day, starting with an afternoon tea. Hong Kong is very well known for this tradition, so as I have never done it we decided it was the place.
After doing looking through offers on the Tripadvisor and other website, we decided to go with the Swire Group’s the Upper House afternoon tea. So we went all way to Central to find out that it is not just fully booked but there is a waiting list. So the first plan failed.
We decided that it was not a reason to get upset and decided to get to the Dim Sum place in Causeway Bay – Dragon’s Palace, which is a great place. Steamed dumplings, spring rolls and chicken rice were just great as usual.
After lunch we have decided to have a look at Noonday Gun, which is a traditional gun firing spot at the midday. We did not manage to see much, but a tiny crab came out to say hi.
As the afternoon tea mission failed, and the lunch was quick, we decided to explore Kowloon. AH, who is native to Hong Kong, was surprised to find the Heritage Museum of Hong Kong in the Kowloon Park.
The Heritage center was surprisingly nice – interesting, clean and air conditioned, with WiFi access all over the place. The exhibition was mainly about the pottery during the time of different dynasties of China.
Many exhibits showed Hong Kong architecture in different times. What I really love about museums of Hong Kong is that they are all very interactive. It is not just a place where you aimlessly look around, but also an entertaining centers with historical films, games based on what you learnt in the museum and just a great experience.
As Kowloon is quite well know to be an Indian parlour of Hong Kong, this is the place where you can indulge in some Indian cuisine. We did no think much and ended up in Ebenezer’s, which is a mix of Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine.
After the dinner, before 8pm, just as every single Hong Kong visitor, I had to see the Laser show and the skyline of the Hong Kong island. The show itself I can’t say is impressive but all the skyscrapers and the view are.
Shortly after the show we got back to the island on the ferry and headed home. I can’t say that was a day of discovery but also not a lazy day.
How do you spend a day of travel? Do you plan much?