Here’s a few things that I learned in Hong Kong:
- Most importantly – When you order spicy soup and there’s 9 different choices ranging from no spice to spice – 9 CHOICES MIND YOU – start off with at least 3 choices less than you think you ought. I started with medium. The waitress in very broken English said, “it’s hot”. My initial thought was, “usually I’m a hot to medium hot guy at the least but taking her consideration I changed to “Little medium spicy”. I received my soup and couldn’t even finish it. I usually sweat both when I eat soup and something spicy and Erinn was laughing incredibly hard because I was dripping with sweat. Lesson learned and this was choice 4 out of 9. I have to ask – WHO ORDERS “Very Super Spicy” which was right after “Super Spicy”!!!
- When taking walks in vegetation take mosquito repellent. We were so used to not seeing mosquitoes in S. Africa (it was dry winter) that we forgot and got eaten on our hike on top of Victoria Peak.
- Hong Kong is one of the easiest cities to get around in as a tourist. Even the tourist freebie map is quite good and if you go definitely get the Octopus card which is an electronic scanned card that can be used for practically everything including buses, ferries, subway, drug stores, parking, and convenience stores.
- I must need a new wardrobe. Many many Indian men asked if I needed a tailor. Strange that they were all Indian men but they must be good tailors!
- Hong Kong has one of the most beautiful skylines in the world – the free light/laser show doesn’t hurt it’s cause either.
- This doesn’t really feel like China… probably because it wasn’t until recently.
All in all our first of 3 visits to Hong Kong was a rousing success and we enjoyed the time immensely.