Unfortunately, I was not able to post about Hong Kong until now as the hotel we were staying in only allowed access to wifi for two machines. Wanting to ensure my group had all the luxuries and amenities (including wifi) available to them, I offered to go without internet access for the duration of my time in Hong Kong.
Before I show the Hong Kong highlights, there was the matter of getting there.
leaving Guangzhou, we had to get Sophie her visa and Hague Adoption Certificate from the American Consulate. Our guide, Elvin, picked us up at 2:45 p.m. and sent us via The Garden shuttle to the train station. He then went to the consulate, picked up our documents, ran to the subway, and intercepted us at the train terminal. Poor guy was sweating, but he made it in time before our departure time of 5:30 p.m.
Of all the China tour guides I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, Elvin is probably the most hilarious. He is sharp and witty, and made our time in Guangzhou fly by.
After a two hour train ride from Guangzhou to Kowloon, we braved the masses (apparently, there was a Sammi Cheng concert the evening we arrived. I’d compare her to Hong Kong’s Madonna after the death of Anita Mui, the original Hong Kong version of Madonna), got on two taxis to get to the Hong Kong side, specifically Causeway Bay.
We arrived at the Regal Hong Kong Hotel around 9 p.m. and got the kids settled in.
The Regal was prepping for a New Year’s Eve dinner and celebration.
Excited we were in Hong Kong, the first order of business was to look for an evening snack as Hong Kong was pretty much known for two things: shopping and eating. To our delight, we found that the hotel is connected to Din Tai Fung, a popular dumpling restaurant.
Here we are helping this Michelin Star restaurant close down:
Cooks making the yummy dumplings
Ali with her pops, Grant
Ali’s stepmon, Pam, and me
Red Bean Paste wrapped in Dumpling Dough
The next morning, the gang went out for a traditional Hong Kong breakfast.
Instant Noodle with Spam and Egg and a Milk Tea (not pictured) for me. Macaroni and Ham with Egg and Toast and an Ovaltine for the beast.
The day became better when we had a babysitter in Grant and Pam for Sophie. This allowed us to spend a special day with Kara at Tsim Tsa Tsui. Kara got to ride the Star Ferry from Central Pier.
When we arrived at Tsim Tsa Tsui, we were pleased to see they still had their Christmas directions up. I don’t know if this picture does it any justice, but this train leading to the indoor mall was spectacular.
And of course, we did a little window shopping.
Going back to Causeway Bay, we braved the MTR (Hong Kong subway). Surprisingly it was quite efficient and clean. It actually reminded me a little of the Paris Metro.
The rest of the afternoon, I searched for a restaurant that could house the 7 of us for a nice New Year’s Eve dinner. Rose, Ali’s mom, wanted to take all of us out to celebrate the new addition to our family and this special moment to cap off 2014.
After an exhaustive search, we settled for a nice restaurant that was on top of Din Tai Fung. And like their downstair neighbor, this restaurant did not disappoint.
After dinner, Ali and I snuck out and explored the town. Tons of young people gathered around Times Square and throughout Causeway Bay.
Because I have a dirty mind, I thought these girls were offering up something else. Apparently, they were sharing details about a new restaurant opening up.
These girls, on the other hand, were offering ‘Free Hugs.’
Despite buying Ali ice cream from a mobile ice cream truck, I did not get the okay to approach either group of women. 😉
We walked till 11 p.m. but could not make it to New Year’s as the entire trip had finally caught up to us. That and the fact that we had to pack and fly home the next day!