October and November is a great time of year to visit the vibrant city of Hong Kong. For most, Hong Kong is all about the food, the endlessly inspiring views, and getting lost in the city’s labyrinth of streets and skyscrapers. Later in the year, the temperate drops a little, as does the humidity, and is perfect for a bit of mooching.
Here are a few of the city’s highlights.
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- Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine, Canton Road, Kowloon (nearest MTR station, Jordan)
Who could resist these! Very ‘Hong Kong’, and everything on the menu carries the theme (if you look closely, even the steamer papers are shaped like everyone’s favourite Kitty). The menu isn’t extensive, and it is by no means the best dim sum you can find in the city, but certainly the most ‘kawaii’ dumplings you’ll try.
2. Flower Market Road, Kowloon (nearest MTR station, Prince Edward)
This place has to be one of the most Instagram-able spots in HK. The city’s answer to London’s Columbia Road, the ‘market’ is actually a little block of shops, selling the exotic to the everyday. Open all day but, like all markets, the earlier you arrive the greater the variety.
3. Street food (egg waffles / gai daan jai)
No tour of Ladies Market is complete without egg waffles in hand and there is no shortage of vendors in the Mong Kok area. There are many varieties (green tea, etc.) but traditionalists should go for the classic. Delicious.
4. Nan Lian Garden, Kowloon (nearest MTR station, Diamond Hill)
You can’t help but feel instant zen when you stumble across this little tranquil escape in the middle of Kowloon. Entrance is free, and if you’re looking for food, the nunnery here serves up a vegetarian feast.
Until next time…
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