Central Hong Kong
Sunday 3rd June
Up at 8.45am, I went out to try to find coffee, without success. I did however get some money from an HSBC ATM. We got away around 10.15, had bad and expensive coffees in a 1950s themed eatery, and walked towards Central, without any real plan. Our first stop was the huge Pacific Place mall, which was sterile but had a nice English language bookshop Kelly & Walsh.
We then looked around Hong Kong park, at a small ceramics exhibition, a viewpoint tower (which Camilla passed on), and an aviary (with lots of showy birds, including familiar lorikeets and mynahs). There were wild eagles soaring above.
Equivalent parks in central Beijing are packed with people,
even when there's a small fee to get in.
Not having had breakfast, we were getting pretty hungry, but not hungry enough to settle for the Italian restaurant in the Park. So we walked into Central, around the Filipino migrant workers picnicking under the HSBC building on their Sunday off. My photo doesn't capture just how many of them there were: they filled the entire area under the building and some of the surrounding streets, turning the drab urban landscape into a giant party. Looking for somewhere to eat, we wandered through an absolutely packed four storey market where everyone was speaking Tagalog.
We were now starving, and all we could see on the streetfronts was McDonalds, KFC, and such-like. Could we really be going hungry in Hong Kong?? Finally we found a congee and wonton place on the top floor of the building above Central MTR, which was comfortable and served up an excellent meal for two for HK$180 (including a tip).