Around HK

Hong Kong had a snowflake theme for New Year's 2010-2011
Hong Kong had a snowflake theme for New Year’s 2010-2011

Roasted chestnuts sold as street food in Hong Kong, stir friedwith coals for that charred taste. I wasn't a fan.

Roasted Chestnuts were among the many street snacks I had in Hong Kong, along with Fish Balls, Cart Noodles, Wonton Noodles, and Put Chai Ko.

Most interesting street snack tried in HK: deep fried pig intestine, skewered on a stick

I did NOT attempt to have stinky tofu again (fermented tofu are cut, skewered on a stick, and then deep fried. It’s revolting!). That remains a black eye from my Taiwan night market experience. My nostrils are still recovering.


Photo: Hong Kong's subway
HK has a great subway system – easy to understand, quick to get nearly anywhere, and inexpensive. New York has a long way to go to catch up.
Please tell me that’s not what it looks like…
Snowflakes everywhere…
Apparently that’s who you hire when you need security for a huge event like NYE

My shop?

 

My NYE present

Look what arrived at the airport in Hong Kong – happy new year to me!  It’s my Lowe Alpine backpack. Apparently my luggage was chilling in Vancouver. I was soooooo happy to finally see my backpack. Thanks Air Canada.

my backpack finally arrived!

I wish it had arrived by New Year’s Eve but better late than never!  Time to start my trip. Now, to get compensated for not having my luggage for a few days…

Hong Kong New Year!

Happy New Year from Hong Kong!   Last night  I watched the countdown from Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade (everyone just refers to it as the Harbour) in southern Kowloon – saw a light show and fireworks.

Hong Kong's impressive skyline from the harbour (Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade)

The crowd was stoked for New Year’s Eve!  Coming from New York City, I used to take this as a given, but it’s really not. Many countries celebrate NYE, but don’t really care about the actual countdown to the precise moment that it’s the new year.  The countdown is such a silly tradition but I love it!  HK definitely made it a big deal, following their daily light show over the skyline with fireworks (which were very cool but brief).

It was the 2nd time I’ve seen New Year’s Eve fireworks come from the sides of a building (last year’s NYE celebration from Taiwan’s Tapei 101 being the first). Both were impressive.

See for yourself — here’s the 0:51 video clip of Hong Kong on New Year’s Eve with Hong Kong countdown and fireworks.

My trip begins!

My trip begins!   I just left the frozen tundra of NYC, which just had 20″ of snow (6th largest snow storm in NYC history), to go mostly warm countries near the equator. So stoked!

My trip is free on air miles, so I needed to go through Vancouver and Beijing to use them. Here’s the Air Canada plane that’s transporting me, and the view from the air in Vancouver:

I’m hoping to post lots of photos on this site, so hopefully wifi connections will be plentiful in my budget lodging.

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