Day 7 — Sai Wan Shed

What’s your favorite vacation type: Is it a long distance trek over mountains? A relaxing beach detox? A European sightseeing tour? An Asian cultural immersion?

For me, it’s hard to say, but I hope to continue traveling this world to find out!

Hong Kong so far has had it all. We’ve been exploring the ceaseless city life thus far, but today was a nice break away from the hustle and bustle of the streets. We decided to head down to the West Coast of Hong Kong Island to visit San Wan swimming shed.

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But before we went, we did some more city exploring through the Sheung Wan area. It’s easy to walk around here because there are cute shops and storefronts everywhere! And aside from the shops, there were many bargain street vendors through the alleys.

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IMG_8129We stopped near Queen’s Road and went up the longest escalator in the world, which has been featured in many films including The Dark Knight and Transformers. But the interesting thing about this escalator was that we could see different stores and eateries through the windows on either side and get off at various platforms to visit the ones we wanted! Daniel told us we just had to try this fruit: Mangosteen. So we got a few to try–they were ugly on the outside but so sweet on the inside.

We then visited a restaurant called Lan Fong Yuen. It was a literal hole in the wall restaurant. If we had not read it on a blog, we would have never seen it or known that it was the restaurant that coined the original milk tea. Apparently there are always long lines to get in, but luckily we showed up in perfect time and bypassed the wait. I ordered this amazing french toast–a dish they are known for, and then we headed off West to the San Wan swimming shed.

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Imagine being surrounded by floating islands of greenery and turquoise blue waters. That was what this coast was like. It was relaxing to sit and admire the view from the rocks. But something funny here: there was this dock that people love to take pictures on, and there was a line of about 5-6 people waiting to take their picture alone on it. Well, we thought–hey–since we’re here, why don’t we wait and get our picture on this dock.

HOLY. COW. It took an unbelievable amount of time. I’ve noticed that the Hong Kongese people love to take their picture at any given moment, but this was just unreal. Each person on their turn went down and had their own personal photoshoot, maybe taking 7-10 minutes each–and this is not an exaggeration. And two girls even took 20 minutes taking pictures of each other and switching roles again and again! So eventually when we got up to the front of the line, we decided to show these people efficiency. Boom. 30 seconds:

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What do you think, was it worth the wait?

Regardless, we took in our view and got our pictures, and the rest of the day was spent perusing through these street markets of live fish and fruit. (A typical representation of the local streets of Hong Kong):

And dinner was at this delicious and affordable sushi place, Genki Sushi. It was such a cool concept! Basically there was this conveyer belt of sushi, where you could take whichever sushi you wanted & they charged you by the color of the plate. So. Good. I wish they had one of these back in Ohio!

You really can’t go wrong with the food here.

Overall, it was a fun and relaxing day. Excited for our last full day tomorrow 🙂

See you then,

-K

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