Short layovers in Hong Kong

Short layovers in Hong Kong

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Discovered last minute that I had two 16hr layovers in Hong Kong on the way to Bali. Here's what I did!

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    A bonafide 'hole in the wall.' I had some of the best dim sum plates here, ordering lor mai gai (chicken steamed in lotus leaf w/ glutinous rice), chee cheong fun (rice flour noodle rolls), and siew mai (steamed pork wrappers w/ roe). All about $5USD.
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    I spent some time in Kowloon Park, an oasis of calm in the middle of the bustling city, hours before my flight. It's a really peaceful place, especially on a Monday morning when most people are heading to work/school.
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    Really not as exciting as I was hoping. Lots of stalls selling cheap things I was familiar with from NYC's Canal St. Lots of eateries open late. The area seems pretty dingy.
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    Couldn't sleep because of jetlag, so I came here at 3am and stayed til sunrise. The promenade was deserted, except for a few homeless people, quiet young couples, and seemingly unsuccessful fishermen.
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    This skyline view was one I found surreal in photos since I was a child. I spent longer than I planned on here, looking over the long buildings jutting out from below, and the faint horizon of faded city lights from across Victoria Harbour.
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    Only 12 seats, but I had no wait since I was alone. Had a creamy bowl of the Red King (spicy) w/ thin noodles. The owner tried 800 ramen shops in Japan before finding his chef who he convinced to join him in HK. Gotta try the Black King (squid ink).
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    The black truffle pork dumplings are by no means overhyped. They're incredible. Spent $80 here on dim sum for myself alone (I ate enough for three). They take AMEX!
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    Opens at 7:30am. Supposed to be one of the best egg tarts in the city.
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    Tips: stay on the right side on the way up for a view. $40HK for a roundtrip.
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