The last 36 hours have been a bit of a blur!
Yesterday afternoon G and I went to the Sha Tin racecourse for the New Year races. The best way to get there is via the MTR as there is a designated station that serves this racecourse on days it holds events. Not every train on this line will go to the Racecourse station, and the ones that do will say on the next train board that it goes via that way. If in doubt, ask a member of staff. The trains run every 15 minutes or so.
I have actually never been to a racecourse on racing day so can’t compare but it was a good atmosphere and a lot of fun.
After dinner with my cousin, we met with an old school friend of mine for a few drinks. He took us to a place called Brick House which was down a narrow alley that looks quite ominous on Lan Kwai Fong. It was a chilled out bar that also serves food. Their cocktails were quite good, I particularly liked the Picante Verde (I like my gin), and the music was on the mild side of eclectic which I liked.
The night was rounded off with a trip to Mr Red’s Karaoke bar in Wan Chai. Karaoke bars are good fun but expensive. They do make an absolute killing on the drinks but it is worth it to go once in a while to live out your inner rock star.
For brunch today my uncle took us to a traditional tea house in Sheung Wan called Lin Heung tea house. This place encompasses an authentic tea house experience for the average citizen back in the day. Cramped, noisy and busy, I do really enjoy the experience as well as the food. The ladies with the trolleys coming round shouting out what type of different dim sum they have and the male workers coming round with the large big kettles of boiling water to refill any open tea bowls. Yum cha is a big tradition as well as still a popular activity in Hong Kong, no visit would be complete without doing it, if you like envisaging what 1920s-30s Hong Kong teahouses were like, Lin Heung is the best place to go.
Afterwards we took a tram (in Cantonese we call them ding ding) towards Causeway Bay. A cosy but pleasant way to travel, particularly if you can afford to be leisurely with your time. At $2.3 for a ride, it’s worth going on one if you are wandering around central.
A short post from me today as I still have the remnants of my hangover from last night.
Tomorrow is souvenir shopping and last minute packing day as my flight back is tomorrow night. So I guess this is the last post from me on HK (for now). I have to say, it was an absolute blast!