Portland Street Blues – Summer Trip 2007

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Today Ann had to go to work, and then had a farewell party for a coworker so I was on my own for most of the day. I took out my trusty Lonely Planet and started walking around Kowloon.

click the map for a more detailed view of the route I took
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While Lonely Planet Hong Kong isn’t nearly as bad as the edition of Lonely Planet Korea I used last year, it’s still lacking quite a bit of info. It suggested some decent sites, but left out a lot of ones I was already familiar with. The biggest crime is the lack of Chinese characters for locations. Granted its a cinch to get by in Hong Kong on English alone, not every cab driver or random person in the city is going to know every cheap restaurant Lonely Planet wants to throw at you.

Technically my first stop was across the street at the local cha chaan teng. A cha chaan teng is a small cheap tea restaurant in Hong Kong. There are usually 1000 different things on the menu, and will make pretty much whatever you want if they have it. The menus are in the table though if you ask nicely they’ll bring you an English menu with about 1/20 of the menu on it.

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I got the cha siu and lemon tea of course. It was about $3US.

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Then I was off into the heart of Kowloon. I walked up to Jordan, and took the subway up to Prince Edward, 3 stops away.

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Then I roughly followed the route recommended in the Lonely Planet walking tour, passed the stadium (meh) through the bird market (sorta neat) and by the flower market (not as elegant as one might imagine).

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Then I roughly followed the path, down past the Goldfish Market, then onto the Fa Yuen Street Market.

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After that it was a quick jaunt across Nathan Rd. and Portland Street and then down Shanghai Street where folks were just setting up for the Temple Street Market from last night.

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Then for dinner it was back to the cha chaan teng for some chicken fried rice and roast pork. And another lemon tea. They put about a half a lemon in each glass so it’s almost enough lemon.

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The it was to 7-11 to use the Octopus Card to pick up some of my favorite HK drinks to go along with the Japanese snacks Ann bought me in Thailand. Mmm, Larb flavored pretzles.

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~ by foomfoom on August 27, 2007.

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