China, Hong Kong

[View From the Peak, Day 3 – Hong Kong]

December 24, 2014

Day three already. Time flies and we knew we’d be heading off to Japan by 4 pm. Having traveled halfway around the world we thought it was best to do as much as we could. After some debating we decided to go up to Victoria Peak and get the stunning view of the city. The hilly nature of Hong Kong often makes me feel like we’re in San Francisco and the primary means of transportation should be trolleys, not super speedy subways.

Before our venture up to the peak we stopped by The Cupping Room [ www.thecuppingroomhk.comShop LG, 299 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2799 3398]. Another lovely foursquare find and two time Hong Kong barista winner leading the caffeine charge, it was definitely worth it. We chose a latte and one of the many choices on the complex drip coffee menu and were rewarded with a buzz only comparable to the face the Cafe Grumpy logo makes.

Also we got breakfast. Mmmm salmon.

Coffee at the bar

Coffee at the bar

Salmon and eggs, not so authentic but hearty ahead of our trek

Salmon and eggs, not so authentic but hearty ahead of our trek

After this we made our way up to the peak which fortunately was a quick walk away…

Glad we ate those eggs

Glad we ate those eggs

Also glad I didn't wear shoes I would regret

Also glad I didn’t wear shoes I would regret

Finally we made it to the peak. I should note at this point in our trip we’d hit a barrier in terms of cash and as I mentioned before, everything was payable in cash first and maybe credit card if we were lucky. I won’t even get started on Ben trying to use his Discover card, let’s just say not commonly accepted and/or known to the people of Hong Kong.

Anyways point is we had to put together our Octopus cards and cash to pay for our round trip trolley ride up. Also should note that Octopus cards can be used in most stores if you’re one of those people that overfills your metro card and gets scared you will leave the country with tons of leftover cash on it. Once we got up there – the views….were stunning.

Trolley picture was actually vertical, I flipped it so it seemed less vertigo inducing

Trolley picture was actually vertical, I flipped it so it seemed less vertigo inducing

This man found the perfect opportunity for a #trolleyselfie

This man found the perfect opportunity for a #trolleyselfie

So did this man when we got up to Victoria Peak and sat down for a quick coffee

So did this man when we got up to Victoria Peak and sat down for a quick coffee

We obviously counter selfie-d

We obviously counter selfie-d

 

I however let Ben take some pictures

I however let Ben take some pictures

Then took some of him

Then took some of him

Our view from coffee

Our view from coffee

Victoria Peak was just hemorrhaging trolleys, trolleys everywhere

Victoria Peak was just hemorrhaging trolleys, trolleys everywhere

Eventually we went outside and took some more pictures

Eventually we went outside and took some more pictures

Back down the mountain we go...

Back down the mountain we go…

After that it was of course time to eat again. I know, I hardly post pictures of food I eat so this should come as a surprise to you. We walked back and found an amazing little hole in the wall place on our street and grabbed our bags to head back to the airport.

 

So many places to eat...so little cash

So many places to eat…so little cash

Feeling strangely sad to go so soon, at least we get to come back in a few days

Feeling strangely sad to go so soon, at least we get to come back in a few days

Goodbye Butterfly on Hollywood. You were humid but squishy and cute.

Goodbye Butterfly on Hollywood. You were humid but squishy and cute.

For those of you that are unaware there are several terminals in the Hong Kong airport, don’t stick to just yours! We were to take off from Terminal 1 but we decided to explore Terminal 2 as well. Fortunately for us Terminal 2 has an Imax theater, skydeck, museums, stores, food…I mean let your imagination run free. This was our first airport touring experience but not our last. Where are our bags by the way? Oh, we checked those in at the subway. That’s right. We checked them in at the subway station where airline representatives have stations full time to check in your bags and you are free to ride the MTR without struggling with your bags or ruining anyone’s day.

 

When in doubt, visit all terminals

When in doubt, visit all terminals

Make yourself at home in their exhibits

Make yourself at home in their exhibits

Eat airport ramen...on the way to Japan

Eat airport ramen…on the way to Japan

Then sit and prepare yourself for a nice long nap

Then sit and prepare yourself for a nice long nap

One plane ride, three cup noodle requests and a crying baby later, we arrived. We flew into Haneda Airport rather than the more known one, Narita. I would really recommend this as it is much closer to the city center and the airport express feeds right into Tokyo proper. Also I think it is tied for my favorite airport I’ve been to, the other contender being the Dubai Emirates terminal. Overall Haneda was the winner for me though.

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Ben looked like he was in good shape, a perfect evening for a multi transfer romp on the subway

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Unfortunately, nothing was in english. Basic human necessities now a struggle

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So I just picked a color train I liked (Ben read those dots)

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Platforms were no joke, even at 9 pm at night

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We had the cheapest ramen ever. It was also the most delicious ramen ever. Even fast food here = the best food. (yes, that is an egg OMNOMNOM)

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I settled in. They even gave us the same size pajamas! Alls well that ends well. おやすみ

The Lotte Hotel [ www.lottecityhotel.jp –  4-6-1 Kinshi, Sumida 130-0013, Tokyo Prefecture] , of course themed after my favorite snacks. We had little chocolates and the absolute best bathroom set up of our whole trip. This is when I fell in love with the ion hair dryers (I bought one to take home before the trip was over). There were more pajamas, slippers and very cute toiletry sets at each hotel but the size miss on this one made it my favorite. If this hotel wasn’t so out of the way, I would have happily stayed here the whole time and just might on my next visit.

Goodnight blog! おやすみ

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