Prior to leaving, I had made a mental bucket list of all of
the places I wanted to do, food I wanted to eat and activities I wanted to do.
Here is an update and description of everything I have done and still need to
do. Hopefully in 2 weeks it is complete!!!
have always been a very picky eater and stick to chicken. Seafood is quite
adventurous for me but everything is delicious! The fried Octopus I ate at
Lamma Island was fabulous!
Dim Sum- half check!
Sum means "little meals" It is a Hong Kong meal that is served in the
afternoon/early evening. There are a variety of types and the little "dumpling"
is steamed in a bamboo box. I have tried dim sum, however not in the proper
I had a dollar for every hanging duck I see, I'd be rich! I have eaten
goose...not my favorite but I would eat it again.
Tiramasu- half check
o This was not initially on my bucket list, but this has been my favorite dessert since I was a kid. I
have it every year for my birthday. My birthday is August 4 and before coming
here I thought...no tiramisu on my 21st birthday! I haven't had any
yet, but see it in most bakeries. I am very happy I will keep the tradition
alive and have a slice of tiramisu on my birthday!
Milk tea- need to try!
usually drink my tea black, but here it is common to put milk (no sugar) and
ice in tea. I have only had iced lemon tea so far, but I will try milk tea one
of these days because it is a Hong Kong favorite.
Kong is home to and imports many fruits I have never had: lychee, mangosteen,
dragon fruit, papaya and more. Lychee is by far my favorite. It is a small
grape-like fruit. You have to peel it and it contains a huge seed. It is much
sweeter than a grape, but the texture is similar. Another fruit I love here is
mango. I have had mango-flavored things before, but I have never bought mango
to eat fresh. This is a new favorite!
Victoria Peak- CHECK
o This was my number one place I wanted to
visit. I did this a while back, but the view was spectacular!
mimi-Vegas did not live up to all of the expectations. Macau was once owned by
Portugal, so some of the buildings were beautiful with a Portuguese influence.
I did not go to any of the casinos. I took a bus tour to the tourist attractions.
I am happy I went, but would not rush back.
Islands- half check
far I have been to Lamma and Cheung Chau. They were beautiful and have a MUCH
slower pace than Hong Kong Island and Howloon. The seafood at each island was
incredible. I still would love to see more. I will go to the Big Buddha at Lantau
when my mom comes...then I can check it off!
Stanley beach- CHECK
beach is more popular for it's market than the beach. Both were great to me.
The market was a bit overpriced, but still cool to see all of the random
souvenirs and gadgets! I would like to go back before I leave.
Ocean park- not yet!
had planned on going to Hong Kong Disney Land, but every local has told me to
go to Ocean Park. You take the bus to the cable car and must take the cable car
up to the park. The park has tons of rides and a zoo/aquarium.
Hong Kong Park- CHECK
had read about the aviary in this park. There were 100s of birds and each one
was nosier and more beautiful than the next.
Happy Valley Horse Races- no check
Valley is not only in the middle of PA, but it is also in Hong Kong! I got all
dressed up to attend the horse races. When we got in the taxi to take us, the
driver told us they were canceled. Now, it is closed for the summer because it
is too hot. I am quite disappointed I did not complete this, but maybe that
just means I need to come back one day!
was at the Sai Kung promenade and searching for the public beach. I stumbled
upon a kayaking stand and went out for a few hours. It poured more than half of
the time I was there...but I stuck with it!
time I am out walking, it is basically a hike...but the actual hiking trails are
great. Unfortunately, I haven't done as many trails as I'd like. It is hard
because of the heat and unpredictable thunderstorms. I really want to hike
Dragon's Back before I leave!
Camping- no check
was planning on doing that this weekend, but the weather did not cooperate.
Thrill activity (sky diving, paragliding...anything
that causes an adrenaline rush)
am a thrill seeker, but I do not think this will happen here in Hong Kong. I
have looked into these activities with no avail. I have found bungee jumping
but that just didn't really appeal to me.
was not on my original list, but when Sara mentioned she was going I took
advantage of the opportunity. It is almost like kickboxing, but more difficult
(or maybe just 100% more authentic than the kickboxing class I do at Penn
State). During the class, one of the instructors took me into the ring and
taught me some technique. By the end I was drenched and couldn't walk for about
two days. A great workout but even better cultural experience.
Kowloon Light Show- CHECK
is a world famous light show. If you have heard it is the most amazing light
show, you will be disappointed. I thought it was a cool tourist thing to do. I
went on 4th of July and it was not nearly as spectacular as
fireworks, but it was worth it!