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Hong Kong Day 5

2013-10-27 by Quinlan Pfiffertravel

Woke up feeling dehydrated. Went to find food.

  • Went to eat breakfast at a place called Tai Hing (I think). Had some kind of ramen and coffee from the breakfast set. Again no black coffee.
  • Claire wanted to go to the Zoological and Botanical gardens. Headed out to central and killed a few hours looking at birds, monkeys and plants.
  • On the way back we ended up in the middle of some kind of Hong Kong motorcycle show. Got a bunch of swag and got to see some cool looking bikes.
  • We were kind of hungry so we walked to the IFC mall, looking for something that wasn’t completely swamped. For some reason there were hordes of Fillipino women eeeeeverywhere.
  • Most restaurants were occupied so we went to a little high-class cafe called Fuel. I had an espresso and some kind of brownie-cake thing. Pretty expensive there, my stuff cost $10.00 or so USD.
  • Headed out to Mong Kok to hit up the arcade again. Burned through maybe $50.0 HKD. Good times.
  • Went back to the hotel to drop of our stuff, and I showed Claire the place I’d eaten for breakfast. Day over.

So tomorrow is the day we had back. It’s going to be pretty intense.

  1. Wake up around 8 or 9 pm. Get breakfast somewhere.
  2. Check out before noon.
  3. Kill 5 or so hours until we should probably head to the airport to make sure we can get through customs/immigration alright.
  4. Wait until our flight at 7:20 PM.
  5. Fly for 10 hours. Not so bad!
  6. Get to Vancouver at approximately 3:40 PM. Leave at 6:300 PM. Get to Portland at 7:16 PM. 4 minutes earlier than when we left Hong Kong!
  7. Get a ride home.
  8. Fall asleep for 12 hours.


  • Ordering and paying for food is a little different here than in America. Since theres no tipping, theres usually a 10% service fee. You usually have to get someone’s attention. Service is usually pretty quick.
  • Food is pretty damn cheap, breakfast was something like $3.50USD.
  • My nose is always plugged up here. Air quality?
  • EVERYTHING is sweetened. The cultural war on bitterness continues.
  • There is very little graffiti. It’s actually pretty damn clean in this regard. Even Sham Shui Po isn’t that bad.