Re­dis­cover Hong Kong

Monthly Chronicle - - Travel - By Monique Mon­sees, Cher­ry­brook Travel, Westleigh

I re­cently took a trip back to Hong Kong af­ter a 10 year hia­tus and it had cer­tainly ‘grown up’ in that time. There are a lot more su­per skyscrap­ers and a lot more re­claimed land. Hong Kong has pros­pered too and the shops in Kowloon and Hong Kong Is­land are now a who’s who of the fash­ion world.

So with all the glitz, glam­our, chrome and glass it was nice to spend a morn­ing in old Hong Kong. I joined a walk­ing tour of Sham Shui Po, a work­ing class area of Kowloon, which is still full of old tra­di­tions and orig­i­nal gov­ern­ment hous­ing. This can be seen at the won­der­ful Mei Ho House. The orig­i­nal build­ing has been re­de­vel­oped into a Youth Hos­tel but it also houses a great lit­tle mu­seum of the area.

From Mei Ho House it’s a short walk to the wet mar­kets. Here you will see lo­cals pur­chas­ing their daily sup­plies from fruit and veg­eta­bles to poul­try, meat and seafood. Every­thing was fresh and tan­ta­liz­ing, so fresh in fact that the fish were still leap­ing about on the coun­ters!

From the wet mar­kets we strolled over to the street mar­kets where you can find any­thing from clothes, to shoes, to phones and elec­tron­ics. This is where the lo­cals go for a bar­gain.

Tucked away be­hind the stalls are also some great eateries and restau­rants. One in par­tic­u­lar, Hop Yik Tai, even has a Miche­lin rec­om­men­da­tion. Also you know it’s good when the lo­cals queue up out­side. Hop Yik Tai’s spe­cial­ity are the Chee Cheong Fun rice noo­dles made fresh and smoth­ered in their house spe­cial sauces.

Our visit also in­cluded a stop at a snake soup shop, yes they sell soup made from snakes and no I didn’t par­take but those who did said it tasted like chicken!

If you would like to re­visit Hong Kong and taste test your way around Sham Shui Po then give Cher­ry­brook Travel a call on 9875 3775 or visit us in the Westleigh Vil­lage. Monique has over 30 years' ex­pe­ri­ence in travel and has vis­ited Europe, Asia, the US, the Pa­cific, and trav­elled on a num­ber of cruise ships. Shop 7B, Westleigh Vil­lage, Eu­ca­lyp­tus Drive, Westleigh NSW 2120 PH: 02 9875 3775 FAX: 029875 3397

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