STANLEY MARKET, STANLEY, Hong Kong, SAR, China – Located in the South East of Hong Kong Island is an area called Stanley. Stanley is a popular destination for tourists and features great beaches such as Repulse Bay. The journey to Stanley involves hair raising tight turns that feel as though they were precariously built along the side of a mountain. Several times during the ride, I felt as though we would hit a car traveling in the other direction or careen off the side of the cliff.
Upon arrival in Stanley, the bus drops you off in the bus depot. Just across the street is a street that leads you down toward various shops and Stanley Market. Stanley Market is the most upscale market in Hong Kong. The goods being sold here are more legitimate and prices are rarely negotiable. The market goes in various directions and covers a good area. After walking through the market, one finds their way to the ocean and created with a walkway that winds its way around the bay. Along this walkway are various restaurants that all offer outdoor seating looking out over the ocean. At the far end, is a building decorated with greek columns, this building houses a few restaurants as well as the maritime museum. If you continue to walk past this building there is a smaller walkway that leads to a small temple that sits on the side of a cliff. Stanley is a great place to visit on a sunny day. June is also a great time to go, as the dragon boat races occur here.
SOHO, CENTRAL, Hong Kong, SAR, China – Nestled within the dense clustering of restaurants in SOHO is a small restaurant called Nepal. As its name would suggest it features cuisine from Nepal. The first time I ate here was the first time that I had ever had Nepalese Food, and it is by far my favorite restaurant in SOHO. All of the food here is made fresh and it features a wide variety of flavors. For those people that are unaware, Nepalese food is very similar to Indian food, in that it features various curries and BBQ’d meats. As with most places in SOHO the prices of the food here is moderately expensive, the menu is also ala carte.
I have sampled various meals here and many of the meals can be very spicy. However, I have found that the portions of many of the curries are small. The BBQ dishes feature larger portion sizes. One of the features of the menu is the dishes are made from the home grown chili garden, these dishes definitely pack a punch and I do not recommend them to anyone who does not like spicy food.
Nepal also features an extensive wine list and drink menu.One drink worth trying is their Nepal Ice Beer. This is the only place that I have been able to find this beer and it features a great flavor and goes well with any meal you order. Another feature on the menu worth trying is the Saffron rice and any of the various types of nan bread.
Hong Kong, SAR, China – Hong Kong Beer is one of the few beers brewed locally in Hong Kong. Whenever I travel, I make a personal goal of myself to try as many locally produced beers of the country I am visiting. In Hong Kong there are few locally produced micro-brews, but one of them is Hong Kong Beer. I have only been able to find this beer at two restaurants in SOHO.
Hong Kong Beer is a lager and is brewed by the Hong Kong Beer Company. It features a strong bitter flavor with an amber color. It is also 4.7% alcohol by volume. I highly recommend this beer as it is refreshing. I also recommend that this beer be served in a glass and cold. One of the locations that I have found it is as Mostaccioli Brothers (Mo’s Bros) restaurant in SOHO. Hong Kong Beer is sold for 19 HKD (approximately $2.38 USD) at Mo’s Bros.
SOHO, CENTRAL, Hong Kong, SAR, China – Nestled underneath and around the mid-level escalators in Central, Hong Kong is SOHO. This escalator is the largest outdoor escalator in the world. SOHO, which stands for South of Hollywood, is a nightlife district, which features restaurants with eclectic cuisines from around the world. This place is comprised of mainly two streets filled with restaurants, however, there are also many side streets that also house a few clubs. I have eaten here numerous times and I can honestly say that any place you eat here will taste amazing. The restaurants here are moderately expensive but well worth the price.
SOHO also has a great selection of pubs, each with a variety of different beer selections. It is not abnormal to see restaurants sharing beers or liquor with one another. Starting at 3PM and occasionally earlier, SOHO experiences happy hour, which can involve buy one get one free drinks or half priced drinks. SOHO is a great area to do a pub crawl and to experience various types of beers.
CENTRAL, Hong Kong, SAR, China- Hong Kong is a shoppers paradise. There is never a shortage of high end shops. It is definitely not uncommon to look down a street and see several rolex stores. The top types of merchandise include sunglasses, watches, and clothes. The Landmark, located within the same building as the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is a mall that is full of high end shopping boutiques. Its definitely worth walking through.
Outside of the Landmark is a small plaque that designates where the old harbor used to stand.
TSIM SHA TSUI, Hong Kong, SAR, China – Hong Kong is a great city and it is easy to get around. Between the MTR system and the numerous cabs and buses, there is never a shortage of public transportation. Another, more classical type of transportation that exists is the Star Ferry. The Star Ferry is a historical landmark of Hong Kong. It ferries people between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central or between Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai. The boat is a double-decker ferry and it runs all day, departing either side every ten minutes. The price of a ticket is 2.5 HKD (approximately $0.31 USD). The entire ride takes about five minutes. This is definitely a trip that is worth taking, even though it is very short.
TSIM SHA TSUI, Hong Kong, SAR, China – Nestled in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui on Peking Street is a cozy Irish Pub by the name of Delaney’s. While traveling throughout Hong Kong I found myself getting tired of clubs and looking for a standard western style bar. This came to a head at St. Patricks Day when I wanted to celebrate this glorious and festive holiday. Before St. Patricks Day, I had been to Delaney’s several times. However, every time I go there, I am extremely pleased with my visits.
Delaney’s features traditional Irish food as well as more western food. I have sampled their baby back ribs, which were well worth the price. Another great meal is their traditional Irish breakfast. They serve their Irish breakfast all day for approximately 138 HKD (around $17.25 USD). For appetizers I had the smoked salmon and the mussels with chili tomato sauce. All of the food is excellent.
One of my favorite parts of this bar is the beer selection. They have a wide selection of beers from around the world. However, my favorite beer that they sell is Kilkenny’s Irish Cream Ale. I have only been able to find this beer at Irish bars in Hong Kong and in Ireland. Pints cost 63 HKD (approximately $7.88 USD).
The atmosphere is great and can get pretty loud when it is busy. It is especially busy on weekends and on St. Patricks Day. There is a daily happy hour 5 – 9pm. They also frequently show live rugby and soccer matches.
Basement, Mary Building, 71 – 77 Peking Road, TST
Delaney’s Wan Chai
G/F & 1/F, One Capital Place – 18 Luard Road, Wanchai
The Dublin Jack
1/F, 17 Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong
TSIM SHA TSUI, Hong Kong, SAR, China – Hong Kong has a variety of museums, that inform visitors of the storied history of Hong Kong. In my option there are two must see museums in Hong Kong. The first is the Hong Kong Art Museum, which features, art from China as well as visiting exhibits. The Hong Kong Art Museum is located near the Tsim Sha Tsui harbor along the Avenue of Stars. The art ranges from ancient to modern, focusing mostly on calligraphy and pottery. When I went the visiting art exhibit featured Picasso. The museum is relatively small and everything can be seen in about 1.5 hours. There are four floors in total.
For all museums are relatively cheap. There is also a student discount, costing only 5 HKD (approximately $0.62 USD). May 19th-20th was Hong Kong Museum Appreciation Day, which featured free admission to the museum.
The second museum is the Hong Kong history museum. This museum details the history of Hong Kong from prehistoric times until modern times, with great interactive exhibits.
On my may to Mainland China, where I will visit Xi’an and Shanghai. I will have many posts within about a week or two.
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