MONKEY MOUNTAIN, MONG KOK, Hong Kong, SAR, China – Monkey Mountain is small, but albeit famous area in the new territories. It consists of a small reservoir, BBQ site, hiking trails, and of course wild monkeys. I am not sure where the monkeys originally came from, especially with this area being so close to the city, however, once they were fed they never left. There were signs all over the park asking visitors not to feed them, and of course everyone did. It was really cool to see their reactions with each other when we threw them food and to see the social hierarchy among them. They would attack each other for the food and when we hadn’t fed them, they would hold onto us, until they got more food. They would eat anything, from peanuts, to bananas, and even the trash.
In the photo above the monkeys have swarmed a bag of peanuts that was dropped. The alpha male of the group holds onto them and keeps them for himself.
TEMPLE STREET NIGHT MARKET, MONG KOK, Hong Kong, SAR, China – The first week of classes are over, so its time to experience true Hong Kong culture, by touring around with a local. Our first stop is the Temple Street Market. As its name would suggest, the night market comes out at night. The streets are lined with local restaurants selling unique Hong Kong style food and hawking various goods. Some unique gifts can be found here such as a first edition little red book, once owned by Mao Zedong’s followers.
However, aside from the hawkers, our destination was a small restaurant that sells snake soup, a delicacy in Hong Kong. It is also only available during the winter. At first thought this dish may sound disgusting, however, it was delicious. It taste like chicken.