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 – I realize that this post is extremely late, however, a couple of weeks ago, I like most people around the world celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. I will admit that this was an odd holiday to celebrate in Hong Kong, considering most of the locals had never really heard of it before. There also was very little advertised. Luckily, since Hong Kong was once a colony of Britain it has attracted many other European tourists and as such, Irish bars have been established all over the city. These bars are relatively small and hidden away in relatively obscure locations. I chose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Delaney’s Irish Pub in Tsim Sha Tsui on Peking Road. This bar is a chain and has two other locations on Hong Kong Island. It was established by a couple of Irish businessmen and is a quaint place to go for dinner or have a beer or two after work. It is located in the basement and does not really stand out among the surrounding restaurants. It is a great place to go if you are looking for a classic bar. They also offer a delicious traditional Irish breakfast available all day for 132 HKD (approximately $16.5 USD). St. Patricks was also in full swing. They offered two different types of Irish beer, Guinness and Kilkenny, as well as a variety of other kinds of drinks. On St. Patrick’s day they offered a special promotion. If you ordered two pints of Guinness you received a free Guinness hat. I highly recommend this place to anyone traveling in Hong Kong, who needs a break from the Hong Kong lifestyle.
TSIM SHA TSUI, Hong Kong, SAR, China – So this marks the first week of my study abroad experience. I am again studying abroad at Lingnan University, this time for a semester. I am away from home for the next four and a half months and I am joined by over one hundred other international students. For most students, a semester abroad is to travel to a place you have never been before and full of new experiences. For me this will be different since I have been to Hong Kong before, my challenge is to find what else this country has to offer.
The first week was full of unforgettable experiences in which we have taken the chance to step outside our comfort zone and get to know one another. The most interesting part about being in Hong Kong, let alone in Asia, in the middle of January was the chance to experience the Chinese New Year. Unlike the New Year that every country celebrates on December 31st, the Chinese New Year follows a lunar schedule. This year marked the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. In total the Chinese New Year lasts fifteen days. A majority of the holiday is family oriented with business and government offices closing, this made finding a good meal occasionally tough, but some business remained opened and charged a 20% service charge (usually 10%) for food.
While the Chinese New Year is a family oriented holiday, there were many exciting festivities. One of these festivities was the Cathay Pacific New Years parade. This was mainly one big advertisement for the Hong Kong Tourism Board and for Cathay Pacific, however, it was neat to see representatives from nations all over the world.
One of the organized trips through Lingnan University that exchange students were given the chance to participate in, was the consumption of Pun Choi. Pun Choi is a traditional New Years feast usually consumed by most families. Traditionally it was consumed only by the men of a family, however, as the time progressed with tradition was opened up to women. Pun Choi consists of a large bowl and each member of the family picks a type of meat that they want included in the bowl. The meat is then placed in layers and served with rice. After the dinner, we were all taken to the flower market. The flower market is again only open during the New Year’s holiday. The flower market, as its name would suggests, sells a variety of flowers and orange trees. It also sells a bunch of junk toys.
The main highlight of the New Years celebration was the fireworks over Victoria Harbor. I was told that these fireworks are on of the eight new wonders of the world and are only visible once a year. They were spectacular.