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Birding Opps: Info for our birding friends. In and near Hong Kong you can see yellow –crested cockatoo, red-whiskered bulbul, blue magpie and the black-crowned night heron.
The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society (HKBWS) – (hkbws.org.hk/web/eng/index_eng.htm) offers lots of information for your birding adventure.
Discover Walk Hong Kong (walkhongkong.com/birdwatchingtours.html) for knowledgeable birding tours.
Read about the bird festival and other upcoming birding events at (wetlandpark.gov.hk/en/education/Bird_Watching_festival_2013.asp)
Grape Experience – Jeannie Cho Lee offers the following advice on pairing wine with Chinese cuisine. “For Asian cuisine, wine needs the ability to adapt to a wildly diverse array of flavors.”
“Lighter bodied wines with greater acidity and lower alcohol work with most Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai food. A cool climate Pinot Noir works well because of its high tannins and high acidity. (We like a Zinfandel)
Many white wines work for the same reasons. Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio and Albarino are good choices.
Avoid highly aromatic varieties like Gewurztraminer and lightly sweet Rieslings.”
Cousin Jeannie’s favorite restaurant in Hong Kong is the Bistro du Vin – L & D: Daily, Shop D, 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, 2824 3010 “The owner loves Burgundy”
Transportation: For public transportation in Hong Kong check out this website: (http://www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in_hong_kong/public_transport/index.html)
Business Information: (http://www.hkeconomy.gov.hk/en/home/index.htm)
U.S. Embassy: The Consulate is located at 26 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong, Hours For American Citizens Services: M – F: 8:30 – Noon and 1:30 to 4:00, Except Wednesdays (8:30 to Noon only), (http://hongkong.usconsulate.gov/cg.html)
Day One: Cousin Ho suggests starting your Hong Kong adventure by visiting Victoria Peak using the Peak Tram.
The Peak and its surrounding area consists of public parks and high-value residential land.
It offers views over central Hong Kong, Victory Harbor, Lamma Island and the surrounding islands. In addition to the awesome views, The Peak Tower beckons with a dazzling array of restaurants, shops and entertainment.
After leaving Victoria Peak our Cousin suggests having your driver show you Repulse Bay, the second most expensive residential area in Hong Kong. Several stories exist on how it got its name.
Our favorite story is the name comes from a 19th century battle in which the British army repulsed attacking pirates. Today, the place is a luxurious residential area for dining, relaxation, and aquatic activities.
You can enjoy a nice walk from Repulse Bay along Island Road to Deep Water Bay with a stop for a drink and lunch at Cococabana Mediterranean Restaurant – L & D: Daily, U/G Beach Building, Deep Water Bay, Island Road, 2812 2226
Start with a mojito and either the marinated scallops with garlic lime and ginger or the pan fried duck liver on turnip confit and a balsamic sauce.
Then have the Piri Piri King Prawns with garlic and chili on cous cous or the whole grilled sea bream flamed with pastis.
Dessert could be the crème brulee or a sorbet. Wash it all down with a coupe de champagne.
After lunch have your driver take you to the Star Ferry’s Harbour Tour – Daily: 11:55 to 9:15, Central Star Ferry Pier (Central Pier No. 7).
It runs a circular one hour route around Victoria Harbour covering calling points at Tsim Sha Tsui, Central and Wan Chai.
Joining this tour, you can see all Hong Kong’s famous harbor side attractions. A hopping pass holder may get off at any calling point, and stay a while before getting on the next departure for other calling points.
Dinner is at One Dim Sum – L & D: Daily, 15 Playing Field Road, Mongkok, Kowloon
One Dim Sum offers the best dining value in Hong Kong. The drawbacks are their no reservation policy and it’s cash only, but the food is great and it’s inexpensive.
Start with their many dumpling dishes: the steamed pork dumpling, the prawn dumpling, the barbequed pork bun, the steamed chicken or the curried squid.
For dessert we suggest the fried egg sticks or the steamed cake. Try a Shiraz from Alexander Fontein.
Day Two: Breakfast is at 18 Grams – B,L,D: Daily, 15 Cannon Street, Causeway Bay, 852 2893 8988
Here your barrista will craft a cup of specially blended coffee to have with your eggs benedict or a hearty dish they call an Aussie breakfast composed of sausage, bacon, mushrooms, eggs and beans.
After breakfast we are off to the New Territories that make up 86.2% of Hong Kong’s territory. Here you will find the Bird Garden located on Yuen Po, it runs the short distance between Flower Market Road and Boundary Street, houses 70 stalls and occupies an area of 3000 square meters.
At the Bird Exchange many bird accessories are offered such as live grasshoppers, baby frogs, cages and toys. Many HK habitants choose birds as pets because space is at a premium.
We saw many different types and kinds of birds from small parakeets to Macaw’s and large parrots of all variety. Locals proudly take their songbirds for an outing in the fresh air in the attractive courtyards.
Next to the Bird Garden is The Flower Market with over 50 shops with stalls spilling out into the street. It is located on Flower Market Road, Prince Edward Road West, Sai Yee Street and Yuen Po Street.
The Flower Market provides a colorful display of blooms and plants of all varieties including many really old bonsai trees like the one shown above that are hundreds of years old.
Your next experience is the Wong Tai Sin Temple.
At Wong Tai Sin Temple you can learn about Taoism and see it in action. People come to pray and ask for life’s direction in marriage, work and anything else that they can think of. If their prayers are answered they bring an offering of food or other items.
It is also known for its fortune-telling. The fortune sticks (or lots) here are believed to be accurate. They light worship sticks, kneel before the main altar, make a wish, and shake a bamboo cylinder containing fortune sticks until one falls out.
The stick is exchanged for a piece of paper bearing the same number, and the soothsayer aka fortune teller then interprets the information on the paper for the worshipper. A large part of the process relates to your sign. Here’s Dee with her sign Virgo.
It’s time for lunch at Fook Lam Moon, L & D: Daily, 35-45 Johnston Road, 852-28660663
Your Dim Sum choices could include: minced meat balls, spare ribs in black bean sauce, pork dumplings with crab roe, prawn dumplings or spring rolls and for dessert the chestnut cake.
An Haut Medoc from Chateau Coufran would be a good pairing.
After lunch we suggest a walk along Nathan Road to check out the many Chinese offerings.
Visitors flock to Nathan Road for the shopping opportunities. Boutiques touting the latest fashions are quite popular as are electronics shops, selling a wide variety of digital cameras, music players and cell phones.
We suggest caution if you are considering a major purchase or any purchase.
If you’re so inclined a nice stop is the Peninsula Hotel where you can enjoy high tea.
You’ll find the best designers here, including Henry Winston, Cartier, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Jimmy Chen, Christian Dior and many more.
If tea leaves don’t do it for you, the NV Cuvee Blanc from Leconfeld SYN might.
Our Cousin suggests diner at Tai Ping Koon – L & D: Daily, 40 Granville Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 852 2721 3559
It is just off of Nathan Road. We suggest a bottle the Tai Ping Koon house red and either menu A which includes a shrimp and fish salad, pigeon and fried rice with ham and vegetables or menu B which has a vegetable soup and a rib eye steak cooked medium rare.
Day Three: Breakfast today is at the Australian Dairy Company – B,L,D: F-W, 47 Parkes Street, Jordan
Here you have several options, but we suggest the famous Breakfast Set of toasted white bread with scrambled eggs, macaroni soup with ham slices and hot/cold milk tea.
After breakfast you should visit the Nan Lian Garden - the garden is in urban Kowloon and is a truly beautiful, colorful and scenic place with a tranquil and serene atmosphere.
Nan Lian Garden is famous for its ancient stones, beautiful walkways, ponds filled with huge koi, a waterwheel and waterfall and models of ancient houses.
Their restaurant is managed by Chi Lin Nunnery and serves high quality vegetarian food with a variety of gourmet meals, notably the “Chi Lin Vegetarian Dinner”.
After this wonderful experience our Cousin Hue suggests a journey to the Sai Kung Fishing Village.
The fish tanks are filled with all sorts of exotic fish from all over the world, such as razor clams, abalone, gigantic prawns, pink and green lobsters, king crabs and huge fish. Everything is live.
The procedure is to buy your fish, and then take it to your favorite chef to prepare it who charges 30% of the cost of the purchase.
Pick your dinner and take it to Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant
You can dine al fresco or climb up to the 2nd floor and dine in a Michelin rated seafood restaurant.
Your fish and seafood will be served with vegetables, and if you wish, a pork dish plus a corn soup.
They also have a nice wine list and the Chablis by Domaine Billaud-Simon would be a nice pairing.
Until next time, best wishes and safe travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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