Hong Kong & Taiwan: Day 8 & 9

Thankfully mum was feeling a bit better the following morning so we were able to fly back to Hong Kong. We arrived safely and my auntie, uncle, and dad were waiting to meet us just to make sure mum was alright!

The next morning, we went Yum Cha with my grandma and then headed to Hong Kong Wetland Park as I fancied going somewhere we hadn’t been before. It was a lovely day so it was nice wandering about outside and seeing the scenery, though mum and I weren’t quite feeling ourselves – probably just extreme tiredness from the adventure the day before!


In the evening, we met with some of my family and went to a Korean buffet near their house in Yuen Long. It was amazing as we could cook our own meat on the grill in front of us and there was a massive selection to choose from ranging from duck, beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and more! There was also a lot of delicious cooked and cold foods too – it was amazing!! We all left feeling very stuffed and I’d totally go back there again!


Hong Kong & Taiwan: Day 4

After a very early start at half 6, we checked out of our hotel and made our way to the airport as my mum and I were spending a few days in Taiwan! I’d never been before, but mum had and I’d never really thought of it as somewhere to visit, but since it’s so close to Hong Kong – why not?

When I’m in Hong Kong, I always seem to eat an insane amount of McDonald’s! I’d never normally eat it at all when I’m back in England, but I guess it’s just a cheap and reliable option when you can’t be bothered to search for anything else! So after checking in, we had a nice little McDonald’s breakfast to help wake us up!

Our flight left a bit late and wasn’t full at all, so I kicked mum out of the seat next to me and stretched out across both seats 😉 After flying for around an hour, we landed in Taiwan! It took a really long time to get through immigration as the queues were massive! I just found it so amusing how pretty much everyone was looking down on their phones!


I definitely hadn’t prepared myself for the terrible weather in Taiwan and regretted only bringing shorts and no leggings!! After settling into our hotel, we got the underground to Longshan temple and I was amazed by how cheap the journey was! It cost about $16 which equates to less than 20p! That’s ridiculous considering my train to work which is only two stops costs £2.60! The temple itself was very grand and the decorations were very intricate and colourful.

We then wandered around some food markets and there were so many weird and wonderful stalls such as ones selling pig tails and trotters! Everything was ridiculously cheap too, so my mum and I literally had a tasty feast for around £1!

We then took the underground to the Red House which used to be an old market and is made from red bricks (surprise surprise, given its name 😉 )


Afterwards, we decided to find somewhere for dinner and I was still amazed by how cheap everything was! Even the poshest looking restaurants had dishes like steak for dirt cheap! We were both still very full from the delicious snacks we’d eaten earlier on, so decided to keep it simple and went for some sticky rice each and shared a fishball soup with marrow. Madness how all of our food so far only cost around £5! If only things are that cheap in England!! (Or maybe not, as I’d probably be the size of a house!)


The area that we were in really reminded me of Piccadilly Circus due to all the really colourful lights and general buzz of the place!



Hong Kong & Taiwan: Day 3

Today was quite a chilled day and in the morning we went for Yum Cha with my dad, grandma, Auntie and Uncle in Yuen Long. Afterwards, my mum, dad and I just wandered around the shops in Yuen Long for a while.

Mum and I then headed back to Tsim Sha Tsui and waited until the sun had set so that we could see the colourful lights on all the buildings 🙂 I love how different everything looks at night and it gets even busier the later it is so the place was really buzzing with life 😀 We stayed to watch the Symphony of Lights which happens every day – must be a nightmare for everyone living close by!

Symphony of Lights

Symphony of Lights

We then went to Maxim’s for dinner and I fancied something different so went for a rather untraditional Chinese dinner of veal sausage, bacon, chicken, pork chop, sweetcorn, chips, and a soup covered with puff pastry – it was gooooood! Mum went down the Chinese route and had mixed meats with rice, veg, and soup 😛


Hong Kong & Taiwan: Day 2

When my mum went to Hong Kong last year she went on a mountain walk with one of my Aunties. When I saw the pictures, I really wanted to go too as the view looked amazing. So on our 2nd day in Hong Kong, that’s what we decided to do! Before we headed up the mountain, we went for Yum Cha with my Big Uncle and his wife, and one of my Aunties. For anyone that doesn’t know, Yum Cha is basically a Chinese style morning meal (which literally translates as ‘drink tea’) and involves consuming copious amounts of dim sum, which isn’t a bad thing at all – though going pretty much every day does make the novelty wear off after a while 😛 I always feel like the amount we go when we’re in Hong Kong fills up my quota until the next time we visit in a couple of years time! I do have my favourites when we go such as Ha Gow (prawn dumpling), Ha Cheung (prawn rice noodle roll), and Cha Siu Bao (cha siu bun) as well as many others. My mum is weird and likes the stranger stuff like chicken feet and fish head – give me some dumplings over that any day!

After filling our bellies full of delicious food, I headed with my mum and Aunties to the Tsing Yi Nature Trail. It’s great how after a short walk from the restaurant, we were already in the mountains! Sadly, it was another quite foggy day so the views weren’t quite as clear as when my mum came here last time, but still nice nonetheless!

After walking for a couple of hours, we headed back to my Big Auntie’s house which is pretty much behind the mountain. I’d love to live so close to a walk like that and she kept joking that it was her back garden haha! My Big Auntie is an amazing cook and she can whip up a delicious feast in no time at all! On the menu tonight was a lovely soup containing fun see (glass noodles) and beancurd, many types of meat and seafood such as pork, duck, beef, prawns, scallops, and abalone, as well as lots of yummy stir fried veg and egg! An absolute dream if you’re a meat eater with eyes bigger than your belly like me – if you’re a vegetarian, then tough, more food for me 😛 However, I did stay clear of the pig’s tongue! Since there was so much other delicious food, I thought someone else could have the honour of eating that haha.



Hong Kong & Taiwan: Day 1

The next morning we decided to walk to Tsim Sha Tsui as our hotel was close by. The Avenue of Stars is there, which is basically like a Hollywood Walk of Fame where all the famous Chinese people have their handprints and names on the floor.

Sadly, it was quite foggy so we couldn’t really see across the harbour to Hong Kong Island 😦

Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong Island

After battling our way through all the mainland Chinese tourists, we reached the Star Ferry. Mum suggested going across and coming back since we still had some time to spare before meeting up with my dad and grandma. At around 30p each way, we definitely had to 🙂

In the afternoon, we went to my grandma’s house in Yuen Long until it was time for a big family dinner with my dad’s side of the family – so much yummy food! I’m the third oldest cousin on my dad’s side with the oldest two living in England too. Since I hadn’t been back to Hong Kong for nearly 3 years, all my younger cousins had grown up quite significantly!


Hong Kong & Taiwan 2015

Well it’s definitely been too long since I’ve written anything here! Not quite sure what happened or how the past four months have gone so quickly – I’ve clearly been having too much fun at work! After such a long period of neglect I think it’s only right to restart my blogging with many posts about my trip to Hong Kong and Taiwan. I’m sure it’ll have been worth the wait 😉

My family are originally from Hong Kong and both my parents came to the UK a million years ago so I was born and bred in the UK 🙂 It had been nearly three years since I last went to Hong Kong, but in March we finally headed back there to see all my family for just over two weeks. To say that there was a lot of a food involved during the trip is a massive understatement 😛

My mum was lucky on the flight there as she managed to bag herself two seats to herself, though I did get the window seat (perks of being an only child!) so I can’t really complain 😀

On the plane

I think the best thing the dinner we got was the Gu pudding we got for dessert (I’m such a sucker for sweet things haha 😛 )

As we were on a night flight, we arrived after 5pm in Hong Kong after a 12 hour flight. The lovely blue sky and warm sun was a pleasant change from the dreary cold we’d left behind in England!

Landing in Hong Kong

After a while waiting for our luggage, Mum and I travelled to our hotel in Hung Hom.

On the bus to Hung Hom

On the bus to Hung Hom

We stayed in the SAV Hotel which was built quite recently. Our room was absolutely tiny, but that didn’t matter too much to me because the small child in me was too preoccupied with playing with the remote control that changed the colour of the room’s lights!

We got settled before getting some well needed grub from a nearby restaurant that served pretty cheap, standard Chinese food like wonton noodles and veg.