I woke up, stumbled through the motions and went straight to Tin ho wan for dim sum. Tim Ho Wan is one of the top eateries in Hong Kong and also one of the cheapest Michaelin stars in the world. I showed up at 9:05am, just in time to grab the last available seat following the 9:00am opening. I satat an empty seat at a table with a nice Chinese family. I started checking boxes, and ordered entirely too much food.
After eating, I visited Man Mo temple in Sheung Wan; I do this every time I in HK. I just liek the spot.
I took a trip down this area called the pin shan trail; it was a mess of people’s houses, derelict ruins, and luxury cars. I never really put it together, so I went to go eat instead.
Spent an hour getting a cab to the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant in the world – this was my second starred meal of the day, and I ordered like a glutton, and it still came in under 20 for both meals. At this restaurant, Ho To Tai Noodle Shop, you can order a Michelin star for 26 HKD, about $3. Here is what $6 looks like above. It was not super user-friendly - ordering felt like arguing and they brought me a Sprite for no reason.
I walked around aimlessly in the outer reaches of the new territories, lost, but with nowhere to be, so more like just low incentive exploration. I found a lily pond (above).
Eventually, I was back in Kowloon. For whatever reason, I have become obsessed with looking into the back of buildings. Such care is given to the front of the house, but the back is always a disaster. It was this strange line of philosophical meandering that led me to Chungking Mansions. As I wandered through a particularly dingy alley, I saw an opening and what looked like compact discs for sale. I entered. I sawarabs counting large stacks of money and arguing. I saw a pet bird. I passed by money changing places next to shops peddling samosas next to electronics salesmen next to people shoting about cheap beds. A man in traditional African dress walked by, followed by a rambunctious group of adolescent Russians. I stopped a Burmese looking man and asked, "What building is this?" He replied, “This here is Chungking.” Indeed. Supposedly, 4000 people live in this 17 floor building that is reminiscent of the old Kowloon Walled City.
Eventually I leave in a cab and watch TV until I pass out. Have a bunch of dreams about Sharm el Sheikh, wake up in middle of the night to the Siani plane crash presser. Head to Macau tomorrow.