Sunday, April 5: I did so much walking today that my inclination when I get back to my hotel is simply to settle in and relax. However, that’s not easy for me to do when I know there are places to go and things to see. I can relax at home in Nanning quite easily as, literally, there is NOTHING to do. Here in Hong Kong there is a lot, so I rest for maybe half an hour, then I’m back out the door again. It doesn’t hurt that the hotel staff tells me the night market is just a couple of blocks away from the hotel. I don’t even have to get on the metro. So off I go to see what this market is all about. At first sight, it looks like the market is simply a pedestrian-only alley offering fruits and vegetables for sale.
I run across some durians for sale. Durians are sold quite extensively throughout China, but I have yet to taste one because of the off-putting smell. I think I will have to try one before I leave here.
There are a number of lively outdoor restaurants in the night market. As I already ate my Turkish dinner, I’m not hungry. I am however on the lookout for a cute place where I can sit down for a beer, as the Turkish place didn’t serve alcohol.
Too bad I am too full to try the dim sum. I love dim sum, and have been disappointed not to find any dim sum places in Nanning. Now, here is one, but I’m too full to try it.
I like this sign for the Wing Sing Hotel.
I find one vendor selling various games and game pieces. This looks like a Chinese chess set.
Below are Mahjong tiles.
I’m not sure what this game is, but if any of my readers knows, I’d sure love you to tell me.
Here are some pretty fans and jade statues, including pagodas, elephants and rabbits.
I love these richly colored and intricately detailed fans.
And I also find some calligraphy brushes.
The Mao pictures tell of a bygone era.
And then there are the funny Chinese license plates: “My Favourite Wife” and “I’m not in the mood to-day don’t disturb.”
I’m very well-behaved tonight as I don’t buy anything. I do, however, stop at a convenience store on my way back and buy a beer and a mango juice. What a combination!
As you see, I’ve done a lot today. I went from Ya Mau Tei to Hong Kong Central to Lantau Island, where I visited Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha and rode the Ngong Ping Cable Car to Tung Chung. I took the metro back to Hong Kong Central, then the tram to the Peak and then I hiked down Victoria Peak back to Central, where I took metro to Ya Mau Tei. Finally, I strolled around the Night Market. I’m a wee bit tired after all that. 🙂 My flight doesn’t leave Hong Kong till 8:40 p.m. on Monday, so I have plenty of time to explore tomorrow as well. At least I think I do. Sometimes our best-laid plans don’t work out as we’d like. 😦