525. Day 11 | Hong Kong

Lippo Centre Hong Kong
Every time we visit Hong Kong, our schedule is always packed with family lunches and dinners (including extended family members..as they all live here in Hong Kong). Today we had dim sum for lunch with some of them, then went to Mongkok to walk around as our dinner reservations with more family members were in that area. We went to one of my favourite clothing stores, I.T, and I ended up with three things all in navy blue. I love shopping in Hong Kong. The clothes are more my style. They're all wintery clothes so I'll have to wear them when I go back to Toronto, as the weather here in Hong Kong has been ~30C every day. We spent so much time in the store that by the time we left it was already time to head to dinner lol. I wanted to get a new Bearbrick as well in Mongkok but didn't have time. Will try to go again another day.

For dinner we went to a Thai restaurant. It was really good. We especially loved the desserts!

Also I can't believe I'm already on Day 11 of daily posting. I'm pretty sure this is my longest streak. It has been challenging some nights but I hope I make it to the end of the trip with these posts! Hopefully they're not boring for you yet.

Hong Kong yachts
Hong Kong streets
Grilled Calamari
Coconut Sago dessert



524. Day 10 | PVG to HKG

Ye Olde Station Shanghai

We've arrived in Hong Kong!! Our two-hour flight over from Shanghai ended up getting delayed by 2 hours, so our trip over took twice as long. My sister and a few of my aunts came to pick us up from the airport. We flew with Hong Kong Airlines for the first time, which seems to be quite a new airline. As we did the baggage drop, they told me to go into the baggage check room as there was an issue with my luggage. I had to open it for them and then they confiscated my nail polish and nail polish remover (which had very very little left...and was in my checked luggage anyway - not carry on!). A bit strange because that has never happened to me before with any other airline. Not sure why I wasn't allowed to bring that on as they even sold nail polish in the duty free shops which means it is allowed on the plane.

Also one thing I'm really happy about is having fast and reliable Internet again. & not having to go through the hassle of signing onto my VPN every time. It was really challenging in China..the Internet is extremely slow and always suddenly disconnects.

Today for our final meal in Shanghai, we went to a restaurant called Ye Olde Station for traditional Shanghai food. I loved the restaurant's atmosphere and the food was amazing as well. It is set in a historic building dating back to the 1800s. It was once a monastery then remodelled into a train station. The restaurant had a lot of antiques on display with a few old train carriages set out back (see photo above). It doesn't have a Michelin star just yet but it is one of their "recommended restaurants" in their guide. We had such amazing food in Shanghai...really going to miss it!!

Ye Olde Station Shanghai
Pudong Airport Shanghai
Shanghai Pudong Airport

Shanghai to Hong Kong

I'm starting to really dislike flying. I used to love being on long-haul flights (because it meant I was going on vacation) but now vacations are more common for me and I always look forward to the destination so much I just wish I could get there quicker. After the super long 14-hr trip over from Canada, this 2-hr flight over seemed like nothing. Even with the delay. Then I realized when we go back to Toronto it will be like 7 times the length of this flight lol :s Not looking forward to that..

Hong Kong harbour

Probably the worst quality photo I will ever post on here lol. It is the view of the sea flying into Hong Kong..look at the sea of boats/ships/yachts down there! There are sooo many of them. The view from the plane was so nice, but impossible to capture in a photo.



523. Day 9 | Final Day in Shanghai


This was sadly our final day in Shanghai, and the day we ate the best. I really enjoyed it here and would like to return someday..because of our short time here and the horrible rainy weather, we didn't get to fully explore it. In the morning my cousin had to go swimming, so we walked around the clubhouse while we waited. It was so beautiful inside!! I really love this huge chandelier and ceiling. Apparently the area is one of the wealthiest of Shanghai, so the mansions are all huge and beautiful. It doesn't even look like typical Shanghai, with palm trees everywhere and so much open land. By the way, if you haven't already, you can follow me on Snapchat for more (Username: Leftbanked).

Mercedes G yellow

My favourite car!! Except not in yellow.

Din Tai Fung xiaolongbao

Then we went to an area a bit outside of Shanghai called Suzhou for lunch at Din Tai Fung. It's considered as the best restaurant for "xiaolongbao" and some of its locations even have Michelin stars. I'm not that into xiaolongbao but I loved everything else we ordered there. Will post more in a later post. The mall it was in was beautiful as well and had a Caffe Florian!! I was surprised to see they opened a location there. I love that place. I used to go to the one in Harrods every day when I visited London lol.

eslite bookstore Suzhou

Then we went to Eslite Bookstore, a famous bookstore originating from Taipei. It was really nice in there but unfortunately we didn't have a lot of time to spend there. It's not just a bookstore..I'd call it more of a department store for uniquely designed products. I wanted so many things but most were large and not possible to bring back home. I wish we had a store like that in Toronto..because it's really hard for me to find things I like, and this place was perfect as I liked almost everything!

Shanghai Michelin Restaurant

For dinner we went to Fu Hei He restaurant. Everything was vegetarian and served like a tasting menu (8 courses). It has won many awards before and is #19 of Asia's best restaurants! It also has a Michelin star. We had a private room for our table. It was such a fun experience and perfect way to end the Shanghai portion of our trip.

I will do a full post on this dinner later! I'm going to have blog content for months and months when I return...

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