Hong Kong – Dim Sum and Panoramic Views

A trip to Hong Kong is never complete without having a dim sum meal. My friends chose City Hall Maxim’s Palace as Maxim’s is one of the few remaining restaurants still serve dim sum in the traditional way. I was told that nowadays dim sum in most restaurants are served on a long table – buffet style – where diners walk over to the buffet, select the dish and return to their tables. At Maxim’s, plates and bamboo steamer baskets of dim sum – fresh and hot from the oven – are served on a trolley. The waitresses push the trolley around the restaurant, call out the names of the dishes and stop by at every other table for diners to pick the dishes they fancy. The trolleys have descriptions of the dishes in Cantonese and English, making it easy for foreigners like us to know and able to choose the dishes that we want. Maxim’s gets filled up very quickly. We saw the restaurant became very busy by noon, and by 1pm, customers were queuing outside the restaurant to get in. If you like to have dim sum at Maxim’s, the best time to go is at brunch. You

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Lamma Island: A World Away From HK

I have always thought that Hong Kong was just city life and concrete jungle. I never knew that residents escape from the hectic financial capital to unwind especially during the weekends. But where to? Well, my friends Chris and Jane introduced me to Lamma Island. Lamma Island is the third largest island of HK, after Lantau Island and Hong Kong Island. The island consists of the northern village (Yung Shue Wan), the eastern village (Sok Kwu Wan) and traditional fishing villages. Access to other parts of Lamma is by hiking or fishing boats. The main attraction of Lamma is the abundance of nature and scenery. There are beaches and hiking trails. The atmosphere on the island is laid-back and peaceful, a complete opposite to the stressful pace and expensive cost of living in the city. The buildings are less than 3 storeys high and vehicles are nowhere to be found except bicycles and compact trucks which are mainly to transport materials or rubbish. ***** When I contacted my friend Chris who is from New Zealand, and currently living and working in HK, firstly, he was happy that I was coming over because we were former colleagues in my previous company

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Visit Hong Kong: Second Time’s A Charm

The first time I visited Hong Kong was in 2011 to attend a work conference. Post-conference, I extended my stay for extra 2 nights to do some sight-seeing but I wasn’t sure what I had wanted to do or see in HK. You see, back then I wasn’t a seasoned solo traveller. My previous travels were always with friends and I just went along with their itineraries. For that first trip, I had booked the hotel accommodation which was located in an area where bus services were infrequent and no MTR stations nearby (I had checked out from the conference 5-star luxury hotel by then). I didn’t read or research before the conference, ended up walking around in the city, kinda aimlessly. As a result, the feeling about HK was just..meh. Despite that confusing and disorienting first-time experience, I knew, by then, that this city was intriguing. There’s something about HK – it’s an urban jungle filled with tall buildings and skycrapers, people jostling against each other for every little space available, fast pace of life but it has..character. I hope I would be able to relate and share the “character” of HK with you in the next couple of posts. Since

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