My attention span is waning for lengthy posts. Here's a listicle of more Hong Kong activities for your perusing pleasure. I told Colin that I was going to make a listicle. He said, "What's that? A list popsicle?" Nope. Although, a list of popsicles could be fun. I looked up the definition and realized that this would not actually be a listicle as it wouldn't include numbers. So enjoy my plain old list. Some food experiences will get their own posts because, well, food is the best thing ever.
The Aviary in Hong Kong Park
It's a lovely little nature escape in the middle of towering buildings. There are a few caged areas for the larger (and I'm assuming more ferocious) birds, but the real fun is in the open aviary. It's pretty much people taking pictures of tiny birds who apparently really like being photographed. Seriously. They would land on the walkway railing and pose for a long as I stuck my iPhone it its face. Thanks, birds. I was also entertained by this cute little man who came with a suit, a backpack, and no camera – pure bird observation. Cute.
There were also some cute turtles around the corner in the park. Awful photo, cute turtles to continue the cuteness.
Apple Store in the IFC Mall
Whenever I visit an Apple store, I leave Gizmodo up on one of the computers. Weird, I know, but somehow still fun since 2010. So there's Sam Biddle on the Gizmodo home page in Hong Kong where they didn't have Flash installed on this iMac. I didn't realize when I Instagrammed this that the story was for the Facebook-non-phone, heh. Lovely IBM takeover, too. Surprise! The space was pretty.
Ok, not the best photo, but delicious drinks. REAL fruit with the rim of each glass covered in chocolate powder. Like salt on a margarita glass, except chocolate on a strawberry daiquiri glass. Very interesting place, too. Big thanks to Cooper and Lexton for showing us!
The Peak Tram
Up we went! And this is what we saw. Quite beautiful. If you visit Hong Kong and decide to partake in this fun tourist attraction too, note that the journey up to the peak is a very steep diagonal track. #minorneckstrain #worthit
Lots of fabric, and not a lot of anything else. Don't bother, unless you want some fabric.
Bamboo Scaffolding Everywhere. Everywhere.
Why use metal when you have bamboo? I think it's fair to say that Hong Kong is literally built with bamboo. Not literally in the sense that the building materials are bamboo, but the structures required to build and maintain the buildings are all bamboo stalks tied together. It's sort of insane and I very much love it. Some more:
Duh, it's a city. But! It's been interesting to see the fusion of Chinatown/LES-quality low-rise buildings with the massive high-rise midtown structures. In other words, if you're not looking at a mall or hotel or office, most of the buildings seem to be ridiculously tall and old/falling apart-ish. But they're all beautiful. The pops of color are also quite refreshing.
Cattle Depot Artist Village
Fodor's told us that this former slaughter house was now home to artist studios and great galleries. #wrong. It was slightly out of the way to get to, and sort of a let down. There were no exhibits currently on display and all of the studios/galleries were closed, with the exception of Videotage, which was a creepy video display in an empty room with no one to greet us and explain anything. Thanks! We wandered around anyway. It was interesting to see the old slaughterhouse structures and the lovely plants scattered about. The only human spotting was of some business-looking people likely prepping for Art Basel.
Giant Red City Structures
Like an un-used mailbox and a fire hydrant on steroids. Worth noting? Sure.
What we drank: Tea, Sprite, Manhattans.
It's ok to get sick of a city's food and just want a PBB&J.