‘If you are courageous to travel solo, then you are adventurous’
I got this free airline ticket from a credit card promo and I just can’t resist it. I will be flying thru Cathay Pacific airlines. Unfortunately, I could no longer buy any cheaper economy tickets for my girlfriend nor for my little siblings. So I have to travel solo. And as a backpacker! (this was unplanned and not included to my normally expensive travels).
So what to do on a solo travel? Many would mesmerise that it is the best time to be naughty. Go for one-night stands. Meet random people in the best bars of Hong Kong. Great! But remembering that I have a girlfriend, well well..I just have to forget about that. Anyways, trying those stuffs is not really me. I’m an introvert, loyal, and loving future-husband. I hope no one laughs.
I was given five days to explore the city. And five days were actually too long for a small city like HongKong.. Here are the 5 things I did which could still inspire you once you visit HongKong alone.
1.) Visit some naughty shops (which my girlfriend allowed)
I know one sex shop in my country but I never dared visiting the place as I maybe stigmatised by most of my conservative countrymen. And possibly the worst, I could meet someone I know and shout out to our circle of friends that I am a pervert. But hey, while walking along some of the streets in Hong Kong, I have found my approved fantasy. And good thing was, there was not much people. So I entered, greeted by the seller, and checked all of the items I was curious about. I bought a policeman costume.
And then in one shop in Mongkok, I found this lingerie shop which seems nice. So I also bought some sets.
2.) Visit Museums
So I told you. I am not the typical traveller who bore on visiting museums. I love museums. You can know the place’ culture, traditions, and history by visiting museums. Most museums in Hong Kong do not require an entrance fee. I think I have visited five. Below are my top 2 favourites:
Museum of Tea Wares
The first bowl moistens my lips and throat;
The second bowl shatters my loneliness;
The third bowl searches my barren entrails, but to find therein some five thousand scrolls;
The fourth bowl raises a slight perspiration, and all life’s inequities dispense through my pores;
The fifth bowl cleanses my flesh and bones;
The sixth bowl opens up the realm of immortals;
The seventh bowl could not be drunk , only the light breeze raises in my sleeves.
-Lu Tong, Chinese poet
HongKong has a tea culture. The tea can be prepared in various methods, leaves, ingredients, and wares. And the combination of those varieties can create a very unique taste. A typical person ,who doesn’t have any background knowledge on how the tea is prepared, would say that the taste are all the same. But to a connoisseur, these are different.
The tea culture started since the first dynasty in China. The tea can be a powdered tea, whipped tea, steeped tea, gong fu tea or with the current favourite- ice cold milk tea with pearls!
Owning an expensive tea set is one of the Chinese family goals. I actually bought a tea set exported from JianXing province, the ceramics tea set capital of the world.
HongKong Museum of History
The HongKong Museum of History portrays the evolution of HongKong- starting from how the island was formed, its first inhabitants, its first small kingdom, the invasion of Chinese dynasties to the Island, culture and religion, the invasion of the British and the Japanese, HongKong as an economic tiger, its current lifestyle and politics.
In one area of the building, you can see a small painting of a boy emperor. This is my favourite so far. It amazes me that China was once ruled by a boy and he has been to Hong Kong as an exile. I would want to know more of his story.
3.) Visit Churches
There are a lot of churches in my country but Hong Kong’s churches have some unique designs. I’m not sure if the designs could be attributed to Armenian style or this is really a touch of Hong Kong style. Sometimes, it also good to have an architect as a travel companion.
4.) Do Shopping
Nike shoes, Ferrero Rocher chocolates and 24K Gold are less expensive in Hong Kong!
5.) Eat out!
Way back home, I love fast food. So here, I tried KFC, Pizza hut, The Noodle Stand, and the delivery app Deliveroo to deliver me more fast foods. What surprising is, the varieties of foods and tastes they offer are different compared to my home country.