Day 2, Hong Kong:
What better way to spend Christmas than by doing lots of eating and shopping?! We started our Hong Kong Christmas morning adventure by having buffet breakfast at our hotel, the Crowne Plaza Kowloon East.
Breakfast was followed by my brother and I taking Christmas photos by the edible life-size gingerbread house and Christmas tree made of dark chocolate baubles that towered high above us.
Next, shopping time at Central! We stopped by Abercrombie & Fitch (I can’t get enough of the super strong smell of cologne wafting out of the store!), and amongst the shopping were our favourites, Zara and Cos. They’re always safe choices and you can be sure to find basics and more stylish contemporary clothes there.
One thing about Hong Kong is that it’s always go-go-go, and there are no seats, which means it can get very tiring.
So we decided to stop for gelato at Venchi, a cosy chocolate store in Lan Kwai Fong that looked right out of a movie! I loved Venchi that much that I thought it deserved its own post – click here to check it out.
Next stop, Tai Cheong Bakery in Soho, which rose to fame by baking the best egg tarts in Hong Kong. My brother and I each bought one and those claims are spot on! The pastry was incredibly crumbly and crunchy at the same time, it falls apart in your mouth as soon as you bite into it. The combination of pastry and the custard was delicious. The egg tart was perfect! (We came back here on later days may times!).
Next up was PMQ, the former multi-storey historic police headquarters converted to a space to house independent artsy-type shops, food stalls (including fairy floss in the shape of things!), markets, and creative initiatives such as cooking classes and free-to-play pianos on one floor to encourage people to play and find their inner creative self.
By now it was getting late and we headed back towards Central to meet up with our parents at IFC mall.
Our daytime Christmas adventure was so much fun, we saw so many sights, but at the same time, my legs hurt from all the walking!