I've had a couple days off from filming Go Back to China, so production was kind enough to arrange for me to hang out in Hong Kong. Even though it takes a few hours and crossing the border is a bit of a pain, I jumped at the opportunity to explore this city a little more.
I was a bit tired from working all week, and traveling down from Shenzhen, so I decided to just hop on the Hong Kong Tram (nicknamed Ding Ding) and explore from the top of a moving vehicle. Starting at Western Market was a good idea, since it's the first/last stop and you're guaranteed a seat.
After an hour of street/people watching, I just hopped off the tram and took a subway over to Sheung Wan/Central. Abe was in Hong Kong earlier this year and stayed in this neighborhood. I got lost looking for the places he suggested, but stumbled upon Jenny Bakery, famous for their cookies. Apparently there's usually a long line and the workers are kind of rude, but at 5pm they were very pleasant and I walked out with two large tins (not gluten-free - a treat for the cast/crew) within 5 minutes.
This was my only full day in Hong Kong and I originally planned to go to Disneyland, since I'm a fanatic. But ultimately I decided it would be too crowded and went for something more local - Ocean Park - mainly because they have giant pandas. And I can never resist a panda. Sadly, the pandas were breeding so their exhibit was closed, but I still had a great time. If you go right when they open at 10am, you'll have the entire park to yourself. See my vlog at the bottom of this post!
Later that same day I was disappointed to find that the Yuen Po Bird Garden is also temporarily closed (until May) but it is close to the Flower Market, which was also on my to-see list.
I've never really adjusted to the time change and have been waking up at 5am every day for the last 3 weeks, no matter how early/late I go to bed. So this morning I went back to Sheung Wan/Central and tried not to get lost again. This time I found Man Mo Temple!