Today was a long day of working and a quick jaunt over to Causeway Bay to check out what is a very hectic part of town filled with an endless number of stores. Hong Kong is space constrained and many of the businesses here are difficult to find because they are hidden inside buildings on higher levels with directories on the first floor. Walk in traffic is low and you really have to know what your looking for to find some of these shops. High end fashion and consumer goods are a big part of Hong Kong shopping and every corner has well known outlets which are well out of my price range. Western brands are everywhere but marked up to meet demand of many higher income residents. In fact, the opulence of Central and Causeway Bay is in stark comparison to simplicity of life in other parts of Hong Kong.
It has been raining all morning but we sneak out and grab a quick Hong Kong style breakfast behind the bustling market stalls of Wyndham street. We walk around SoHo looking for good bakeries and end up at a craft beer spot on Aberdeen st. where we work using the free wifi and enjoying local brews. That evening we found ourselves at Peel Fresco, a local jazz club down the street from our apartment. We ended the night at 65 Peel, a gastropub that became our favorite bar during our stay in Hong Kong.
We took the afternoon to head over to Chai Wan at the end of the MTR on Hong Kong Island to go for a hike. We took a nice walk through town and up through the the expansive cemetery there. Continuing on up to the trail we met up with the Dragons Back trail which gives nice views of downtown and the surrounding islands. You have to be careful to find the right trailhead of you may be on some small side paths part of the way, but no matter where you go it seems like all the trails meet up or head somewhere interesting, so don't worry too much as long as you have 5HKD for bus fair if it spits you out on the side of the highway somewhere. We ended up paying 2.30HKD to take the bus from the trails end over to Shek O and the beach. After some well enjoyed noodles, we caught a taxi back to the MTR station and headed home.