On our last day in Hong Kong, we didn’t really have much to do. We wanted to hit some markets in the morning that were infamous in the city, head over to Kowloon where I was to get my fitting for my suit, then head back to the apartment and chill until we headed to the Hong Kong Jockey Club, otherwise known as Happy Valley, for the Wednesday night horse races. So we hit some markets, most notably the Antiques Market, and Graham Street market where many locals go to get their meat, fish, and fruit. Here is one piece of fruit that I have yet to identify….

Spiked Strawberries is my nickname for them, but its not correct

Spiked Strawberries is my nickname for them, but it's not correct

We also went to the famous Flower Market and the Bird Market while we were in Kowloon to stop at the tailor. The flower market was pretty incredible. The fact that some of these flowers cost pennies compared to the same flower in the US, and they are in such quantity, is pretty amazing. Many florists from all over Hong Kong come here to get their flowers. Right around the corner from there was the Bird Market. Birds are a very popular pet in Hong Kong, and this place had all kinds, from your standard parakeet, to a macaw, to a Toucan that you see on a Guinness poster. Again, these birds were cheap compared to what we pay for them. Another thing they had there were crickets, and crickets, and more crickets. They sold crickets by the bag, and if that wasn’t enough, they’d throw in a big of meal worms at no extra cost. And when I say bag, I don’t need a little Ziploc sandwich bag, I’m talking a small backpack full of them. It was kind of strange seeing that many insects in one place, just felt like infestation, but what are you going to do. Check these out…

We both thought the flowers were on steroids, look at the size?!

We both thought the flowers were on steroids, look at the size?!

Most colorful bird we saw at the market

Most colorful bird we saw at the market

After a day of hitting markets and relaxing back at the apartment, we hit the races. I have found where all the ex-pats go, at least on Wednesday’s. This place almost made you feel like you were back in the USA, at least if you were on the track level. If you had a seat, or a box, you were serious about the races and probably a local. Again, there is unlimited funds in this city, and they spend it in every way that they can, especially if it has to do with gambling.

We got a space right up against the track bar, grabbed a few beers (cheapest place to drink in the city) and watched about 4 races. They do 8 races a night, every Wednesday, about 8 months out of the year (summer is way too hot and humid). We then took off from there and hit up a restaurant called the Pawn, which was an old pawn shop until it was about to be knocked down for another high rise. The city then started an Urban Renewal project, and this building was the first to be part of it. Nice place, good food, and that was the end to our Hong Kong Journey.

We’ll see ya next from Dubai!

at Happy Valley Race Course in Hong Kong

at Happy Valley Race Course in Hong Kong

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