Mong Kok | Part II
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Malls & Meals in Mong Kok
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While mass market consumerism encourages a sort of monotonous uniformity, malls themselves are often given character by the people who patronize them, and sometimes by the products and stores. Foreign is always fascinating but the familiarity of being in such a common setting with slight variations has always been appealing to us. These differences might be something as simple as the phenomenon of
which baffles us more today than it did 10 years ago. It’s very likely that google translate won’t convey the intention of a message, but if you’re a business owner who doesn’t have one friend whose native language is English, surely you can find someone on the internet to give you advice before
(or maybe their one English speaking friend thought this would be a hilarious prank at the potential expense of this sign maker's livelihood)? But I digress….
We briefly escaped the
signal 3 typhoon
and traded the streets of Mong Kok for the polished floors in Langham Place. As with all Asian countries we’ve visited, they had the most popular clothing chains and coffee shops. It’s oddly comforting to know that you can be on the other side of the world and find the things you enjoy at home. Who has time to think about cultural assimilation when you’re scoring sweet deals at H&M?
We worked up an appetite with our strenuous window-shopping cardio and found a
near the movie theatre. It was our first time eating
. We’ve since prepared it at home so many times. Finding new-to-us recipes when we travel is one of our favourite things… even if the discovery is made in a mall food court.
Speaking of Engrish, we had dessert while people watching at
(which, lived up to its name in that it was very chocolatey… and not dreadful or diabolical at all).
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A short transit ride off the Island of Hong Kong in Kowloon, just past the harbor and skyscrapers of Tsim Sha Tsui, is the neighborhood of Mong Kok. A delicate balance of hyper modern high end boutiques and street level tent stores and food stalls, the area feels alive with a constant chaotic movement.
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Central Mid-Levels Escalator
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The Central Mid-Levels Escalator (that still doesn't sound right to me) is the longest outdoor escalator and walkway system in the world. Designed to help residents commute from the hills above Hong Kong to the downtown area, it has also become a shopping and tourism hot spot.
It was another rainy afternoon on our trip so, going up the covered escalators made sense. We hopped off to check out restaurants, shops, and anything that looked interesting like a mosque and a garden. Despite the fact is was raining, it was still quite warm so we cooled down for a bit at
with some matcha gelato.
for me to be in awe of and I may have taken too many photos of one particular pink one because it was so outrageously tall that I wouldn't have been surprised if I captured it toppling over.
Some images of the views and a few of our stops while lazily riding the escalator instead of taking the stairs: