Hong Kong, one of the world’s most densely populated cities, during rush hour especially, it’s easy to feel like a little fish in the sea of 7 million squished in that MTR (subway) car without any breathing room. It’s in the mountains where I find refuge and rejuvenate from the stress and hectic schedules. When you get to see the concrete skyline from afar, time stops – especially at night!
Growing up in Hawaii, I usually look forward to pretty landscapes while hiking and I know Night Hiking, as the name implies is hiking at night but I was still so surprised at how dark it was going to be and how dependent I became on my flashlight. I was joined by three globally aware expats from Ireland and France starting the hike around 8 p.m. from Tai Koo MTR Station Exit B, walking up to the Tai Koo Country Trail to the Quarry Bay Jogging Park to finally end at Braemer Hill walking along St. Joan of Arc Secondary School ending around half past 10 p.m. It would have been another 20 minute walk to the MTR station, but with a group of 4, you can split a taxi to Fortress Hill or North Point without the meter jumping.
We were lucky as most restaurants were closed but we came across a branch of Sun Chiu Kee Restaurant, apparently a chain around Hong Kong that had such a nice staff team! They only had one English menu (which I realized did NOT have all the dishes), but were so patient. Their special that was unique and worth-trying was the “oatmeal shrimp.” Even though it’s a chain restaurant and I can’t vouch for all the branches, the staff at this branch maintained such a cheery mood even in the wee hours past midnight which definitely makes me want to go back. My expat friends experienced the late night atmosphere of gambling drinking games and alcohol bottle clanging :).
The next hike I ventured on with some international teachers was the famous Dragon’s Back Hike. It’s an easy enough route – From the Shau Kei Wan MTR Station, Exit A3 just take the #9 Bus from the Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus to To Tei Wan on Shek O Road. We lucked out with the nice weather. The highlight of the day was seeing a paraglider prepare for a liftoff (Adding it to my bucket list!)
Starting in the morning, we were done with the hike just in time for lunch. Shau Kei Wan’s Main Street East is THE street to eat, an easy destination choice after a good morning workout. Restaurants such as Kam Tung Tai, where you can try a mound of yummy shredded chicken with roasted duck topped with a generous amount of chopped spring onions or staples such as On Lee Noodle are there. You can also get some local favorites – fish fillet rice noodles with a red bean milk tea. This is the definition of comfort food.
Any restaurant on this street will not be a mistake. It’s also very close to a local market street, perfect for fruits and veggies.
Sun Chiu Kee Restaurant
90 Java Road, North Point
+852 2590 6889
Open late, 1 am.
Kam Tung Tai
59-99 Shau Kei Wan Main Street East, Shau Kei Wan
+852 2569 4361
On Lee Noodle
22 Shau Kei Wan Main Street East, Shau Kei Wan
+852 2513 8398