Dried Fish Markets and Escalators

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Through the crowds of Hong Kong pedestrians, we wove our way to the metro station taking us across town to the western districts. Leaving the Sheung Wan MTR, we walked along Connaught road to the tram stop. The two story tram took us the last few blocks to Kennedy town where we began our walk through the herbal medicine traders and dried seafood shops. The buckets of dried sea cucumbers and sea horses gave off a strange fishy smell. We stopped for lunch at the Western Market, admiring the stacks of cloth, ready for suit and dress making. Continuing on, we wandered through the antique shops on Hollywood Road before peeking in the historic Man Mo temple.

The next day, we walked a few blocks from our apartment, climbed the stairs of an office building, and found a restaurant for traditional Dim Sum. The menu was all in Chinese, and there were no pictures to help us point out dishes, so we checked a few boxes, took suggestions from the diners sitting nearby, and crossed our fingers. The selections were tasty and mostly recognizable. Boy even found a few he liked. The BBQ pork was a big hit.

We also decided to check out the worlds longest escalator. The Central-Mid-Levels Escalator and Walkway System takes pedestrians 800 meters uphill, from the harbor up to the residential areas, halfway up the peak. It takes about 20 minutes to get to the top, and we were glad the walk back was all downhill, as it was quite a steep ride up.

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