Sheung Wan

Our room at the J Residence - the space & facilities to price ratio was the best we found in Hong Kong

Our room at the J Residence – the space & facilities to price ratio was the best we found in Hong Kong

A taxi from Hung Hom back to the J Residence cost $96 without the detour that we had on the way to Guangzhou.  We had considered staying in Kowloon this time, but I couldn’t find anywhere that was as good as the J Residence for the same price.

Dried food shops in Sheung Wan

Dried food shops in Sheung Wan

The weather the next day was back to the grey skies and rain that we had experienced on our first stay so again, going up Victoria Peak was pointless.  Instead we took a tram to Sutherland Street to explore the western part of Sheung Wan.  This neighbourhood is famous for its dried fish, and dozens of shops lined the streets.

Inside one of the dried food shops

Inside one of the dried food shops

I couldn’t identify most of the products on display, but it was distressing to see the thousands of sharks’ fins on sale knowing that they are cut from living sharks, and the effect of the trade on shark populations.  Unsurprisingly, the shopkeepers didn’t seem too happy about having their wares photographed.

It was raining heavily so we didn’t stay too long, returning to Wan Chai to turn in our Octopus cards and buy Circle K sandwiches for breakfast next morning.

Heading for the airport, we found the A11 bus stop without any difficulty (the one-way system means that it leaves from a different road from where it dropped us) but the bus was very crowded, and people further along the route were unable to board.

Rainy street in Sheung Wan

Rainy street in Sheung Wan

We were back on Air Asia for this flight and it was the prompt, efficient service we had come to expect.  The taxi driver from Don Mueang wasn’t familiar with the Belle Condominium (probably because it’s so new), but luckily I was able to direct him and we were installed in our swanky apartment by lunchtime.  Our last stop of the trip.

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