Jet lag mornings used to be about preventing
the kids from waking everyone up. It's a little more
civilized now - the kids can wake up and play on their own, but
there is only so long you can do that before they get bored and
hungry. Continuing a long standing tradition, we went to the
fruit market at some early time of the day to see what is going
on. Helen likes to buy a durian and a flat of
strawberries. The prices at the wholesale market are
generally half of what you see in the street markets and a third
of what you see at city super.
We always wander the market looking for
Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve
Speaking of traditions, this is my third time back to the Fung
Yuen Butterfly reserve. When the kids were young, we went to
a butterfly park (really greenhouse) in Victoria and the kids
hated it. They had really loud parrots and the kids didn't
like things landing on them. A few years later (without the
parrots) the kids really like the Butterfly Reserve - especially
when Nara figured out that you can sometimes get the butterflies
to land on you!
I am always impressed with the diversity of the butterfly
reserve. You get butterflies that are trying to blend in,
some that are trying to stand out - some big, some small, some
fast, some calm.
Today I was really impressed by the Tailed Jay - a dark and green
butterfly that is absolutely frenetic - it never stopped
moving. It's unbelievable that an insect can have such a
high energy level. Even though this is my third trip to the
butterfly reserve in roughly the same week of the year, this is
the first time I've seen 5 of these 10 species of butterfly.
We have had some luck previous years with
reptiles. This year we didn't see any, but we did see
Cicada! I've heard these insects before, but it was the
first time that I actually saw them on trees. They have
their own kind of striking beauty.
Biking Po Kong Village Road Park
Po Kong Village Road Park is a great day for
us. It's a single bus ride from Mong Kok where we
stay. We bike for two hours and then go to a close by
conveyor belt sushi place. The kids have a great morning and
they get some exercise!
visit to Po Kong Village Road Park was in 2017 when Claira
was just 4. She was already a good biker, but her training
wheels meant she couldn't go on the big track. Last year, when we visited
the park, Claira was big enough to do the whole loop, but
it's a lot of work for a five year old so she only went around
twice. This year Claira was in great shape for the track -
she completed five laps!
Flower Show at Victoria Park
Kam Shan Country Park
Last trip to Hong Kong we visited Kam Shan
Country Park. We didn't go earlier because I was concerned
that young kids and wild monkeys may not be a winning
combination. Given the success last year, we decided to try
again this year. Kam Shan is quite close to Mong Kok by bus
- hop on and 20 minutes later you are out in a forest walking with
semi wild animals!
Hong Kong Disneyland
Po Toi Island
Mong Kok at Night
Mong Kok is a vibrant neighborhood full of activity at night.
After we put the kids to bed, sometimes we can go out for a walk for
a desert to just take in the sights. It was a lightly raining
night so I was hoping the ground would reflect some of the neon.