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  • [Background music playing.] We're at the Avenue of Stars here and a Symphony

  • of Lights show is just about to begin. We better walk fast in order to get a good spot.

  • Wait, can I gather my thoughts first. So we already saw the Symphony of Lights Show

  • once before when we took a tour of the harbor. We just finished our bus tour and we've been

  • let off at the Avenue of the Stars, so we're going to grab a spot and watch the show from the land.

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  • The Avenue of stars features many special statues. None more iconic than the Bruce Lee

  • one. Who is Bruce Lee? I don't think I've ever seen a film of his.

  • [Background music playing] As you can see there is a huge audience here

  • all lined up waiting to see a Symphony of Lights show.

  • [Background music playing] The world's longest running light and lazer

  • show. Music playing and crowd cheering.

  • [Background music playing] Music, cheering, and clapping.

  • [Background music playing] Rock music performance.

  • [Background music playing] Yeah! Woo Hoo!

  • [Background music playing] Music playing.

  • Violin playing. I think of Ace Ventura when I hear this song.

  • We ended up having to wait two hours to get a table here in the Tea Salon. Initially they

  • told us it would only be a one hour wait but by the time one hour had passed we had waited

  • so long that we figured it was probably worth it to stay and now Sam is not very pleased.

  • He's looking at me with evil eyes. Are you freaking kidding me. Sam is hiding

  • behind the camera because he's so angry that he had to wait for two hours. That now I'm

  • being punished by having to be on camera all alone.

  • Okay, so if your'e looking to go afternoon tea in Hong Kong. The Peninsula is the place

  • to come. This is the oldest hotel in all of Hong Kong and it's super popular. The lineups

  • really speak for themselves. [background music playing.]

  • Symphony orchestra. Mmmm, so I got myself a nice little tea cup

  • of mango tea. And it smells like fresh mangoes. So good. Mmmm, tropical.

  • [Background music playing] We've already dug into the food. We couldn't

  • help it. If you go to the bottom here we have the scones which we can eat with the clotted

  • cream and jam. Over here we have some nice finger sandwiches with salmon, cucumber and

  • up top we have the cakes and the macaroons and lots of other treats.

  • So here I'm preparing my scones with clotted cream and jam. This is a favorite of mine.

  • Whenever I go to London to visit my friend Rebecca I always end up staying at her house

  • and I eat scones with clotted cream and jam three times a day. I eat it for breakfast,

  • for lunch and also for my late night snack. So I always get fat when I go over there.

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  • The food was amazing. I think it was definitely worth the two hour wait. Although, I would

  • have preferred not having to wait that long. Some favorites were the little lemon meringue

  • tarts in a chocolate shell. Plus I really liked the scones with the clotted cream. Then

  • they had sandwiches with salmon that were amazing. So I'm a happy girl. So I think it's

  • kind of funny that we had to wait two hours in line but it only took us 30 minutes to

  • finish off all of the food in front of us. That doesn't make sense.

  • Background music playing. We are visiting Victoria Peak. One thing I

  • find fascinating about Hong Kong is that they use bamboo scaffolding to make buildings.

  • Unbelievable and it works. Background music playing.

  • So we're on the tram now and we're traveling all the way up to Victoria Peak and it's really

  • steep. Background music playing.

  • Well, well what do you think? We're so high up it's scary. I'm not going near the edge.

  • Background music playing. So we took the tram all the way up and it

  • was a bit of a scary ride because it is super steep and you're kind of leaning back in your

  • seat kind of holding on to the rail in front of you. But we survived and the views are

  • pretty impressive. Like once we got up here we had to go through a mall like just several

  • levels and now we're up here on top and it's a beautiful sunny day. It's nice. How many

  • time have you been here? This is my second time here. My first time here was 2008. My

  • very first time I went backpacking, so that's a long time ago. Has it changed a lot? Well,

  • there is some new buildings obviously yeah. So the skyline has changed a little bit but

  • when I came before it was late at night and this place was packed. It's nice to come around

  • this of day between say four and six o'clock because there is hardly anyone here. We can

  • find little quiet areas to just rest in the shade. It's great. Hong Kong without a doubt

  • has the most impressive skyline I've ever seen. Just phenomenal.

  • Background music playing.

  • Background music playing. There are many ways to get around Hong Kong.

  • This is the Star Ferry. It's super convenient. It's a boat that comes by roughly every seven

  • minutes. It's really cheap. You just hop on and it takes you from Kowloon to Hong Kong

  • Island or vice versa. Background music playing.

  • Well, we made it to Hong Kong and tonight we're going to be taking a fun tour around the harbor where

  • we're going to see some amazing views of the Hong Kong skyline.

  • Background music playing. I've got my glass of wine. White wine and

  • I'm ready to enjoy the views. background music playing.

  • Every night here in Hong Kong there is a Symphony of Lights show that starts at eight o'clock

  • and it's really spectacular. All of the buildings light up and there is these lasers that are

  • shooting off and music. It's not to be missed. Background music playing.

  • We had a great time on the Aqua Luna. It was awesome to see all of the different sights

  • and the buildings all lit up with the light show and we got to enjoy that with a nice

  • glass of wine. It was my first time in Hong Kong and I thought

  • the views were unbeatable so I definitely recommend it if you're in the city.

  • So it's finally a beautiful sunny day here in Hong Kong, so today we're visiting Hong

  • Kong Park. Background music playing.

  • So it's one hundred and five steps to the top. We're going to show you some views of

  • Hong Kong and I'm going to beat because he's too slow.

  • Background music playing. It was definitely worth climbing up all those

  • stairs even though I lost because these are some of the best free views of the city.

  • background music playing. I'm kind of hoping Sam gets wet here. Get

  • wet Sam. background music playing.

  • So we got to Hong Kong about three days ago and it had been raining non-stop for those

  • three days but now the skies have finally cleared so it's really nice to be able to

  • walk around and enjoy the park.. Background music playing.

  • Oh, it's too fat. Oh! That squirrel is in trouble.

  • It's so funny. So we've signed up to take part in a few different

  • cultural activities while we're here in Hong Kong and today we're doing a Chinese tea appreciation

  • ceremony. This is taking place in Hong Kong Park. There is a little tea house just in

  • the center of the park and it's absolutely free of charge. You just need to sign up in

  • advance through the Hong Kong Tourism board. background music playing.

  • So today we're doing a Sampan boat tour in an area known as Aberdeen outside of central

  • Hong Kong. This is an area that is home to the Tangka people or the boat people who actually

  • live aboard these little ships, so it'll be an interesting outing.

  • And there are over six hundred junk boats still in this area. Some of them enjoy modern

  • amenities such as internet and tv. Background music playing.

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  • Background music playing. We're hungry in Hong Kong and that can only

  • mean one thing. We're going out for lunch and we're going to eat dim sum.

  • So we're going to be eating at Tim Ho Wan it's a Michelin Star restaurant here in Mong

  • Kok in Hong Kong and it's one of our favorite places. We've been here, I don't know, maybe

  • five times in the span of week, so we're going to show you what you can get inside.

  • Background music playing. So they have a pretty cool menu over here.

  • Thankfully it's in English not just Chinese, so when you first sit down at the table you

  • just check-off the food items you'd like to order, you specify a quantity and then they

  • bring it to your table as it is ready. Background music playing.

  • Tasty Pu-erh tea from Yunnan Province, it's a dark fermented tea.

  • My oh my, all of the food is arriving at once and over here we have a special little package

  • with sticky rice wrapped in a lotus leaf and this rice comes with beef and chicken. It's

  • really tasty. One of our favorites. Steaming hot.

  • Background music playing. This is going to be hot. Hahaha!

  • Oh, it is hot. I need a second to tell you about it. So yeah, this sticky rice is really

  • good. I think it's actually called glue rice on the menu and it just has a very sticky

  • consistency as you can see. You can just pick it up with chopsticks and it's been cooked

  • with meat and chicken, so it has a nice meaty flavor to it.

  • Out of all the different kinds of dim sum I've ever tried this is probably one of the

  • most filling by far. Background music playing.

  • Well, we certainly polished that off except for the bone.

  • So next up I'm trying the glutinous rice dumping filled with meat. It's been deep-fried. Ow,

  • hot. Everything is hot. Mmmmm. Well, you can't see the inside right now but it does have

  • meat. Let me prove it. You can see it there. Mmmm. Looks good. It's like a ball of sticky

  • rice with meat inside. Background music playing.

  • And when it comes to dim sum this is my all-time personal favorite the barbecue pork bun. But

  • this is a special variety of it baked barbecue pork bun. So, bite time. Mmmmm. Show us the

  • inside. Ooooh, look at that barbecue pork. Yum. It's just so sweet and flavorful. The

  • inside. The barbecue pork bun. And the outside of the bun it's so delicately crispy. Well,

  • we've got one more dish coming. It is called tonic and pedelar cake. How does that sound

  • to you? MMMMnnnn. Let me correct you on that. It's called tonic, medlar and petal cake as

  • in flower petals. So I'm not really sure what to expect maybe something that tastes like

  • perfume. And it was from the dessert section. Background music playing.

  • I really hope Iike it. It's cold. Like gelatin. Sweet like honey.

  • Michelin star quality that even a cheapskate extraordinaire can afford. Lets see the total.

  • So that is 77 Hong Kong dollars which is just under 10 US dollars.

  • So we're back on the Big Bus again this time we're doing a night tour and I'm really excited

  • about this one especially because Hong Kong really shines at night. It's an amazing city

  • by day but there is just something spectacular about it at night time.

  • Delicious double chocolate brownie cookies. Best enjoyed on top of

  • a double decker bus. Hahaha. [Background music playing.]

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