Our cruise ended in Hong Kong and the majestic harbor was our lovely view during our stay.
We stayed in the Kowloon district because it offered old sightings of Hong Kong with tailor shops promising to make a new suit in two days and watch stores selling Rolex’s duty free. After unpacking, it was time to search for authentic Chinese food for lunch. Spring Deer Restaurant came highly recommended and it is old school Cantonese style known for authentic barbeque Peking duck. As we walked the busy Hong Kong streets, we found the restaurant in a plain looking building with a sign that directed us upstairs.
Arriving at the start of lunch time and before the restaurant filled up was a good idea because it is a popular place and difficult to get a reservation on short notice. Although it was lunch time, waiters were dressed in white jackets and bow ties. All of it reminded me of Chinese restaurants our family frequented, which, unfortunately have given way to fast food places. In talking with the wait staff, I was told Peter has worked here nearly 50 years. I introduced myself to Peter and somewhat of a quiet man, he pointed to his thinning hair to prove how long he has worked here!
The duck, dumplings and noodles were unpretentious and truly a Cantonese food experience.
Hong Kong has a fabulous history museum and not to be missed. The way it is laid out is captivating and follows thousands of years of history. Not too far away is The Garden of the Stars, located on the roof top of the bus station with a panoramic view of the harbor. Statues of cinema legends are staged throughout the garden with people taking their pictures while standing near Bruce Lee, Anita Mui and Jackie Chan. Filmmaking in Hong Kong is a major business and The Garden of Stars pays honor to their local celebrities. I love watching Jackie Chan movies!