We had a very busy Saturday! We started off at the coffee shop for breakfast and then a Michelin lunch at Kam’s Roast Goose. After we researched hiking in Hong Kong, we decided to hike at High West Peak, but unfortunately, the buses were full due to a Hong Kong holiday. So we opted for a different hike and took a ferry to Lantau Island to go on the Nam Shan Tree walk toward Sunset Peak.
Our weekend started off with Qi and I going to a coffee shop that had donuts! They were super airy, fluffy and fresh. We chose 3 different ones. The first one had berries and a cream cheese filling and white chocolate shavings sprinkled on top, the second was coffee and it was filled with coffee flavored whipped cream and had a very decadent chocolate icing, and the third was filled with whipped cream again that was supposed to be cheese? I couldn’t taste anything other than whipped cream so I wonder if it was mislabeled and supposed to be “cream”. They were scrumptious and felt light on calories! At this point, if I would’ve known what our day ahead would entail, I would’ve splurged on another.
Kam’s Roast Goose
Then Qi wanted to check out the Michelin-rated goose place. I always find it funny that I am the one with a career in the food industry, yet Qi is the motivator for fine dining….don’t get me wrong, I love it, but I also loved the donuts!! And I don’t know if the cost of this meal would be considered “fine” dining, but he sought out a Michelin restaurant. Period.
Kam’s Roast Goose is clearly very popular. Qi and I decided to head over before they opened but apparently, lots of people had that idea. The six minute buffer didn’t get us a seat when they opened. Luckily, they have an option for carryout. So we took our order back to our apartment and avoided the long wait. Qi ordered the goose and the pork. I actually preferred the pork to the goose because the skin was crispier and it was less greasy. The goose was still very good but the skin wasn’t crispy and the meat was a little chewy. We will definitely have it again to ensure it wasn’t a fluke. I’ve never had goose before (I’m sorry Mom!) but it was very similar to duck–which is my favorite meat.
High West Hike
Prior to heading to lunch, we had decided to go on a hike. It was Qi’s idea, not mine but he told me to choose which hike. I chose High West Peak. It’s the second largest peak in Hong Kong and we could take a scenic bus ride to Victoria Peak and walk from there. However, we went to the bus stop and 3 buses just drove right on by because they were too full. Saturday was a Hong Kong holiday and everyone seemed to have the same idea as us and were heading to Victoria Peak. We could’ve taken the Peak Tram but given the amount of people on the bus, I figured the line would be too long….and even though Qi would be present this time, I wasn’t too thrilled to go back on that tram!
Lantau Island- Mui Wo
So Qi researched and came up with a trip to Lantau Island. He said we would take a ferry to this island and we would do a 2 hour hike there. So we packed 2 liters of water and pork jerky. When we arrived at the Mui Wo(a small resort town on Lantau Island) via an express ferry,
there were buses there waiting for us. According to the website, Time Out Hong Kong, we were supposed to follow instructions for the South Lantau Country Trail. The bus was full and we were the only 2 to get off at the first stop which was still at the bottom of the mountain! I thought that odd, but we exited.
Nam Shan Tree Walk
We started on this beautiful trail that had a million steps. I wish I would’ve counted how many stairs we climbed throughout the hike!
Because we finished the tree walk so quickly and it was supposed to take 45 minutes or so, Qi suggested we continue. I foolishly acquiesced….I had no idea we’d end up walking 7 miles!
We were both in jeans, t-shirts and sneakers. Mostly all the people we saw coming back down the trail from Sunset Peak had walking sticks, sun hats, running pants under running shorts, etc. But don’t worry, this didn’t stop us. 5 hours and more than 869 meters later, we made it to the bus stop on the other side of Sunset Peak.
There was no guardrail. Some of the trail was less than a couple feet from the edge. I know that 869 meters doesn’t seem that high. But that’s about 1/10 of Mount Everest and the third highest peak in Hong Kong. We were so exhausted, sweaty and determined to make it back down the other side before it was too dark, that we didn’t even take pictures at the top! Here’s a link to another blogger’s website. She took great pictures at the top where there were old cement buildings and the foliage became more of a prairie grass than the lush, leafy green in our pictures. I was really nervous about nightfall! I think we were extremely lucky.
It was like being in Vegas. The destination always looks like it’s a block away, but it never is! We kept thinking we were close to Sunset Peak! And then once we arrived, we knew we still had to trek back down the mountain so we didn’t even stop to enjoy the views.
Thank goodness for the flashlight app on cell phones!
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