Flights are booked for my short return to England and I’m a happy girl. Whilst I cannot wait to go home, Hong Kong has been especially good to me lately!
Despite the endless alarm bells of course deadlines and string of essays due in the scarily close future, I have managed to find some time to let my hair down… quite literally.
My wonderful roommate Adjoa got hold of three tickets for a junk boat trip, taking our friend Patricia and I with her. As well as the Kowloon peninsula, which hangs off the edge of China, Hong Kong comprises of a whopping 263 islands. Whilst the majority of these islands are incredibly tiny and uninhabitable, they provided a wonderful view for those travelling by boat around Hong Kong. This is why junk boats are regularly taken out here in Hong Kong. Having been longing to experience this for what feels like a long time, to say that I was excited would be a huge understatement.
Off we left Patrick Manson at 10am on the Saturday morning to Aberdeen Harbour to meet with the others. Initially fearing the worst, the weather could not have been any better that Saturday morning. The sun was bright, beautiful and in full sight – the perfect day for a boat trip.
Catching a taxi was an issue but this did not compare to the one we were about to face once we were dropped off at the harbour. The taxi driver had left us stranded at the very edge of the harbour. With no idea where we were yet alone where anyone else was, we decided to agree to a little Cantonese man’s offer to take us to the ‘harbour.’ I thought we were already there…
Speaking frankly, I had no hope. By this point we were late, had not bought any food or drink for the trip and were in a little boat with a man who could utter only two words of English. Within a few minutes, we were at the dock where hundreds of sterling boats lined the bay and thankfully, we could see everyone ahead in the distance. I had been so wrong to doubt the man. Arriving to a boat trip on a boat was not the plan but forgive me for feeling like this was something out of a movie scene!
With time to spare we bought an abundance of food and drink to soon be told that we would actually be eating at a restaurant. Once the boat arrived, we all drove out to reach it parked in the distance. Following one huge climb, I was about to commence my first ever junk boat trip.
As we drove out, the views were phenomenal. The skyscrapers on the surrounding islands were surreal.
The further south we drove, the more little islands we saw standing idle in the bright blue sea around us. The sun blazed and the wonderful breeze swept our hair as we mingled, sunbathed and fooled around on the boat. Believe me when I thought this was heaven.
About 30 minutes or so later, we had arrived at Po Toi Island where the boat dropped us off. Po Toi is home to very few residents but is well known for its exclusive Ming Kee Seafood Restaurant. The only way to reach this restaurant is by boat so many Westerners will drive out to eat there.
Here we sat in groups of 12 where an abundance of food was brought to our table on a continuous flow. There we ate an array of dishes passed around the table, but the highlight was the red snapper fish, which tasted divine. Sadly, the meal did not come cheap. However, it’s only once you get to do something like this!
Once back on the boat, the next stop was South Beach Bay where the boat stopped for us to engage in a number of activities. Attached to the back of the junk boat is a speedboat which some took out to water ski.
The rest of us swam in the sea, jumped off the boats, sunbathed, read books, joked and of course took lots of pictures.
South Beach Bay was stunning. No more doubts, this was paradise.
By 4pm it was sadly time to go home. I was filled with mixed emotions. Whilst the sights were incredible, I did not want to return to my home.
This is definitely something that I intend on doing again.
The beauty of all of this was that I only paid 30HKD, which according to Google is £2.36
On that note, I think it’s safe to say that I am living a good life; the good life.