When in Rome, you do as the Romans. When in Hong Kong, you eat and shop.
Eating and shopping are real industries here in Hong Kong – an irresistible force that you can either fight against, or be swept along by. For this visit, we chose the easier path.
Having narrated our arrival into Hong Kong's stunning harbour from the bridge, we headed to the shop of a Chinese technology manufacture, and we loaded up with more gadgets and tech than we'd originally intended to, but at those prices it was difficult to resist.
Then, that evening, we joined the World Cruise Event at the opulent Repulse Bay Club – one of the best Silversea events that I've been to. No expense was spared in the entertainment (lion dancers, fortune tellers, caricaturists, food stalls etc), while the dinner afterwards was superb. This is one of the most exclusive venues in the territory, and we were treated royally.
Our next day saw us meet up with some friends for lunch at an excellent place we hadn't been to before – the Dim Sum Library in Pacific Place (near Admiralty). They served up some really tasty, but really healthy dim sum in classy surroundings. The rest of the day involved more gadget shopping (all in the purpose of research, you understand), before heading to an old favourite, the Peking Garden (near the ship's berth) for a spot of peking duck. To be honest, the service was fairly ropey, but the food was good, the views great, and the company entertaining.
Our final morning involved a bit of sightseeing around Kowloon (for once the skies were clear rather than hazy), before, you guessed it, a bit more shopping.
When it comes to food and retail therapy in Hong Kong, resistance is futile.