Our time in Zhuhai was complete, so this morning we embarked for the final bus and ferry ride to Hong Kong. Before leaving, I brought a couple of us to a local Chinese breakfast restaurant to pick up some 包子 (baozi) for breakfast. Think bigger handheld dumplings, for those who do not know what they are. Having paid 29 US cents for breakfast, I will sorely miss the extraordinarily cheap price of tasty Chinese food upon returning to the US.
It felt good to travel without being ill, I thought as I reminisced on coughing up my lungs from some form of respiratory illness that had plagued me during my first roundtrip to Zhuhai a week ago. I am grateful to have spent the latter half of the GBS trip recovered and in good health.
Once we arrived at PolyU university, it was time to say goodbye to our PolyU friends and some WashU friends as well. Some went their own ways, but to my understanding, orthotic-building activities have not entirely ceased for PolyU. We trailed the PolyU students and the program leader, Aaron Leung, believing that they would lead us in the direction of the hotel, but as we approached the orthotics lab, we realized that this was not the case. It was hilarious to watch some of the Penn students’ faces as they became paranoid that I might have been hiding from them the fact that we are building yet more orthotics. A wave of relief washed over everyone as I explained that we had merely walked too far, and were in fact heading back to the hotel.
After an hour or two of rest, it was time for dinner. Alex Kee brought us to a branch of Yoshinoya for personal Japanese hot pot, as he had done so last year. Imagine a small pot of miso or sukiyaki broth heating before you, in which you can cook meats, veggies, and oddly-satisfying fish balls filled with cheese. For many young locals in Hong Kong and mainland China, this type of nontraditional East-Asian fusion food is a go-to norm for dining.
Finally, with full bellies, we all wandered the largest outdoor street market of Hong Kong, known as the Ladies Market. Having been to the smaller and less impressive Temple Street “Men’s Market” night market and the Apliu street electronic market, we could fully appreciate the grandeur of Ladies market. In the past two years, I had come here perhaps eight times, and I am still not tired of wandering up and down its stalls. This is a long stretch of densely-packed vendors longer than all of Locust Walk, and people hurried up and down its stalls to haggle for items such as knockoffs, trinkets, and cheap clothing apparel. As a rule of thumb, one ought to haggle the price down to half of the asking price or lower for most products at this market. As a group, many of us bought fake Rolex watches and fake Yeezys for 20~30 USD. Yes, indeed, the quest for fake Yeezys was finally over, and they did not look half bad. Honestly, I can’t believe that what started as a joke actually ended up coming to fruition. Personally, I bought some cheap headphones, a knockoff Fjallraven Kanken backpack, and some small gifts for people back home.
It’s pretty safe to say that after a long day of travelling and two hours at Ladies Market, everyone was dead tired. We got back to the hotel at around midnight, and people went promptly to bed. Tomorrow would be a long day too, for I’ve got planned a full day at the beautiful Repulse Bay beach.
Until next time,