Pardon our language, but this was a pretty badass way to get picked up from the airport.
To all of you who have slept in recently: we’re insanely jealous. Our sake-filled night was followed by a 5:30 AM wakeup call, paired nicely with a 6:30 AM bus to the airport, during which we may or may not have passed out/drooled on fellow passengers.
Kansai International Airport
So, then we get to Kansai International Airport: You know those people you see in the airport scrambling to unpack and repack suitcases, then reweighing them, then smiling at everyone in line as they do it again? Oh yeah, that was us. A few minutes of panicky repacking and a heavy dose of sweet-talking later, we had finally check our bags and were on our way to the gate. Win.
At that point, we were hoping to take it easy. Unfortunately, our flight to Beijing was about thirty minutes delayed, leaving us with about 20 minutes to book it from that flight to our Hong Kong flight. Did we mention another round of customs and security, or the fact that the Beijing airport is HUGE and our gate was at the other end? Yep. And yet, another win. We got there just as were closing the gate, practically jumping from the jet bridge onto the plane (okay, not really, but this is our story).
Beijing Capital International Airport
We had planned on recharging during that flight as well, but our brisk airport workout meant a whole new surge of energy. Combine that with having a whole row to ourselves, and you have the classic airplane office:
A few hours of typing and blogging and photo organizing later, we landed in Hong Kong, feeling quite productive and pumped to see the city. As soon as we got off the plane, we were greeted by someone from the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, who led us to baggage claim, then onto our ride: a Rolls-Royce Phantom with the extended wheelbase. Our morning bus had nothing on this.
We arrived at the hotel–truly spectacular–showered up and headed out for our first night in Hong Kong. We were more than ready for a little Christmas dinner, and perhaps a little drinking to relax our nerves. There’s been a lot of buzz about Lily and Bloom, a new-ish restaurant/bar that was, on the whole, pretty hopping and a had a pretty cool ambience.
We didn’t grab any photos of the food at Lily and Bloom, in part because we were, well, pretty tired and part because the food wasn’t really much to write home about (literally). This was definitely one of those restaurants that focused on the style/scene over the cuisine. Up ’til now we’ve been really lucky with our substance-over-style restaurants, so we were okay with a night off.
After dinner we headed over to the Kee Club for drinks, then mustered up the strength to check out Lan Kwai Fong, the party and bar scene in Hong Kong. It’s really a small square composed of two L-shaped streets, each filled with it’s own array of bars, nightclubs, restaurants, etc. It’s like a perpetual party, lasting late into the night and filling up not only the establishments, but the street itself (as seen in the photo below). We found a good bar, nestled in, made some friends (see below), and the rest is a mystery.