This year our trip started out in Hong Kong, its the second time we have been to Hong Kong and last time we ticked off all of the "must do's" so this time we thought we would find some more usual things to do.
We were staying in Kowloon for the first couple of nights, so we started the day with a walk to Kowloon park. When we arrived there I was reminded why I love to travel so much - there are some many unexpected and amazing things in the world.
Like when you expect an inner city park with a few people doing tai chi or other exercises but you find this out front!
Hong Kong Avenue of Stars, which is dedicated to the Hong Kong Movie Industry. It's actually closed for repairs right now, but we visited it back in 2010.
Anyway turns out these cute guys were at the entrance to the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars - I don't know much about Hong Kong animation and I'm not sure if these characters were just from Hong Kong or if they were from China as well? Anyway, as you may have guessed, my favourites were the super cute ones. Especially the cute pig!
Our next stop after Kowloon Parker was the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin, we had to take the subway to get there. It took us a little while to find it as it wasn't that clearly marked.
This might not be the ideal place for you to visit if you don't like walking up steps, because there are a lot of steps up to the monastery - fortunately there are lots of interesting things to see on the while climbing the stairs.
There was also a pagoda, bonsai trees and some more golden statutes that were ok to photograph though, this was the first time I'd seen any female statutes since entering the monastery!
The green tea lattes included a Hello Kitty stencil on the top in chocolate and my macron was lavender flavoured.
The decor was a kitty-o-rama right down to the floor tiles and I obviously had to have my photo taken with the lady herself in a jaunty hat!
Well that was pretty much our first day in Hong Kong, as always, we don't do things by halves and spent all of the day walking and exploring (very little relaxing was done!).