I took a long walk though Hong Kong that I'll never forget

On a recent visit to Hong Kong, I went to brunch with friends at a restaurant called The Square.

The Square serves dim sum, a type of breakfast food oriented around pastries with meats in them and sweet rice confections.

Then I walked back to my hotel, the Courtyard Marriott in the Western district. It was a long, meandering walk.

During my walk, I saw a bright green Lamborghini, stood on an escalator that took me across the city, and walked past a flattened pig face hanging from a storefront. There were also million-dollar antiques and some squid.

I’ll never forget any of it.

My day started with brunch in this city, Hong Kong.

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See the twin towers next to the really tall tower? My restaurant was in one of those.

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Then I walked back to my hotel, the Courtyard Marriott.

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Here's where I had brunch. It's called The Square. It has a Michelin star and it's cheap.

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The Square serves Dim Sum, and we put a small dent in the amount we ordered.

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After we left, we walked out of the tower and onto Hong Kong's famous outdoor escalator system

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Up we went. To the left, we floated by windows into stores.

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There's a plastic reindeer behind that window.

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There were restaurants looking onto the escalator.

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55,000 people use them every day, so it's probably good for people-watching.

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That's 110,000 eyeballs so the place was covered in ads, too.

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The system is 2,600 feet long.

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It's called the 'Central-Mid-Levels escalator and walkway system.'

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It's being watched.

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It goes around corners, wrapping around the sides of buildings above the traffic below.

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There are stations on major roads, just like a subway.

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You can either step off or keeping heading up. Standers move to the right.

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As you get higher, you see fewer stores and more restaurants

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That's because the escalator is going through more residential areas.

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Some apartment buildings open right onto it. It feels a little like 'Star Wars.'

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The locals eat organic.

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I got off at this stop.

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The stop was an intersection with this bar on one corner. One of my friends said it's a good bar for 'day drinking.'

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On the other side of the street there was this pub …

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… a pub with a whale on it.

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Onward. I turned right, walking past the day-drinking bar.

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I was walking toward Hollywood Road, a famous street in Hong Kong known for its galleries.

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I saw these giant stones -- construction material.

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I saw shops again, but this time they were high-end, designer stores.

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The street was full of open cafes.

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Is this sign supposed to be a play on 'Well Well Well'?

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I dropped off the last of my friends by this cafe. They had work to do.

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This sign pointed me down a bunch of stairs.

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This is Hollywood Road.

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I turned left onto it. I was about halfway home by the map.

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Looking up, I saw a tower covered in bamboo scaffolding

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In the storefronts, there were antiques.

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I had to stop at this store when I saw these guys.

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Most of the stuff in this place was at least a thousand years old.

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I asked, and the items cost between thousands and millions of dollars.

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I love this horse's expression. Looks like a Muppet.

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So does this guy, from the Ming Dynasty.

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And how about this dog?

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He's from 1,300 years ago.

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This vase is even older.

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It's from 5,000 years ago.

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Old.

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The one on the right looks like Ursula from 'The Little Mermaid,' right?

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C'mon.

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He totally does.

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This could be a Loony Tunes character or a Geico duck.

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Love it.

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This is how to contact the store.

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I saw this carving in another window.

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Don't worry, I didn't go in. But look at that detail.

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Different areas had different themes and scenes.

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It reminded me of Rodin's Gates of Hell.

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I walked on. Amid the antiques, signs for Facebook and Instagram

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An older man slept, hunched over. There's not much poverty visible on the streets of Hong Kong.

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But there is conspicuous consumption.

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The driver of this car slowed down so I could get a photo.

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There were modern art galleries along with the antique shops. No photos in them.

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Hollywood Road ended, and I turned down this narrower street.

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This street and a few winding paths after it would open onto Des Voeux road.

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It's a busy street near the harbour.

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All along my left, there were open stalls selling goods strange to my eye, like this dried octopus.

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Snake skins, I think.

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Dried pig face.

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Poultry.

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In America, we've become so used to never seeing the dead bodies of animals we eat.

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There were a few stores selling goods the way I'm used to seeing them.

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Shark fin, I think.

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I have no idea what these are.

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A stack of fish.

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An open butcher's shop.

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Thing is, if you're not familiar with raw food, it can look disgusting. Imagine if you'd never seen walnuts before?

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These fruits were gorgeous, though.

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Amid all the food, there was this clothes store.

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There were also a couple Circle Ks and 7-Elevens.

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7-Eleven and Circle K are both Texas companies, and they are everywhere in Hong Kong

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One of the last things I saw was this guard tower at the top of a barracks. Hong Kong does not feel militarised at all.

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Finally, I arrived at my hotel. The Courtyard.

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Now for the story of how I barely got to China.

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