Global Glimpses: Hong Kong, China


In March 2011, I spent a couple of days in Hong Kong en route back from Hainan Island. While there were many aspects to the city that I loved, a real standout was Des Voeux Road West, better known as the Dried Seafood Street.

On this busy road that stretches along some 200+ shops in Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island, you’ll find a spectrum of rare delicacies such as dried abalone, the showpiece of most Chinese banquets.

Other finds include sea cucumbers, fish maw (or bladder) and controversial sharks’ fins. You’ll also see lots of bizarre-looking fungus and seaweed as well as reindeer’s veins and tails (yikes!), dried snake skin, wild bamboo shoots, birds’ nests and dried turtles.

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