"My Day out in Hong Kong with Shawn Mendes" by Ruchi Mohanani

"My Day out in Hong Kong with Shawn Mendes" by Ruchi Mohanani


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We asked our readers to write an essay titled "My Day out with Shawn Mendes". Here is one of the entries. It has not been edited.

Shawn’s songs are influenced by people, places and actions that surround him, so if I were to spend a day with him I would bring him to some of the more unexpected spots in the city for some inspiration. 

To set the scene, it’s on a Friday morning, the temperature on this bright and sunny mid- September day is 25°. Hong Kong is a city that is always moving, and similarly, our day runs at the same, speedy pace as the city. 

We start off with a sunrise hike up the lion's rock trail (not as cliche as dragons back, but the view is just as phenomenal). Here, we take in the vast concrete jungle that is Kowloon

We leave the densely packed city for a hike to the astonishing and picturesque beach far in Sai Kung country park - Sai Wan, home to the infamous crystal clear, blue waters and hidden rock pools. The day is spent eating local food on the beach for lunch, followed by soaking in the blazing sun for the rest of the early afternoon. We then catch the speedboat back to SK pier, grab a bite of pork neck rice at one of my favourite restaurants at the square and head into the city for the evening. 

Next up, a shopping trip at the busy, buzzing Mong Kok ladies market; to show him how bargaining is done here in HK and to buy some items that may not be as useful as we think. 

For dinner, we hop on the MTR (like a real local) and head to central - where all the action is on a Friday evening, of course. Dinner is heightened by the vibrant atmosphere of chatter and music at a popular hole-in-the-wall restaurant. But the night does not end here. We cross the harbour on the ferry, back to TST, to end with every locals favourite, a cone of Mr Softee ice cream fresh from the staple star ferry truck.

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