No trip to Hong Kong would be complete without trying the enormous variety of unique sweets and desserts this city has to offer. A light, refreshing import from Taiwan, the shaved ice desserts come in a plethora of colors and flavors. Towers of thinly shaved ice that looks like ice cream is bejeweled with whipped cream, tapioca pearls, pudding, and other fun toppings, doubling as both a dessert and a work of art.
We finally got the samples we needed, after copious amounts of spilled water, a couple bruises and a few seasick graduate students. Our hard work was rewarded with a tasty dim sum feast of sticky rice dumplings, shumai, har gow, and rice.
In only six hours, the tropical depression had become a full blown typhoon. I watched from my window into the early hours of the morning. Below me was a ghost town, not a car or person in sight, the trees looking small and helpless from the 8th floor as they whipped violently about. The steady waves of wind and water were illuminated by the streetlights, and I was lulled to sleep.