Wow, today was a very hot day. This far up North and I still can't escape this ridiculous San Francisco weather. Just kidding, what weather am I talking about? Seriously it was very hot today.
Despite it being so hot today, we all had plenty of sleep and a lot of free time. We all ate some very expensive Dim Sum then went shopping at Aberdeen mall until 3 pm for biking!
We rode the sky train towards Downtown and transferred to a bus heading for Stanley park. Apparently there was a horde of nudist bikers right when we were renting out bikes. Seems like San Francisco is not the only place where you would see naked people, with pride. Anyways, Stanley park was beautiful and had a mixed biker/pedestrian lane right before you enter the main part of the island. There were many other bikers so we sometimes got separated while biking on the trail. As we approached the beach, oh god, it's exactly what you'd see in San Francisco's beaches. At this point I took off my glasses to reduce pain from the bike helmet and tunnel visioned the trail to the end.
Now it was 6 pm after the biking and we headed towards Richmond, not for home, but for the night market. On the way, I saw many ducks and an extremely long line. The workers there said the waiting line would be two hours but we bought an expensive express ticket to cut everyone(Nice). As I entered the night market, I quickly realized that this was actually a night carnival. Gaming, food, merchandise booths. The long line. The high prices. Everything connected. Buying food here is like buying a complete dinner at an amusement park, that's expensive. My image of a night market is a place for businesses in the city to keep working longer for more customers.
In the end, I bought various food from the market and enjoyed them all. The only thing the market matched my image was the liveliness of the place. Everyone seems to be having fun with no worry. I saw a lot of families in the market, maybe this is the only time families could spend time with each other as a family after work and all. Overall this was a great place.
I personally think there should be a night market around or in SF Chinatown so I could go back home easily at night. It makes traditional sense for a Chinatown to have a night market and might lower the rising dangers of San Francisco nights.
-Andrew(Liang Fu) Wu