Today was a pretty packed full day in HK.
Got to sleep in which was nice. Chantelle had a good plan for the day and so we went with that. To start things off we had an awesome breakfast in the exec lounge complete with dim sum, dragon fruit and an amazing view of Kowloon.
A Busy Day in TST
Man Mo Temple
We hit up the tram first (neat!) and made our first stop at supposedly the longest escalator (lies because it wasn’t exactly continuous but I’ll give it to them). Hollywood Road was neat with its antiques and small boutique shops. First big stop was the Man Mo Temple (One of two temples for study in the word). I have to say that although this temple is TINY it is probably the neatest I’ve seen. Check out the incense-coils that dangle on the roof as prayers to the gods. At first I thought photography wasnn’t allowed and was doing all this incognito but later realized they only meant to say no flash hah.
From there we took the subway across to Kowloon in the Mong Kok (MK) area to check out the Gold Fish Market. On one hand it is quite the market. Seriously I wish we had one of these back home. Buying things for my tank at ome would be so much more convenient and cheaper. On the other hand watching the malnourished and improperly treated turtles was saddening.
Along the way we went to some mango-frenzy dessert place to cool down and also some street balls. YUM!
Ladies Market was next and this never ending street was probably our most productive. Picked up quite a few souvenirs/gifts for people back home and thanks to Chantelle’s negotiation skills we got some decent deals (I think?). It’s a stressful ordeal talking to these people man! After awhile all the shops pretty much sold all the same stuff. Do they all come from one warehouse or something??
At this point our eating schedule was all messed because at around 5 ish we had lunch at Dondonya Shokudo for some chicken/egg Donburi. Delish. Funny story though…Chantelle had the business card to another location so we actually had no way to find the one in TST. We called people and asked people along the way but had no luck. The one thing we weren’t smart enough to figure out was to call the number on the card and ask the restaurant people themselves. Brilliant!
Avenue of the Stars
To wrap things up for the day we went down to the Avenue of the Stars to watch the sunset and walk along the walkway there towards the clock tower and eventually 1881 Heritage building.
Nha Trang For Dinner
With our skewed dinner we headed into this crazy ridiculous mega multi mall area called Harbor City. After getting lost trying to find this yogurt place that actually didn’t exist we eventually ended up at Nha Trang for dinner. Okay to be honest the Viet food here was a bit weird. The best part was probably the soft shell crab roll.
We then took the Star Ferry back home and easily passed out. Food coma part 2.
There’s so much more I want to see and do and of course EAT in HK. Round 2 in June!
Tip For The Heat
- Visit as many A/C stores as much as possible when walking along the streets. A/C is king!
Late Morning & Early Afternoon:
- Breakfast @ the Conrad
- Tram from the Conrad to the moving escalator
- Walk along Hollywood Road to check out the antiques
- Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road
- Take the MRT to Prince Edward Station
- Walk to Gold Fish Market
- Snack at some mango madness place
- Snack some more at any street vendor – fish balls!
- Keep walking south along Tung Choi St. to eventually hit the Ladies Market
- Shop and negotiate till you drop
- Dinner at Dondonya Shokudo on Fa Yuen St.
- MRT from Mong Kok (MK) to Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) Station
- Take the underground to Avenue of the Stars. Awesome photos for sunset as the sun sets to the right and the skyscraper lights start coming on
- Walk along the boardwalk towards the clock tower and the HK Cultural Center
- From here take the stairs up to the raised platform. At this point it should be close to 8pm and you can wait to watch the light show if you haven’t seen it already
- From here the 1881 Heritage building is really close by and the area for sure if nicer at night with how it’s lit up.
- Cross the street to the Harbour City area if you dare and maybe grab more food here. Otherwise I’m sure there are other food options for dinner in the TST area
- Go to the Star Ferry Pier (2HKD…awesome!) and take it back to Central
- Cab back to the Conrad and call it a night!
Head To The Next Day
To read about the next day, head over to Day 3 – In Transit to Bali.