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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Holiday - Hong Kong again

Back to my favorite place for shopping, sight-seeing and eating once again, as well as some family visitation. To recap on my last review, please visit here.

Having visited most of the other major attractions during the past few trips, this entry shall feature some places not visited before, or revisited but no photos.

Sek Fan ("Eat Meals" in Cantonese)

Dimsum - almost any DimSum Restaurant you step in to yum cha (drink tea) serves good dimsum items

Roast Goose !

Fong Sha Chicken - with crispy skin and garlic + ground peanuts sprinkled atop

Mango Pomelo Sago Dessert with Ice-cream

Steamed Egg White with Hashima and Bird's Nest

Gong Zai Mian - instant noodles

So, to recap, Hong Kong's famous food include DimSum, Roast Goose, Desserts and Gong Zai Mian (which is actually instant noodles), Roast Pork or Char Siew rice, Milk Tea, etc.

Easily found in most malls and MTR stations

Located at Victoria's Peak

I also recommend Egg Tarts from these two places - very lovely. Maxim's also has lovely salted egg yolk custard buns and other sumptuous pastries in general.

And also, the latest discovery of fresh Seafood in Hong Kong perked me up. There are a variety of seafood restaurants or one could actually dine at their hawker centre a la zi-char stalls for fresh seafood chosen from the aquariums. Their so-called hawker centre all come with table cloth and high-backed chairs, rest assured.

And I'd just discovered the most delicious Beef Brisket Noodles and Wanon Noodles on a small restaurant on Victoria's Peak - noodles so springy they were almost crispy, and shrimp wantons so fresh it was almost sweet. Beef Brisket was also soft and tender.

Yum Zow (Drinks and Club Scene)

Yes, Lan Kwai Fong (also known as "Lan Gui Fang") where all the clubs and pubs are located at- for food, drinks and sisha.

Victoria's Peak

The last time we were here, we visited the Madame Tussaud's Museum. This time, we were here for the views, shopping and chilling out. Hong Kong's night views are still easily one of the most pristine and fascinating, in my opinion. Sadly, it was hot even up here for Summer weather.

Stanley Market / Stanley Plaza / Blake's Pier / Murray House

Magnificent views of the sea on this mountain terrain

Many pubs for chilling out in

The legendary Murray House

The rather new Stanley Plaza for shopping

Historical Blake's Pier for lovely view and feel

Back to this place that I so like. Whether one comes here for lovely meals, chilling out at air-conditioned pubs or by beach bars, or simply to enjoy sea breezes and taking in sea views, even shopping at bazaars, this is a tourist's spot not to be missed.

Cheung Chou (Chang Zhou)

Ferry to cross over to Cheung Chou

Tiny, relaxed little island and its rows of shops and eateries

Sea view and real fishermen's boats

This laid-back, quiet little island easily reached via ferry, brings out another side of Hong Kong that is different from the usual hustle and bustle. It is more peaceful here, a simpler kind of lifestyle with a slower pace, and there are lovely seaviews with real fishermen's boats, tiny shops and a quaint little residential town nestling within this island.

Every April, the Bun Festival is also held here - where a mountain of buns would be built and competitors snatch as many buns as they could in the race.

Avenue of Stars / Symphony of Lights

Lovely night darkening to give way to lights 

Cart selling fried cuttlefish

Imprints of star's palms

Symphony of Lights laser lights show

This is where the famous Hong Kong's artistes left their palm prints and statues, a memorable spot exuding a charm of its own. We also stayed to watch the laser show named Symphony of Lights at 8.00pm - enchanting and gorgeous lights flashing across the city skies for about half an hour, accompanied by music.

Hang Gai (Walking the Streets aka Shopping)

Causeway Bay - where the high-end malls and brans are found

Some office buildings in their CBD area that offers shopping too

Famous Tsim Tsha Tsui area for shopping

Famous Mongkok area and the familiar brands all around

Citygate Outlet Mall - lots of brands at good rate
Finally, what we were here for- shopping! One may choose to visit during the turn of each season to get the post-season sales or July's great sale.

For brands and higher end boutiques, feel free to head to Causeway Bay or Central stations, where there are lots of stores found in office buildings and huge, glossy malls.  For mid-range shopping, do pop by Tsim Tsha Tsui, Mongkok, Prince Edward and Jordan vicnity - many smaller malls selling brands at more affordable prices and varieties to choose from.

To enjoy good prices for semi-branded items, feel free to visit Citygates Outlet Mall at Tung Chung Station (near Hong Kong International Airport, so good to make it a pre-boarding shopping trip there, or when going over to Lantau Island, because the 360 cable car is at this station too).   Last but not least, for budget shoppers, the famous Ladies' Street, Flower Street and Temple Street are located within the Jordan, Prince Edward and Mongkok district (all within walking distance from each other).

Other Sight-Seeing Spots
A new theme park, Noah's Ark, has just been newly opened, so do check it out.

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