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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Holiday - Hong Kong Revisit

Revisiting Hong Kong again, simply because I just love this place for its unique clothings (shopping!), delectable food (think dim sum and noodles), and how this cityscape has another facade to it, comprising of mountains and island living. I guess part of the allure also comes from exciting Hong Kong dramas I was exposed to when young, depicting a darker side to this vibrant city. For review of my past 2 entries documenting past HK trips and activities, come here and here.

In the past, I have visited the popular touristy spots such as Victoria's Peak, Lan Kwai Fung, Stars Avenue, Ocean Park, Lantau Island and Stanley Market etc. What did we see, do and eat on this trip?

33 Man Kwong Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2339 0777
Website: http://hkow.hk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AIAVitalityParkatHKOW
Fees: Adult HKD$20.00 / Child HKD$10.00
Duration: 15 - 20 minutes (per ride)

Also known as the AIA Hong Kong Observation Wheel, this 60 metres tall Ferris wheel sits on reclaimed land between Wan Chai and Central, offering breathtaking panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and the surroundings. There are 42 carriages in all, each carriage is able to carry up to 8 passengers.

18 Harcourt Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Beautiful harbour on natural platform, Victoria Harbour is a bustling harbour area with striking waterfront scenery and popular nighttime light as well as periodic display of fireworks. With such exquisite views, it is no wonder we encountered many, many enthusiastic joggers along this stretch, taking in the cooling breezes.

Stanley itself is a small coastal town, a seaside village and well-loved tourists'  attraction with stunning sea views, cafes, pubs, restaurants, shopping malls, marketplace and the famous historical Murray House - a 19th century former barracks transported here via a ship (yes, the entire building!). Once a year, dragon boat races occur in the sea, in celebration of the Dragon Boat Festival Day.

118 Peak Road 08-09A, The Peak Galleria, The Peak, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2882 0488
Website: https://www.theartofchocolate.com.hk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateMuseumHongKong

Definitely interesting place for chocolate lovers - watch your chocolate made into Eiffel Towers, Peak Tram etc, as well as attend Chocolate Workshops creating your own chocolate gifts and souvenirs. There are also guided Chocolate Tasting sessions and sometimes, chocolate exhibition - definitely a chocolate haven. I bought some Chocolate Bars studded with fruit and nuts (HKD50.00), and enjoyed them pretty much.

Southwest of Hong Kong Island

Last trip, we explore Chang Zhou, so this trip we decided to get away from bustling city life to another quiet island. Lamma Island is a charming little town accessible by ferry, comprising fishing village (Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan) to seafood restaurants to quaint little shops and a gorgeous Hung Shing Yeh Beach. This trip exuded a very different vibe from hectic, pulsating Hong Kong Island itself - this was a leisurely and laid-back village complete with trekking trails for the outdoor lovers.

Hong Kong is a shopping paradise-  whether you are looking for locally-produced merchandise, local designers' boutiques or imported brands. Besides the huge malls, what other places are nice to shop here?

23 Carmel Road, Stanley, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2813 4623
Plaza Website: http://www.stanleyplaza.com/StanleyPlaza/Pages/index.aspx
Market Website: http://www.hk-stanley-market.com

Stanley Plaza offers a wide range of shops such as dining needs, furniture, books, supermarket, etc - and is a dog-friendly shopping centre!  It has also integrated with Murray House so its scope of retail shopfront and services are even wider now. This shopping centre offers a great view of the gorgeous Stanley Bay. Stanley Market consists of many smaller stores in rows of shophouses, as well as a bazaar-style shopping area to offer tourists a different shopping experience.

Hong Kong's retail aorta, having its own MTR station, leading to streets and streets of huge shopping centres such as Times Square, SoHo, etc - carrying branded and well-known names to fulfill your shopping needs.

20 Tat Tung Road, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2109 2933
Website: https://www.citygateoutlets.com.hk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CitygateOutlets/?fref=ts

Over 90 shops of branded outlet stores for your crazy shopping needs, right here at Citygate Outlets Mall - think Club 21, Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Kate Spade, Nike, Adidas, etc. I always drop by here en-route to the air-port. My only complaint is that the luggage storage lockers are often taken up so I have to drag my luggage around the huge mall.

There are many choices of hotels when it comes to Hong Kong - major names such as Novotel, Hyatt Accor Group etc can be found aplenty in popular districts such as Causeway Bay and Central areas; whereas the L'Hotel Group with its harbour view hotels are more common along the Harbour City area.  For this trip, we chanced upon Eaton Hotel at Mongkok area - where I do most of my shopping at.

Photo Source: http://www.destination360.com/asia/hong-kong/hong-kong/eaton-hotel-hong-kong/hotel

380 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2782 1818
Website: http://www.eatonhongkong.com/en

A large, family-friendly hotel with a good location between Yau Ma Tei and Jordan stations, a 4-star hotel managed by Langham Hotel Group. Facilities are complete and there are good restaurants and bars located within the hotel itself. The service was incredibly impeccable and thoughtful, rooms were spacious and we enjoyed our stay here very much.


What comes to mind when you think of Hong Kong food? Delectable Dim Sum? Mouth-watering Wanton Noodles? For the daring, Snake Soup? I love plenty of food here in Hong Kong, including Chinese-style desserts, congee, roast meat etc.

226 Hennessy Road, Po Wah Commercial Centre, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2520 1110
Website: http://www.krg.com.hk/!en/

Definitely a must-have while in Hong Kong - Kam's Roast Goose was so crispy and palatable, it made us both wish we'd ordered the whole goose instead of merely half portion. Expect long queue - yes, but do take note to get a number the moment you reach (we didn't know, and stupidly waited in line for nearly 30 minutes before realizing that a queue number was required). They take your order before you have a table, but do not collect any payment - this is to ensure that your share of the goose is available (yes, they do get "sold out" by around 8.30pm). Besides their famous roast goose, they also serve roast pork, suckling pig and goose liver and goose kidney etc.

WILDFIRE PIZZA BAR & GRILL128 Peak Road, L/2 Shop 1, The Peak, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2849 5123
Website: https://www.wildfire.com.hk

Thinking of handcrafted pizzas and delectable seafood pastas, or a glass of cocktail with magnificent views? Wildfire Pizza Bar offers that absolutely, with pretty good service too. Ok, that's the outlet up on Victoria's Peak. Wildfire has 3 other outlets situated at Kowloon, Soho East and Fashion Walk (Causeway Bay) - all the trendy places as well.  We enjoyed their Lobster Bisque, Pasta dishes and Cocktails.

378 Nathan Road 1/F Nathan Hotel, Jordan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2450 6333
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kachoifishing

Located right next to Nathan Hotel is Ka Choi Fishing Village - I walked past a few times with the impression it was a seafood restaurant, but my Hong Kong based cousin introduced us to it - turns out it is a popular dim sum joint. Yes, dim sum lovers - the variety here is good, and quality is definitely evident in the dishes.

G/F 77 - 81, Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2384 8388
Website: http://www.tsuiwah.com

Tsui Wah Restaurant has many, many outlets across Hong Kong, Macau and China itself, promoting their well-known healthy culinary culture with an innovative touch, fusionizing Eastern and Western concepts to create delectable dishes based on traditional ones. We enjoyed their Shrimp Wanton Noodles very much.

11 Humphrey's Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2705 1388
Website:  None supplied

A Cantonese Dim Sum restaurant of course, serving traditional Dim Sum with a modern twist, such as this Truffle Roe Shrimp Dumpling. I also enjoyed the Beef Tripe and Custard Buns with lava centre. The Dim Sum here were a little on the pricey side, just fyi.

G/F, 544 Queen´s Road West, Shek Tong Tsui,Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2816 6480
Website: https://www.wingwah.com/eng
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wingwahhk

Another famous delicacy of Hong Kong is the Wife's Biscuit ("Lao Po Bing"). There are a few famous brands but somehow I still love Wing Wah's ones the best - for the taste, texture and variety of flavours available. Each time I am here, I will buy back boxes for myself and family members. Wing Wah has many outlets in Hong Kong itself, and they also sell mooncakes, wedding cakes and preserved meat items.

Address: Located at many MTR stations and standalone kiosks
Website: https://www.maxims.com.hk/en/main.asp

Part of the huge Maxim's Group of restaurants and cafes founded in 1960, Maxim's is the largest bakery chain in Hong Kong. Their offerings include good assortment of cake flavours as well as bread - I would buy a pastry or two from them whenever I pass by a store.

1 Sky Plaza Road, Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1, Chek Lup Kok, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2186 6068
Website: http://www.maxims.com.hk/en/search/restaurantsearch.asp?id=271&m=2

Another of Maxim's Group of restaurants, Jade Garden is located conveniently at the airport, perfect for travellers to grab one last bite of traditional, delectable Hong Kong delight before boarding their flights out of the country. I rather enjoyed the Wanton Noodles and mon beau enjoyed Zha Jiang Mian made with their signature crispy fine egg noodles.

23 Carmel Road, Stanley, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2899 0314
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ginos-Gelato-Stanley/562903554088761

It was a hot, hot day so guess what? Creamy and zesty-flavoured gelato scoops and froyo flavours were extremely welcomed. The Raspberry Gelato was simply divine, so was mine (Rose Petal Yogurt) and mon beau's Ginger Lemon Gelato).

99 Shau Kei Wan, Main Street E, Hong Kong
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/華記麵家/190395754330700

This is a small noodle restaurant owned by a friend of ours, serving delicious Wanton (meat dumpling) Noodles. Just a DISCLAIMER that the seafood items shown here are not served as part of the restaurant menu, but specially prepared for friends'  gathering night which we were honoured to be a part of - to be able to enjoy some fresh and exotic Seafood items here in Hong Kong - such as my much-loved Lobster Cheese Noodles and these rare "Buddha's Palm Clams".

Yung Shue Wan Back Street, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2982 2259

This simple little street restaurant is managed by an all-female team it seems, serving up authentic local delights such as homemade Soya Beancurd and Little Cart Noodles (choose your ingredients and type of noodles) - we had so many ingredients, such as pig's skin, radish, sausage, mushrooms, cuttlefish etc.

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