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Sunday, 12 January 2014

Holiday - Hong Kong

I love Hong Kong. It is a lovely city by itself, with cooling weather, great shopping and awesome Cantonese-style food that I absolutely love. I love Hong Kong also because I grew up between HK and US dramas - the HK shows and glamorous celebrities always enticed me very much. I loved the night scenes and the romance of the city before I visited even; and I love Hong Kong because of family connections as well.

Having been there numerous times, I am pretty familar with most of the spots around town. It is really easy to get around by their train system MTR, double-decker buses or cabs.

What to do in Hong Kong?

Let's Talk about Food
I love Hong Kong food anytime- one could find good food anywhere, from expensive restaurants to Hong Kong cafes strewn around the island. Fast food lovers would be disappointed as there are not much (if any, in fact) fast food restaurants in Hong Kong itself.

The photo features Hong Kong's traditional soup dumpling (wanton) noodles, Roast Meat with rice (chicken, goose, duck, pork, you choose what you like), Dim Sum and Desserts.

Yes, one could find many interesting kinds of noodles in Hong Kong - roast meat noodles, dumpling noodles, pumpkin noodles etc. Dimsum as well - there is nothing like good, old dimsum from Hong Kong - meat buns, shrimp dumplings, chicken feet, spring rolls etc. As for Desserts - they make anything using bean paste to fruits to ice shavings. 

Their steamboats were good too, I remember eating this Fei Fei Steamboat where we had good broth for soup base, and exotic items such as ostrich meat and coral balls; and the beef slices that melted in the mouth literally.

One tends to be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining in Hong Kong.

Let's Talk About Drinks

For upclass dining, drinks and clubs - basically  night time entertainment, head to the popular and vivacious Lan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong where there are more than 100 clubs, shops, restaurants and lounges to keep you duly entertained all night long.

Victoria's Peak and Madame Tussaud's Waxwork Museum
This is one spot that every tourist should pop by. A short tram ride up Victoria's Peak, a mountain offering the most beauteous views of the city, and voila - one is treated to cooling climate, victorious views and fabulous food at its up-class restaurants such as Pearl on the Peak, Tien Yi Chinese Restaurant, Kyo Hachi Japanese Restaurant and Bubba Bum Shrimp Co.

Even if you are someone who is into culture or museums, do check out Madame Tussaud's Museum where you get to meet your idols and historical figures in wax forms. The wax figurines look so lively, don't be startled!

I took quite some photographs from movie stars to dead celebrities to historical political figures, here are some of my favorites.

Ocean Park
This is one tourist's attractions- a huge park with lots to see, especially the aquarium within, featuring myriads of species of underwater marine lifeforms.

These days, one could also visit the Disneyland in lieu of Ocean Park, but they're vastly different attractions. While one features Disney-related characters, Ocean Park is in itself a marine mammal park and oceanarium on top of being a theme / amusement park.

Lantau Island via the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

Ngong Ping Cable Car is a gondola cable car that travels 5.7km between Tung Chung Town Centre and Ngong Ping Village on Lantau Island, offering us panoramic views of Hong Kong's natural plots.

Lantau Island, located at the mouth of Pearl River, unleashes the outdoorsy whim in us all - golden coastlines, magnificent mountain views and spiritual attractions. This place brings out the natural beauty of nature to its full specter, and allows the tourists to feel totally at peace; tranquil.

We visited the Po Lin Monastery and Big Buddha in its great magnificence. With the clouds swirling overhead and us so close to the skyline seemingly, how could one not dream of the magic of Heavens?

Stanley Market / Murray House

The picturesque Stanley Village with its traditional open-air market is a must-go for tourists. Ensconced by the seaside offering breathtaking views, this popular and charming little spot is ideal for photo-taking, shopping and food.

See Murray House? This is a dining spot, yes. It is also a restored Victorian-era barracks (1844) that was dismantled from its original location and transported literally by a large sea vessel to this current spot! 

Let's Talk Shopping
Oh, plenty of places to shop in Hong Kong, it is literally the mecca for women who love shopping! For up-class shopping, one could go to Causeway Bay, where all the branded malls are located at.

For more shopping, I like Tsim Tsha Tsui and Mongkok area- especially the latter that boosts shops and bazaars all along its Ladies' Street, Temple Street etc.

Tung Chung Mall is a great outlet mall with sports and fashion brands that allows one to shop till they drop as well.

Other Tourist Attractions
Besides all these mentioned above, one might also like to pop by Hong Kong's Disneyland, Fisherman's Wharf, Kowloon Walled City, Lamma Island, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Space Museum and Hong Kong Maritime Museum etc. 

I cannot wait to go back to Hong Kong again soon.

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