Hong Kong

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Asia, Hong Kong, Travel | 0 comments

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a bustling city full of bright lights, high rise buildings, beautiful parks and expensive shops.

People seem to work hard and play hard.  Supercars roam the streets while women wearing Prada go to brunch.

As we found out in July, if you go in summer it’s crazily humid.

We spent five days exploring Hong Kong, staying at the Butterfly on Hollywood which offers small but nice rooms and is centrally located.  It’s also across the road from Chachawan, which serves up delicious modern Thai food in a fun environment.

Further up Hollywood Rd is Classified which became our usual breakfast haunt where Wayne could enjoy his favourite breakfast of a latte and eggs bennedict.

Not to be missed is Michelin star dim sum institution Tim Ho Wan, it’s always packed so try going at around 3pm to get a table.  Also very popular in Hong Kong is the humble egg tart, not my thing but Wayne loved it.

Em HKTake a stroll through Hong Kong Park with it’s beautiful water feature and aviary, and the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens where you can watch the monkeys swinging around and playing with each other, both are free.

Take the tram up to The Peak where you can take in a breathtaking view of the city.  There is also a cable car to Lantau Island, where if you are really keen you can walk up to the larger than life Tian Tan Buddha.

There are many places to eat at The Peak and on Lantau Island, but they are both very touristy spots, and be warned the line for the tram and the cable car is always long so best to get there early.

There are many interesting sights walking the streets of Hong Kong.  “Ginseng Bird’s Nest Street” (Wing Lok Street) is lined with shops selling bird’s nest and ginseng, considered luxury delicacies.

Nearby Des Voeux Road West sells dried seafood, and Ko Shing Street has many herbal medicine shops.

Head to “Cat Street” (Lascar Row) for antiques and deals on jade, silk, embroideries and wooden handicraft items.

If you’re in the market for new kicks, runners or basketball shoes then get down to Sneakers Street (Fa Yuen Street) where there is an overwhelming amount of sneaker shops, at better prices than home.

Around the corner is the Ladies Market, this is where to go to negotiate the price of that watch, handbag or other accessory you had your eye on.

All in all a great city to spend time in, but for me once was enough.

 

The view from The Peak

View from The Peak

 

HK Buddha

The Tian Tan Buddha

 

HK Cable car

View from the cable car

 

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