Warning: Overloaded with pictures. 🙂
I went to Hong Kong during the last few days of Chinese New Year this year. This was my 2nd visit to Hong Kong. What can I say? This place still rocks! Though I have to say there’s 1 big difference I experienced now from 3 years plus ago. Especially in Tsim Sha Tsui area, I was mistaken as a tourist from China because every time I want to order or pay my food/stuff, they would speak to me in Mandarin first. WTH??? Thank God every thing was good elsewhere. If not I would scream man! I no longer feel like I belong there (which I said I once was)
This 6 days 5 nights vacation is sort of a flashpacking trip in terms of accommodation and mode of transportation. Though it’s a 6 days 5 nights trip, we actually only have 4 full days. Our arrival was late evening while our departure from Hong Kong was early morning. Food wise I found some new and good ones and also got a little disappointed from the ones I re-visited. My main aim in Hong Kong this time is to visit one of my childhood dream place and sample more Hong Kong food! So come now, follow me on the joy ride. 🙂
Our AirAsia flight to Hong Kong was 30 minutes late (biasa la ya). The flight duration from Malaysia to Hong Kong is 3 hours 50 minutes. I got my ticket for RM400 return/pax (inclusive of everything; flight, airport tax, 2 meals, pick a seat & the stupid convenience fee).
This was my first time stepping into Hong Kong International Airport. In my previous HK trip, I flew to Macau first and then later took a ferry to HK.
We took the Airport Express train which was comfortable, fast and cheap. Only 25 minutes from HKIA, Lantau Island to Kowloon Station. Train frequency is 12 minutes.
From Kowloon Station, we took the Airport Express Shuttle Bus to our lodging; a complimentary add-on service provided for Airport Express passengers. Melbourne’s Sky Bus has free transfer service too. Why can’t Malaysia do the same? This would be a great convenience to visitors.
Saw this beautiful wall painting of Hong Kong while onboard the bus. It’s somewhere near HK China Ferry Terminal.
By the time we reached YMCA of Hong Kong, our lodging it was nearing 8pm. Quickly we checked-in, left our stuff and head out for dinner. I’ll give you a sneak peak of our room in later post.
Our ‘hurried’ dinner is at McDonald’s in Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Been here twice in my previous HK trip. This place is always jam-packed. Love the hot chocolate! Price wise an ala carte McCrispy Chicken Burger cost HK$15.80 (RM6.30).
After dinner we walked to Hong Kong Cultural Centre which is just opposite our accommodation. Though it’s just opposite, there’s no way to cross the road. We need to take the underground route.
Esprit flagship store which is situated behind YMCA. Funny Esprit Outlet of Hankow Road is no where in sight. This was an outlet loved by bargain seekers like me!
Finally we arrived at Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Some of the lanterns seen at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s park.
Walking further we come to the viewing deck. I’ve been to Avenue of Stars but not this viewing deck which is located at the tip of Kowloon Peninsula. Guess what? Saw many locals ‘paktor’ (dating) here. Haha
Harbour view of Hong Kong. It was very foggy and cold. The night temperature was about 9oC. You can still see some Christmas lightings from the buildings at Hong Kong Island.
Clock Tower @ The Piazza, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Kowloon.
Finally we reached our main destination… Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Exhibition 2011 @ The Piazza, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. This exhibition is still on until 6th March 2011. So if you’re going to Hong Kong in these few days, you will still be able to catch it. Admission is free.
This is the scene viewed from viewing deck.
The main entrance… silhouette shot.
Basically this lantern exhibition includes participation from Asia countries like Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. No Malaysia. Kekeke
This is Korea’s participation. 2 girls dressed in hanbok playing sea-saw.
From Cambodia if I’m not mistaken.
Our next stop is to look-see-look-see at Heritage 1881.
What’s so special about Heritage 1881? It was the headquarters of the Hong Kong Marine Police from the 1880’s to 1996. Today it houses luxury shops, fine-dining restaurants and bars, a heritage hotel and an exhibition hall.
Luxury shops like Cartier, Tiffancy & Co, Rolex, Piaget, etc can be found here.
Two loves. Behind is a maze-like garden.
A horse-carriage on the right. Many tourist taking pictures here.
Heritage 1881 is so beautiful that we planned to visit again in day time. But it was not meant to be even though we stayed just beside this building. I did take some picture from my window though. Will show ’em next time.
After a short toilet break, we head out again to Aji Iciban and 7-11 to buy some snacks.
So that’s it for now.
Stay tuned for day 2. 🙂