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Hong Kong Day 2: Star Ferry, Man Mo Temple & Gage Street Market

Do check out Hong Kong Day 1: Airport Express, Thematic Lantern Exhibition & Heritage 1881 before reading my day 2 adventure.

On day 2, the fog continue to smoother Victoria Harbour. I have expected it. This is the kind of ‘weather’ you get during January/February in Hong Kong. At 10am, we walked to Star Ferry pier, Tsim Sha Tsui which is just few minutes from YMCA.

Boarding Star Ferry.
This is my first time on board the famous Star Ferry.

Ahhh… so foggy ya?
It was also very cold. Vapor can be seen coming out from our mouth when we talk.

Riding on the legendary Star Ferry is one of the must-do in Hong Kong.

Nearing Central Pier. Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central will disembark at pier 7 (the one on the left most). Total ride took about 6-7 minutes.

This is Star Ferry’s Central pier.

From Central Pier we took the pedestrian bridge and walked to our breakfast destination.

On the way we chanced upon Hong Kong’s General Post Office.
This post office is linked to the pedestrian bridge. What else? We dropped in and sent 2 postcards. ๐Ÿ™‚

Nice looking pedestrian bridge.

Finally we reached The Landmark. A shopping mall that housed luxury brands.
We’re just passing through.

I like their Lunar New Year decoration. Simple and nice. Love these balls. Kekeke

Finally we reached our breakfast turned brunch place 1 hour 20 minutes later. Hahaha
Aiseh we should have walk to the nearest MTR. But then it was hard to judge looking from the map. Nevertheless it was an interesting walk.

Our brunch is dim sum! (first time having it in Hong Kong)
Location: Lin Heung Tea House @ Wellington Road, Central. Remember to read it at my Messy Witchen blog. Very interesting dim sum place. ๐Ÿ™‚

Wanna know why we didn’t had any dim sum during my first visit to HK? Well, cause we had complimentary breakfast (which is so ho chiak) everyday at the lodge. That’s why. ๐Ÿ™‚

After our tasty dim sum brunch, we walked to Man Mo Temple which is 15 minutes away.

It was a pleasant walk along Hollywood Road.

Man Mo Temple (Man Mo Miu ๆ–‡ๆญฆๅปŸ) is famous for its incense coils hanging overhead throughout the temple interior. My main aim coming to this temple was to shoot ’em. Unfortunately we’re not allowed to take photos inside the temple. Sob sob.

This is Lit Shing Temple (Lit Shing Kun ๅˆ—่–ๅฎซ) which is for worship of all heavenly gods. It’s one of the 2 temples situated in this complex. As it was the 15th of the month and the last day of Chinese New Year, this temple is chocked full of worshipers.

Man Mo Temple which is for worship of god of literature and martial.
So yeah, I only snap from the front door. Still marvelous looking yeah?

Then it’s more walking to our next destination.

This is Peel Street where the road is hilly. Old Hong Kong.

Pottinger Street also known as Stone Slabs Street (็Ÿณๆฟ่ก—). These are granite stone steps. Pottinger Street cut through a section from Hollywood Road to Queen’s Road Central.

This area of Pottinger Street is famous for its stalls selling Halloween clothes, fancy masks and colorful wigs!

A little more walking, we arrived at Queen’s Road Central.

Look at the mass of people crossing this junction. Behind me is a Coach store.

Li Yuen Street East and Li Yuen Street West are 2 alleys situated between Queen’s Road Central and Des Voeux Road Central. There’s nothing much to see here but it’s worth a go at it. I found a gem at one stall! This stall above located at Li Yuen Street East (near to Des Voeux Road Central if I’m not mistaken) sells socks, leggings & tight pants. I bought some winter leggings and tight pants here. ๐Ÿ™‚

After that it was a short walk to H&M store (also at Queen’s Road Central). Since I’ve never been to one before, I was acting a little ‘sua ku’. Wah wah nice nice. Hahaha Bought a bag and sandal.

My planning was a little haywire that day. Because after that we had to walk back to Pottinger Street and into Gage Street. We went there to sample the famous and original Hong Kong milk tea at Lan Fong Yuen (review to be followed soon at Messy Witchen Review is up. Click the shop name).

After our light lunch at 2.40pm, we went to Gage Street Market which is just along Lan Fong Yuen.

Love strolling at this market. So many things to see!

Seafood anyone?

Veggies stall will the hallmark yellow light lamps.

Bought cherries @ HK$48/kg (RM19). So cheap!!! The cherries were very sweet. Nice to eat it while walking.

Is kilogram in Cantonese call ‘pong’? I thought ‘pong’ is kati (or perhaps pound) but when the fruit vendor weight the fruit, she was using the kg scale. This stall is located near the junction of Gage Street and Lyndhurst Terrace.

Then we walk back to Queen’s Road Central to take the MTR to Causeway Bay. Told you my planning was haywire that day. Hahaha We used Octopus card for MTR. It’s easy and convenient.

More walking after that. We head to Excelsior Hotel to get Lord Stow’s egg tarts! I missed having it when I was in Macau as we were short of time. Need to travel to Coloane ma. So this time I make sure I get to taste it. Was told about this branch by Moz right after I came back from HK/Macau trip 3 years ago. Hahaha The verdict? Well, I’m going to review it soon. Hold on ya. Read here to find out. ๐Ÿ˜›

Since we have walked so much, we decided to head back to rest. We came out again at night and went to the Esprit store (the one I showed you in my day 1 post). Since the price is not cheap, we quickly walk back out again. Haha No point wasting time ma since we know there are cheaper ones out there.

Our dinner was at Traditional Chinese Noodle (้›ฒๅ—ๆก‚ๆž—้Žๆฉ‹็ฑณ็ทš Yunnan Guilin Rice Noodle Bridge) @ 21, Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. No photos from here as I was dead-tired. The noodles however is a must-try!

That’s it for day 2.

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  • Reply Dawn March 9, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    If I remember “Pong” is pounds, “Kan” is kati. Looking at your pictures, it feels so nice and cooling to walk in that kind of weather….no sweat, literally.

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 10, 2011 at 8:52 am

      Ahh ya ‘kan’ is kati. But I’m still clueless as to why the vendor weight in kg scale. Hahaha

      When I reached my room, found out I have sweated a lot! Didn’t realize it while walking.

  • Reply tekkaus March 10, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Goodness gracious….The Landmark’s CNY decoration is really gorgeous. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 10, 2011 at 8:52 am

      Me thought so too. In fact my jaw dropped a little when I saw that. Haha

  • Reply tekkaus March 10, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Some part of the streets resemble Pertaling streets o. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 10, 2011 at 8:54 am

      Oh yeah. But you won’t feel like you’re in Petaling Street. Kekeke

  • Reply foongpc March 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Love the CNY decors!

    Oh! No photos allowed inside temple? Just this temple or all temples in HK?

    How much is the minimum amount for the Octopus card? Is taking MRT or taxi cheaper since taxi you can share the fare with a few people if you travel with 1 or 2 friends?

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      I guess for this temple only. They have a sign outside saying that. Was tempted to ‘curi-curi’ snap one photo but better not. The God is looking. Haha

      I actually thought we can snap inside Man Mo Temple coz saw so many photos on the web with interior of Man Mo. Maybe new rules kua.

      I went to another temple and it was ok to snap inside.

      The Octopus card cost HK$150. Refundable deposit is HK$50. Initial amount is HK$100. They charge HK$7 when you refund the card. If you’re traveling with 1-2 friends, then MTR is cheaper. But be prepared during rush hours… human jam in side the MTR. Kekeke

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