Thursday, January 10, 2013

Hong Kong Hours

Warning: This is a photograph-infested post. 

I enjoy traveling to major cities and among them is Hong Kong. It's where East meets West. I've been going back and forth to this cosmopolitan city since 2003 and every time I go back, there's always something new to try, shop, eat and marvel at.

Victoria Harbour, at night.
A few tips when visiting Hong Kong:

  • Get a free map at the airport when you arrive
  • Purchase a round trip Airport Express train ticket, it's a lot more cheaper or you can always opt for the city bus
  • Buy an Octopus Card
  • Exchange your moolah at Foreign Exchange Counters with signs that say "No Commission". 
Our favorite area is Causeway Bay situated in Hong Kong Island. There were times we've stayed at Shama Service Apartments, Butterfly on Morrison and Alisan Guest House depending on our length of stay and of course, our budget.

I'm sharing snaps of our visit to this beautiful and modern city last February 2011.

We've stayed at Butterfly at Morrison

There are so many cute cafes and coffee shops in the Causeway Bay Area and we'd always like to try something new:

at the Causeway Bay Station (MTR)

During this trip, me and my friend Rhea decided to meet up. She was traveling with her brothers and soon-to-be sister in law. Mike and I took them to Stanley Market. It's a street market located in the picturesque village of Stanley with an interesting array of little shops selling silk garments, sportswear, art, costume jewelry and souvenirs. It's a bit touristy though however the area is really nice and there are also a lot of cafes and restaurants by the bay. We also took them to Victoria Peak.

Every time I get the chance to visit, I hoard useful items in H&M and Ikea because we don't have this shops yet here in Manila. We always make it a point to eat at our favorite Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao branch in Times Square. We do have this resto in Manila but because we discovered this first in HK, we feel a bit sentimental. We like this better than Din Tai Fung.

Mike's favorite Beef in Chili Oil Noodles

My favorite Xiao Long Bao

Mike and I decided to explore the city by foot. We walked the streets of the Wan Chai District and ended up in Sheung Wan.

The old Wan Chai Temple at Queen's Road East

We've always wanted to see the infamous Nam Koo Terrace in Wan Chai which is said to be haunted so we passed by Ship Street and climbed the steps to take a closer look at the old house.

It’s hard not to be spooked as you make your way up the deserted, shady steps leading to the house.

It is said that during the occupation, Nam Koo Terrace was used as a military brothel or comfort house for the Japanese soldiers from 1941 to 1945. Local women were raped and tortured inside the house. 

Hong Kong Graffiti

Pizza Express also has a branch in Ship Street

After that hearty meal of stuffed mushrooms and pizza, we went back to exploring the city by foot with occasional stops for drinks and window shopping.

One of Hong Kong's night life area

Mike at Hollywood Road

This is also the city where you can find really high escalators and red taxicabs. 

I also recommend stopping by at these places:

- Pacific Place
- Lee Gardens
- Fashion Walk
- Windsor House
- Victoria Park
- Victoria Harbour
- Avenue of the Stars
- Disneyland
- Ocean Park
- Mong Kok Ladies Market
- Jardine's Crescent
- City Gate Outlets
- IFC Mall
- Nathan Road

Hong Kong. Live it! Love it!

{Image 1 via Pinterest and Info of Nam Koo Terrace via Wikipedia}

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