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Mong Kok

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  • Day3

    Star Ferry and Ladies Market

    November 26, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    We had a more leisurely start today, leaving the hotel just after 9am for a walk to the ferry terminal to catch the historic Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour to Kowloon.

    With a few detours for caches, we walked through Kowloon Park to the Hong Kong Scout Association, who have a large museum as part of a Scout branded hotel, which is also the tallest Scout building in the world!

    After lunch at a small noodle and dumpling restaurant we walked via the Temple Street night market (not much happening during the day), to the Ladies Market. This was very busy and continued for many blocks, so by the time we reached the other end we were ready for a train trip back to the ferry terminal.

    We spotted the Space Museum on the walk fron the train station, so DC paid a vist while we had coffee and cake at nearby Starbucks.

    We caught the Star Ferry back to Hong Kong Island and ventured up to a rooftop garden in search of another cache. Apart from a great view, there was also a burger bar on the rooftop with outdoor seating, so we stopped there for tea and enjoyed the harbour lights.

    The journey back to the hotel was partly via the Central–Mid-Levels Escalator, the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator system (800m in length with a 135m rise in elevation).
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  • Day2

    First day in Hong Kong

    November 5, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Totally jet lagged we went off to spend our first day in Hong Kong via MTR.
    Visited some shops and the famous Fa Yuen Street where you can buy everything even gold fishes in plastic bags🙈

  • Day224

    Hong Kong

    January 3, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We have arrived after an uneventful flight Virgin Atlantic, getting to our Hotel at 6 pm local time
    Arrived feeling like zombies - after a quick shower we looked for some food and found an eatery which was busy with locals. Great comedy moments as the waiters tried to explain the concept of their restaurant which was a Chinese Fondue known to all over here as the Hot Pot.. Not sure what meat we were cooking but it was interesting and tasty.
    Hong Kong was pretty much shrouded in mist during our stay so the iconic city-scape did not appear in all its glory. Karen and I were also under the weather with a flu type bug which, together with the high humidity, dampened our enthusiasm to revisit the sights we had already seen on our previous visit.
    Due to our condition the exotic smells from the various street food sellers and many eateries could not temp us. We ate very simply for the rest of our time here.
    We could not find the marvellous Dim Sum restaurant in the IFC mall where we had previously enjoyed a fabulous meal. Instead we went to a renowned Dim Sum eatery (1 Michelin Star) which was extremely disappointing. We walked all around the mall at every level and decided that the restaurant we had visited previously must have closed or moved.
    The walk of fame was closed for re-development so we could not squeeze the bronze pecs of Bruce Lee this trip.
    We visited Hong Kong Island via the Star ferry - we walked up to the botanic gardens and to the Temple. There was a sign outside the temple advising people that they could not smoke inside which was quite ironic - many many people were buying boxes of 12 incense sticks and lighting them all together before planting them in front of their preferred icon. The atmosphere was very thick with it all - there must have been 1000 sticks burning simultaneously.
    The only fat people we saw here other than one man in the city and oversees travellers in the hotel were the Macdonalds staff behind the counter at the airport as we left.
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  • Day38

    First Night in Hong Kong!

    June 22, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Well today has been an absolute whirlwind, but one of my best days by far! From getting up at 4am (yes it was a struggle), delayed flight, and having the chattiest passenger ever sitting next to me, although I think I was somewhat worse! I finally made it to Hong Kong only 2 hours later than planned. After checking in at the hotel myself and my new friend from the flight ventured out into hot humid city centre of Hong Kong, no joke it was over 25C and nearly 90% humidity, I was ready to melt. Starting out in the North side of Kowloon we walked over 15KM, snaking our way through the maze of markets, bright lights, neon light, questionable food and beautiful back streets! Ending up at the waterfront overlooking one of the most impressive skyline I have ever seen. My first night in Hong Kong was absolutely amazing and is something I will definitely remember!Read more

  • Dec28

    Mongkok am Abend

    December 28, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Mongkok weist eine Bevölkerungsdichte aus, die ihres Gleichen sucht. Ein lebendiges Wohn- und Einkaufsgebiet. Dieser Stadteil zeichnet sich auch durch seine Mischung aus alt und neu, den vielen Läden und Restaurants aus. Am Abend ist hier wirklich viel los. Eigentlich wirkt es auf uns chaotisch, doch wenn man es genauer betrachtet, findet man auch eine gewisse Struktur, zum Beispiel in den spezialisierten Märkten oder Strassen. So schlendern wir durch die Sneakers Street – alles Schuh-Läden, so viel Sneakers und Turnschuhe haben wir selten auf einmal gesehen. Andere Beispiele sind die Märkte: Flowermarket, Birdmarket. Ausserdem finden wir hier coole Strassenszenen für die Fotografie, wie etwa den "Buslibahnof" und die vielen Leuchttafel und Neonreklamen, die die Strasse in speziellem Licht erscheinen lassen.

    Wir sind gerne hier, vor allem am Abend, da ist was los. Souveniers eingekauft und Fotos geknipst, erleben wir noch ein paar Ausschreitungen und begeben uns anschliessend gegen Mitternacht zu Fuss an die Avenue of Stars am Wasser wo die ganze Menschenmenge auf ein Feuerwerk (Jahreswechsel) wartet. Leider wurde es jedoch abgesagt.
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  • Day4

    Hong Kong Day 3

    November 4, 2013 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Hong Kong
    Monday, November 4, 2013

    Mon 4th Nov

    Today has been Hong Kong Island based and as you will see from the posted photos, we started off at the Man Mo Temple, which is both Buddist and Taoist, which we thought unusual, until on explanation it became apparent how similar the two religions were. This small traditional temple has stood on the same spot since the 1800s and is surrounded by soaring skyscrapers , an interesting juxtaposition.
    We moved on to Victoria Peak and the railway. In sections this has a gradient of 24%, seriously steep. It takes 8 mins to ascend and the observation point is approx 450mtrs high. The views over HK are stupendous, even on a less than clear day like today. The mist is still hanging about and we did have a little rain this eve, drifting in from the edges of the typhoon.
    Lunch was taken at The Jumbo Floating Palace, which several of you have mentioned as a must visit and you were not wrong. We had a sampan ride first amongst the various vessels moored in Aberdeen Harbour, before being delivered in style to the restaurant. They were a mix of working fishing boats and serious gin palaces, an interesting combination. A visit to Stanley Market concluded the day, after which we are definitely marketed out!
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  • Day2

    Touchdown in Kong Kong-Day 1

    November 2, 2013 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
    Saturday, November 2, 2013

    Nov 1st/2nd 2013
    Well blogsters, here we are in Hong Kong and yes, those of you who know about these things were all correct - the flat bed was worth every penny! My only concern is, has it ruined us for the rest of our lives?? We are at the very beginning of Peter’s retirement trip to the other side of the world. Accompanying us on our journey are our old friends Geraldine and Reg from Devon and this is as big an excitment for them as us. There will undoubtedly be laughs aplenty!
    The inward flight was spectacular in the pearly early morning light and we were at our Kowloon based hotel by 7.30 am local time, delivered there by the HK equivalent of Jensen Button, who spent the whole journey weaving in and out of the early morning traffic and simultaneously shouting into his iPhone. Interesting, to say the least. However, not daunted, we have hit the ground running and investigated the Star Ferry, which is just round the corner from the hotel, booked a couple of trips and managed to get to grips with the MTR (tube).
    Whilst waiting for the room to be ready we decided to take the tube (and it is exactly that, a metal tube with no subdivisions) to the Flower Market, which was of particular interest to me, as you can imagine. It was chaotic and not only awash with exotic blooms, but also, to my amazement English flowers, such as stocks, zinnias and ranunculus. Nearby, was the bird market and this was quite a sight to behold. Keeping songbirds in tiny ornamental bamboo cages is clearly immensely popular here and the equivalent of showing at Crufts it seems. I was both fascinated and appalled at the same time. There were dozens of tiny glossy green finches huddled together in a minuscule cage, parrots in another, minar birds and many more beautiful specimens that I couldn't name. I must remind myself that this is the culture and it is different here.
    We continued to walk back towards the hotel down a long market street buzzing with locals buying their weekend goods of all types. Huge high rise apartment blocks towered above us strung with lines of washing. There were bright neon signs, much shouting and selling, street food, wonderful bonsai trees, unusual fruit and vegetables and I suspect it is a scene that has remained unchanged for millennia.
    Finally, just to add a touch of meteorological interest, there is a Typhoon blowing in tonight. There's nothing like a spectacular welcome is there? We're told it is merely a type 1 storm and nothing to be concerned about, but we'll see. I'll keep you posted...........
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  • Day3

    Hong Kong - Day2

    November 3, 2013 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
    Sunday, November 3, 2013

    Sun Nov 3rd
    There is no doubt about it that HK comes alive at night. As you will see from one of the latest photos posted, the view from Kowloon to HK island is spectacular to say the least. We ate outside at a local restaurant yesterday evening, trying various delicacies of the type not seen in the UK. The pickled ginger with preserved egg was certainly memorable! Geraldine steered well clear!! It was a warm balmy evening and it was just lovely to wander around sans coat and muffler watching the world go by.
    This morning, after a breakfast buffet the like of which we have never seen, we took the Star Ferry to HK Island which makes Manhattan seem low rise! Wall to wall concrete and glass, with just the odd touch of green. A miracle of engineering without a doubt, but somehow strangely sterile. Every available area was full of groups of young Filipino maids on their day off, picnicking, gossiping, having a pedicure, doing one another's hair and generally having what for them is clearly a family day. There were hundreds of them in every nook and cranny, sitting on rush mats and taking advantage of the warm weather. We were initially fascinated at home life being lived out in such a public place and eventually rather sad, that this was their only opportunity to remember home and the lives they had once lived.
    However, our object was to travel the longest and steepest escalator in the world , which we did and it is mind blowing. On the ascent, one has a bird's eye view of back street life on the Island and the juxtaposition of traditional Chinese architecture with modern glass edifices has to be seen to be believed. I was warned to look out for bamboo scaffolding and boy is it everywhere; cladding enormous buildings under construction, looking I have to say unbelievably flimsy. I know it is stronger that steel, pound for pound, but I'm not sure I would want to trust myself to it 20 floors up! We ended up in the clouds, or so it seemed. The next issue of course was the coming down, particularly for me with dodgy knees However, neatly solved by a passing taxi!

    Time for an afternoon rest before hitting the town this evening, which I will cover later.

    Note for the meteorologists amongst you, the typhoon has given us a miss. It is hazy today, and very humid, but no wind I'm pleased to say.

    This evening has taken us to the Temple St Night Market, something of an institution in these parts I understand. Hundreds of tiny stalls of all types crammed into a neon lit narrow street. Quite a spectacle, although to be truthful mainly tourist tat. Pater and I both bought a carrying bag each and bargaining is the name of the game. This I left to himself, who you will not be shocked to hear was a natural. G&R discovered something of greater interest in the next door alley. As in times gone by, here were dozens of individual stalls of butchers and fishmongers, cheek by jowl. A food hygienists nightmare I can tell you, but one couldn't have said the fish wasn't fresh. All sorts of strange looking creatures were swimming in polystyrene troughs kept oxygenated by running water from a hose. Quite simply, you selected your dinner and took it home with you!
    On the corner was The Hong Kong Jockey Club Emporium, of particular fascination to PL of course. It instantly caught the eye, not due to its fabulous decor, but because it was rammed with 'customers' spilling out onto the pavement, studying form and curiously silent in deep concentration. Talk about betting on two flies up a wall, you couldn't have squeezed the proverbial fly in there. Peter made an attempt to insinuate himself but unsuccessfully, no one was giving up their faint glimpse of the screen. It would have made a great photo - PL in the middle of a sea of Chinese punters. Do you think I could have picked him out in a hurry?
    We moved on down to the pier to take a Harbour Cruise and watch the Laser Light Show, which was strangely disappointing. We all felt the same. Not sure what we expected, but hey ho it was certainly an experience to see the Kowloon and HK Island waterfront lit up from the Harbour. The accompanying buffet we were somewhat unenthusiastic about. To the forefront of the mind was the recently viewed alley of meat and fish vendors!! A salad is extremely good for you of course.
    Returning to the hotel we passed yet another massive construction site. On enquiry, we were told this is to be the terminal for the bullet train that is under construction, linking HK with Bejing. It will be open for business in 2015 and one will be able to take the train to China's capital in 9 hrs. It is currently a 29 hr journey by rail. Did you know that China has 70% of the world's cranes just now? No, I though not - yet another useful fact to squirrel away and on that illustrious note, I'll sign off for now.........
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  • Day326

    Hong Kong

    April 15, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌬 20 °C

    We arrived in Hong Kong quite refreshed after an overnight flight from Brisbane. We both managed to sleep quite well on the plane.
    Hong Kong was again quite misty. We spent some time at the roof top pool at our hotel them wandered down to the harbour front in search of some food. The Avenue of Stars had re-opened which is now a broad walkway on the harbour side. We walked back to our hotel in light rain.Read more

  • Day18

    JOUR 2: BALLADES ET MARCHES

    November 23, 2015 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Nous avons flanés dans les rues, aux rythmes des marchés : le marché des poissons rouges, le lady's market, le quartier de Mong Kok (c'est le quartier le plus dense au monde avec plus de 200 000 habitants au km2! On se tient chaud!)Read more

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Mong Kok, 旺角