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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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  • 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

  • Day224

    Hong Kong

    January 3 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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  • 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!)

  • Day85

    De cel in...

    October 3, 2015 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

    Tijdens onze vlucht van Yangshuo naar Lijiang ontdekten we dat - anders dan ons idee - de stempel in ons paspoort een inreisdatum aangaf van 3 september. De grensovergang naar China speelde rond middernacht af en wij hadden altijd 4 september als eerste dag van ons visum beschouwd. We hadden dus ook keurig op de 30e dag na 4 september (zijnde 3 oktober) een (dure) vlucht naar Hong Kong geboekt. Maaaarrrrr 30 dagen na 3 september is: 2 oktober! In beginsel is dus ons visum verlopen :( In Lijiang zijn we daarom naar het Public Security Buro gegaan om te vragen of er een probleem was - altijd fijn om in China naar formele instanties te moeten. De betreffende geüniformeerde ambtenaar vertelde ons dat het voor hen op zich geen probleem was, maar we konden eventueel ons visum verlengen omdat op het vliegveld er anders over gedacht kon worden. Hmmm. We kozen ervoor om het gokje te wagen. Veel te vroeg en licht ongemakkelijk gaan we naar het vliegveld. Daar blijkt de douanebeambte - enigszins geïrriteerd - geen zin te hebben in discussie en stempelt onze visa af! We vieren onze escape met een lekkere kop Starbucks. Na wat extra rondjes rond het vliegveld van Hong Kong vanwege slecht weer, zitten we niet al te laat in de bus richting ons guesthouse. Ons guesthouse blijkt midden in een gigantisch drukke straat te zijn. Als we eindelijk met de lift op de 8e verdieping komen worden we naar onze kamer gebracht... Een raamloze betegelde ruimte van ongeveer 6 m2 inclusief 'badkamer'... We zitten hier dus alsnog bijna een week in de cel! Beetje beteuterd gaan we slapen...Read more

  • Day88

    Hier en daar een bui...

    October 6, 2015 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

    We verhuizen in de ochtend naar onze nieuwe kamer met raam - yeah. Tot donderdag weten we niet of we weer terug kunnen naar het vasteland van China. We hadden bedacht om tot die tijd te genieten van alles wat Hong Kong te bieden heeft: varen met de Star Ferry door Victoria Harbour, op zoek naar de oude Britse gebouwen op Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak beklimmen en een strandje opzoeken. De gemende deler van deze activiteiten is dat het allemaal buitenshuis is... En helaas blijven de tropische hoosbuien maar overkomen. Deze zorgen niet alleen voor een mogelijk nat pak, maar ook voor een luchtvochtigheid van 95%(!) waardoor het tussen de buien door onaangenaam klam is. We gaan dus pas in het begin van de middag naar buiten om wat te eten en gaan aan het eind van de middag weer terug naar het guesthouse. We sjokken door het marktgebied van Kowloon waar de locals hun voedsel kopen. Het blijkt een mooie uitstalling te zijn van alles wat zwemt, rondkruipt, vliegt en loopt. Vooral de veelvoud aan soorten verkrijgbare vis evenaart de verscheidenheid aan vis in de aquaria van Artis. Zo is ons korte uitje alsnog de moeie waard.Read more

  • Day88

    Mongkok (Hong Kong)

    February 25, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Vandaag was het in de voormiddag een beetje regenachtig, dus na wat rondwandelen in Kowloon Park, waar je onder andere een doolhof en standbeelden van comics vindt, besloten we om naar het Science Museum te gaan.

    Dit was dolle pret. Dit museum is een Technopolis², veel wetenschap op een leuke manier gebracht. Er is momenteel virtual reality dino exhibition. Je houdt een tablet omhoog en ziet dino's rond je wandelen terwijl je uitleg krijgt. Leerrijke ochtend 👌😁

    Daarna gingen we richting de wijk Mongkok. We hebben hier veel rondgewandeld en de tempel Tin Hau bezocht. Daar was zoveel wierrook dat het soms moeilijk ademen was!

    Vandaag was een dag vol wandelen en voelen van de vibe van deze grootstad. Morgen gaan we terug naar Hong Kong island, richting de peak.
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  • Day2

    Fist glimpse of HK

    March 7, 2009 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Ok we were starting our trip today, ever since I dream of visiting HK (and that goes back to when I lived in Peru) I wanted to visit The Peak to get a nice photo of the HK syline. Today there was a problem, it was that foggy that even the tallest buildings were hardly seen.

    Changing plans we opted for a wonder around Kowloon and why not visit some of the many shopping centres.

    Prince Edward station was just around the corner from the hotel and once there we got the famous Octopus card, quite convenient actually because it is not only accepted in trains but also buses, 7 Eleven and other shops. anyway, we avoided the crowds in the morning so the train wasn't that busy. Still there are hordes of people flocking to the trains every time one arrives every two minutes !!!! and all the stations are announced in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

    We left at Tsim Sha Tsui station and then looked for traditional Chinese breakfast, a big disappointed with the options, every restaurant we visited offered breakfast that looked more like dinner to us, so I ended up having some coffee and bread, my wife and little one had to request a special order for boiled eggs and milk.

    After breakfast we headed to Kowloon park, a green oasis in the middle of the jungle of cement. The park is quite big and had an interesting aviary section, playground for kids and a aquatic centre. Not to be missed also an artificial(??) lagoon with plenty of flamingos around.

    Leaving the park we crossed the road via a pedestrian bridge and looking for a way down we ended up in the China Ferry terminal, great views to Kowloon station and the HK tallest building under construction The ICC tower, this tower will have great views of HK once completed.

    Finally we found out we had to get inside the Royal Pacific Tower to get to road level, from there we went to Harbour city shopping centre, well this is more like an underground city, so big it really stretches like 400m under the roads and then at the end the Ocean terminal with some cruises anchored there.

    There are plenty of shops and dining options in the centre, the prices were no different to those in Australia though so we mostly spent the time exploring the place (well Yovanna took long hours in every shoe store)

    We had a stroll on Canton road were there are more shops however the weather wasn't improving so we went back to the hotel.
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