Hong Kong Diary 2016

Hong Kong diary – June 2016

Let’s do one final #throwback to the trip Brenda and I took last July! I thought we did a pretty decent job at exploring the place and ticking off as many attractions as we could!

Aside from the many photos we took, I also shot plenty of footage along our trip. I’ve been working on this video since friggin September and yes procrastination and hectic schedules led me to only post it now hahaha. Show the video some love, and read on to find out what we did in Hong Kong!


Day 1: Hong Kong Island & TSIM SHA TSUI

VICTORIA PEAK

Peak Tram:
33 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Central (Tsuen Wan Line or Island Line)
Opening hours: 7am – midnight (daily including PH)
Website

Going up Victoria Peak was one of the top things on our to-do list in Hong Kong, and we got to it on our very first day! I guess we spent way more time on the Sky Terrace than others would – over a good hour making sure we got the perfect shot of Hong Kong’s concrete jungle.

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The fastest way to get to The Peak is the Peak Tram – return Peak Tram tickets + access to the Sky Terrace 428 costs HK$88 (S$16). Of course, you can also trek your way up! To get to the Sky Terrace, you’ll pass through the Peak Tower, which is a shopping mall on Victoria Peak. You will find restaurants, souvenir shops selling local crafts, and also a Madame Tussauds museum!

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IFC mall (International Finance Centre)

Two International Finance Centre, 8 Finance St, Central, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Central (Tsuen Wan Line or Island Line)
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
Website

The area around Central MTR essentially looks like Singapore’s Central Business District. Tall office buildings, office people rushing off everywhere, and the malls look just like the ones at home. The ifc mall is connected to the train station, which makes it really easy to get to.

You can find the famous Tim Ho Wan restaurant here, along with many renowned fashion and beauty brands such as Bobbi Brown, Tory Burch, Chanel, kate spade etc. It’s no wonder why tourists treat this place as a shopping paradise – especially for the branded goods!

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority

55th floor, Two International Finance Centre, 8 Finance St, Central, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Central (Tsuen Wan Line or Island Line)
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri) 10am – 6pm, (Sat) 10am – 1pm
No entry 20 mins before closing. Closed on Sun & PH.
Website

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This may sound really strange as a tourist attraction. But within the HKMA, on the 55th floor, is an Information Centre which is welcome to members of the public, even tourists! There are guided tours on weekdays at 2.30pm, and at 10.30am on Saturdays. You can expect an alternative view of the city’s skyline from the viewing gallery. This is also one of the go-to photography spots I mentioned in my previous Instagram list for Hong Kong.

Read: 10 Instagram or photography spots in Hong Kong

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Victoria Harbour

Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui (Tsuen Wan Line) or East Tsim Sha Tsui (Tseung Kwan O Line)

There’s no better place to admire the city’s skyline than at Victoria Harbour, which is just a short 10 min walk from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station. Be it night or day, the harbour makes for a great spot to sit and enjoy the view, especially in the evenings, where more people can be seen hanging out with their friends on the benches or steps. A chill spot for sure! (This is also another photography spot on my list!)

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Day 2: Mong Kok

Mong Kok estate

Nearest MTR: Mong Kok (Tseun Wan Line or Kwun Tong Line)

We’d received plenty of food and travel recommendations in Mong Kok from friends, so we thought it only made sense to dedicate an entire day to explore this vibrant neighbourhood. I’m quite sure we clocked over 10,000 steps just on that afternoon itself! I did an entire post on our day spent in Mong Kok, so read below! 😛

Read: Walk & Explore: Mong Kok, Hong Kong

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Nathan Road (neon signs)

Nearest MTR stations: Prince Edward, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui

We were on the hunt for the street with the most neon signs, just so we could capture yet another iconic shot of Hong Kong’s streets. Since most photography sites pointed us towards Nathan Road, we decided to walk our way down to our apartment! We actually walked from Mong Kok to Jordan, which is about 2 MTR stops. (Yeah I can’t believe we walked that much too.)

Nathan Road is also known as the Golden Mile, since you can find pretty much anything along this road, which stretches from Prince Edward MTR all the way to Victoria Harbour. That’s about 3.4km if you’re planning to conquer it on foot. From Jordan MTR onwards, you can also find larger malls, where the bigger brands are at (think Burberry, Fendi, Chanel etc.)

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Day 3: Around Hong Kong Island

Antique Street

Hollywood Road and Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Central (Tsuen Wan Line or Island Line)

What amuses me the most about Hong Kong Island is how the past meets present: the modern concrete jungle coexisting with the older and historical structures. Antique Street, or known as Cat Street, is where you can find plenty of antique dealers, unique art galleries, and so on.

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Central-Mid-Levels Escalators

Jubilee St, Central, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Central (Tsuen Wan Line or Island Line)

As its name suggests, and I believe many have seen this in various movies/reality shows (even Korea’s Running Man!), the Central-Mid-Levels Escalators gets people up the slopes of Hong Kong Island with much ease. We did go on it twice, the first just to capture a time lapse for my video HAHA.

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Hong Kong Tramways

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Another iconic Hong Kong experience you shouldn’t miss: Taking the Hong Kong trams, which started since the early 1900s. It’s the world’s oldest operating fleet of tram cars, and is still a popular mode of transport for the people on Hong Kong Island. It’s great to people-watch or check out the street views while on the tram – which is exactly what we did. Since it was raining, Brenda and I took the tram from Sheung Wan all the way to Kennedy Town (which is the last stop).

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Instagram Pier

8 Fung Mat Road, Sai Wan, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: HKU (Island Line)

I think this place needs no further introduction. The Instagram Pier, as its name suggests, is an Instagrammer’s dream come true, especially when it comes to sunset! I wrote a whole post and shared plenty of photos from my visit to the pier, so head over there!

Read more: Photo diary: Instagram Pier in Hong Kong

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Day 4: City centre

Tsim Sha Tsui (Breakfast)

Yum Cha: 3/F, 20-22, Granville Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Dim Sum Icon: The One, 100 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Star Café: Basement, 40 Carnarvon Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong (Closed on Sun)
Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui (Tsuen Wan Line)

Leaving our apartment at Jordan, a short 5-10 min walk brings us to the Tsim Sha Tsui district, where breakfast eateries are abundant. Looking for a retro breakfast spot? Star Café is for you. If you’re looking for a classic Hong Kong dim sum breakfast to start off your day, Yum Cha and Dim Sum Icon is a great place to visit as well. Dim Sum Icon also serves their dishes in cute themes which change every few months, such as Gudetama, Crayon Shin, and more!

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Central (Lunch)

Yat Lok Restaurant 一樂燒鵝: 34-38 Stanley Street, Central
Kau Kee Restaurant 九記牛腩: 21 Gough Street, Central
Lin Heung Tea House 蓮香樓: 160-164 Wellington Street, Central
Tsim Chai Kee Noodle Shop 沾仔記: 98 Wellington St, Central

It seemed as if we spent our entire day just eating to no end. We met up with Brenda’s Hong Kong friends over lunch and they brought us Yat Lok, where we enjoyed our first meal of roasted goose and barbecued pork. There are also plenty of other restaurants to consider in Central, above are just a few of the recommendations given to me.

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Causeway Bay (Shopping)

Nearest MTR: Causeway Bay (Island Line)
Popular malls: Hysan Place, Times Square, SOGO Department Store

When Brenda’s friends heard that we haven’t gone to Causeway Bay, they insisted on bringing us there themselves. The MTR connects you directly to Hysan Place, and you’ll see plenty of other malls in the area upon stepping out of the station. Think of a more dense and concentrated version of Orchard Road, and you’ll get Causeway Bay. Plenty of shopping and eating to be done here!

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THANK YOU for doing the endless scroll through the mad number of photos I’ve inserted in this post, they were too good not to share! Also if you haven’t been to Hong Kong, I hope this long written spiel about our 4-day adventure has provided you with some ideas for your own trip.

Also, if you want to see everything that we ate during our trip, read it here: What we ate in Hong Kong.

If I missed out anything in this ‘itinerary post’ that you would’ve wanted to see, let me know in the comments!!!
Have you ever been to Hong Kong? What was your favourite memory? 🙂

With love,
jtwong


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