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How on earth...? 7D6N in Hong Kong

Saturday, 24 April 2010

We are finally back in the UK after a suuuuuuuuuuper long break thanks to the Icelandic volcano! We had way too much fun and food our waistlines are complaining..umm..maybe only the wild boar's. His pants size went from 34 to 38! I was in shocked when he told me that. Anyway, back to our monotonous routines. This is our last post on our Hong Kong trip, which is a summary of what we did and ate everyday. I always find these itineraries very useful when it comes to planning a trip. Hope this comes in handy for you too!

WB: If you're looking for a guide on the some of the best and mouth-wateringly-delicous food to eat around Hong Kong, look no further, for here is our summary of it (and some random sights, but I was more interested in eating than looking most of the time). Ignore our recommendations at your peril!

Depart: Mon, 22 Mar, 09:15
Arrive: Mon, 22 Mar, 12:55

Day 1

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) - Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) – Airport Express to Central – Cab to Hotel (City Garden Hotel North Point) – Tea at a random cafe nearby (on Electric Rd.) - Walk towards Causeway Bay (Polo bun on the way) – Dessert @ Hui Lau Shan (mango pudding), Causeway Bay (opposite Sogo)– Snack @ Yee Shun (steamed milk), Causeway Bay – Times Square – MTR to hotel, rest – Cab to IFC – Dinner @ Under Bridge Spicy Crab, Causeway Bay – Walk ard Causeway Bay randomly (try roadside snacks i.e. egg waffles) – MTR to hotel, rest

Hong Kong

Notes:
  • Airport express to Central (about 25 mins), HKD250 for 4 people.
  • Get an Octopus card. It is a rechargeable stored value smart card that can be used to pay MTR and bus fares, can also be used at retailers who accept Octopus, such as convenience stores or restaurants. You can return and obtain the remaining balance and deposit at the end of your trip. Adult: Refundable deposit $50 + Stored Value $100 = Price HK$150

Day 2

Breakfast @ Congee Wonderland near hotel, North point – Train to Shenzhen – Back to HK after lunch – Tea @ Kam Wah (Polo bun, Mexican bun), Mongkok – Walk ard Mongkok – MTR to hotel, rest – Dinner @ Yung Kee (century egg, roast goose), Central – Lan Kwai Fong – Snack @ Mrs Fields cookies, Central MTR St. – MTR to Tsim Tsa Tsui for Avenue of Stars – MTR to hotel, rest

lan kwai fong, hong kong

Ave of stars, hong kong
Avenue of stars

Note:
  • Try to get to the Avenue of Stars in time for the Symphony of lights, which takes place at 8 p.m. every night. Guinness World Records has named this the world's largest permanent light and sound show. We were there too late =(

How to get to Shenzhen:
  • Take MTR to Mongkok, Exit B3, use overhead bridge and walk to Mongkok East Rail station (about 10 mins walk), take train to Luo Hu (last stop, can use Octopus card), apply for single-entry visa (valid for 5 days of stay) at the immigration office, cross border.
http://www.hkstreet.com/story0101j.htm
  • Shenzhen visa only valid for certain nationalities, do check before you travel!
http://gohongkong.about.com/od/shenzhenvisaexplained/a/Shenzhen_visa_passport.htm

Day 3

Relative came to pick us up from hotel – The Peak – Gelato @ The Peak Tower - Tea @ Starbucks (Green tea frappucino) – Lunch @ Tim Ho Wan(dimsum), Mongkok – Stanley – Walk ard Stanley market, the main st. – Drinks @ a random pub at Stanley main st. – Visit relative’s flat – Dinner @ Pak Lok (Teo Chew cuisine) – Dessert @ Honeymoon desserts, Times Sq., Central- Hotel, rest

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Snacks @ The Peak, Hong Kong

stanley, hong kong
Stanley

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Promenade in Stanley

Stanley, Hong Kong
Stanley main street waterfront

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Notes:
  • We drove to Stanley market via Repulse bay, Stanley bay rd ,Tai Tam rd, the view was spectacular.

Day 4

Breakfast @ Sang Kee (porridge), Sheung Wan – Ferry to Macau (Turbojet) – Cab to St Paul Ruins – Walk ard (Portugese egg tart near ruins) – Snack @ Koi Kei – Snack @ Tea Plus (pork chop bun) – Senado Square – Lunch @ Seng Cheong (crab porridge), Taipa (by cab from Senado Square) – Walk ard – Snack @ Tai Lei (pork chop bun) – Walk to the Venetian – Cab from Venetian to Taipa ferry terminal - Ferry from Taipa back to Hong Kong (Cotaijet) – Dinner @ Mak’s Noodles, Central (Cab from ferry terminal) – Dessert @ Hang Fa Lau – MTR to hotel, rest

hong kong

Macau
Macau

The Venetian, Macau
The Venetian, Macau

How to get to Macau:
MTR to Sheung Wan, walk to Shun Tak Centre, buy ferry ticket from counter (Turbojet HKD134 one way, per person), long queue at immigration, down escalator, get your seat number from the counter right next to the boarding gate (this was the tricky bit, the boarding gate part was so chaotic and no notice whatsoever. Initially we were just queueing at the boarding gate. I was curious when I saw people crowding at the counter, so I went to check. Turns out you have to get a sticker for you seat number.), queue up at the boarding gate, board ferry, 1 hr ride to Macau from Hong Kong.

Turbojet, Macau

hk-macau ferry terminal

Our last stop was the Venetian, so we took a ferry from Taipa ferry terminal back to Hong Kong instead of going back to Macau ferry terminal. You can get to the ferry terminal by free shuttle service from the Venetian or take a cab. MOP142 one way, per person by CotaiJet. Less crowded as compared to Macau ferry terminal. Comfier ferry seats.

Cotaijet, Macau

Day 5

Breakfast @ Wing Hap Sheng (claypot rice, sandwiches), Sheung Wan – Shop ard Sheung Wan for dried goods – Snack @ random stall, Sheung Wan (curry fish balls) – MTR to hotel, check-out – MTR to Wan Chai to meet another relative – Lunch @ Fook Lam Moon (dimsum), Wan Chai– Snack @ Tai Cheong – Visit relative’s flat – Cab to hotel, collect baggage, cab to yet another relative’s flat – Cab to IFC – MTR to Tung Chung st (Ngong Ping 360 to giant Buddha - closed, Citygate outlet) – Snack @ Aji Ichiban in Citygate outlet (fish skin) - MTR to Central – Snack @ To Yuen (fish skin) – Dinner @ Kau Kee Beef Noodles – Souvenirs from Yung Kee – Dessert @ Yuen Kee (traditional chinese desserts), Western District (by tram) – Cab back to flat, rest

Dried abalone, hong kong

hong kong night view
The beautiful night view from relative's flat

Day 6

Honolulu egg tarts for breakfast (takeaway) – Brunch @ Maxim’s Palace,. Central – Private boat to Cheung Chau Lamma Island – Dinner @ Tai Yuen (Seafood) – Back to Hong Kong Island – Dessert @ Lotus Garden, Happy Valley - Sakurashima egg tarts (takeaway)

hong kong islands

Cheung Chau
Cheung Chau

Lamma island
Lamma island

Day 7

Breakfast @ On Lee (Beef noodles), Shau Kei Wan – Walk ard Shau Kei Wan market – Back to flat, rest – HKIA – Takeaway @ Maxim’s Deluxe - Lunch @ Wong Chi Kee (noodles) – Depart HK

market, hong kong
Dead fishes @ Shau Kei Wan market, the hearts were still beating!
WB: Seeing it live is actually really amazing. It's one of those things that I'll probably remember forever (or until my next night out for drinks).

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Depart: Sun, 28 Mar, 14:45
Arrive: Sun, 28 Mar, 18:25

Top 3 places we aim to hit again if/when we go back to HK?
  • Under Bridge Spicy Crab for the oh-my-god-it's-spicy-and-my-mouth-is-burning-but-I-can't-stop-eating-this-because-it's-so-frigging-good Typhoon Shelter crab. And this time we'll take a jar to take away the leftover garnish!
  • Mak's Noodles for their wonton noodles
  • Kau Kee for their beef brisket noodles

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