Monday, February 14, 2011

Hong Kong: the places (PART 1: where to go, what to do?)

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Here’s the first section I’d thought I’d cover about Hong Kong. If your a regular, I’m sure you have a bunch of regular places that you visit :) If your a new comer, let me cover places I like to go to and places I went to during my trip! CAUTION: LONG READ + LOTS OF PICS AHEAD

I’d like you to refer to the MTR map :) its quite simple compare the one in Sydney and other places (Japan’s one is HORRIBLY COMPLEX). Upon arrival, you are at the airport which is on the very left of the map. The airport is a separate island from Kowloon and Hong Kong :) The MTR and some buses can take you the furthest side of Kowloon (Po lam! That's where I live!) and Kong Kong (Chai Wan) in about 1.5 hours.

The most popular places that come to my mind would be (with a quick summary):

Kowloon:

Mong Kok: In Chinese it means “crowded/busy corner” (with my crappy chi>eng translation). Its correctly named! There’s lots of people there and there are plenty of shops for shopping.

I’m not sure what times, but on many weekdays, the streets are blocked off for pedestrians rather than cars. A good thing about the streets are a few streets sell specific things

There's a street (Sai Yeung Choi Street) for electronic retail stores, such as Broadway and fortress stores. They are literally only a few stores apart on one street, it would not be surprising to see 2 or 3 of the same stores on that one street :s Lots of camera stores too!

There’s a street (Fa Yuen Street) for selling sport shoes (and other sport branded clothing)

There’s a street (Tung Choi Street) for Goldfish and tanks (goldfish tanks… not big pew pew tanks) :)

Basically, there’s too much to cover, but I thought you’d like to know the basics.  OMG I DON’T HAVE A PIC OF MONG KOK!!

Sham Shui Po/Shep Kip Mei: This place isn’t for the faint hearted. Its comparably, older, more crowded and dirtier than the rest of Hong Kong. Also it might be a good idea to keep an eye on your belongings!

Many people come here for the electron stores. “Golden Shopping centre” is a popular and famous place for cheap electronics. Cheap as in both legit and “unofficial” stuff. So if you browse around here you might find cheaper Ipads, galaxy tabs, phones and all (all real).

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Don’t be misled though, there are many FAKE products that look allot like real things. Obviously, the “I” products would have many fakes. I saw many white, pink, green and blue “iphones”. They usually change the branding abit like: Iphon, ephone, aphone… (vowel)phone. You get the point. BE CAREFUL

But if you do the correct research, correct checking you can find bar.gins :) We were able to get an Archos 70 8Gb for 2140HKD when it was selling 2180+HKD everywhere else.

Its also a great place to pick up accessories like cases and stuff… you know those iphone styluses? they are like 19HKD for ***3*** that's almost 2 AUD :(, you’ll also find lots of CD, DVD’s and the lot :)

Tsim Sha Tsui: I came here to see some movie at the “Hong Kong Space Museum”. Basically, the movie is displayed on an large hemisphere ceiling for you to watch. Sounds awesome, but made me sick :( I was a bit too tall for the seats and the area of focus was much higher than where I could see.

There’s the Peninsula Hotel (expensive stuff!!) right across the road :)

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You can also take a ferry to the Hong Kong (Wan Chai) side, takes about 10-15 minutes and costs very little ($2 for lower deck!). With a little research, you can also go to other places, even Macau! The Hong Kong side is so close that you can see the Hong Kong side:

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Kwun Tong: This place is mainly an industrial area, but there are a few sport shop outlets and the APM shopping centre.

The Kwun Tong centre also has a few interesting shops (in fact there are plenty of these in Mong Kok too), they sell funny stuff from Japan or at least inspired by Japanese stuff. There are also lots of computer shops here as well.

Not far away at Kowloon bay is the BIG shopping centre called Megabox, its a bit remote, but there’s a free shuttle bus from Telford centre that takes you there.

Wong Tai Sin: Named after a Chinese god, there’s a huge temple there which you can visit :) I haven’t found anything fun here.

It’s also populated by a lot of old people. Just so you know.

Kowloon Tong: I don’t visit here often, but this station connects you to Shenzhen which connects you to China and all.

Hong Kong:

Wan Chai and Causeway Bay: It’s very populated here also, in fact many of the movies which feature lots of people crossing are usually shot here (Causeway Bay)

There’s lots of places to shop (as usual): there’s times square, there's a street with lots of brand names (LV, Cartier and the lot) which is situated near by.

Basically, its like the rest of Hong Kong, lots of places to eat and lots of places to shop :). Besides that, there’s the exhibition centre, ferry wharf at Wan Chai and there are also old fashioned light rails that go from Central up to Shau Kei wan!

Tai Koo: Again, shopping mall, there is a Jusco mall and another shopping centre which has an IKEA :)

Central/Admiralty: There’s allot to cover in this lot, but here are a few I’d like to highlight: Hong Kong park, Stanley (you’ll need to take a bus or taxi there), The peak and Lan Kwai Fong.

Hong Kong Park is pretty huge for such a small place. There’s a nice bunch of water fountains, flowers and there’s even places for you to look at butterflies and birds! Located further up there's a look out tower that gives you a good view and a kids playground!

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Its hard to believe there are actually nice looking beaches with clear water and white sand in Hong Kong :) If you visit Stanley and the closely situated repulse bay and deep water bay you can experience BEAUTIFUL beaches, I remember seeing a beach with mountain view on the bus!

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Ouuu a Tesla!

The peak, also nice views its pretty high up but you can take a “sky tram” to walk less and enjoy more views :)

The “suburb” itself is pretty upper class, there is a street dedicated to selling major brand names :) but even in the old looking streets here, you’ll see nice cars!

IMG_20101218_155253Lan Kwai Fong is a close by place with lots of pubs, it gets quite crowded at night! :) you may have seen this place in Hong Kong Dramas!

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CLOSE BY:

Macau: A ferry (aerofoil? EDIT: Thanks to Carmen, the correct word it: Hydrofoil. Makes sense considering hydro stands for water, and aero stands for air :p) can take you to Macau in about an hour from Tsim Sha Tsui and Sheung Wan.

Its famous for the Casinos (Asian LAS VEGAS) and Almond cakes :) Due to the Portuguese influence, there’s a nice selection of food and gifts. Here’s a few pics I took myself in Macau.

The Venetian:

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Note: that isn’t actually the sky, its the inside of the Venetian, this fake sky/ street thing goes for AGES!

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Call me a country boy or whatever, but I have NEVER seen or been on a curved escalator!!

The Ruins of St Paul:

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The Fishermans bay: This place has many structures that mimic real life “wonders” or popular places

The Colosseum:

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Some Rome themed Garden:

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Some type of ancient civilisation building with an angry face: RAHHHHH IMMA EAT YOU ALIVE!!:

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The water cube: It actually changes colour at night!

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Some Korean/Chinese palace thingy…

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I’m not going to go into detail about Macau…

So there’s a “small” break down of some popular places in Hong Kong. Honestly, i wouldn’t want to bore you any more than I already have… But I hope this list has helped :)

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3 comments:

CarmenNguyen said...

Mate, the "aerofoil".... I always thought it was the hydrafoil?

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