Hong Kong 2009

It’s worth mentioning that Hong Kong airport is massive – one of largest in the world. They had freakin trains to take you to and from various points. It’s more like a gigantic Mall than an airport with multiple designer shopping opportunities and coffee bars. You can even get a massage there too! It’s sophisticated – very state of the art!

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Exploring Nightlife at Yau Ma Tei

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Our hotel is just near the area so we did a lot of walking around here. We stayed at Bridal Tea House – I recommend this place for budget travelers who just need a place to crash for a couple of days – to sleep and take shower, just 2 mins away at Yau Ma Tei MTR station.

Commuting in HKG wouldn’t be a problem at all. The city has a very efficient public transportation system – subway (MTR), bus, minibus, tram, ferry etc., so long as you have an Octopus card it can take you anywhere you want to go. It works at all times on all forms of public transit as well as at most convenience stores and even McDo!hehe

Tsim Sha Tsui

From Yau Ma Tei subway to Tsim Sha Tsui. Early morning shots taken on our way to China Ferry Terminal going to Macau. Yet another exploring session for us.

TST – It’s a bustling maze of shops, hotels, shopping malls, pubs, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues.

♣ Old Clock Tower
♣ Cultural Centre
♣ Star Ferry
♣ Harbour City Shopping Complex
♣ Nathan Road / Side Streets
♣ Billboard
♣ Bus Station
♣ China Ferry Terminal (to Macau)

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Central, Hong Kong

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Visiting the other side this time with my childhood playmate and friend who works in HK. We spent the day touring IFC Mall, Central, Hong Kong Park and taking the tram up to Victoria’s Peak. The view of Central Hong Kong from “the peak” is spectacular. You can see a lot of high-rise business and commercial buildings here too.

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Times Square + Sogo, Causeway Bay

Causeway Bay is where shoppers in Hong Kong love to spend their money. With its big video screen and towering building, Times Square is a major landmark in Causeway Bay. Sogo, a well-known Japanese department store, is one of the main landmarks in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. In fact its front door is a favorite meeting spot for many locals, thus contributing further to the traffic jam there.

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Symphony of Lights is the spectacular light and sound show at Victoria Harbour staged every night at 8:00 p.m

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Mongkok, Kowloon

HK is a shopping mecca! In fact, the Hong Kong Shopping Festival attracts tourists from around the world because of massive sales and incredibly low prices from different shops. Electronic gadgets like cameras, laptops, cellphones, PSPs etc., are cheaper in Mong Kok.

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You should go in the evening after dark because then you can see the shop signs lit up in all kinds of neon lights in Chinese – just like what you see on postcards, it is one of Hong Kong’s liveliest spectacles.

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And yes. This was our first time and we enjoyed it a lot!

I wrote this back in April 2009. Crossposting it here for documentation purposes 🙂 」

header image credit to: scmp

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