Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hong Kong & Macau 25 Nov - 1 Dec 2011


Okie..gotta admit..I kinda leave my this blog quite a while. Time to be hardworking and start blogging again :-)

Hmm..I forgot that I have left this post draft on my last year's HK trip a while. Altho it's old but I think is worthwhile to post it :-)

Here is the details..

Day 1 (25 Nov)
Hong Kong..here I come...

We booked Cathay Pacific airline, Flight CX724 from KL to Hong Kong
17:45 and estimate to reach there by 21:30 (about 3 hrs, 45 mins flying time).

@KLIA boarding gate
When we reached HK, we took the Airport Express Train (AEL) directly to Kowloon station. 
Inside the Airport Express Train
My AEL ticket..

From Kowloon Station, we have no choice but to take a taxi to our hotel - Cosmo Kowloon Hotel since we missed the last free shuttle to hotel. Gosh...the taxi queue is so damn long...*sigh*.. by the time we reached the hotel, it's already over midnight :(

Cosmo Hotel Mongkok is a boutique hotel in Kowloon that has become the chosen destination for discerning travelers. Situated on the cusp of exciting MongKok and Tai Kok Tsui, this 27-storey Mongkok hotel opened in mid 2010, offering a relaxing retreat from the busy streets. Surrounding the property also find a number of local interests such as the renowned Ladies' Market and Temple Street. Langham Place Mall is also nearby offering world-class shopping experience. A conveniently located hotel in Kowloon, Cosmo Hotel Mongkok has a selection of 285 refreshing, brightly lit rooms including 20 suites all presented with modish décor and functional design making them most well-appointed for any kind of stay. Mindful of the individual needs, we will greet with a warm welcome from the moment of arrival and ensure guests a pleasant stay. 

Total Price for 4 nights: HKD3900 + HKD390 (tax) = HKD4290 [MYR 1660.00]
  • 25-Nov : HKD 1050.00
  • 26-Nov : HKD 1050.00
  • 27-Nov : HKD 900.00
  • 28-Nov : HKD 900.00
Free Shuttle Bus by Cosmo Kowloon Hotel

Day 2 (26 Nov)

Breakfast at Australia Dairy Co. (澳洲牛奶公司), our second day in Hong Kong.
Australia Dairy is located at Parkes Street (白加士街), a famous food street among the locals with variety of eateries.

The restaurant is known for its pack customers, fast services, and scramble eggs. We ordered two set of breakfast, each with scramble-eggs + toast, soup pasta and a cup of Yin-Yeung (coffee-tea mix), which cost around HK$26 per set.

The food was decent. The scramble egg was as good as it could be, toast was ok, Yin-Yeung was just nice, nothing extraordinary about the pasta.

47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong (Jordan MTR, exit C2)
Tel: 2730-1356
Opens from 730 am to 11pm daily

You can read more about the food and photos in another blog which I found. 





Start our destination of the day at - Causeway Bay (Tong Lo Wan).

Times Square, a symbol of Causeway Bay, is the biggest emporium in this area and one of the top ten scenic sites in Hong Kong.
Times Square, HK Causeway Bay
So coincident there is Barbie Dolls exhibition in Times Square.
Barbie Dolls exhibition @Times Square
Basically there is nothing much in Causeway Bay, so we decided to go directly to Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Harbour City - is a large shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui. It comprises several parts:
  • Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel
  • Ocean Terminal
  • Ocean Centre
  • The Gateway
  • Pacific Club Kowloon 
The complex is located along the west side of Canton Road, stretching from the Star Ferry Pier in the south to China Hong Kong City in the north.
We hanged out in the mall for quite sometime and slowly enjoy our drinks and light meal in Pacific Coffee :-)
@Pacific Coffee in Harbour City
By evening, we walked to the nearby Avenue of Stars, which is located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui. It honours celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry.
We didn't manage to stay for the 8pm Symphony of Lights as it's too windy and the pain in my legs are killing me...so we decided to have dinner and go back early to hotel for a rest.

We managed to find one char chan teng in Tsim Sha Tsui for dinner:
I think it's beef noodle?
I forgot what noodle is this :-P..but it doesn't taste so good

Opsss...didn't realized my hair is kinda messy since outside is so windy..
Day 3 (27 Nov)
We had our breakfast today in MOS burger...my fav :-)
MOS burger
Looks yummy breakfast set..
I can't help but take a bite and forgot to take a photo :-P
Beside MOS burger, there is Hello Kitty exhibition!!
@Hello Kitty Exhibition



We had our lunch at City Hall Maxim's Palace.


Dim Sum @City Hall Maxim's Palace

Victoria Peak
We went to the Peak using the Peak Tram. The Peak Tram was first introduced in 1888. It was built for the daily commuters rather than a tourist attraction though nowadays majority of the passengers are tourists. The ride is quite steep and it climbs up to 396 metres above sea level. The panorama view of the harbor is spectacular.

 
Opening hour of Peak Tram:
7a.m. to midnight (Mon - Sun & Public holidays)

Tram runs every 10-15 minutes.

Peak Tram
Once we reached the peak, the first thing we visited is Madame Tussauds 
Opening times: 10am - 10pm daily (last admission 9.45pm)

Address:
Shop P101, The Peak Tower
No. 128 Peak Road
The Peak, Hong Kong

Ticket price: HKD165 (~MYR67.00)

Recommended to purchase the combo package:
  • 2 in 1 combo package : 
       2 way peak tram + admission = HKD190 (RM79)
  • 3 in 1 combo package : 
       Admission + 2 way peak tram + Sky Terrace 428 = HKD215 (RM87)

@Madame Tussaud
Then we dined in one of the restaurant in the peak - Hong Kong Day, about HKD117 for a 2 person meal.

The Hong Kong Style Café has become an important part of food culture in the territory. Classic dishes include Hong Kong style milk tea, french toast, luncheon meat and egg instant noodles, and stir fried rice noodles with sliced beef. Each of these East-meet-West treats has a flavour all its own and is characteristic of Hong Kong style eateries.

Tel no : (852) 2849 7855
Opening Hours :
12:00pm - 10:00pm (Mon-Fri)
12:00pm - 11:00pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)





The breathtaking view of the peak at night....
@The Peak
Day 4 (28 Nov)
Wong Tai Sin - most popular Taoist ancestral shrine in Hong Kong. Built in 1921 on Rosy Garden, it is located southern of the Lion Rock, in Kowloon's Wong Tai Sin district which was named after the temple. It is often referred to as Sik Sik Yuen Temple, probably because Sik Sik Yuen is the actual Taoist organisation that provides administration for the temple.

How to get there?
Wong Tai Sin station is on the MTR Kwun Tong line. From Wong Tai Sin station taking exit B2 or B3 is a five minute, sign-guided walk to the temple. Admission is free, but a small donation fee is expected from visitors.

Opening hours:
Wong Tai Sin temple is open from 07:00 till 17:30 throughout the year, with the exception of the Lunar New Year Eve where it runs overnight.

@Wong Tai Sin
The rest of the day is shopping day in Mongkok! Hooray!

Day 5 (29 Nov)
Checked-out to Macau and we stayed in Hotel Sintra. I need to find back the details. Will re-edit this again if I remember :-P

The Ruins of St Paul

The Ruins of St. Paul’s (also known as Sam Ba Sing Tzik) is the most famous sight in Macau The front façade and the grand stone stairs are the only remains of the greatest church in Macau. It is said the original church was probably designed by an Italian Jesuit in the early 17th century. It reflects great Catholic history of this former Portuguese colony. 

@Ruins of St Paul's

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