Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hong Kong: Tsim Sha Tsui, Temple Street

We traveled to Kowloon for dinner at Tsim Sha Tsui. Before this trip, I never knew that Hong Kong is actually quite a small country in terms of land space. It's amazing how I could travel from Hong Kong island to Kowloon in less than 30 minutes!

Dinner for 8 of us in a random Chinese restaurant. Quite a spread and tasty too.

Tsim Sha Tsui is quite populated. Most people who holiday in Hong Kong would choose to stay in a hotel located at either Mong Kok or Tsim Sha Tsui, as it's quite central and there are many shops around. I was hoping to pass by the famous Chungking Mansions, but didn't managed to. Before the trip, I read up on Chungking Mansions and found it quite an interesting place! It is a very old building located in a very good location in Tsim Sha Tsui, housing several hostels with very tiny and constrained rooms as accommodation for tourists on a budget. However, many of us would not want to stay in such dirty and unsafe conditions, even for one or two days.

After lunch, we walked around Tsim Sha Tsui on our own. Spotted some really cute shops!

We walked and walked and walked. Posting this photo below because in TVB dramas, we always see aunties pushing cardboard pieces on a trolley just like this one! Anyway while we were there, all the cardboard aunties we saw were aunties! Why no uncles?

A picture with sis on the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui!

Taken from an overhead bridge...

They wanted to shop in a mall because of the extremely hot weather, and we finally found one called "The One". The sun in Hong Kong is so strong that even more than a month after coming back, my arms are still tanner than the rest of my body.

Finally, aircon! Haha. We bought some drinks because we were so thirsty. I realize that some of the shops there don't provide plastic bags and when requested, we were given this kind.... No handle kind.

View from the top... If you noticed, every pedestrian crossing at a junction turn green at the same time. It's so awesome because I can get to a diagonal building quickly without having to pause in between!

After we finished enjoying the aircon, we went back to the streets for Hui Lau Shan, a famous dessert shop in Hong Kong. There were several branches around!

Mango dessert are their main highlights and I loveeeeeeee mango ice! We ordered two versions and they were quite nice, but I have eaten better ones in Singapore. A little bit disappointing because we read so many raving reviews online! Nevertheless, quite a nice treat in the middle of a warm afternoon.

We got enough of Tsim Sha Tsui and the rest suggested to visit Temple Street located at Yau Ma Tei, so we flagged a cab to go there. The cab fare was very cheap, probably because it was actually within walking distance.

The night market was not open yet so there wasn't much to shop. Managed to buy myself a pair of new sandals at only HKD50! My mum bought herself a pair of platform slippers at only around HKD30! Very cheap!

Live seafood on the ground... Lots of seafood eateries around, I was so tempted!

Mum spotted a mahjong club that is quite big. It must be intimidating to go in and play with the other seasoned players, though I am really curious how it looks like inside!

That's all for this short entry.... Will be back with more!

Read the rest of my Hong Kong entries here:
Hong Kong: Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui 1
Hong Kong: Victoria Peak
Hong Kong: Wan Chai, Repulse Bay, Aberdeen
Hong Kong: Tsim Sha Tsui 2
Hong Kong: Causeway Bay
Hong Kong: Disneyland
Hong Kong: Ocean Park
Hong Kong: Lamma Island
Hong Kong: Causeway Bay 2

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