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DaY tWo – tHE mODerN CiTy oF HoNG kOnG - PART I

4/1/07 (DAY Two)

DaY tWo – tHE mODerN CiTy oF HoNG kOnG - PART I

Next morning, woke up early around 7.30am.
Today is the first full day I had in Hong Kong
I had plans to visit many places in the Hong Kong Island
I walked down the street and find a place to having breakfast
It is a big contrast when compare the early morning street to the night of Mongkok
There are fewer people walk on the street,
But everyone is in a rush.
I had walk across the road to the Wan Tan Mee restaurant where I take my lunch yesterday.
I found that it is difficult to find restaurant in this area as I look around the street I only found this restaurant opening.
I asked the lady owner, she said they opened 24hrs.
Wow! How hardworking they are!
I ordered a Wan Tan Mee and one “yun yong” (tea & coffee) separately as there doesn’t have a set meal.
The tea cost me 10dollars while the mee is just 15dollar.
I wonder why the tea cost more than a meal.
…then I start my journey today to Hong Kong Island.
My first destination will be The Peak.
To reach there I need to take MTR to the Central Station.
Actually the destination I planned in the whole trip is those places which are accessible by MTR.
I walk into the Mongkok MTR Station through exit D2.
Once I entered the station, there are lots of crowds.
No wonder there are no many people on the street.
I followed the signboard to the entrance and find the Tsuen Wan Line and followed the way to Central as Central is the last station of this Tsuen Wan Line.
This line is the most populated as many people staying around here working at Central and Central is Hong Kong’s financial and business centre.
Their train is very long unlike our so called “KL LRT” having only two cabins.
The information operator is speaking Chinese, Cantonese and English.
The MTR stations and trains are operates very similar to Singapore’s MRT systems.
The underground station is as large as the one in Singapore and very tourist friendly!
After passed through at least 5 stations,
I reached Central Station.
The central station is very big as there are 3 interchanges in this station.
I find the sign showing exits Charter Roads.
When I come out from the stations after going up 6 storeys from underground,
I saw HSBC HQ and Bank of China bldgs.
So happy to see it as I had used this two bldgs in my past assignments.
After taking some photo, I walk towards the Peak Tram Terminal.
I followed the signboard along the roads and passed by many buildings.
The way to Peak Tram Terminal is walking upwards.
Passed by Cheung Kong Buildings and some heritage buildings…
Feel very happy as I had reached the heart of Hong Kong.
I saw the working groups along the way,
They are really busy.
I saw many Benz, Jaguar and Rolls Royce passing too.
When I reach Peak Tram Terminal, I asked the cashier for the package to Madame Tussauds and Tram ticket, they said the booth haven’t open yet need to wait till 9.30am.
So, I get out from the Terminal and take some picture around and observing view of the surroundings.
After buying the ticket,
I get into the Tram,
Along the road to the Peak, there are actually 4 stations between.
This tram starts the service since 1888,
It’s considered as a heritage of Hong Kong.
While the tram moving upwards,
The view of the surrounding luxurious apartments and buildings are so beautiful!
It touched everyone’s heart when looking at it.
I really appreciated the words that say Hong Kong is a beautiful city!
It is really true!
Reached the Peak Tower few minutes later,
I heading to the observation deck, but it haven’t open yet, so I just walk from the tower and walk around.
I start feels the cold in this cooling environment.
After walking around, I get into the Peak Galleria which is the shopping centre of The Peak.
While walking from floors to floors, I found that there is an observation deck above.
From this observation deck, I get to see the southern parts of the Hong Kong Island and the mountains around.
Then, I walk back to the Peak Tower.
From the Peak Tower, I can see the amazing view of the buildings build on the Mid Level following the nature of the slope.
Every shop inside the Peak Tower is very unique in its design and products.
When I reach the observation deck,
I saw another great view again,
This is the greatest view of Hong Kong as it allows us to see the Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island and Tsim Sha Tsui area.
The view of Hong Kong is like a picture.
This is an amazing Town Planning, in fact, there are no town planning when they building it in the past.
I really fall in love to this city!
I try taking a picture myself but couldn’t get a nice one.
This is one of the problems when traveling alone.
Luckily, a French group helps me to take a picture.
When traveling alone, this is the only way to take picture if you want to be inside of the picture.
I had spent quite some time there,
Not willing to leave the place.
I bought some unique souvenirs at the Peak Tower’s shop.
I then go to the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum,
My first time to see these Wax Figures,
So happy to see many famous people inside,
The tourists are so happy and taking photo with their beloved celebrities,
Some of the model is really looked like real one, like Michelle Yeoh’s.
However, my favorites Cecilia Cheung’s model looks like quite frightening.
In the world of fame, I saw Princess Diana, Royal Families and the Bush administration personnel.
Had take picture with Li Ka Shing, Jiang Ze Ming, Lee Kuan Yew and other heros…
So happy when I saw the wax model of Twins and Joey!
I love them very much,
Joey is a little taller than me while Twins are so pretty and cute!
Long time hasn’t been so happy!
Then, I planned to have my lunch at SoHo area, it is a place having lots of coffee shops, bar and dining area.
So, get the tram down and from the lower peak tram terminal, I followed the signboards to SoHo….

(to be continue…)

When I get down from the peak,
I find the way to Hollywood Road by following the map,
Because, according to the map, when I reach Hollywood Road, the SoHo is just the next street from there,
I followed the signboard which showing SoHo and Hollywood Road,
I walk along a winding hill road which passed by the government headquarters,
I saw many foreigners around which is also heading to the same directions,
I have to kept walking until I reach the junction showing Glenealy Road,
Don’t really which road I am taking, after a while, I reached Lan Kwai Fong.
All bars, pubs and shops there are very unique and having the western feel,
Many people on the streets during that time as it is lunch hour,
After visiting Lan Kwai Fong, I continue my way to Hollywood Road.
Again I reached another place which I planned to see, the Former Central Police Station,
It is a historical buildings and one of the heritage in Hong Kong,
I kept walking and finally reached Staunton Street, it is the SoHo areas,
There are many restaurants but it is out of my budget, I need to find some other place to have my lunch, I walk around and reached Peel Street,
There is restaurant selling chicken rice, good; this is what I want to try in Hong Kong too,
However, the meal here is not cheap, it cost me 30dollar,
The space is so small, even the table, sharing is a must here.
In the restaurant, I can see different types of people, there are college student, office lady, tourist, mostly working class; the people keeps coming in and out, the business there is quite well.
After lunch, I continued my way,
Now, I want to try the Mid Level Escalators, is 850m, world longest covered escalators, it is a walkway for the people in this area to travel from the lower part to the mid hill.
Along the way, there are many exits and is one of the most importance walkway or services for the people there,
With this, the people do not need to climb so many steps up the hill.
This escalators had lead me to the lower parts and I reached Queen’s Road,
I had observing the people around and Hong Kong is really very crowded,
My next place to visit is the Two Financial Centre,
From the map, I knew that I need to find Des Voeux Road,
Actually all the walkway is covered; it is very convenient to walk around as all the buildings are connected to each other by the pedestrian walkways,
It leads me to the Exchange Square while I following the signboard in the walkways,
I saw many working class here,
The Exchange Square has two buildings which is the Exchange Tower One and Two,
There is a rest area outside, I had take a rest there and take some pictures around,
Exchange Square is where the Hong Kong Stock Exchange situated,
The buildings in Hong Kong is really majestic, both the interior and exterior.
I had take a walk inside the exchange square,
Then I walk towards Two Financial Center, it is the tallest building in Hong Kong.
Below, there is a mall, called International Financial Centre Mall,
This is the way to the Two Financial Centre,
This mall is a high end mall selling luxurious items like KL Starhill,
It had a great view of the harbour.
Next place which I want to go is walk along the road to the Wan Chai Convention and Exhibition Centre,
I can see the building from here, so what I need to do is just follow Wan Chai’s direction,
I walk out and heading towards Charter Road.
I found that I actually come back to where I came in the morning, Central MTR Station,
The HSBC is just nearby, I decide to go and take a closer view of the buildings, I passed by a small garden and beside is the City Hall, Wow!
I nearly missed this place,
The city hall is the former supreme court of Hong Kong,
From there, I get into the pedestrian walkway again and heading towards Wan Chai, it is covered all way long and passed by many buildings like ICAC HQ, Lippo Building.
It takes me quite a long walk and I reached the waterfront, I then follow the direction of the Wan Chai CEC.
The Wan Chai CEC is really a beautiful building,
This building held many important functions,
Including of the handover ceremony of returning Hong Kong to China,
I had entered the building,
No functions held so is quite empty inside,
I had walk around and come to the Bauhinia Square,
The Bauhinia Flower is the Symbol flower of HK,
It is a tourism spot,
Regret for never taking picture as no one can take for me there.
I had take a rest at the waterfront, facing Tsim Sha Tsui, Star Ferry Pier, where I going to visit tonight.
It is very relaxing and I feel very comfortable and happy when looking at the harbour,
KL doesn’t have a harbour as our city is at the inner parts unlike HK is situated along the harbour.
Around 5pm, I walk to the Wan Chai MTR Station travel back to Mongkok.
Around 7pm, I go Tsim Sha Tsui with my friend to see the laser beam light show at the Victoria Harbour which starts at 8pm.
We walk around as nearby have many tourism spot, like Sogo, Peninsula Hotel, Star Ferry Pier, Hong Kong Art and Cultural Centre.
The lightshow is really amazing!
Many tourist around and love the lights show much,
It is a coordination or light performance by the buildings at the Hong Kong Island.
Hong Kong Night View is another beautiful view,
This beauty can only find in HK,
HK is really a great city!
Everything which we see is actually an exchange of cash,
Here is where the places have tonnes of cash.
Everything which we see is actually the results of the hardwork of HK people,
Everything which we see is actually the spirit of determination and persistent of HK people in acquiring a better life.
Everything there inspired me very much!
Can be said, every single things I seen, teaches me something.
Looking forward to see more great things next day.

Posted by chiawj 20:09 Archived in Hong Kong Tagged backpacking

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