Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Discovering Hong Kong

Arrived at the HKIA and checked into the Metropark Mongkok Hotel after a 45mins ride to Kowloon. The bird flu outbreak is almost non-existent save for the fact some people were wearing masks. Headed straight to Tsim Sha Tsui's "Tang Chao" 唐朝 for tea. Good start to the day as we had zha leong, beef noodles, friend prawn wanton and a whole myriad of desserts. Service is pretty good and tea tastes great. 唐朝 is your typical mid range eatery offering a good range of dim sums and desserts.

Shopping in HK
Besides the the good food in Hong Kong, they are best known for their shopping and the variety thereof.

Tsim Sha Tsui:
  • Harbor City- up-market shopping mall housing all the top brands including Juicy Couture and agnès b. DÉLICES
  • Miramar Shopping Center- notables are Vivienne Westwood (expensive), Uniqlo, Muji, b+ab, Agnes B, Esprit

  • Ladies Market: horrendously crowded area selling fake branded bags. Bargaining is a MUST
  • Fa Yuen Market: get all your Converse, adidas limited edition sneakers here

  • H&M flagship store - 68 Queen's Rd. 4 storeys of H&M
  • Bathing Ape - Queen's Rd. 2 storeys of Ape and Baby Milo. The number of dunks in this shop is just crazy
  • Chrome Hearts - Prince's Building. Housed in a really posh place, Chrome Hearts carries your typical rock n roll, biker gear with alot of crosses and goth insignia.
  • IFC Mall- next to the Hong Kong MTR station. Very much like your KL malls; big spacious and carries the branded goods. Surprisingly enough, this mall is in an area very much like the Lucky Plaza of Singapore so there are lots of Filipino maids picnicing outside.
  • Langham Place- chi chi mall in Mongkok. Houses H&M, Muji, Vivienne Westwood and the tallest escalator that spans 4 storeys.
  • King Wah center - much like Singapore's Far East Plaza. Clothes are trendy and up to date, and also more affordable.

Causeway Bay:
  • Times Square - home of Lane Crawford. Next to Muji/Uniqlo, opposite of DHC cosmetics and Xu Liu Shan.
  • Sogo - for your fix of almond, walnut biscuits and Lo Por Bang 老婆饼, B2 houses 1 of the more popular brands for these muchies.
  • Island Berverley - 5 storeys of shops carrying trendy clothes, accessories, bags and shoes. Prices are cheaper than the malls but very fashionable nonetheless. Japan-inspired.

The Avenue of Stars @ Tsim Sha Tsui is where you can catch the daily light show put up by the City of Hong Kong. Laser display comes on at 8pm daily where the office towers on the opposite side of the sea light up in sync to the music. Avenue of Stars is also where you can take photos with the cast iron signatures of your favourite HK celebrities.

Lan Kwai Fong! Place for the guai los aka foreigners to get drunk and be merry! Drinks here are not cheap seeing how they cater more to the expat crowd. Lan Kwai Fong is accessible from Central MTR station and is a just a short walk up the hill.

Travelling via the MTR in HK is very convenient. The Octopus card that you can purchase from the train's control station has a stored value which can be topped up should you be running out of credits. The card is refundable at the end of the trip.

The caped crusader and spidey fronting the soon to be open Diesel shop in Central (both drawn using black marker and spray paint)

Metropark Mongkok hotel

At Portland Street across the road from the Metropark Mongkok

Traipsing around HK in the day

Enjoying the laser light show at the Avenue of Stars

In the Bathing Ape store in Central and heading home to Singapore
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