A spur of the moment decision to visit Hong Kong, definitely. Luckily our dear friend was agreeable to hosting us, and that was greeted with our immense gratitude, as we saved more than $1k for hotel accomodation.
On top of giving us a room for all nights in Hong Kong, he acted as our personal tour guide, and showed us the best of Hong Kong.
Itinerary which we have conquered:
All thanks to Cathay, our flight was delayed by 2 hours the previous night, and by the time we are bathed, it was already 4 am. We only managed to get off the bed at 10.30 am.
Our first itinerary is the Peak. This place is really a good representative of Hong Kong. With its most popular celebrities living in the area, and being the best spot for viewing the Symphony of Lights, you cannot claim to have visitied Hong Kong if you have not come to the Peak.
After that, we visited Madam Tussauds wax museum. It may not education, it may not be intellectually stimulating, it may not be jaw-dropping, but we had some little fun taking photos with the wax bodies of the celebrities. Definitely the first time to the wax museum for all three of us, though we think there will not be a second time.
After witnessing a cat fight at the tram terminal (with high-pitched scream and police and request to view CCTV), we took a leisure tram ride down the hill. Just a few minutes of walk later, we found the famous Yung Kee roast goose.
Our appetizer was half a century egg, which was utterly amazing, although I will not recommend to anyone who hates century egg. We totally love the goose! Another of my first time.
Then, we walked around the streets near the SOHO area and took a ride on the Mid-level escalators. Kind of a pleasure to roam the streets. 🙂
Some desserts after that – Take a break, take a mango sago~
When the sun went down, we took a tram from causeway bay to 上环 Sheung Wan. They called it the “ding ding” tram. We were so blessed that we hopped on an empty bus and got ourselves a good seat with superb night view.
Our last stop was the Ye Shang Hai restuarant at 太古广场 Pacific Place. The crispy rice was mind-blowing. It was a fantastic way to end Day 1.
After a simple breakfast at the HK- Macau Ferry terminal, we boarded our ferry at noon.
Sofitel was our hotel. Not too bad, it was very convenient as it is near St. Paul and Senado Square. It is a preferred choice for those who are not keen on the gamblers’ extravagant on the other side of the island.
Of course we visited Senado Square and St Paul, as well as the Fortress. It was super crowded and it must be the Christmasy atmosphere of this place that attracts Hong Kongers and foreign tourists.
We also conquered a walk from the north to the south (St Augustine + St Lawrence + Barra Square + Ah Ma Temple). A pleasant walk, I regret not slowing my space to take more photos.
We had prime seats for the House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams. But before that, we visited Venetian and did some canal shopping while savouring on the famous Lord Stow’s egg tarts.
The House of Dancing Water was a feast to the eyes. It had some outstanding motorcycle performances which deserve some Michelin-equivalent stars.
We wanted to roam the Senado Square area to countdown to Christmas, and found a congregation in a church. We did not join, but after the stroke of midnight, I passed presents to the two wonderful men and coerced them to eat the 鱼旦 with curry and 贡茶 with me.
Sofitel hotel itself has a place of interest – MJ Gallery.
Must not missed out the pandas too. Hmm, I think I have never seen panda before. So that was really my first time. Of course now that Singapore has two pandas in our zoo, there is no need to travel overseas to say hello to these cuties.
We visited the Lamma island and had a feast at this eating place named Rainbow seafood.
After which, we went to IFC to do some window shopping. Then took a ferry to Tsam Sha Jiu. Ate the famous Ding Tai Feng.
In the late evening, our dear friend brought us to watch the Symphony of lights. Although G was not impressed, I felt it was indeed an experience.
And since the night was still young to went up to the top floors of Ritz Carlton to have some drinks and dessert.
On our very last day, we got a reservation at Lei Garden for our last dim sum brunch at Hong Kong. Then we took the high-speed train from IFC to airport. It was indeed very very convenient. Singapore should have this too. Getting taxis will soon be history. *smile*