Monday, April 18, 2011

Hongkong - Day 1 - Afternoon Trip

We started the afternoon by having lunch at the food court near our hotel.

They say HK have good char siew so I decided to try it:



My hubby had being always safe, opted for roasted pork.



The expectation was very high so we were hugely disappointed. The price is the same as that in Singapore, but the serving is bigger. But it was super salty.

We then proceeded to explore the street markets just near our hotel.



We went Toys hunting/shopping. Our first stop was to the Animate:



Just in front, is the CTMA building:



Most of the shops were still closed during the afternoon, so we decided to go to Hongkong
Museum of Art.

Wiki Trivia:
The Hong Kong Museum of Art (Chinese: 香港藝術館; Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2 ngai6 seot6 gun5) is the main art museum of Hong Kong. The museum was established as the City Hall Museum and Art Gallery in the City Hall in Central by the Urban Council in 1962.[1] In 1991, it was moved to the present premises at 10 Salisbury Road, near the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Hong Kong Space Museum, in Tsim Sha Tsui. It is currently managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong Government.

A branch museum, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, is situated in the Hong Kong Park.




Then we walked to the Avenue of Stars.



Wiki Trivia:
The Avenue of Stars is the eastern node of several tourist attractions along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. In addition to the promenade and New World Centre, a number of attractions exist including the Museum of Art, Space Museum, Cultural Centre and the Clock Tower.

Entering from Salisbury Garden, a 4.5-metre-tall replica of the statuette given to winners at the Hong Kong Film Awards greets visitors. Along the 440 metre promenade, the story of Hong Kong's one hundred years of cinematic history is told through inscriptions printed on nine red pillars. Set into the promenade are plaques honouring the celebrities. Some plaques contain hand prints and autographs of the stars set in cement, but most of the plaques only contain celebrities' names as they are now deceased.

The promenade commands a stunning panoramic view across Victoria Harbour. At night it is a popular viewing place for the Symphony of Lights display. It is a good place to go to see the glamorous stars of HK.

A large replica of the 2008 Summer Olympics torch will be on permanent display here.

Wanting to have a good view of the harbour and the Symphony of lights show, we booked Star Ferry cruise. We took the 7:20pm trip for H$240 for 2. Here's the schedule of the cruise.



During the cruise they served us some refreshments. A choice of a biscuit or slice of bread/cake plus your choice drink (softdrinks, water or coffee/tea).



Here's the thing. The trip was so CROWDED. We couldn't find a window side seat because people chopped the place. Couldn't stand on deck coz people were standing there while their stuff were in the window side. Talk about selfishness!

And here's the major bugger, we want to buy the 2 hour trip but the cashier refused to sell us the ticket instead insisted we buy the 7:20pm trip. And guess what. No good place to view the show and the worst part? It stopped a bit in the middle giving you false hope you'll have the best view in HK but suddenly started moving towards the Kownloon port to fetch and disembark passengers just as the show began! Making you miss the first 10 minutes of the 15 minutes show! Dang!

Anyway, here's the amazing harbour view after we alighted the cursed Ferry cruise.



Wiki trivia:
A Symphony of Lights (Traditional Chinese: 幻彩詠香江) is a synchronised building exterior decorative light and laser multimedia display, featuring 44 buildings on both sides of the Victoria Harbour of Hong Kong accompanied by music. The technology was developed by Australian firm Laservision and cost approximately 44 million HK dollars. It has attracted over 4 million visitors and locals so far, and is held every night for ten minutes.

Guinness World Records has named A Symphony of Lights the world's largest permanent light and sound show

The ferry ride from Macau and the half day city tour made us super hungry and tired that we opted to dine at the mall near our hotel. We tried Cafe de Coral.



I had baked porkchop.



While, hubby had sizzling pork and sausage.



Friends said HK have the best iced tea in the world.. but this iced tea surely disappointed us.



The serving was huge, the price was affordable but the taste was just so-so. Nothing special.
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