Monday, April 18, 2011

Hongkong - Day 2 - Morning Trip

Started the day with breakfast at the nearby food court. Having not much choice (since all others were still closed), only this shop was open.



So we picked this Wanton noodle.



Wanton here has huge shrimps/prawns that unfortunately my hubby can't take. So we had to buy beef balls for him. He says it was too spicy.



Then we went to Central, to take Bus 6 to Stanley Market. The view to Stanley Market was breathtaking! Trust me, sit on the driver's side! Best view!



Wiki Trivia:



Stanley is a town and a tourist attraction in Hong Kong. It located on a peninsula on the southeastern part of Hong Kong Island. It is east of Repulse Bay and west of Shek O, adjacent to Chung Hom Kok. Administratively, it is part of the Southern District.

The Chinese name "Chek Chue" refers to the original village-town but "Stanley" generally refers to all the surrounding areas of the peninsula.



The little shops reminded me so much of Sydney.





Stanley Market redefined Hong Kong for us. Away from the busy, noisy street market lies this serene port area.



The weather was perfect that day too. It was cold enough to feel like we were elsewhere. Haha.



We saw couple of newly weds (or soon to be wed) having pictorial at the nearby Maritime museum. Sweet!





Mini-port area. We wanted to explore the other ports but the trips seemed fewer on weekends so we couldn't take the chance since we have a lot planned for today.



We took a little hiking.



At the nearby Pak Tai Temple.



Wiki Trivia:
Pak Tai, also named Yuen Tin Sheung Tai (玄天上帝) (Supreme Emperor of the Northern Heaven or the Mysterious Heaven), was a prince of the Shang Dynasty. During the fall of the Shang Dynasty, the Demon King ravaged the world. The Taoist Primeval Deity (also known as Yuen Chi Tin Chuen (元始天尊)) then ordered the Jade Emperor to appoint Pak Tai as the commander of twelve heavenly legions to fight the evil. Pak Tai defeated the Demon King and was subsequently granted the title of Supreme Emperor of the Mysterious Heaven. In Pak Tai temples, the bronze tortoise and serpent under the feet of Pak Tai's image signifies that the good will always prevails over the evil.[1]

Just a side note, here in Stanley, you would see the biggest range of rare dogs. Gosh. People here are such dogaholics (if there is such a word!).

From Stanley, we took this light bus to Aberdeen. I guess it was #52. But I couldn't remember how much coz we used our Octopus card.



Here's the funny experience. It was so FAST and scary yet very exciting! Imagine driving so fast on a cliffside/seaside. Amazing experience! Hyper!

Wiki Trivia:

Aberdeen (pronounced /æbərˈdiːn/ ( listen)) is an area on the south shore of Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong. It is part of the Southern District. Aberdeen Harbour is a harbour between Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau. The name 'Aberdeen' usually covers the areas of Aberdeen, Wong Chuk Hang and Ap Lei Chau, but it is more often used to refer to the town only.



Instead of taking the usual tourist ferry, we opted for the local resident's ferry that just crosses the river for H$1.80 per trip.



I love Aberdeen! The fruits in the market was also very enticing. I was just worried that it'd be too heavy to carry around.

Going back to the city we took Bus 70 which was way faster than the #6 because it used the tunnel. But hey, if you take it going there you'd miss a lot of fun stuff!
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