Let’s Discover Hong Kong Part I

Last October I visited Hongkong. It was not my first time, yet it’s quite special for me personally as this trip is also my first business trip after working many years. Travelling for business trip for sure is different compared to personal trip. Yet, depends on company’s policy, you might be able to extend your trip with your own expense, but at least, you save on air ticket.  On top of that, normally during the business trip period, you will stay in good accommodation and having good meal. For sure, it’s also mean, the main priority will be for business purpose, but it doesn’t mean after office hour during business trip, you can not enjoy yourself at the city you visited.

How To Get There ?
You can reach Hongkong via Hongkong international airport which is in Lantau Island, nearby City gate mal (outlets mal cater for branded items), Disney land and Ngong Ping 360 which are also located in the same Lantau island. For transportation from the airport to the city center, you may choose either airport express train or airport shuttle bus.  In my opinion, if you stay in Hong Kong island, the option using airport express train would be better as the connectivity to MTR station around the island is easy, however if you stay in Kowloon island, I would rather choose airport shuttle bus as it would be easy for me to find the stop of airport shuttle bus across Kowloon island, no need to change the transportation/ bus and price is cheaper. There is free shuttle to hotels provided by airport express train, however this is for transportation from airport, not going back to the airport. The other nice thing if you take airport express train, you can do early city check in at Hong Kong station or Kowloon station. However you need to check whether your airline is included in this service as some airline especially for budget ones do not participate in this service.  By having this, you can check in early from 90 minutes up to one day ahead, later on travel around and later on easily take the train to the airport without need to carry and worrying your luggage.
Hong Kong international Airport

For this article, I will combine both my journey of last October with my previous trips in HK especially for interesting places to visit in Hong Kong. For my trip last October is special for me as it’s my first time taking Singapore airline as it’s a part of my business trip in Hong Kong. Normally, for my own travelling around, I use budget airline considering cheaper ticket price as it’s much cheaper normally and fulfil my need to fly from one place to other places. Food and beverages on the aircraft is not that important especially for the short flight. Even you need the food and beverages, you may purchase it also inflight or book ahead. As for in-flight entertainment, my ipad already offer me much inflight entertainment from e-newspaper, e-magazines up to movies stored inside the ipad.

I was flying from Terminal 3 of Changi International airport for SQ flight to Hong Kong. SQ fly from both Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 depends on the destinations. I had morning flight from Singapore, hence for the meal, it’s served brunch , not full meal. I have to say the in-flight entertainment for SQ is amazing, they offered many new movies either Asian, or western movies. Selection of music is also wonderful, you can choose from new mandarin/ Cantonese, Japanese, Korean and western song from various artists inside. With selection of in-flight entertainment as well meals serving make the 4 hours journey become short.

For my stay last October, I stayed in Marriott Office nearby Admiralty station which is close to my office branch in Hong Kong hence I can just walk to go to the office in the morning with other colleague for this business trip. The room provided for me is really excellent, the best room I had during my trip. The size is big enough with two double beds provided, at the corner of the building hence having excellent view from my room. One side of the view from my room is other hotel with swimming pool view, with other housing on top of hill. Simple yet very warm greeting from the hotel is the greeting shown on the phone as part of working desk inside the room.
Hong Kong Marriott

Hong Kong Marriott
Hong Kong JW Marriott
Hong Kong JW Marriott View
Hong Kong JW Marriott View

Bathroom inside the room is also excellent with different aroma of bathing salt  provided and excellent bathing shampoo, shower gel as well cream provided. You can also listen to the television while having your bath as well with excellent built in speaker.  Marriott hotel also seems understand well business travel need by providing ironing board and iron machine inside the room.
Hong Kong Marriott

After resting awhile at the hotel, I went to Central to look for Mak Noodle. When I walk along Wellington street in the central, I almost miss this place as the English name is a bit small, so you might not notice it, as the name in Chinese have larger font. I first tried this noodle before at the  peak years back, yet I can still remember their wanton noodle, their most popular food.  There are many number of people in the restaurant, fortunately there is seat for one person. It’s very common to share same tables with other people in Hong Kong. When you get into the restaurant, you will get the number that you need to show when you want to pay your bill to the cashier after finishing your meal. Most of the staffs there are only speaking Cantonese, however  some of them understand a bit in English/ Mandarin. They do have English menu so you can easily order your meal.
Mak Noodle

Mak Noodle

That afternoon, I order one wanton noodle as well beef brisket noodle. The portion of their noodle is small, hence it won’t be full if only having one portion. Their wonton noodle even in small portion but excellent with crunchy wonton with prawn inside.  For their beef brisket noodle, I wasn’t enjoying the noodle as I smell unpleasant smell of my meal during that time.

Mak Noodle

Mak Noodle

Mak Noodle (麥奀雲吞麵世家)
Open : Monday – Sunday : 11 AM – 8 PM
77 Wellington Street, Hong Kong
Phone : +852-28543810

After finishing my meal, I decided to walk on my own based on walking tour guide provided by Hong Kong tourism board. Travelling your own in Hong Kong is easy, as signage in English is clear with signage of tourist destination having pink colour to distinguish with others.
Road Signage

The walking theme I chose was cental & western district  which pass many street especially old side of Hong Kong. The first stop was Hong Kong western market. While its architecture is still well maintained, the old western market have been transformed into touristy place with dining choices inside and shops mostly cater to the tourist need. The Edwardian style building of Western market is a nice place for people to take picture with its classic background.

Western Market
Western Market

From western market, I walked along Wing Lok street and Bonham strand west which were lined with shops selling bird’s nest and ginseng. Afterward, walk to Des Voeux road west where you can find dried seafood like sea cucumber, dried mussels, etc.



From Des Voeux road west, the walk was continued to Ko Shing street where you can find herbal medicine shops on this street.  The journey was continued and passed by Bonham Strand west, Possession street up to Hollywood road (Antique street) and Upper Lascar Row (Cat street). In both streets, you can find many shops opened selling antiques stuffs, good for collectors.


Hollywood Street
Hollywood Street

After walking uphill of Hollywood street, you can find Man Mo temple, first traditional temple built during colonial area. The word of Man means literature, as for Mo (war) represents Taoist gods of this temple.
Man Mo Temple
Man Mo Temple

From Man Mo temple, you will need to walk along the Hollywood street to Central area, where you will find Mid Level Escalator. The interesting about 800 meter of mid level escalator is it’s indeed the longest covered escalator in the world. You might notice this escalator in some movies filmed in Hong Kong before.
Mid Level Escalator
Mid Level Escalator

Going up the mid level escalator, you can find SOHO, where you can find many international restaurants with different type of foods, and pubs/ bars around this area. SOHO itself consist of Shelley street, Elgin street, Peel street, Staunton street and Old Bailey street.
SOHO
SOHO
SOHO

Not far from there, you will find former central Hong Kong police station compound, Central Magistracy which had been closed in 1979, as well Victoria prison which was used until 2005.
Former Central Hong Kong Police Station
Central Magistracy
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From there, you can walk to the famous Lan Kwai Fong area, night life area of Hong Kong, full of bars, clubs and restaurant. This area is especially full of people at night, especially on the weekend.
Lan Kwai Fong

Next destination is granite Duddel street where you can find four gas lamps, the only remaining gas lamps in Hong Kong and is turn on daily at 6 PM and turn off at 6 AM. In old times, Hong Kong was one of the first countries in East Asia using Gas lamp to replace kerosene lamps to lighten the street. Later on, the gas lamps was gradually replaced by electric lamp.

Duddel Street

Afterward I back to my hotel as have appointment with office colleague for dinner. We will continue our Hong Kong journey with interesting places to visit on our next post.

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