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Hong Kong Summer Spectacular with HKTB – Day 5 of 6

Hong Kong Summer Spectacular with HKTB – Day 5 of 6

On our fifth day in Hong Kong, Rachel and I started out day with breakfast at a claypot restaurant near our hotel in Sheung Wan (上环).

The restaurant, 永合成茶餐厅 was recommended by a Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) guidebook. It is owned and operated by an old uncle who started as a baker, but developed the place into a full restaurant over the years.

We ordered their signature claypot rice and chicken wings with fermented bean sauce to share, on top of some toasts and hot drinks. It was a very heavy breakfast, but we enjoyed the meal very much. The restaurant address is 上環蘇杭街113-115號 if you are interested. It is within walking distance from the Sheung Wan MTR station.

She Wong Lam snake restaurant

She Wong Lam snake restaurant

We had breakfast here, not at the snake restaurant

We had breakfast here, not at the snake restaurant

Waiting for our food

Waiting for our food

Rachel ordered peanut butter toast and yin yang tea

Rachel ordered peanut butter toast and yin yang tea

Heavy breakfast

Heavy breakfast

Pork claypot rice with egg

Pork claypot rice with egg

Chicken wings marinated in fermented bean paste - yummy!

Chicken wings marinated in fermented bean paste – yummy!

We then parted way after breakfast as Rachel headed off for a work interview while I headed to the Hong Kong Book Fair (香港書展). The book fair was a harrowing experience for me – the Hong Kongers really love books. I had to queue for almost half an hour just to get in.

Once in, I was a little lost among the sea of shoppers and the three levels of booth area. All kinds of books were being sold, from children’s books to religious books to idol picture books. Each has it’s own dedicated section.

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A lot of the booths were also offering tremendous discount of over 50 percent off the cover prices, making the HKD$25 admission tickets seem quite worthwhile. I bought two sets of Chinese books at less than a fifth of the prices I would have to pay to buy them in Singapore.

Photo take on board a ding ding tram

Photo take on board a ding ding tram

Hong Kong is a very crowded city like Singapore

Hong Kong is a very crowded city like Singapore

Me inside the ding ding tram

Me inside the ding ding tram

Another picture taken on the tram

Another picture taken on the tram

Rachel and I love the cheap and efficient ding ding trams

Rachel and I love the cheap and efficient ding ding trams

Another picture of me in the tram

Another picture of me in the tram

Branded Coach tram

Branded Coach tram

Protest against DBS regarding the mini-bonds saga

Protest against DBS regarding the mini-bonds saga

There were so many people headed for the book fair that special arrangement was made for crowd control

There were so many people headed for the book fair that special arrangement was made for crowd control

Passed by this interesting character while navigating to the book fair through the queue

Passed by this interesting character while navigating to the book fair through the queue

Queuing to buy tickets - they are cheaper if you purchase in the morning

Queuing to buy my ticket – they are cheaper if you purchase in the morning

HKD$25 per pax for admission

HKD$25 per pax for admission

The halls were packed at the book fair

The halls were packed at the book fair

Look at the packed activities schedule for the book fair!

Look at the packed activities schedule for the book fair!

China publishers

China publishers

There's even a religious books section

There’s even a religious books section

Children's books section

Children’s books section

Design and craft section

Design and craft section

Booth where you can customise your own plastic food toys

Booth where you can customise your own plastic food toys

Booth selling vintage books

Booth selling vintage books

CDs, DVDs, softwares booths

CDs, DVDs, softwares booths

No wonder so many people - books were going for as cheap as 50 percent off

No wonder so many people – books were going for as cheap as 50 percent off

Idols picture books section

Idols picture books section

After the book fair, I met up with Rachel again and we headed to Harbour City (海港城) and the Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀) area for some hardcore shopping. To crossover to Tsim Sha Tsui, we opted to take the iconic Star Ferry, enjoying the sea view along the way.

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We bought quite a lot of stuff that day – mostly from novelty store, G.O.D. and Hong Kong clothing brand, Izzue. In general when we travel, both Rachel and I believe in buying local brands and products; eating local food. No point travel to another part of the world and end up spending on items which are also available in Singapore.

A Hong Kong designs concept shop

A Hong Kong designs concept shop

Taiwanese famous illustrator, 幾米 (Ji Mi)'s design products

Taiwanese famous illustrator, 幾米 (Ji Mi)’s design products

The ferry terminal

The ferry terminal

Boarded the Star Ferry to cross over to Tsim Sha Tsui

Boarded the Star Ferry to cross over to Tsim Sha Tsui

Clearing the ferry gantry

Clearing the ferry gantry

On board the Star Ferry

On board the Star Ferry

Crossing the sea

Crossing the sea

Scenery along the way

Scenery along the way

Another picture of Rachel in the ferry

Another picture of Rachel in the ferry

The ferry was quite full

The ferry was quite full

Alighting the ferry

Alighting the ferry

We have arrived at Harbour City

We have arrived at Harbour City

Me, happy to have reached our destination

Me, happy to have reached our destination

G.O.D. - Goods of Desire, a novelty store selling many Hong Kong designed stuff

G.O.D. – Goods of Desire, a novelty store selling many Hong Kong designed stuff

Interesting panda pillow case

Interesting panda pillow case

Rachel and I bought some gifts from G.O.D. - Goods of Desire, for our family

Rachel and I bought some gifts from G.O.D. for our family

Where there's Hong Kongers, there's a seven-eleven

Where there’s Hong Kongers, there’s a seven-eleven

We had a late lunch at Macau Restaurant. Nothing particularly memorable, but more of a quick meal to fill our tummies before we embark on to the Peak.

Lunch at Macau restaurant

Lunch at Macau restaurant

Rachel's roasted pigeon

Rachel’s roasted pigeon

Steamed siew mai

Steamed siew mai

Beef porridge

Beef porridge

My sandwich

My sandwich

We headed up the Peak via the Peak tram to visit Hong Kong’s Madam Tussaud’s wax museum. You can read more about the visit in my blog post yesterday.

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Basically, we took lots of photos with the various “stars”.

We encountered an interesting incident while waiting for our tram ride up the Peak. A fat, middle-aged Caucasian lady almost fainted in the tram on her way down. The staff were quick to react and fed her sugar cubes before carrying her out of the tram. That delayed the tram for around half an hour.

Some clock tower

Some clock tower

We took the star ferry again to this pier to change bus to the Peak

We took the star ferry again to this pier to change bus to the Peak

The angular, futuristic Lippo Tower in the middle

Check out the angular, futuristic Lippo Tower in the middle

Old tram staff uniform

Old tram staff uniform

Various artefacts featuring the Victoria Peak tram

Various artefacts featuring the Victoria Peak tram

Rachel looking visibly tired as we waited for our tram to arrive

Rachel looking visibly tired as we waited for our tram to arrive

A fat Caucasian lady had fainted in the tram, hence there was a delay in boarding

A fat Caucasian lady had fainted in the tram, hence there was a delay in boarding

Tram staff rushing in to help the faint woman

Tram staff rushing in to help the faint woman

The staff fed the lady some sugar cubes and then carried her out

The staff fed the lady some sugar cubes and then carried her out

Finally managed to get on the tram

Finally managed to get on the tram

The tram interior

The tram interior

Inside the steep tram

Inside the steep tram

It was raining heavily when we reached the top of the Peak. Fog was heavy too. Hence we did not get to see any beautiful scenery. 🙁 Maybe on our next visit.

Raining really heavily and the wind was strong

Raining really heavily and the wind was strong

It was foggy outside too, hence we figured no point we brave the rain as we won't be able to catch any scenery

It was foggy outside too, hence we figured no point we brave the rain as we won’t be able to catch any scenery

The single scenic picture I took from the Peak before it started to rain heavily

The single scenic picture I took from the Peak before it started to rain heavily

To round up the night, we went for dinner/supper at two restaurants. We decided to pig out as this will be our last night in Hong Kong and we wanted to try out as many delicacies as possible.

First stop was a dessert specialty restaurant. I forgot to take down the name, but we ordered a beef brisket with fried tofu set meal and a glutinous rice balls with black sesame paste to share.

Next, we ate at 利苑粥麵專家, located at 銅鑼灣駱克道539號, within walking distance from the first restaurant. We ordered their giant bowl of specialty congee which comes with an assortment of ingredient from cuttlefish to fish slices to beef and pork innards to share. This place is open till 1.45am, hence is a good place to head to for supper.

Supper hunting in the ding ding tram

Supper hunting in the ding ding tram

Glutinous rice balls in sesame paste

Glutinous rice balls in sesame paste

Thick black sesame filling

Thick black sesame filling

Rachel and I ordered this set meal to share

Rachel and I ordered this set meal to share

Beef brisket and fried tofu

Beef brisket and fried tofu

Multi-grain rice

Multi-grain rice

Giant bowl of the specialty congee, filled with all kinds of ingredient

Giant bowl of the specialty congee, filled with all kinds of ingredient

Look at the size of the pork liver

Look at the size of the pork liver

At Causeway Bay MTR station, heading back to tuck in for the night

At Causeway Bay MTR station, heading back to tuck in for the night

This ended our fifth day in Hong Kong. Stay tuned for my next post on our sixth and final day in Hong Kong. 🙂

My previous Hong Kong Summer Spectacular with HKTB blog posts:

Flying Off to Hong Kong in a Few Hours

Hong Kong Summer Spectacular with HKTB – A Prelude

Day 1: Dragon Boat Carnival Opening, Robatayaki at Busy Suzie

Day 2: Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, Flower Market and Goldfish Market; Gingko House at Gough Street; make-over with Celia Wong; and on board the Bounty

Day 3: Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2010; Hong Kong Old Restaurant; Tsim Sha Tsui and Temple Street shopping

Day 4: Lau Fu Kee Congee, Central/SoHo, Yin Yang with Margaret Xu, Gough Street and Temple Street

Day 5: Hong Kong’s Madame Tussaud’s wax museum

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2 Comments

  1. StruxTravel

    Great photos! I was in Hong Kong several years ago and this brought back great memories. You really captured the essence of Hong Kong 🙂

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