Hong Kong Summer Spectacular with HKTB - Day 5 of 6 - Alvinology

Hong Kong Summer Spectacular with HKTB – Day 5 of 6

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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.

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.

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.

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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