Hong Kong Diary Part 1

Hong Kong Diary Part 1

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1. The streets of Kowloon were always buzzing.

2. The Clock Tower and Avenue of the Stars at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.  The promenade has the best views of the harbour especially in the evening to watch the Symphony of Lights and boats go by.

3. Catching the Peak Tram was quite an experience but well worth it as the views from Victoria Peak were stunning.

4. Visit to Stanley markets to find this lovely bay and beach shack.

5. Lotus Pond Garden and Nan Lian Garden to see the golden pagoda.

6. The Intercontinental Hotel had interrupted views of the harbour so made it the best place to enjoy an evening drink.

7. The Peninsula Hotel for breakfast was quite a treat.

Here are a few snapshots from our recent vacay in Hong Kong.  There really was so much to do and see. We arrived at night and checked into our hotel at Kowloon.  The next morning we cruised over to Hong Kong Island on the star ferry to visit Victoria Peak by taking the famous Peak tram.  The view’s of the city were spectacular.  Next time we would definitely walk one of the longer hiking tracks that are available. Over that side of town, we visited Hollywood Road which was bustling and there were quite a few antique shops to browse.   We took a taxi ride to Stanley Markets and after walking through them found ourselves at a pleasant bay to have lunch and a drink.   Back to Kowloon and the Promenade was a great place to stroll and people watch with the amazing harbour as the backdrop.  I popped into Shanghai Tang by accident and discovered the most amazing homewares.  I picked up this fine bone china jar for home and this and this also caught my eye for the wish list.  We visited the tranquil Nan Lian Garden and the souvenir shop there.  The shop is worth a look as it was here where I picked up a traditional blue and white porcelain urn.   In terms of shopping at Kowloon, I found the streets to be a little overwhelming.  If  knock off bags or watches are your thing then there is an abundance on offer by the locals if your willing to go off the beaten track.  My husband got a tailored suit and shirt made from Prince Tailor’s at Pecking Road.   The suit jacket and pants have his name stitched into the lining which I thought was a nice personal touch. The Temple Street Night Markets are very lively and jam packed with bargains.  The oil paintings were tempting.   We visited a few shopping malls, Elements to browse in the Missoni store in search of some earrings and the Langham Place shopping mall to browse other international high end stores like Chloe, Dior, Gucci, Cartier and Marc Jacobs. (key word “browse” here folks!) For dessert/drinks and a side of spectacular harbour view the Intercontinental Hotel was perfect and the Peninsula Hotel is worth a visit for a serve of opulence.  xo

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