Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Walking the Streets of Hong Kong

There are lots of places to visit in Hong Kong. Those who love shopping can find paradise in Hong Kong, be it in large shopping malls or street markets or shops along the roads.

When we were in Hong Kong, we visited most places which we did not visit during our first trip back in August 2005. The first place we explored was the streets and stalls in Sham Shui Po, the area north of Tsim Sha Tsui. One thing we noticed there was that, there were lots of shops selling electronic devices. We scouted around looking at digital cameras, as I was quite interested in the Canon EOS digital SLR camera. The prices of those electronic products in Hong Kong are very much cheaper compared to the ones in Kuching or even KL for that matter. There is also the Golden Computer Arcade, a building filled with shops selling only computer products and accessories. This is similar to the likes of Sim Lim in Singapore but way cooler and more impressive.

Some pictures of the streets in Sham Shui Po. As usual, it was rather crowded there.

Apart from Sham Shui Po, we also went to Central in Hong Kong Island. We walked along the streets in Lan Kwai Fong, a famous drinking haunt filled with bars and restaurants. The roads there were uphill and we had to push chubby kid through uneven pedestrian walks.

Nearby is the Mid-Levels Escalator, the world's longest outdoor covered escalator at over 800 metres long. Too bad we did not get on it because, it's a one way escalator; going downhill from 6am - 10am and going uphill from 10:20am - midnight. Chubby kid was on a stroller, so there's no way for us to push her down if we were to go up.

From there, we decided to go to The Peak. Walking along the streets to the Peak Tram Station saw us passing lots of sky scrapers, the most significant one being the Bank of China Tower.

The tallest point in Hong Kong Island is The Peak. To go up, we took the Peak Tram at almost a 45-degree angle. This photo shows us lining up, waiting to take the tram. Just look at the crowd.

It was very unfortunate for us that day as it was very foggy and misty up at The Peak. We can't really get a clear panoramic view from there. Anyway, these are some pictures taken from The Peak.

The Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is also located at The Peak but we were not interested to go and have a look. Here's a photo of the wax figure of Bruce Lee outside the entrance.

We spent about 1 hour up at The Peak before taking the crowded tram back down. From there, we went to Causeway Bay, another popular shopping area.

In Hong Kong, there is also a Times Square and it is located in Causeway Bay.

It's huge, so of course we could not be bothered to walk through the whole building. Instead, we stopped only at the floor that sells electronic products and this was where I bought a new digital camera. No la! I did not buy the Canon EOS digital SLR. My husband says it's too bulky to be carried around. So we opted for the small and compact one, the Canon Digital Ixus 950 IS. He also bought an electric shaver. Both items cost much less than in Malaysia.

It was back to Tsim Sha Tsui after that, to have ramen for dinner at a Japanese restaurant before resting our sore and tired legs.

1 comment:

Nana said...

How cheap was it? I mean your camera.