Diaries: Two Weeks in Asia : Day 2 – Hong Kong

Day 2

The first stop was Wong Tai Sin temple, famed for its wish-granting abilities, and its zodiac statues. The weather held up while we were taking photographs of the 12 zodiac statues, but as soon as we made it to the main temple building, the heavens opened. I had never seen rain like it in my entire life; it was just a relentless shower which showed no signs of stopping. But even in the bad weather, locals and tourists still prayed and showed their respect to the temple and gods. Weather never seems to stop religion. We walked around the grounds of the temple once the weather subdued and found ourselves at the ‘Good Wish Garden’ which was absolutely stunning to see. It was such a fantastic place to visit and I lost the feeling of being in a big city with this small piece of tranquility.

 

Getting to the Jade Market was next on our list. The Jade Market was a little more difficult to find as it was underneath one of the main overpasses through the city. All the stalls were selling various jewellery items and were very much the same (to me at least). In the end, we brought two small jade charms to represent our zodiac signs and gave up with the market. I felt as if we were being harassed by every single stall owner trying to get us to buy the same items as the last store. I would recommend going to visit, but be aware of the hassle you’re going to get.

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The ladies market was a little more of your ‘standard’ market, selling the typical souvenirs such as the I ‘heart’ HK t-shirts, bruce lee photos and plenty of Chinese homeware items just to name a few. This 1km street market seemed to go on forever, but it was well worth the walk to see all the bargains on offer here.

Between the Jade and Ladies markets lies Nathan Road, it is another popular choice among tourists visiting Hong Kong as it is lined with shops and restaurants. You will be spoilt for choice along this road! We ended up walking up and down this road just browsing the shops, and restaurants trying to find somewhere to grab a bite to eat. In the end, we just grabbed a snack and headed on to the next destination. The Peak Tram.

After reaching the tram entrance a lot later than we expected, we were faced with an enormous queue to get the tram. We quickly found someone selling a joint ticket for the tram and Madame Tussauds, knowing we could quickly get past a lot of the queue if we brought the tickets. They were a little more expensive than we originally thought, but you can’t put a price on skipping a queue. The main thing I learned from this was that tourists and residents in Hong Kong do not take their time when getting on and off public transport. It felt like it was life or death when everyone was fighting for seats on the tram.

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After the visit to the observation deck at the peak, we had a craving for Bubba Gump! Having never been to any of these restaurants before we thought we’d give it a go. We were seated at the bar with a view of the city, knowing we didn’t have a lot of time left until the last train, we opted for a cocktail and the ‘Shrimpers Heaven’ each. The food was stunning, coconut shrimp, fried shrimp, Peel ‘n’ eat shrimp and Japanese style tempura shrimp, all served with fries. Very moreish!

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Finally, after an exhausting day of sightseeing, we headed back down the peak to find the MTR station to take us home. The more and more we used the stations, the easier it all was to understand. It is so easy to sightsee and get around here!

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