September 19, 2014
After a tasty dinner at Tim Ho Wan, Mike and I went for a walk to soak in the scenery of Hong Kong.
Immediately we were greeted with high heat and humidity, haven’t experienced that in a while! There was also quite a bit of smog, which was too bad because we couldn’t see a clear view of Hong Kong’s night time skyline.
Unfortunately, due to the long wait times at Tim Ho Wan, we had missed the Symphony of Lights 😦
A few sights along the way to Star Ferry Pier (Central Ferry Pier No 7) on Hong Kong Island
Constant development happening
Arriving to Central Pier, where you can catch ferries across the Victoria Harbour
View while on the ferry traveling towards Mainland Hong Kong. Really liked the lighting on that building with silhouettes swimming up and down!
Standing 44-metres tall, the old Clock Tower was erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloon–Canton Railway terminus. The once-bustling station is long gone, but this red brick and granite tower, now preserved as a Declared Monument, survives as an elegant reminder of the Age of Steam. It has also been a memorable landmark for the millions of Chinese immigrants who passed through the terminus to begin new lives not just in Hong Kong, but in other parts of the world via the city’s harbour. (Source)
If we had time, perhaps we could’ve enjoyed a night of entertainment on one of these ships
Hong Kong’s night time skyline!
Walking along Avenue of Stars!
With commemorative plaques, celebrity handprints, descriptive milestones, movie memorabilia, a life-size statue of kung fu action hero Bruce Lee and a bronze rendering of popular cartoon character McDull, the Avenue of Stars fittingly sets the glamour of Hong Kong’s film industry against the captivating dazzle of Victoria Harbour (Source).
Bruce Lee against Hong Kong skyline
We then strolled through Kowloon and visited the Temple Street Night Market – a feast for the eyes! Tons of trinkets, arts, toys, gadgets, sex toys, electronics, jewellery and food stalls to browse and enjoy.
It wasn’t long before we were back on the Airport Express heading to the airport – a comfortable and quick 20-25 minute trip!
We both found these train advertisements annoying, because you know, coal is certainly not a renewable energy, no matter how you put it.
Ah, so tired!
The 11th busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic, with nearly 60 million passengers handled in 2013… this is how deserted Hong Kong International Airport looks like at 4 o’clock in the morning. Not a soul in sight.
Tip: As Mike is demonstrating, these benches are the most comfortable place to stretch when killing time in the Check-In areas… you will thank me!
And look, two people can fit on one bench! And the man behind us is proving my above point! 😛
Farewell Hong Kong! We hope to come back in the future and spend more time!