It was already our third morning ever since we arrived in Hong Kong, and I guess it is high time we head off to explore other areas of Hong Kong! And by “other areas”, I meant the remaining areas that make up Hong Kong located across Victoria Harbour like KOWLOON! Hehe…
[Hong Kong November 2015]
7 November 2015
Wong Tai Sin Temple, Mong Kok & Tsim Sha Tsui | Kowloon, Hong Kong
Wong Tai Sin Temple is home to three religions – Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Its natural setting and intricately ornamented buildings are where worshippers pray for good fortune through offerings, divine guidance and fortune telling.
And it is said that prayers at the temple are always heard and all your wishes will come true. That is why the temple is always crowded with believers, both locals and tourists alike.
It was a Saturday morning and it was crowded, as expected. Haha! But it was nice to take a walk in the temple the first thing in the morning after all. At the same time, thank the deities for the smooth travels ever since we arrived and asked for blessings for the rest of our trip in Hong Kong. Just like what I always do wherever I go, even at churches sometimes. Hehe 🙂
And when we were done, it’s time to move on and explore the rest of Kowloon!
Anyway, it was deemed meaningful to us because the school where we all went to in Singapore and got to know each other used to be located along a road, coincidentally, named Prince Edward Road before moving to its current location!
Thank goodness we were one step ahead of the breakfast/brunch crowd despite our detour to the temple earlier that morning, we managed to grab a tiny booth for ourselves promptly before the crowd came streaming in.
When we first confirmed our trip, Monkey was exceptionally insistent on taking us to Kam Wah Cafe for their polo bun. And I finally understood why when our food was served.
The polo bun was perfectly buttery, soft and fluffy on the inside and crusty on the outside. Not forgetting that each polo bun was almost the size of my face! Super shiok but good to share if you are intending to try other dishes available at the cafe!
And when we were done with breakfast, we moved off to explore a handful of the interesting streets that makes up Mong Kok!
The street used to be a place for growing flowers during the Ming and Qing Dynasty and that’s how the street attained its name which can be loosely translated as Garden Street.
Today, Fa Yuen Street is a retail street offering a wide array of goods from clothing to mobile accessories to fresh food and popular for its sneakers and sportswear shops offering apparels at highly reasonable prices.
And on the next street, Tung Choi Street North, is my favorite-most street in the entire Mong Kok! Although it is commonly known as Goldfish Market, you can basically find various types of fishes and all sorts of pets you can think of! So cute all of them! 🙂
Anyway, aside from looking around and doing some random shopping, how can we miss out on random street food right? Hehehehe…
There is a short stretch of food stalls towards the north end of the street offering stinky tofu and finger food on sticks. The boys can’t resist it and bought some to snack on.
It was supposed to be autumn already when we were there but it seems like autumn was a little late and it was rather hot in the afternoons. So it’s perfect timing to refresh ourselves with ice cream from the Mobile Softee trunk and fresh coconut juice!
Dim Dim Sum 點點心點心專門店 | Mong Kok, Hong KongWe were randomly wandering southwards along the streets of Mong Kok and we came across Dim Dim Sum along the way. And us being us, as random as we can be, we stopped by for some dimsum on Vim’s suggestion.
And since we weren’t exactly hungry to begin with, we picked a handful of their unique creations to try.
To be honest, I was a little lazy after all the walking to bother about taking nice food photos of whatever we were having at Dim Dim Sum. It was a little crammed in their Mong Kok outlet, staffs were a little rude (but that’s them I supposed…) but the food was actually quite ok.
So, I am really sorry if my photos are so bad, they don’t do any justice to the food. Oops!
The only two warriors left standing. Haha… Or actually, more like the group split ways in different directions for an hour or so. Lun and Monkey went toy shopping, Vim and Hang gone off for some errands. I was supposed to find a nice cafe to sit down and chill out while waiting for the rest but PJ suggested that we keep walking and explore further.
That’s how we found ourselves on Ladies’ Market actually! Haha!
Anyway, Ladies’ Market is located on Tung Choi Street and it is actually a one-kilometre stretch lined with clothing, accessories, watches, bags and even cosmetics. Basically everything for the ladies. But on a side note, it was also where I found quite a bit of little trinkets I could bring home as souvenirs.
And we spent our evening hopping from shopping mall to shopping mall at Tsim Sha Tsui. I love K11 for the unique shopping experience! Plus I also found my favorite pastry shop from Hong Kong – Cookies Quartet while everyone is going crazy over cookies from Jenny Bakery.
Well, when we were done with dinner we kind of lost momentum with the shopping spree so we made an impromptu decision to walk down Nathan Road to the promenade in front of Victoria Harbour.
We were just in time to catch the Symphony of Lights actually. But if I am asked to describe the light show in just one word, it will be – Disappointing. Haha!
Honestly, it wasn’t that fantastic in my opinion. And I was truly glad that we didn’t take it that seriously and it was an impromptu decision after all. What’s really nice at that moment was the evening walk down Nathan Road, digesting our dinner and basking in the neon lights that gradually flickered on for the night.
And when we were almost going to leave with utmost disappointment, PJ’s sharp ears picked up and brought us to a group of buskers singing by Star Ferry Pier.
Well, it was really nice of Red House plus The Central Corner for entertaining every random song request we had. Aside from the fact that they can really sing, they were actually so engaging! We had a really good time even though we were sitting around on the floor of Star Ferry Pier and slightly shivering in the cold evening breeze for three whole hours.
Thank you for finishing off our evening on a high note! And most importantly, thank you for helping us forget how disappointing the Symphony of Lights was. Hehe! 🙂
With that, it was the end of our day out at Kowloon, Hong Kong. And back at our apartment and ending off with our nightly drinks, chit chat and sticking on those medicated plaster to soothe the aching from all that walking and brace up for another day tomorrow! No longer can do without those plasters man. We have aged… Haha!
More posts from Hong Kong November 2015 travelogue series:
- Wan Chai & Central | Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
- 1 day trip to Macau | Macau, China
- Wong Tai Sin Temple, Mong Kok & Tsim Sha Tsui | Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Ngong Ping 360 Village & Big Buddha | Lantau Island, Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Disneyland | Lantau Island, Hong Kong
- Tsui Wah Restaurant and Hong Kong International Airport | Lantau Island, Hong Kong