Today was planned to be our shopping day, covering both Kowloon and HK Island and towards the evening, up to the Peak.
Another popular Hongkie breakfast is the stuff they serve in char chan teng – aka kopitiam in Malaysia. So, we travelled all the way to HK Island and walked around until we saw one shop which looked decent enough to try.
The thing with eateries in HK is that they are very small. And if they are full of people, you can barely walk in and out of the shop. This one that we found were located on a very busy street and the entrance was so narrow, you can barely see it. Once you enter, the interior is not any larger than a large toilet cubicle (those for mummies with their babies), with only a few tables.
We had wanted to sit down at an empty table next to the entrance when we were ushered to go down the stairs where more seating would be available. And, going down to what seemed to be another floor was, indeed, a larger seating area. Gosh… never knew it was such!
Me, as usual, needing my caffeine fix of the day, ordered iced coffee and peanut butter toast. Didn’t want to eat so much and spoil my chance to have lunch later on. The coffee was okay and I am amazed by how it was presented. Unlike Malaysia where they put the ice into the coffee – thus diluting it and shortchanging us customers – they actually chilled the coffee first and upon serving place it in a bowl of ice to keep it cold. Cool!
Brother ordered iced yinyong (coffee and tea mixed) and nissin noodles with egg and luncheon meat. The soup base was very nice, possibly laden with MSG. Can’t really remember how much it costed but it wasn’t too expensive.
We went around the island, going in and out of shopping centres, snapping pictures of HK’s streets. I did not buy anything at all, since nothing really interests me. There are the usual huge, air-conditioned malls – Sogo, Times Square, Lane Crawford are the popular ones – but the stuff they sell in the malls are more or less the same as what we have in Malaysia, if not more expensive.
Since it is the weekend, the streets were bustling with people and there was no one in sight who is wearing a mask and paranoid about H1N1. Of course, we couldn’t really be bothered with our masks, as well.
Bro did buy some stuff for himself while I followed around, contemplating on whether to splurge or not. In the end, I didn’t really. If I can get it in M’sia for more or less the same, I didn’t really bother. Plus, I still gotta save some money for Macau and Shenzhen. Who knows there will be more worthy buys there!
We also didn’t get the chance to take a ride on HK’s famous trams. Blur us didn’t know where they’d take us and how we could get on and off it. Perhaps next time, when I do more research on riding trams. Lol.. yes, that’s me – I hate spontaneity. We did take a picture of it, however:
After spending the whole afternoon shopping around, we adjourned to take another kind of tram – to the Peak!
Madame Tussauds and The Peak
Madame Tussauds HK is located at the Peak, right next to the Sky Terrace where tourists and locals alike can enjoy the magnificent view of HK. Walking to the Tram Station itself was torturous. It was located halfway on top of a hill and thus, we had to hike up a slope to get to it. It wasn’t too much of a problem, actually, if we had not been walking around the whole of Central barely an hour ago.
The tram station was packed with people and there was no apparent queues or whatsoever needed for passengers to get in. We approached the ticketing counter and got ourselves a 3-in-1 combo of a tram ticket, Mdm Tussaud’s ticket and entrance fee to the Sky Terrace. Costed us HKD180.00
Squeezing ourselves into the small tram reminds us of the mini busses we took when we were young in KL. Thank goodness we were able to find a seat as there were a lot of others who were standing. If any of you intend to travel to The Peak, please, please try to find a seat!
The seats are wooden and small, like the ones you’d find in a school canteen. And, as the full tram travelled extremely slowly up the hill (because of the weight, perhaps?) we can see some standing passengers trying to balance themselves (that’s why you need to find a seat).
The journey was a short one and once we reached the station at the top, we got down and headed over to Madame Tussauds first. After all, it was still bright and sunny. Both Mdm Tussauds and the Sky Terrace are on the upper floors of the Peak Tower. The Tower itself houses a lot of small retail shops, restaurants and souvenier shops. We, of course, didn’t purchase anything from these shops since we knew prices in a tourist spot would never be affordable.
We were greeted at the door by Cecilia Cheung and she looked astonishingly happy and radiant although embroiled with not-so-good gossips on her leaked sex photos. And, like any other camera wielding tourist, my brother and I went aroud taking pictures with (mostly) HK celebrities.
The museum also houses some other prominent figures like Chinese and Singaporean Prime Ministers, sportsmen and of course the royal family. I picked and chose who I wanted to take pictures with, since I’ve already encoutered most of them when I visited Mdm Tussauds London few years back.
There were also professional photographers going around, so, if you’d like to request for a professional photo of yourself with David Beckham, you may ask them to do so. Of course, when you walk out and sees your photo, you have the option of spending more money to buy or not. Since I am not particularly into anyone’s waxed figure, I just made do with some random, amatuer shots myself.