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at Mong Kok Night Market, HK

On the Streets of Hong Kong

June 30, 2017. MNL-HK via Philippine Airlines | I flew to Hong Kong with my husband and two teenage sons.

We had a lot of fun exploring the streets of Hong Kong for two reasons.

Taking the MTR is very convenient to go around Hong Kong.

It’s very efficient. You only wait two minutes at most once you are at the platform. Then you get to your destination in no less than an hour for shorter trips or about an hour or so for longer trips. Fro example, our travel time from Hong Kong International Airport to Central Station is only about 40 minutes, and the distance is about 39 kilometers. The maximum speed of the Airport Express Line is 135km/hr. One time, my card was not working and I had to tap it several times. All of a sudden, an MTR worker came rushing to my aide. Although the advice was that we get an Octopus card, we didn’t. Instead, we would get a card each time we took the MTR. Getting the Octopus card may be more convenient, but we enjoyed keying in our destination every time. There were no lines to the machines, anyway. LOL.

Taking a cab is easy.

When our feet get too tired from walking to different exits at the MTR, we would hail a cab. The driver, even if he was hard on English, would listen intently to us, and would sped away, taking us to where we were going… no questions asked. One time, we noticed that the taxi meter was going too fast, the driver deducted some amount when we reached our stop. The gesture was very commendable!

Taking the MTR or the cab, either way, it was easy and fast to go from one place to the other. Just be ready with your walking shoes and your conditioned feet for walking. Ha ha!

Here are a few sites on the streets.

Causeway Bay

A street on Causeway Bay.

Causeway Bay is Hong Kong’s energetic retail heart. Luxury malls, department stores and boutiques pack its western end, while bargain hunters roam the Jardine’s Crescent street market. Numerous dining options, from upscale restaurants to street-food stalls, dot the area. Local meeting points include Hong Kong Central Library, with its historic collections, and tranquil Victoria Park, popular for Tai chai sessions. Here are top 10 things to see and do in Causeway Bay. As for us, we went there for one reason: to get Onitsuka shoes.

Hong Kong Central

Hong Kong Central.

Central is Hong Kong’s frenetic business and retail heart, crammed with skyscrapers, swanky malls and luxury hotels. Iconic Victoria Harbor is filled with ferries and traditional boats. The neighborhood is known for nightlife, with raucous pubs and nightclubs in Lan Kwai Fong, and wine bars and trendy restaurants in nearby SoHo. Away from the bustle, are Hong Kong Park and the Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Explore the top 10 attractions at Central.

Still at Hong Kong Central

Still at Hong Kong Central

Central Station, Hong Kong

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Entrance to Kowloon Park

Entrance to Kowloon Park at Tsim Tsa Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Kowloon Park is a large public park in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It has an area of 13.3 hectares and is managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. {Wikipedia}

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Sai Ying Pun is an area in Western District, in the northwestern part of Hong Kong Island, in Hong Kong. It is administratively part of the Central and Western District. Sai Ying Pun is built on the steeply sloping lower slopes of Victoria Peak and also on the western reclamation. The areas of Shek Tong Tsui and Kennedy Town are located to the west, Sheung Wan and Tai Ping Shan are to the east, and the Mid-Levels is higher up the hill to the south. Victoria Harbour is to the north.

Our hotel, the Grand City Hotel, is on Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun. We would walk the road for 5 days, passing by a McDonald’s, restaurants, wet markets, and fruit stands. But little did we know that there are more to explore in this place.

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

At Mong Kok, Hong Kong

At Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Mong Kok is a buzzing maze of narrow streets, known for shopping. Stalls with clothes and knick-knacks cram the vast Ladies’ Market, plants and colorful blooms fill the Flower Market, while Fa Yuen Street is full of sneaker and sports stores. Nearby, the Temple Street Night Market is a mix of curios, fortune tellers and food stands. Foodies explore the area’s street food stalls, tea houses and casual eateries. Here are top 10 things to see and do in Mong Kok.

Mong Kok at Night

On the streets of Mong Kok, Hong Kong at night. We were looking for the night markets at this time. We were disappointed at the night markets though. We didn’t find good thing to buy.

Mong Kok at Night

On the streets of Mong Kok, Hong Kong

On the streets of Mong Kok, Hong Kong

On the streets of Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Mong Kok Night Market

Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Nathan Road, Tsim Tsa Tsui, Hong Kong

On Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Tsim Sha Tsui is a shopping and nightlife district in Kowloon. Casual eateries and eclectic local shops are packed along neon-lit Nathan Road, while luxury malls line nearby Canton Road. The Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, on Victoria Harbour, is a popular spot to appreciate Hong Kong’s skyline views, while mainstream concerts and musicals are performed at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Top 10 things to see and do in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Tsim Tsa Tsui MTR Station

Coming out of the MTR at the Tsim Sha Tsui

An ice cream vendor at Harbour View, Hong Kong

An ice cream vendor at Harbour View, Hong Kong

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