Hong Kong Trip : Day 1!

Thanks to Kate, we finally embarked on our trip to Hong Kong! Yeah, she is the planner of all our trips and our in-house photographer. While, I just carry the bags. When you consider the amount of things Kate buys, then you will know that things are actually…well…quite balanced :p

The flight from Singapore to Hong Kong takes slightly under 4 hours. After we alighted, we headed straight for our first stop – Citygate Outlet at Tung Chung!

 Endless shopping choices at Citygate Outlet Tung Chung!
Endless shopping choices at Citygate Outlet Tung Chung!

You can easily reach Citygate Outlet at Tung Chung by taking E21 from the bus station at the airport. The deals here were actually not too bad. Our intention was not to buy any branded stuff but to only look out for good deals. However, as it turns out, the branded stuff had relatively good deals as well. Kate bought several wallets. To my dismay… :p

 Wanton mee and porridge from this stall at Food Republic Citygate Outlets
Wanton mee and porridge from this stall at Food Republic Citygate Outlets

It was here that Ive tried my first Hong Kong wanton mee. The taste was quite forgettable though. Luckily for us, more good food lies ahead.

After all the shopping, we took the same bus towards Jordan where our first night of stay in Hong Kong was – Jordan Comfort Inn at New Lucky House!

 Facade of New Lucky House
Facade of New Lucky House

Kate actually spent alot of time on Agoda to sieve through the various hostels that we can afford to stay in. We wanted a central location which meant that nice fancy hotels were out. Nice fancy hotels in the city cost a bomb!

Since most of the time in HK will be spent buying stuff and eating (买东西,吃东西), we decided that a central location solely for sleeping would be the main consideration. Oh, attached bathrooms as well.

So after scouring through the hotels (hostels, I meant), Kate decided on Jordan Comfort Inn for our first night because of its accessibility to the shopping areas at Temple Street and close proximity to the Jordan MTR. And if you really want, you can also walk to the Avenue of Stars at Victoria Harbour.

The catch about hostels in Hong Kong is that the rooms are REALLY EXPENSIVE and you’ll get a REALLY SMALL room. We paid $112 a night for a 8sqm room! Check this out…

 Small bed beside the entrance to the room
Small bed beside the entrance to the room

The plus point is that although the room is small, it has a comfy bed, a TV and an attached bathroom. There’s also a shared water dispenser as well. Not too bad for a small room. As the chinese saying goes, 麻雀虽小,五脏俱全 (direct translation for “Although the sparrow is small, it has 5 complete organs”) Well…meaning that although the room is small, it has all the basic necessities!

After checking in, we decided to start wondering along the streets in Jordan. The cool thing about a free and easy vacation is that we can have the holiday just the way we want it. No need to be hurried around from point to point and buy stuff from specific souvenir shops. Having said that, packaged tour has its merits as well especially to places where most locals dont speak the same language as you do. Ah…we digressed.

So we took the opportunity to visit the shopping areas at Temple Street, had a wonderful dinner of roasted meats at a local joint and even stumbled upon the famous dessert place – Australian Dairy Company!

 Entrance to Temple Street 庙街 Jordan, Hong Kong
Entrance to Temple Street 庙街 Jordan, Hong Kong

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Night Market at Temple Street

 Char Siew Roasted Pork Rice
Char Siew Roasted Pork Rice

 Steamed Almond Egg Pudding (杏汁炖蛋) at Australian Dairy Company Hong Kong
Steamed Almond Egg Pudding (杏汁炖蛋) at Australian Dairy Company Hong Kong

We were feeling STUFFED after all the food that we ate (did you see the mountain of rice?!), we decided to go for a stroll at Victoria Harbour. Kate did not want to do the harbour visit on our first night initially but after much pestering from me, Kate relented! YaY!

 Typical Red Hong Kong sail boats at Victoria Harbour
Typical Red Hong Kong sail boats at Victoria Harbour

 Statue at Avenue of Stars
Statue at Avenue of Stars

Initially, we wanted to catch the Symphony of Lights that goes on daily at 8pm. Unexpectedly, it started to drizzle which quickly turned into a downpour just as the clock struck 8! Bearing through the wind, the rain and the cold, we managed to catch this video for our readers – you!

Not that we were able to catch much in the cold winds, (more like blair witch?) but still the sights and sounds were captured to give us an idea of how the Symphony of Lights was.

After the rain subsided, we started to make our way back to Jordan Comfort Inn and called it a night…

Hong Kong Trip Day 1
Hong Kong Trip Day 1

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Hong Kong Trip : Day 1
Hong Kong Trip Day 2 : The Attractions of Tsuen Wan
Hong Kong Trip Day 3 : Ocean Park and New Year’s Eve Countdown
Hong Kong Trip Day 4 – Side Trip to Macau
Hong Kong Trip Day 5 – Continuing Our Travels in Macao
Hong Kong Trip Day 6 – Rounding up Macao and Returning to HK
Day 7 Hong Kong Trip : Side Trip to Shen Zhen & Debunking Recommendations
Day 8 Hong Kong Trip : What we did in Central 中環 Hong Kong
Day 9 Hong Kong Trip : A Surprise Find at Lian Xiang Ju Dim Sum Restaurant

Hotels and Hostels We Stayed in Hong Kong

New Year’s Eve Countdown at Victoria Harbour Hong Kong
Ibis Hotel Hong Kong Central & Sheung Wan : For the Best Views of Victoria Harbour
L Hotel Nina Convention Centre Hong Kong : Great views over Tsuen Wan
Jordan Comfort Inn Review @ New Lucky House Hong Kong
New China Yan Yan Guest House at Chung King Mansion

Food and Dining in Hong Kong

3 Reasons Why You MUST Try Dim Sum in Hong Kong and Macao
The Minimalist Guide to Eating at Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong
A Classy Treat at Lei Garden International Finance Center Hong Kong
Mak Mun Kee 麦文记 Noodles Shop : Best Wanton and Beef Noodles in Hong Kong
Great Desserts at Australian Dairy Company Hong Kong! ( 澳洲牛奶公司)
Lan Fong Yuen Hong Kong : For a taste of traditional milk tea since 1952
Secret to Enjoying Hong Kong Cafes…
What a typical Hong Kong Cafe is like
Debunking Recommendations of DiscoverHongKong.com : What NOT to eat in Hong Kong

Attractions in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Central Mid Level Escalator : Longest Escalator Walkway System in the World
Avenue of Stars 星光大道 : Hong Kong’s Hollywood Walk of Fame
Ocean Park Hong Kong : Still worth a visit?
Temple Street 庙街 Hong Kong : First glimpse at Hong Kong’s Night Market
Where to shop in Hong Kong? Citygate Outlets Tung Chung!
Elements Shopping Mall at Kowloon Hong Kong
Only make a side trip from Hong Kong to Shen Zhen if…
21 Amazing Travel Experiences in Hong Kong

Hotels We Stayed in Macau

Hotel Royal Macau : Luxury at a Central Location
Regency Hotel Macau : A 5 Stars Hotel?

Attractions in Macau

Guia Fortress and Lighthouse Macao : An Elusive Fortress Found
Macao Maritime Museum : Great Price Good Exhibits
Historic Centre of Macao : Ruins of Saint Paul’s, Mount Fortress & More
Cotai Strip Macau : Games, Shows, Food and Entertainment
Taipa Village Macau : Houses Museum, Pork Buns, Portuguese Egg Tarts
Top 5 MUST DO Things in Macao : You have not been to Macao unless you have…

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