Friday, December 18, 2009
hong kong (2)
staying in kowloon means you're never far away from a marketplace where cheap stuff can be purchased if you search hard enough.
i've always wonder why HKers are fascinated with jade?
there's usually a crowd where it is sold. food is also cheaper here.
using the Mass Transit Railway was a piece of cake. even the boy knows how to purchase tickets from the self-service booth...
....& unlike in KL, all the lines are integrated & so you'll never have to exit & walk in the open to another station to change lines. also its passenger info system with litted route indicator is slightly more advanced than s'pore's MRT
if you're an avid fan of HK serials, you know this place often chosen for important meetings, eg. lovers, long-lost relatives & feuding parties.
it's the Avenue of Stars where bronze figurines of the local film industry stand, the most famous being that of Bruce Lee..
...& where palm imprints of movie stars are cast in concrete.
....an idea probably taken from hollywood's Walk of Fame. you'd never think those posh shopping malls would offer anything cheap. usually not, but try this for a real bargain - a couple of reeboks for just under HKD200 (RM89) a pair.....
according to my brand-conscious daughter, reeboks rank behind adidas & nike, but it didn't matter to me because you can NEVER get it at that price back home. she chosed a pair of skechers herself...
apparently, these cost RM250 back home while she got them here for HKD250.
i'm certain there's one place your regular tour guide would NEVER bring you to, neither would you consider visiting while in HK. how about the Science Museum?
in fact, we thought we'd just spend a couple of hours there to kill some time but it turned out to be a half-day excursion!! FYI, museum entrance fees are waived on wednesdays (normally, HKD25 for adults) & we were fortunate that on that particular week, the museum showcased the works of Nobel laureate Prof Charles Kao, the pioneer for fibreoptics communications. i was personally fascinated by this as well as the other exhibits, taking up 3 floors of the building....
kids have plenty to keep them occupied with activities...
....& mind games.
one dish that is a must-try is the roast goose.
i'm no food connoisseur but it tasted just like duck, except more fleshy with a thicker layer of fat.... .
also don't forget peking duck with the crispy, roasted skin..
you can't say you've been shopping in HK unless you've been to the ladies' market in mongkok. one thing i noticed the moment we step off the MTR station here was the strong police presence...
there were at least 3 patrol cars like this one in the area alone.
it was still crowded when we got there at 9pm & here you CAN bargain without being told off. besides, just walking off is sometimes enough to get you the stuff you want....
....like these T-shirts at 5 for HKD100 (RM9 each).
next: magic kingdom & why we're all humans