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Old 05-18-2012, 07:55 PM   #916
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Shop till you Drop in Times Square – Hong Kong



We were in Causeway Bay, one of the major shopping areas in Hong Kong.

My TA friend had told me that Causeway Bay had become a fashionable place to shop with the yuppies because of the more up-market and western style shops in the area.

I’d already hit Sogo and can attest to the dizzy array of brand names in that store.

Our restaurant was located in Windsor House, another shopping mall in the area. Seems like the specialty here was children’s clothes.





I was seriously tempted by this sweet bag but I really couldn’t fit another thing in after that dinner! Some of the others managed to squeeze in the Haagen Daaz.





Across the road is the Park Lane, another mall. We didn’t go check it out.





It might have been close to 9.00 pm when we emerged from dinner; but it seemed like shops had not yet shut in the area as there were a ton of people about.





We walked down Great George Street and I think this was our first full-blown experience of neons in Hong Kong. Suffice to say, I did not need a tripod for any of the neon shots at night in Hong Kong. Lighting conditions were brilliant!





Great George Street is where you’ll find one of the Youth Malls selling all things hip and trendy for the younger set. Causeway Place Mall is well known as one of these centres – shops are up the stairs.





In case anyone was after a close-up…looks like The Avengers were “in” when we were there.





Anyone reading with tweens, teens or feeling like they want to be trendy, check the Causeway Place mall out! Definitely very hip!


We were heading back in the direction of Sogo, where we stopped by the supermarket in the basement.





Mrs Angel was keen to get some durian fruit. I think she had smelt it out earlier in the day. The durian is a fruit that you’ll find in South East Asia. I think that I have a picture of the fruit taken on market day which I’ll share later. Suffice to say, if you’ve ever come across this fruit, your nose will not ever forget it. It has a very distinctive odour but the taste…..pure custard ambrosia!

A consequence of that distinctive odour that hangs around and never quits, is that most reputable hotels will ban you from entry if you have the fruit with you. So, when Mrs Angel purchased it from the supermarket, she opened it outside the supermarket, in the basement of Sogo, where the Party@10 enjoyed that custard ambrosia. I’m pretty sure that we got death looks from the other shoppers but none of us cared!


We continued on our way amongst the shoppers still shopping!





I never did work out which building or mall this was. So if you know, let me know!





I’d done enough window-shopping in the area to know that I wasn’t going to be purchasing anything more that night. Besides, there were other things on the street that attracted my attention.

Street Transport!









I live in a city where we have trams and I always like seeing them in other cities during my travels. Makes me feel more at home.





We kept walking to our destination, by passing the Causeway Bay MTR.





There is a night market in the area…Jardine’s Bazaar located in Jardine Crescent. It was closer towards 9.30 pm by this stage and a lot of the vendors were shut. This was the second street market I’d come across so far and I remember wishing that we would time our visits to night markets during trading hours! Looking at this picture, I wish the same thing now.





Our destination was Times Square, another mall in Causeway Bay. You’ll find Lane Crawford and Marks and Spencers in here. Yes, there is a Times Square in Hong Kong and much like the Times Square in NYC, New Year's Eve celebrations are also held here.









I gathered from the locals in our Party@10 that there was mostly always a temporary display of some sort outside Times Square. It was the turn of the eco-greenies for us.





And it was time to leave the area. At the end of the street, we hit Canal Road and a bus stop.





There was a bus heading in our direction going under the Cross Harbour Tunnel and it took us less than 10 minutes to get back to the Hung Hom train station and even less time to head back to the hotel for some much needed sleep. Tomorrow was going to be another BIG day.



The end of another long, wet day!



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Old 05-18-2012, 10:17 PM   #917
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The city is really beautiful. That dinner looked awesome, and I can see why people would get married there. I love the Avengers action figures. Those sunflowers are cool.
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:09 AM   #919
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I liked that dinner better than the other (as if I actually ate it! ) I'm not as adventurous with Asian cuisine as American! I'm just not into cities and shopping so I wouldn't have been into that day. Although on the other hand if there were bargains to be had, FRAN would have been all over it. However I suspect that being downtown there weren't many bargains. We prefer thrift stores and warehouse deals.

Our vacations include checking out local Costcos for what they have as deals!
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That buffet looked really scrummy (and I don't eat fish or mushrooms lol!!) - I really have to stop catching up on food porn after my crummy little breakfast - now I'm hungry again lol!!

I always think I'm the luckiest girl in the world as DBF not only shares the same passion as I do for Disney and visiting amazing places around the world, but he actually enjoys all the shopping that these trips include - we both LOVE shopping and can't wait to hit Causeway Bay

I can't wait for your markets reports....
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Woo hoo I'm caught up again.
Woo Hoo indeed!


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The city is really beautiful. That dinner looked awesome, and I can see why people would get married there. I love the Avengers action figures. Those sunflowers are cool.
The night lights were fantastic.


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I liked that dinner better than the other (as if I actually ate it! ) I'm not as adventurous with Asian cuisine as American! I'm just not into cities and shopping so I wouldn't have been into that day. Although on the other hand if there were bargains to be had, FRAN would have been all over it. However I suspect that being downtown there weren't many bargains. We prefer thrift stores and warehouse deals.

Our vacations include checking out local Costcos for what they have as deals!
I like shopping when I have things to buy. Good thing I needed to get shoes; otherwise I'm not sure how I would have coped with that much consumer goods sensory overload.

The bargains were to be found more in the markets than in the departmental shops. There were some sales on with the shoes and I ended up getting a Geox walking shoe for a decent price cf Australia. But I suspect it would have been cheaper again in the US, particularly at the outlets.


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That buffet looked really scrummy (and I don't eat fish or mushrooms lol!!) - I really have to stop catching up on food porn after my crummy little breakfast - now I'm hungry again lol!!

I always think I'm the luckiest girl in the world as DBF not only shares the same passion as I do for Disney and visiting amazing places around the world, but he actually enjoys all the shopping that these trips include - we both LOVE shopping and can't wait to hit Causeway Bay

I can't wait for your markets reports....
There are a couple more malls in Causeway Bay that I didn't check out. Fashion Walk/Fashion Island is right behind the Park Lane and is meant to have high end labels.

Enjoy!
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The Yee’s Have It – Lantau Island again



Day 6 of this vacation, Good Friday, and we were heading back to Lantau Island – again.



After spending the first 3 days of this vacation on Lantau Island, you would think that we had no need to head back there again! For anyone staying at Disney – there is definitely more to Lantau than the Resort and the Airport. Last night on the bus ride home, I’d found out that Mrs Angel and our TA friend were very keen to head out to visit the Tian Tan Giant Buddha at Ngong Ping. Mr Angel opted to stay back at the hotel when he realised that we planned to set out early.

We’d arranged to start at 7.30 am as I figured it would take us some time to make the trek out back to Lantau. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Mrs Angel, my parents and our TA friend all made it down by this nominated time.


From the Hung Hom MTR station, we caught the Tuen Mun line out to Nam Cheong (pink line). We interchanged to the line heading in the Tung Chung direction (yellow line). Our destination was the Tung Chung station. Our travel time was about 40 minutes.

For anyone at HKDR, catch the train to Sunny Bay and interchange to the line heading in the Tung Chung direction (yellow line). It should take you about 15 minutes (or less) to get to Tung Chung.



When we got to Tung Chung, we took the Ngong Ping 360 exit to get out. I swiped this one from DH's set.





You can catch a taxi, a bus or the cable car to get to the top of Ngong Ping. I had been dismayed to find out that the cable car service had been closed for maintenance for about 2 months in February. The scheduled opening date had been ‘early April’ but I hadn’t counted on that being a firm date. Over dinner last night, S told us that she had seen that the cable car had reopened the day before. It had made TV news as on reopening day, there had been a technical hitch and some passengers had been stuck on-route for over 2 hours. Despite that glitch, it seemed like the cable car was back up and running….hence why we had decided on heading out this way today.

The cable car station is maybe 250 m away from the train station. You walk across the concourse and up some escalators to the ticketing booth. The last time my parents and our TA friend had come this way, they had to queue for 30 minutes just to buy a ticket. Because we had started out early, there was hardly anyone else in line. You may want to check opening times for the service before you go. We were heading out on a public holiday and knew that services would start at 9 am. I believe they might start running at 10 am on a standard day.





For anyone wanting to head out this way…before you go, you might want to consider on what type of experience you might want to have at the top.

There are a number of bundle ticket/offers that are available at the ticket booth. Some include the two ‘shows’ available at the Ngong Ping village; others include tours out to Tai O fishing village. All bundles are available on the standard cable car cabins or with crystal cabins.

The other thing with the ticketing is that until the end of 2012, if you have already purchased a ticket for Madame Tussauds, The Peak Tram, Ocean Park, the Hong Kong Wetland Park or the Ngong Ping Cable car, show that ticket and you will be entitled for 10% discount on any of the other 4.


It had been a drizzly morning so we ruled out tours heading to Tai O fishing village. I was not keen on a repeat of the day before and none of the others were really interested to see the fishing village.

We settled on the Journey of Enlightenment package. It cost us HK$290 per adult, about $35 in our money. I can’t remember exactly but I think this package included return trips on the crystal cabin. If it didn’t, we must have upgraded our tickets.





We got in and headed out!





Crystal cabin? Take a look at the floor….glass bottom!





I started to take a look out and noted that there was a lot of drizzle!





I guess it’s all about perception and decided that a few grey clouds couldn’t stop me from focussing on where we needed to head to. The cable car journey takes about 20 minutes to get to the top. It heads towards one mountain and spins around it, heading towards the second mountain where the Ngong Ping village is.





Before you cross the first mountain, you’ll get a view of the Airport.





And if you take a look back, you’ll see Tung Chung.





The crystal cabin floor provided fantastic views straight down. For me, I thought it was worth the extra money.





Before we even got to the peak of the first mountain, you can get a sense of what an engineering feat this must have been to actually lay the cable. It sure is a long line!





For anyone wanting to, you can actually hike up. I don’t know if the path goes all the way to the top but it did follow the cable car route for most of the way.





Some rather pretty countryside below, which we could enjoy courtesy of the glass bottom!





Our day did not look very promising after we passed over the first mountain peak. This is the view we had for most of the way up to the second mountain.





Take a look at the cable wire behind me. Visibility was not good at this stage.





I was beginning to think that we would not be able to see the Big Buddha even if we walked right into it!





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Ngong Ping Village



Somewhere very close to the top of the second mountain, we were all relieved to find we could see again. The cloud layer was not so thick up here!

The cable car terminates at the Ngong Ping Village station.





Entry out is via the gift shop (where else?).





And immediately to the right will be the Ngong Ping village. There were signs of dampness; but not a lot of rain was falling at this time.





There is a tea house right at the entrance. I had hoped to visit and experience a tea ceremony but never got to. Maybe next time.





It was still relatively early in the morning and there was hardly anyone else around. The shops were opened and it was nice to have the village to ourselves. There are quite a number of eateries and shops here. On our way back, we were to enjoy browsing the Chopsticks Gallery, Wooden House, Stone Culture, Vintage and the souvenir shops. I now wish that I had purchased some chopsticks up here even though they were rather pricey. I had thought to get some in the city but because of the way things worked out, I didn’t get a lot of shopping time at the end.





Whilst we were taking our snaps, DH and I were most amused by this monk walking by.





And then I looked up!





Okay, well spotted! There is a Seattle Coffee branch up the top of the Village….but the clouds had also cleared. We could see the Big Buddha!


Further down the trail, you’ll come across the entrance to the village if you were catching a bus up. It’s the entry to the right; directly opposite that tree!





The tree?





It’s not real; rather it is a tree that represents a wishing shrine with blessings.









You can buy one of these plaques from a shop in the village, write a wish on it and hang it here, under the tree.





We weren’t the only one checking out the tree!





We kept walking towards our destination.





At the other end of the village, you’ll find the demarcation gate marking the end of the village boundary.





We were about to get up close and personal with that Buddha.





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Those cable cars are cool. I am glad they opened in time for you to see them (and am hoping you do not get stuck for 2 hours). The bottoms are neat. What amazing things you saw on that!
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The cable car looks awesome! Pretty disappointed it was closed for maintenance while we were there - the day we were going to go was beautifully clear and sunny too! Nevermind, we'll just have to make sure we go again one day
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I'd have to work up some courage to go on the cable cars, they really look steep.

Another nice set of pics for us to enjoy.
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Knowing very little at this stage about Hong Kong but rapidly being remedied by Princess in Oz it seems like its all peaks everywhere? That's three now. Hmm seems we need to set aside a peak a day?
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We're really looking forward to seeing the buddah - just showed DBF the pictures of the Crystal Cabin and said "Isn't that cool?!!" He just informed me he has a fear of heights?!!!!!! But he thinks he'll be ok....I guess there's always the bus option (for him that is that cable car ride looks too cool lol!!)
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DH would not have made the cable ride, for some reason he does not do so well in heights where he cant see, but I would be right there with you.

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We went for the crystal cabin thanks to queenie's advice on here and it was the best move. It really wasn't that much more expensive and we walked right on, while the wait for a standard cabin was 90 minutes!

We had the opposite weather - clear on the way up but too foggy to see Buddha once we were there!
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