Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hong Kong- Best place to eat and shop

I have been to Hong Kong 4 times since 1999. It looks like every two years once. My friend always said that is my second home or time to balik kampung. Ha!Ha! Hong Kong is a very nice place to visit especially when comes to food and shopping. Each time we will explore new places and new warehouse outlet.

Places to shop
a. fa yuen kai @ flower street at Mongkok, this place is the cheapest and you can find anything there. Even the coffee shop here the prices is cheaper. You can try also Sai Yeong Choi Street, Sei Yee Kee Street which is just nearby.

b. take the MRT to Tung Chung, the stop where you go to Ngong Ping 360 degree ride. Once you come out from the MRT you can see the shopping centre. Inside the mall, you able to find warehouse outlet for Nike, Levis, Addidas, Esprit, Puma and etc.

c. if you would like to shop for cartoon characters figurines and all those Japan stuff, you can go to Mongkok. You can find it in those buildings, i can't remember the name but most of the shops are in Mongkok. Bought Final Fantasy figurine there and is only RM75. Quite cheap compare to KL is around RM150.

d. People said Shum Shui Po is very cheap. You can find clothes, handphones, crystal very cheap. Bear in mind those clothes you can't try. I went there once and i dont really like it. Always go there in the morning.

e. I always like to go to the City Super supermarket at Times Square, Causeway Bay to shop for kitchen accessories and food. I can spend 2 hours there and some of the kitchen utensils and accessories hardly can find in KL. You can also shop at Sogo.

f. stanley market - you can get good quality, value for price for children clothes and winter clothing. You can also find variety of souvenirs here.

g. Esprit Outlet located behind Kowloon Hotel, Tsim Tsa Tsui. You can also visit Parklane.

Places to eat must try the steamboat at this place known as Tanyoto at Grand Tower, opposite Langham Place. Take Mongkok Exit C. For the soup, you can have a choice of ma lat @ shezhuan spicy soup and tomato soup. The tomato soup is fantastic. Dunno how to explain to you but definitely must try even if it is long queue.

b. stanley market - a chinese restaurant at the corner inside stanley market, some where near the alley. I always like to go there for lunch. The food is very good and the price is very reasonable. Also quite big portion. Their deep fried black pepper squid, sweet and sour pork, bitter gourd fried with eggs and etc was yummy.

c. Sai Kung - you must go Sai Kung for seafood. The way they cook is really different from Malaysia. I loves the steam prawns, fried yee mee with lobster and etc.

d. Honey moon dessert at Sai Kung. After you had your seafood dinner, do stop by their famouse dessert store known as honey moon if i'm not mistaken. Their dessert was great. You can try their durrian pancake and mango pudding. Got variety of dessert which you want to eat everything.

e. Wan Tan Mee. You must go to Wellington Street at Central. Look for Jin Jai Kee Restaurant or Mark Noodle House, 77 Wellington Street. Both shop is same row and is at Wellington street. Do ask around. They serve the best wan tan mee in town.

f. Roast Goose and chinese cuisine at Yung Kee Restaurant located at Wellington Street. Must try even though quite pricey. Do not miss it.

g. Dim Sum - people said you should try Maxim near the HK Courthouse. I never had a chance to try. But i did try the dim sum at one of the Chinese Restaurant at Diamond Hill Shopping Centre. After dim sum, you can do some shopping there or you can walk opposite to visit the Chi Lin Nunnery which they got fantastic landscape. You can take pictures there.

h. Breakfast set those well known A set, B set, C set which are macoroni with soup, ham, egg and tea. We try different sets everyday since none of us know how to read chinese. Per meal is only RM9 per person and we ate Fa Yuen Kai near Royal Plaza Hotel, Grand Century Plaza. You can find alot of coffee shop there. You can also do some shopping at Grand Century Plaza for Esprit, G2000 and etc.

Places to visit
a. Ngong Ping 360 degree cable car ride to see the Giant Buddha at Lantau Island.

b. Tai O - even thou ngong ping and Tai O is very near each other but you can't save money and try to cover both places in one day. Therefore is better to arrange one day tour for each place.

c. Cheong Chau - is just a sea side, nothing much to see and you need to take a ferry to go there

d. Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree - to go to this place is very far, you need to go to Tai Po. The journey almost 2 hours to go there by taking bus.

e. Disney Land - is quite small but should go and watch all the shows e.g. lion king and mickey mouse. We were dissapointed at the parade as it was drizzling and all the mascot could not walk. Therefore all of them are place in the mini train and entire parade lasted only 5 minutes.

f. Aberdeen - this is the place where the well known seafood restaurant JUMBO is located. You can take the boat to see how people live in the fishing boat. Per person is RM25 for boat ride.

g. Victoria Peak - to see entire HK view. Try to go there in the morning and another round in the night. You experience different view. Especially if you go during end of the year where all the buildings are all light up, it is so beautiful. You can also visit Madamme Tussaud at The Peak.

h. Areana of Stars, Tsim Tsa Tsui, if you are going end of the year do check out their schedule for symphony of lights which starts at 8pm. Is a laser show from all the buildings. Do not miss this show.

i. Santa Town at Central - you only able to see this end Nov till Dec for christmas deco. Must see.

I stay at Royal Plaza hotel at Mongkok, this is a 5 star hotel and the room is very big. Next to the hotel is Grand Century Plaza Shopping Centre and MRT and KCR station is just beside it. Very convienient place to stay and just take the elevator down is the fa yuen kai where you could eat and shop.

Eaton Hotel at Nathan Road is also quite convenient but the room is very small. MRT station is just 5-10mins walk.

If you wish to visit MACAU, you can also join a day tour from Kowloon Hotel, Tsim Tsa Tsui. Their service desk will help you to arrange and I only pay RM300 which includes transportation to the pier , tickets to Macau, one lunch, tickets to MACAU TOWER , city tour and half and hour stop by at SANDS Casino.

NEVER NEVER buy chinese herbs, abalone, scallops or anything from NATHAN ROAD. I had a bad experience where one of the shop i went, they recommend us to buy some sort of abalone to boil soup. 4 of my friends heard that it only cost us RM208 and we agreed to purchase. I gave them my credit card to swipe and this guy just pass me the transaction slip and use his thumb to cover the amount. Is my habbit to check how much I sign. Therefore I asked him to remove his thumb so that I can see the amount. The amount came up to HKD4,000 which is RM2,000. I argued with him and he said is RM208 for 100gm. I said you never tell us it was based on gm. I told him i'm not buying and request for him to cancel the transaction. Guess what happen, he said let's make a deal, you pay me HKD2,000 and let's settle it. I'm not going to pay for this and I insist he cancel my transaction. After half an hour of arguement and they got customer coming in to the stall, he finally cancel my transaction. Straight away I called my bank to cancel my credit card. I lodge my report to HK Consumer Tribunal when I'm back home. This is my worst experience. If you need to buy any scallops, ask your HK friend to bring you. And also when they ask you when are you leaving, never tell them the truth.

The Shop name is Chung Kiu(Group) Pharmarcy Co G/F 336, Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

I always love to visit HK and this bad experience does not deter me from visiting. When will be my next trip? I love to visit during year end where you could see all the christmas deco and the weather is great.

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