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Friday, 3 August 2012

miss b loves........Hong Kong (Part 1)


Our jet lag soon disappeared when we drew back the curtains and saw this stunning view on our first morning in Hong Kong. Bright and sunny - the perfect day for a trip up to The Peak, the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island and the view from the top was truly spectacular... 
On the other side, in complete contrast to the skyscrapers, the lush Pok Fu Lam Country Park.
The Peak Tower is the epitome of modern avant-garde design with its iconic wok-like top.

Footprints on the ground pointed to cities around the world and this pair reminded us just how far we had travelled!
How could we resist taking part in a survey when these delightful girls asked so politely and in such impressive English too!
We took the Peak Tram back down - it's pulled by steel cables and it's so steep that the buildings we passed on the way looked  like they were leaning! An unforgettable ride! 
Next on my list...the lively SoHo district and another 'ride' on the Central-Mid levels escalator (the world's longest covered escalator - 800 metres!)......
......then a walk to Man Mo Temple - a picturesque tribute to the God of literature(Man) and the God of War(Mo) with a beautiful incense filled interior. 

incense coils
It was definitely time for a cappuccino at the very stylish agnès b café
What a lovely tiled floor!
We were fascinated by the exotic(and very expensive)dried seafood, bird's nest and herbal medicines in the speciality shops all around the Wing Kok Street area...



A few stops on the MTR and we were soon in Victoria Park attempting to walk along the pebble trail/foot reflexology path - I could only manage a few steps and was so impressed by this lady striding out! 
Hong Kong still has its traditional transport. The iconic trams are  known locally as the ding ding trams, an essential part of daily life for over a century....
and the Star Ferry is a wonderful way to sail across Victoria Harbour. 
with yet more breathtaking views ....... 
Our friend who lives in Hong Kong took us to an authentic restaurant which started out as a street stall. 
 The walls of the bustling venue are completely covered in colourful street scenes which looked so real!
My favourite dish was the pumpkin filled with seafood....
Even the beer was  served in Chinese bowls.
Monday was spent with our friends from Hong Kong. Serenade restaurant was the perfect place for a leisurely dim sum lunch overlooking Victoria Harbour. We were mesmerized by the view......

The varied food served in bamboo baskets was accompanied by endless cups of refreshing jasmine tea.....

A visit to the Space Museum including a 3D film with almost a 360° view in the IMAX dome cinema was a fascinating and innovative experience. 
Nothing could have prepared us for the stunning banquet to which we were treated in the evening at East Ocean restaurant with huge picture windows providing amazing views of Hong Kong by night. 
There was a never-ending arrival of dishes..... duck, chicken, pork, garoupa fish, succulent prawns and the freshest of crunchy vegetables...... 
..........and a few very unusual items including jelly fish!! We even had peach-shaped longevity buns which are filled with lotus bean paste and usually served at birthday celebrations. 
The day ended in the very chic Sky Lounge at the Sheraton as we admired  the most memorable view of the Hong Kong skyline...........  


miss b recommends:
  • The Hong Kong Walks booklet(from the Hong Kong Tourism Board) - click here for an online version. Also available as an App from the App Store.  

P.S. I'm now looking forward to catching up on my favourite blogs over the next few days - I seem to have been away for ages!!

42 comments:

  1. Wow I would love to visit there sometime:) Fabulous photos! Have a lovely weekend:)
    ~Anne

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  2. Wow! I'm speechless Miss B!
    Amazing post. :)

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  3. I went to years ago and I love it!! Thank you for sharing your pics!


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  4. Welcome home Miss B : ) I wrote you a long comment before but I think it didnt get delivered, problems on my internet connection today. I am glad you had a great holiday, the pix are the real proof of it. This is a very detailed travel post, I want to go to HK right now, I have seen only Singapore in that part of the world. I will come back to this post if I go there one day : )

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  5. Everything, from food to architecture to transportation is so very different than what I'm used to in France and the US! What an amazing experience, maybe someday...

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  6. Bringing back memories. Great photos - I can tell that you made the most of it. Now I can't wait for Part 2...

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    Looks like you had so much fun in Honk Kong!. The pictures are amazing !!! =)

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  8. What a lovely walk! Thank you :)

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  9. Wow, so lush! I never realized Hong Kong was so green!

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  10. You are seeing such amazing things! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  11. My goodness! Lots to comment on here! What a view you had from your room. The Peak is gorgeous as is the city. Your shopping looked like lots of fun. I like all the colors! Delicious dinning too! Looks incredible :)

    xx
    leslie

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  12. Such a cool and intersting post!
    Have a great weekend!
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  13. wow what amaze architecture and dining. Happy Friday! xO!
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  14. Wow, that view is amazing! please visit my blog and maybe we could even follow each other?

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  15. Cool pictures! I would LOVE to visit Asia one day! Thanks for visiting my blog... following you now :)

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  16. What a beautiful place! I'd love to go there someday.

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  17. i missed you miss b! thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a wonderful comment. i love when you travel and post about it. it always feels as if i'm there. hong kong is gorgeous. i always admire how they mix old with new traditions. that reflexology pebble walkway is fabulous! i bet it takes getting use to. the beer in a bowl, was also an eye opener for me. hahaha so unique! i love the way HK is lit at night. the neon is spectacular. that was great the school girls new english. if we could do the same over here! hahaha it's all about wanting to learn. oh well, this was a beautiful post. i can't wait to read part 2. glad you're back.
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    1. Thanks, Kim. I'm so glad you enjoy my travel posts.

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  18. What a fabulous trip! Enjoy your weekend Miss B!

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  19. Oh how I miss Hong Kong, soon it will be 4 years I was there and I have such great memories ;)

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  20. Oh!, darling welcome back! and thank you for this amazing post! Thank you for sharing this exciting and fabulous trip with us, Hong Kong is certainly in my places to visit list...I'm looking forward to your upcoming posts, dear, because I really want more of this!!!

    Big hugs!
    Inés
    SimplyClassyMe.blogspot.com

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  21. I love HK too- I was there end of last year and missed it so much!

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  22. Have a wonderful holiday. Enjoy every moment. Stunning photos.

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  23. incredible- i was in awe reading this and looking at all these photos. ive never known much about hong kong and am very interested now. thank you for sharing, i loved it! xoxo

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  24. Welcome back! This post has me missing Hong Kong sooo much. My husband and I got married there so it's even more special to us. I can't wait for Part 2!

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  25. How amazing! Lucky thing! Enjoy :)

    Abbey x

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  26. i've been to HK only once and i still dreaming going back there... its one in my list!!!
    looking forward to see your next post!!!! take care.
    xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  27. Looks absolutely beautiful! xo

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  28. I'm so grateful for all these positive comments - thank you!

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  29. So stunning, miss b!! Gorgeous pictures as always...I so want to go to Hong Kong!

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  30. great city and nice pics. I'll be happy if u check out my blog too

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  31. I just returned from HK but the weather had not been really nice in july - more than one typhoon striked.
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    1. We were lucky - the typhoon struck just after we left. I'll definitely visit your blog soon.

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  32. wow, this looks amazing. i've never been to asia but i'm dying to go, especially to japan, but hong kong looks like a lot of fun!
    xoamy
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  33. Very nice photos. I expect the next pictures! :)

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  34. Gorgeous photographs Miss B.

    I went to Hong Kong once but would love to go back again


    Joanne

    xx

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  35. Great photos and the food looks fantastic. Somewhere i'd definitely like to visit!

    Luxx Mint

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  36. that's so stunning!!your blog is great!!!

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  37. great trip!!!!
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