Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Hong Kong: Of Heritage and City (2)
A rainy Central, I forgot, whether it was a night after 9th Level Typhoon, the 莫拉菲颱風. Never mind the details, I slept soundly despite the typhoon and heavy rain hitting the rooftop and water leaking into Jason's guest room.
Saw the exact news report on the TV that morning. Really funny to see people really almost got blown away, I never know wind can be so strong. So, it's a good practice to go out with an umbrella.
Still drizzling, we arrived at the Central at exactly 9am, and waited 1 hour+ for Mr Jevon who overslept. So proceed on for "Yum Cha"! Dim Sum and Chinese Tea and HK culture! Yeah, the authentic HK Yum Cha place in Central of HK, the 蓮香樓. Finding a table to let all of us sit down was hard, but luckily we found a table with capacity high enough for us and we shared the table with a couple. 搭台 or table sharing is very very common in HK.
Experience the 'way of Dim Sum': 0, take a seat with other customers, 1, rush out when you see the dimsum trolley, push away the other people who are most likely there before you, and 3, "one Char Siew Pau, one Loh Mai Gai please!".
The rain still did not stop yet. We went on for some shopping in our favourite Swedish H&M, before continuing to the longest escalator system of the world, Central-Mid-Levels Escalators(中環至半山自動扶梯).
Continue on, to Hollywood Avenue(or street?) and Lan Kwai Fong in daylight. Central is definitely one of the most interesting place of Hong Kong. There is a temple, small but the presence is significance enough amidst this forest of steels and cement.
Thousands of burning spiraling incense is perhaps the most unique sight of 文武廟(Man Mo Temple).
There after, we had a light meal in one of the Char Can Teng (茶餐廳), just beside the famous 九記 which was closed on Sundays.
The 2 dollar tram "Ding Ding" was cheap and enjoyable. We sat in the tram all the way to Patterson avenue, the most crowded corner of HK but it was not so bad when I was there.
Then, we caught up with the ferry (the ferry fare was cheap as well, just had to tap it with Octopus card) and rushed across the sea from HK island to Kowloon Tsim Tsa Tsui to catch up with the most unique scene of HK, the HK night scene and the symphony of light!