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Aylene Escapades Day 3

Day 3, Shoo this was a busy day!

We managed to leave the house a little earlier today so that we could trek out to the Big Buddha. We took the MTR and switched lines to Tung Chung, where we happily found a Starbucks waiting for us. The train felt like it took forever today, we had seats at least which was fun and relaxing.

We waited in a super long line to buy some tickets and decided on the crystal cabin up but the normal one down. For future reference I don’t think I want to wait in the line to leave Big Buddha. Ngong Ping 360 has several ticket choices and for more info have a look here: Ngong Ping 360 or if you feel like bargain hunting Klook normally has specials of $15 or more off.

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The gloomy day…exiting the MTR

The Crystal Cabin: It is awesome to see through the floor and watch yourself go up but it is really not that amazing. It has a large price extra on it and while its cool for a one way trip I wouldn’t waste my ‘holiday’ money on a trip down as well. The really snazzy benefit of it is that the line is usually much much much shorter so sometimes it may actually be worth it.

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Ngong Ping Village: My idea of a village goes to a the idea of an Ovambo or even Zulu village. Ngong Ping is less like that and not really a village at all. No one lives there but there are food places and shops. The prices here are a little crazy for souvenirs, so don’t rush into buying, you can find a lot of the things from up there in Stanley and Ladies Market. They have a yummy Subway at the top and a tea house that has demonstrations for the flowering tea, there is also a 7-eleven and for some reason a stand that sells Nutcrakers.

We didnt spend too much time in the village as we were eager to see the Buddha! the walk to the Buddha was very interesting, there are dogs roaming around and cows as well. Walking towards Buddha and the Monastery you can walk on the path with the warriors lining the path.

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Statues by Buddha

 

The walk up the stairs is tiring but don’t be lazy, walk up the stairs and just enjoy the view. The amount of tourists can be tiring, I suppose we are tourists as well

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Hello Buddha

but we take pics and go, the tourists here take a pic and stay to take 500 more in the exact same pose. We stayed up there a while for the peace and the view but then the hunger got the better of us so we headed  down towards the Monastery and the food there.

 

 

Vegetarian food is usually ok, I’m a carnivore at heart but I have enjoyed vegetarian food.The food that I had there was not the greatest, it didn’t help that my food choices are so limited in general to avoid all the spicy and pepper foods. We tried the food and left it to the side, it was not good.

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Vegetarian gourmet

We eventually left The Buddha and Ngong Ping because it had started to get chilly and grey. We ended up waiting in the line for the cable car, waiting and waiting and waiting. Did I mention the waiting, it was painful and tiring and we couldn’t wait to get back to the MTR!

We took the orange line all the way to the HK MTR station and walked out to the Big Observatory Wheel. It looked like an awesome idea so we decided to go on it.

The Observatory Wheel: What a lovely view! its was about $100 for a 15 minute ride and the view was spectacular. They play soft music and it’s all blue and very stable! We switched sides for different views and it hardly rocked at all, maybe a light shake but its to be expected as we were rather high up at the time.

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We then decided to go to dinner at this amazing Greek place near the top of Mid-Levels escalators and grabbed a taxi. The problem came in when we wanted to go to the races and thought that a bus would be a good idea. It would have been, if we could have found the annoying bus stop! We walked around for ages, it seems to be a theme on this trip.

We ran into two German guys who were being hilarious and had to get rid of them so we could grab a taxi. I’m so glad that we decided on the taxi, SO SO SO glad! We got free entrance at Happy Valley and went for the wine and beer. We watched two races and then decided enough was enough. Instead of taking a taxi back we went on a tram and I made Aylene  navigate us home, with a little nudge or two from me.20160224_214444

We made it back to Admiralty and found ourselves having another build your own burger..,.To be fair it was the easiest and yummiest burger for Aylene to eat as she could have it without the bun. But yes we had far too much Mac D’s.

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Aylene Escapades Day 2

The day started bright and…….early. No who am I kidding it started Grey, misty and semi-late. We decided to go to The Peak today, bad choice due to the weather, but as the day looked like it was clearing up we decided it was a brilliant plan.

Off we walked to the MTR only to be stopped by the idea of Starbucks. Yummy! We spent far too much time there! To get to the Peak you can take many different routes. I decided we would go straight to Central and then it would be closer, I was right but I hadn’t figured on trying to find the exact location of the bus.This led us to ask the very helpful bus people, their English wasn’t great but they were super helpful which was nice.

For future reference this is the easiest way from central:To the Peak

We got to the Peak and decided to take the Tram both up and down. While this was beautiful I wouldn’t recommend it for the shear number of people and the LONG wait in the lines. I have been up both times, neither one a weekend or public holiday, and it was a nightmare wait.

DSCN1646After arriving at the top we walked up, and up and up, taking escalators to the top and only stopping to take some pics. As it was still Chinese New year month they had this stunning Cherry Blossom Tree on one level, with the zodiac, a wishing well and a drum.

 

We had some fun there, Stella had told me I must walk around a Cherry Blossom tree if I find one so that I can have luck in love. Yeah I don’t think that worked hehehe. We hit the drum to send luck and love to our loved ones and then kept going up. As we stood at the Sky Terrace we saw the clouds rolling in and the visibility got worse, in the end we took some photos, wrote a message of love for everyone and just left.

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Trickeye

While at the Peak we decided to grab a meal and go visit the Trickeye Museum. This is awesomely fun! It isn’t worth it if you are by yourself but if you have a friend or a group of friends this is so much fun! You stand and take photos in certain angles and have a lot of giggles.

When we left the peak we waited for about 30mins to an hour in line for the Tram. Painful. Then we decided to walk down to the MTR instead as it was really lovely out, we walked to Admiralty which was great, they have an awesome MacD’s there.

We spent many an hour on the Island (again) and then after a No Bun burger at Langham we dragged our weary selves home for a good nights sleep.

 

 

Escapades with Aylene Day 1

 

  Mid-level and shopping extravaganza 22 Feb

In February I had a friend visit for a few days. She had just had her 18th birthday and was celebrating in style with a trip to Hong Kong.

After getting up super early to take the bus to the airport (Bus A21)and fetch my dearest Aylene I found her easily enough. Thank goodness she is a smart cookie and put her phone on to get the airport WiFi! Unfortunately she has a Gluten intolerance so we had to try find places that she could eat at and that wouldn’t make her sick. In HK that seems to be a bit of a tricky one.

Our first port of call was to get home and find a place to go for breakfast. I found this really interesting looking restaurant, called the Green Waffle, online and so we grabbed our stuff and headed to Central. We trekked up a long hill, then stairs and I’m sure there was another hill, to eventually find it hidden away. It was closed. I cannot express the hunger we were feeling at this stage.

We were near the Mid-levels escalators and since I hadn’t actually made the trek myself yet we decided to head that way and find a restaurant. We found several, can I just say that I officially love Mid-Levels for the amazing amount of interesting restaurants we found! Eventually our hunger got the better of us so after buying a China Mobile Sim and having it activated we opted for an Italian restaurant around the corner from the 7-eleven,on the second last level (at the top), and we were treated to a very yummy pizza, one with a gluten free base.

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We walked up and down and all around mid-levels, finding some very strange and also some very wonderful little shops. One of which was a Vera Wang store, I finally see the appeal and wish I could have had my sister Missa with so she could try on a few dresses!

The Wang store

We then headed down again and shopped and shopped and shopped a little more. I’d like to say only Aylene shopped but I have to admit I did have one or two buys of my own that day. Central is definitely a hive of shopping troves and Aylene found an awesome coat, it was still super cold and wet here.

Most of the day was then spent looking at present options and finding a place for dinner.

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