Wednesday 4th March, 2014
Last week, Phoebe visited me on her way over to Oz!
So, early on Wednesday morning, I excitedly bounded down to the MTR station to meet my gorgeous uni flat-mate!
When we got back to the flat, Pheebs unloaded so many Easter eggs on us, which was definitely the way to go – food is the way to our hearts 😉
After a quick shower and change, we headed out. Our first stop was the food court in the Hollywood Plaza in Diamond Hill. This has become one of my favourite places for lunch as it has cheap, delicious food stalls serving all types of Asian food (i.e. Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean etc.), so there’s something for everyone! We both opted for my favourite Thai flat noodles with a side of fried Morning Glory vegetables to share – Pheebs found the name absolutely hilarious…I can’t imagine why! :p
After lunch we popped over to the relaxing Nan Lian Gardens, a public park built in the style of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).
Check out the epic gold pagoda!
We also loved the little lion statues dotted around ^.^
Our next stop was the rock exhibition, which was right up Pheeb’s street being a geology student n’ all 😉
If you want to find out more about the exhibition, check out our previous post!
We passed by the waterfall cascading down the vegetarian restaurant…
…and this beautiful wooden building.
The traditional Tang Dynasty architecture consists of interlocking wooden frames assembled without the use of iron nails – pretty impressive huh?!
Strolling on, we made our way over to the Chi Lin Nunnery, which is a large, wooden temple complex surrounded by treasured Buddhist relics and Lotus ponds.
If you remember mine and Ry’s previous visit, the Nunnery was closed.
Luckily it was still open this time!
For some reason, I had imagined that it would be more like a museum from online research, but it was a beautiful and peaceful area, with relaxing Buddhist prayer music and people praying on stools in front of stunning gold statues!
Although you’re not allowed to take photos inside, we couldn’t help ourselves as it was just so spectacular, so here are a few of our cheeky shots!
Our next stop was the Wong Tai Sin Temple, one of the most famous temples in Hong Kong – home to Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.
If you fancy checking out more about the temple, feel free to check out our previous post!
We also visited the Good Wish Garden, which is part of the temple complex.
Our first HK selfie! 😀
I got a bit overexcited…
…so did this dragon, by the looks of things! (Can you find me?!)
Pheebs doing a stellar impression of a tiger!
After recharging in the local Starbucks, we popped over to Victoria Harbour.
You can’t visit HK without seeing its iconic skyline!
It was super windy that day though…
Having had enough of being blown around, we hit the closest MTR station, which just so happened to host an art gallery.
The theme was typography and we were given free rein over stamps and blank cards, so we created some pretty rad postcards for our friends and families, because we’re just lovely like that 😉
Having worked up quite an appetite from all that exploring, we headed over to Knutsford Terrace in TST for dinner.
We went for the first place that we came across; The Salted Pig.
I absolutely adored the interior design and the vibe of the restaurant – it felt ever so cosy and trendy at the same time!
Even better – we’d arrived during Happy Hour! 😀
We ordered ‘The Taster’ to share (i.e. bbq ribs, harissa pork shanks, fried chicken, smokey pork belly and apple sauce, mac & cheese, chicken salt fries).
In my opinion, the bbq ribs and mac & cheese were amazing, however the rest of the meal paled in comparison. The meat on the pork shanks was pretty chewy, while the chicken, pork belly and fries were really lacking in the taste department, even with the extra sauces provided. However the side of gherkins and mini pickled onions were great!
It was an fun experience to try out all the options with Pheebs, but I’d recommend just going for a regular main course. Definitely add in a side of their mac & cheese though – hands down the best I’ve ever had! 😀
Feeling full and sleepy, we headed home with achey feet and happy tummies!
Thursday 6th March
Unfortunately I couldn’t get Thursday off work to play tour-guide again, but it sounds like Pheebs had a great time anyway as a lone wolf! She visited the HK Botanical and Zoological gardens (which Ry and I only recently visited) and The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery.
Upon her triumphant return in the evening, we took her over to Nabe One for an epic all-you-eat Japanese hotpot! 😀
Thank you so much for visiting us and letting me nab a few of your lovely photos, Pheebs!
I loved showing you around and I hope you’re having a fab time in Oz! 😀