Day 2: Trams, Times Square and The Peak

Thursday 27th March

Thursday was not Harry’s day.

She was really ill and spent most of the day lying on the floor, drinking Lucozade, throwing up and watching cut-scenes from Metal Gear Solid with Ryan (who was also ill that day).

Luckily Harry managed to rejoin us in the evening, but let me tell you about our day first, speedy gonzales!

Em and I had Thai for lunch at Bangkok Thai in my local mall. She went for a veggie pad thai, while I had beef with flat noodles and we shared a delicious dish of mini rolls.

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After lunch, we made our way down to Sheung Wan to have a relaxing journey on a tram to soothe our aching legs from all that walking around Lamma Island the day before!

Trams have been travelling through Hong Kong Island’s busiest areas since 1904. Despite boasting the top speed of a bicycle, the Hong Kong tram remains a popular and convenient form of transport in the city. As part of the Hong Kong landscape and culture, it is still beloved by the locals who still use them on their daily routines, referring to them as the “Ding Ding”, due to the constant chiming along the way.

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We popped on the first tram that arrived, which happened to be going to Causeway Bay, passing Central and Wanchai on the way.

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#TRAMSELFIE

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As they are relatively slow, it made for great sightseeing opportunities, passing through some of Hong Kong’s most colourful neighbourhoods, mixing traditional and modern life.

The trams take you through dry food and medicine markets, swanky shopping centers, towering skyscrapers, ancient temples, bustling markets, neon-clad neighbourhoods and more!

It’s a great place to get a feel for Hong Kong and take in the action on the streets.

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The best part is that the fare is set at just $2.30, letting you travel almost the whole width of Hong Kong Island, running daily from early morning until midnight! Differing from modern buses, you get on the tram at the back and pay at the front as you’re getting off.

It is best to travel outside of rush hours, so avoid 8am-10am and 5-7pm! Furthermore most of the older trams don’t have air conditioning, but luckily we had a lovely breeze on our journey.

To find out more about the different routes available, click here.

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As we got off at Causeway Bay, I had to show Em the 5-storey Forever 21!

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After rummaging around and coming out with new goodies, we popped over to Times Square, where they were holding a new interactive exhibit called ‘Picnic with Suntur.’

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We were treated to a playful picnic with whimsical cartoon characters lounging around the AstroTurf, next to fiberglass trees and gigantic fruits, ice cream cones and burgers.

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The models are awesome; there’s even a spinning doughnut!

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Did I mention the burger too?!

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Security guards aren’t the best photographers…

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At the back of the picnic area is a mini-gallery inside a giant basket, showcasing some of Thai artist, Yozanun Wuttigonsombutkul a.k.a Suntur’s, beautiful and imaginative prints!

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It was also interesting to see the different styles of his work.

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It’s great to see an artist that aims to make people happy, rather than eliciting intellectual bafflement.

As Suntur said, “I wish every person who comes to visit my picnic will have a great time and find happiness.”

Being able to step into this magical, fantasy land in the middle of the bustling city was a wonderful experience!

Picnic with Suntur is running until April 21st, so get yourselves down there for a piece of the action! 😉

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By the time that we’d finished admiring the exhibition, Harry was feeling much better, so we met her for dinner in Central.

Although we had initially planned on heading to one of my favourite restaurants in HK for a proper Chinese dinner, it was unfortunately shut! Luckily, we were handed a leaflet in the street for a restaurant by the name of Veggie SF, which was conveniently just around the corner.

As Em is a vegetarian and the idea of a vintage diner in HK was too much for us to resist, we popped into the unassuming tower block, where the lift opened on a vintage haven! The room is full of hand-picked, genuine antiques from 1950’s San Francisco and the air is filled with 50’s jazz music!

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Veggie SF is a vegetarian restaurant which serves internationally inspired cuisine, with a mixed theme of the 1950’s and San Francisco!

They proudly serve up fresh, tasty vegetarian goodness, selecting organic produce and local farmers wherever possible.

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As there was only a table for 2 left, we happily got cosy!

To make up for the slight squeeze, which none of us minded anyway, we were given free soup – I can’t remember what it was, but it tasted great! 😀

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For my main, I ordered 3 starters.

The first to arrive was the Organic Corn Chips with Homemade Salsa Dip; the corn chips were average, but the salsa was great – I love coriander!

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My next choice were the BBQ Veggies Skewers, which tasted fresh and well seasoned!

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The final dish was the Salt and Pepper Deep Fried Crispy Tofu, which was lovely, but definitely the kind of dish to share.

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As Harry wasn’t feeling 100% yet, she just went for the soup with a side of the Roasted Fried Pumpkin and Potato Wedges, which were chunky and delicious!

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Em had the Crispy Black Pepper Soy Patty, which she thought was very filling, but nothing special.

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Nevertheless we’d recommend the restaurant, as the atmosphere and decorations are awesome!

Though, their menu states that you must spend $150 per person, which isn’t difficult as a main is $138 and they have great drinks options. I went for a Raspberry Lemonade Organic Soda, while Em had an AMAZING Chocolate Shake!

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After dinner, we headed over to The Peak.

I’ve never visited at night before, so it was pretty exciting!

Victoria Peak is the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island with an altitude of 552m. Offering panoramic views over the city, it is a major tourist attraction.

You take the Peak Tram, which essentially travels vertically!

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I think Harry felt much better by this point 😉

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If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ll know that I just feel an impulse to do this every time I see a Moon Gate (I’ve only recently discovered what they’re called; it’s a pretty cool name!)

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CHECK OUT THAT VIEW!

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Obviously, you can’t go to The Peak without getting a few shots with the iconic skyscrapers!

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By the time we’d returned to the MTR station…I think this photo sums up how we were all feeling!

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Another awesome day and another BIG THANK YOU to Em and Harry for letting me share their fab photos!

Stay tuned for the final day! 😉

xxx

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Day 2: Trams, Times Square and The Peak

  1. A truly wonderful day out. I imagine most people would not do as much in a week. Loved all the photos. Wish I could have been with you in Times Square and of course the tram ride. You look really relaxed Queenie. J.

    • Thanks Jim! 😀 As I was writing, it almost felt like 4 different posts in one! Happy to see your lovely comments popping up on the blog again – hope all is well with you! xxx

    • It was so much fun, thanks for stopping by! 😀 That’s awesome news, hope you find some inspiration on here! Link us to your HK posts when you visit, would love to check them out! 🙂 xx

    • Thanks for your sweet comment Beth! 🙂 I don’t use foundation (I don’t even know how to, haha!) – I just cleanse in the morning and before I go to bed and use the Neutrogena day and night creams! Hope that helps xx

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