Monday, 6 January 2014

The clock tower and Victoria peak....

Today was the our last day of Hong Kong trip before we get in flight tomorrow morning!

This day we had planned to get up leisurely. So got up by 11. There is a tram stop near the Best western. Took the tram going towards Central.

 The trams are age old form of transport on the Island side of HK. 
Rustic and nostalgic, remembrance of the by-gone era. 
So much preserved and maintained that they are still usable even in this century....
A must try...

Soon the tram pulled near Central. A short walk down the streets will take you to IFC mall. We had a quick veggie bite at subway. The veggie patty were a lifesavers for veggie guys like us. The Subway sandwich shop is one level below the airport check in at IFC; just next to the elevators on B1.

To get to the clock tower, we opted for a ferry ride across the channel. The octopus card is accepted as a form of payment. Don't remember how much was the exact fare. However it was a fair fare ;) 

The ferries keep plying day in day out. We did the ride at day; during last time when I was here, I had done this ferry in evening. It is a site to behold at the blue hour. 
The seats on the ferry are a bit unique. Depending on the direction a person wants to face, one can shift the backrest on either direction.

The Clock tower is in the same area as the Avenue of stars. Since on first day we came here in the late evening, so today we made sure we complete the tour of the TST (Tsim Tsa Tsui) Area. A short stroll by the promenade and a Ice cream made my day. The delightful part was we could pay the Ice cream cart guy by our octopus money card. Returned back to Central by the next ferry.

Next destination was the Victoria Peak, fondly called as The Peak. There are quite a few ways to reach the peak, most preferred way is the peak tram, most expensive way is the taxi and most cheapest is the bus no 15 from central. 

Well we were not in hurry, so we chose the bus. Advantage was there was less crowd. Disadvantage, could not experience the peak tram as we did with the Island line of tram. No regrets. The wait for peak trams can run into hours easily on peak times.

This is where you can get the no.15  bus to the peak.

There are two malls at the peak, with both offering the choices of Vantage points and window shopping.  The sunset was the most amazing from here!

The free viewing option is at peak galleria. The paid and  a slightly better option is the sky terrace. It was very cold at the top and we could see the other side of HK, the west side. 

Sun was just setting down and the air was turning from cooler to chilly.  We soon took retreat into the warmer insides of the two malls. The MacDonald provided the warm and cosy atmosphere. We had a delightful dinner and made our way down to Admiralty by the nightfall. 

Soon we reached at the Ladies market at Mongkok via MTR, the last stop and the most important for the Ladies and Gents alike, the shopping haunt. 

Well it had few more elements to it other than shopping. 

There were street performers and food vendors, professional photographers taking Souvenir photographs and a wide array of electronic shops.

The most dominant ones were the clothes and bags shops. 

The entire area is cordoned of for vehicles and is pedestrian only for the evening. 

The famous desert shop Hui Lau Shan to finish off the evening.

We returned back by the last MTR to Central from Mongkok. Then last leg was covered by taxi till hotel. Trams were running at midnight but we preferred comfort over everything else. 

A day well spent. Feeling emotional that the trip was ending tomorrow!