Travel Diaries: Hong Kong Pt. 4

Since we had a very busy and tiring day in Disneyland, we all slept in except for Dom. Haha! All of us woke up at around 10AM and leisurely took our time getting ready. We planned on going to Lantau Island that day but Miggi, Yorro, Dom and Liz wanted to shop while Gorby and I wanted to finish the itinerary we made for Day 1. So we decided to make it a free day and off Gorby and I went to Hau Wong Temple, Kowloon Walled City Park and Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin before our 5:30PM meet up back to the hotel.

We went to our first stop, Hau Wong Temple.

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Hau Wong Temple was built in 1730, honoring the Chinese general, Yeung Leung-jit, in his efforts to help the last emperor of the Song dynasty by giving a place to stay in Kowloon. You can see his image in the main hall, facing the entrance of the temple.

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Next stop was the Kowloon Walled City Park. The original walled city is actually further inside and we had to look for the entrance.

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On our way to the entrance!

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The Kowloon Walled City Park used to be a place where a number of crimes were committed. When the Japanese were in Hong Kong, its population increased and by 1987, it had 33,000 residents! Prostitution, gambling and drug use was rampant from the 1950s to the 1970s. By 1993, demolition and restoration was done and the park was opened by 1995. The original almshouse, Yamen, and the South Gate can still be seen in the park.

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Kwong Yat-sau Rock
“Eversince 1890, Rev. Y. S. Kwong of the Anglican Holy Trinity Church had continually set up inside the Walled City Schools, free medical services and the Anglican Church Alms House (i.e. the Kwong Yum Home for the Aged as further developed. He squeezed every bit of his own means to meet the food, accommodation and recreational needs of the poor people of all ages there. Rev. Kwong fully devoted himself to the Walled City community till he passed away in 1921.”

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XuanYuan’s Sacred Gui

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The original Almshouse

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The Old South Gate
“The Old South Gate is one of the eight major scenes of Kowloon Walled City Park. When the Walled City was torn down in 1994, two granite plaques with the Chinese characters for “South Gate” and “Kowloon Walled City” were unearthed at the site of the original South Gate. Also discovered were the granite paving and foundations of the South Gate, along with a flagstone path that led to the South Gate and a drainage ditch running along the foot of the inner city wall. All have been preserved, as found, for public viewing. The Old South Gate, which has been declared as a monument, becomes a reminiscence of the past. From the concrete remains, visitors can get a glimpse of the living conditions of some 30,000 poor residents in the Walled City during the vacuum of the civil order.”

We went back to Lok Fu station and traveled a station away to Wong Tai Sin to check out Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple.

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What makes this temple unique is that it is home to three religions: Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Wong Tai Sin (Huang Chu-ping) is the deity in this temple. His famous portrait, brought by Taoist priest Liang Ren-an from Guangdong to Hong Kong, is where worshippers pray for good fortune. There was actually a row of fortune tellers when we got to Wong Tai Sin square.

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There was actually a row of these statues, which I’m guessing represented the Chinese Zodiac signs. I’m pretty sure this is the statue of the goat (please correct me if I’m wrong) and since I was born in 1991, I took a picture with it!

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Confucian Hall
“Built in 1921, this Hall is dedicated to Confucius, Master Kung and his 72 followers. Since a Chinese unicorn holding a piece of jade passed by when Master Kung was born, Master Kung was likened to Chinese unicorn. The Confucian Veranda was built as the front door of the Hall in accordance with typical Chinese architecture.”

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We met up with the rest back at the hotel around 5:30PM. We decided to eat at Cafe Deco at Peak Rd to see the famous HK skyline for our last night.

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To be honest, we were really impressed with the interior and the ambiance. The food was well presented and very tasty. What we really disliked was the service! Our server was very rude, obviously judging us the very moment we sat down. He wasn’t at all accommodating and barely said two words to us whenever we ordered. He would take our menus, glasses, plates, etc. as if he was hurrying to do something else that is more important. I hope they do something about it. What was supposed to be good last night in HK was a bit ruined just because of it.

We weren’t able to take a picture of it but we ordered Himalayan MOMOs (steamed dumplings filled with minced lamb and pork meat, served with sherpa and tomato achar, the comfort food in Nepal and Tibet) and Smoked Seafood Antipasti (Beechwood smoked Scottish salmon, smoked California rainbow trout fillet, Smoked NZ green-shell mussels, wasabi-mascarpone, green olive ciabatta).

*Menu can be found here

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Liz ordered Tandoori Lamb Shoulder Chops with Naan Bread

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I can’t remember the name of what I ordered but it’s salmon with its caviar, Spinach quiche and ciabatta bread

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Miggi ordered BBQ US Pork Back Ribs

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Dom ordered the duck

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Yorro ordered Moules Marinière – 1 pound Australian blue mussels, cooked in olive oil, white wine, garlic and fresh thyme, served with crusty bread, pommes frites and mayonnaise

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Gorby ordered Lamb Madrasi Masala – Fragrant lamb masala with tomatoes, ginger, coriander, mint and basmati rice

We then headed outside to see the skyline. It was so cold! The wind was strong and it all reminded us of Europe spring weather back in 2012 🙂

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We passed by Starbucks before deciding to go back home

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While waiting for our bus back to Admiralty station

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Leaving Jordan station

We decided to ditch Lan Kwai Fong except for Miggi and Yorro (it was around 11:30PM) since we had to be at the airport at 7AM the next day. We all woke up at 6AM except for Dom so you can just imagine how crazy it was that morning. Haha!

It’s been almost three weeks since we got back from HK and I wish I was back again 😦 nothing excites me more than exploring a country as much as I can and traveling to places I’ve never been to.

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