Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Day 1 – The Peak/Madame Tussaud’s)

Day 1 – The Peak and Madame Tussaud’s

Did you know that the streets in Hong Kong have some peculiar names like Tung Choi Street 通菜街 (Tung Choi being the name of a vegetable) where the famous Ladies’ Market is and also Goldfish Market where you’ll find many shops selling guess what?  Goldfish, what else!  Then you have Sai Yeung Choi Street 西洋菜街 (literally ‘watercress street’, another vegetable-based name), and Fa Yuen Street 花园街 (Garden Street) where you’ll find Sports Shoes Street or Sneakers Street, famous for selling sports gears (what else???).

Basically you have streets that are known to be selling a certain type of goods, like toys or IT products or even jades, so it’s quite easy to find what you want and some are named after the products that are being sold (like Goldfish Market and Sneakers Street).  However, there are some streets or markets that have names that do not correspond with the specialty of the shops there, like Cat Street which sells antiques and Gough Street (designer  home ware).

Enough about the streets of Hong Kong.  Let’s move on to our next destination: The Peak and Madame Tussaud’s.  We had a little rest in our comfy hotel room after lunch and a spot of shopping and then we were out the door again.  The 3 generals led the way around the MTR (rail) station and this foot soldier meekly followed along.  The generals were armed with a street map and a map of the rail system and after making a couple of wrong turns and unable to find the right exit to the platform of the train that we had to take, they turned to the station staff for help.

It’s pretty easy to get around Hong Kong really, you just need to be able to speak English, Mandarin or better still, Cantonese.  The station staff are very helpful and polite and soon we found the correct platform and off we went.  It’s amazing how my sisters could just hop off the train and walk the streets as if they had been living there all their lives.  I think I would need a few trial runs and make a few wrong turns before I really know where I’m supposed to be headed.  I have a lousy sense of direction, in case you haven’t figured it out yet 😛

One of the generals, Stef, at the Mong Kok East MTR

One of the generals, Stef, at the Mong Kok East MTR

The MTR rail

– The MTR rail

The park on the way to The Peak

The park on the way to The Peak

The city of Hong Kong Island on the way up The Peak

The city of Hong Kong Island on the way up The Peak

Sign reads: this way to the MTR

Sign reads: this way to the MTR

The famous Hong Kong Tram

The famous Hong Kong Tram

Walking up a slope

Walking up a slope

The Peak Tram is coming!

The Peak Tram is coming!

The trek up to The Peak Tram Lower Terminus was tiring as we had to trek up a slope.  At the terminal, we bought the Tram + Madame Tussaud’s ticket at around HK245 each.  It was a sweaty wait for the tram as there were many people, many of whom were from mainland China.

Look what an 'uncle' caught just before boarding the tram!

Look what an ‘uncle’ caught just before boarding the tram!

View from inside the tram - the buildings looked slanted but that was because we were climing up the steep incline of the hill
– View from inside the tram – the buildings looked slanted but that was because we were climbing up the steep incline of the hill
The tram will stop at a few stops along the way before reaching the top

The tram will stop at a few stops along the way before reaching the top

View from the Peak

View from the Peak

Hong Kong skyline from The Peak

Hong Kong skyline from The Peak

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Are you bored yet?  If you are, this next set of photos will wake you up and hopefully make you laugh as well 😛

3 Generals, 1 Foot Soldier and a very famous Hong Kong Kungfu star, Jackie Chan

3 Generals, 1 Foot Soldier and a very famous Hong Kong Kungfu star, Jackie Chan

This photograph costs me HK$100 (S$16).  It was the first wax celebrity we came upon at the entrance of Madame Tussaud’s and apparently, you have to queue to take a picture with ‘him’ and that it can only be taken by the staff.  You don’t have to buy it after having your picture taken but I bought it since it makes a nice souvenir of the LZB’s trip to HK 🙂

Ok, these following pics are just warming-up pics 😉

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Here are the crazy ones…

This one of Stef had us all in stitches

This one of Stef had us all in stitches

Leslie Cheung - A very good actor/singer who took his own life 10 years ago :(  He was in deep depression.  Fame and the fact that he was gay and unable to freely express himself sealed his fate :(

Leslie Cheung – A very good actor/singer who took his own life 10 years ago 😦 He was in deep depression. Fame and the fact that he was gay and unable to freely express himself sealed his fate 😦

Another Kungfu Master, Donnie Yen of Ip Man fame.  Hubby's idol :)

Another Kungfu Master, Donnie Yen of Ip Man fame. Hubby’s idol 🙂

I am a good deciple :P

I am a good disciple 😛

Find the imposter!

Find the imposter!

Love these Piggies :)

Love these Piggies 🙂

Ahem!  We were in a giggling fit as my sisters dressed me up for this :P

Ahem! We were in a giggling fit as my sisters dressed me up for this 😛

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Lina's idol...he carried her son years ago when he visited Singapore, when Ryan was just a toddler

Lina’s idol…he carried her son (Ryan) years ago when he visited Singapore and Ryan was just a toddler then.

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– our dad looks like him…

Madame President

Madame President

HM Judith...

HM Judith…

Fun over, we took a walk in the mall (The Peak Galleria)

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and found a very restaurant that made the best wan tun noodles we’ve ever had.  The noodles were so fine and chewy (as opposed to soggy) and the stock was very tasty and rich too.  The portion is small but it was enough for me 🙂

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Then we took in the scenery outside (it was drizzling a little) and despite the foggy weather, the view was spectacular.

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– This is an exhibit made of cardboard, I think.

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– Nice night view from the highest point in HK.

On our way back to our hotel, we stopped by a dessert shop along the street near the hotel and had some desserts.  The desserts here are mango-themed, so almost everything has mango in them.

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We didn’t know what to order so we ordered a set of 9.

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Before we tuck in…

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After…

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Burp!  

It started raining heavily with strong wind while we were eating and we got caught in the rain for a short distance as we made our way back to the hotel.  It was almost 10pm when we got back, but not before I bought this for Mel from the MTR station:

Egg Tart flavour cookies

Egg Tart flavour snack

Next: https://judith4381.wordpress.com/hong-kong-trip/hong-kong-hong-kong-day-2-senado-square-macau/

3 thoughts on “Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Day 1 – The Peak/Madame Tussaud’s)”

  1. Thank you Judith for writing an other lovely story about your trip to Hong Kong.
    I will wait for the ne4xt one.

    Judith

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