Hongkong is one of the countries i love to visit especially for a quick weekend get away. There are various flights from Cebu to Hongkong that is why i find it very convenient to go there aside from the fact that there are plenty of exciting places to explore and a lot of good food to devour too. For this trip, we skipped the normal Hongkong tourist destinations like Disneyland, Ocean Park and the like. We ventured into places i haven’t visited yet in Hongkong and treated our tummies with delightful Hongkong food.
I. PLACES TO EXPLORE:
The Big Buddha or The Tian Tan Buddha is a large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong.
- Ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo (ordinary ferry takes around 50–55 minutes while the fast ferry takes around 35–40 minutes). Then take bus 2 and get off at Ngong Ping bus terminus (the bus journey takes around 40 minutes); or,
- MTR Tung Chung Station, Exit B. From the bus terminus next to the MTR station, take bus 23 to Ngong Ping bus terminus (the journey takes about 50 minutes); or,
- MTR Tung Chung Station, Exit B and go to the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal. Take a 25-minute cable car ride to the Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal.
Since we already experienced riding a cable car, we were not in a hurry and it is a cheaper way, we took bus route from Tung Chung Station and rode Bus 23 to Ngong Ping.
We arrived at a foggy and chilly Ngong Ping.
Covering an area of 1.5 hectares, this piazza harmonises the Buddhist themes of Ngong Ping on Lantau Island and links the area’s spiritual and scenic attractions, including the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping 360 and Wisdom Path.
Di Tan (Earth Temple) is the open space facing the Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha, where religious ceremonies are occasionally held.
The Bodhi Path is a central walkway leading from the new pai lau to Di Tan. Lined on both sides of the path are statues of the Twelve Divine Generals, as well as 40 lotus-shaped lanterns. The Twelve Divine Generals are regarded as protectors in Buddhism, and each is responsible for guarding a two-hour section of the day. In addition, they represent the twelve Chinese zodiac signs, as denoted by the different zodiac signs on their crowns. A few meters from The Big Buddha is the Ngong Ping Village. It is an open-air village and shopping area with restaurants & cultural performances.
Passing through the village, the bus terminal is located within the vicinity of the village.
YICK FAT BUILDING AND YICK CHEONG BUILDING
A place in Quarry Bay has become popular to tourists, it is one of the loved location for filming Hollywood movies specifically “Transformers”. People call it the “Monster Building”, which is in fact an architecture complex composed of five old mansions which resembles a walled city. The “Monster Building” consists of five connecting buildings, namely Oceanic Mansion, Fook Cheong Building, Montane Mansion, Yick Cheong Building and Yick Fat Building, which form an E-shaped architecture complex. This giant architecture on King’s Road resembles a monster and is thus called the “Monster Building” by the locals.
One of the most photographed residential area in Hongkong is Yick Fat Building and Yick Cheong Building which is actually a public housing tenement.
The Yick Fat Building is located just east of Hong Kong’s Central Business District, on Hong Kong Island. To reach the Yick Fat Building, take the Island Line of the Hong Kong MTR to Tai Koo Station, then get out at Exit B and head west on King’s Road for two blocks. The Yick Fat Building will be located behind you, if you’re looking forward at the road.
Yick Cheong Building is just beside Yick Fat Building.
The more accurate direction going there is to Turn right after leaving the MTR Station (towards the direction of Tai Koo) and walk pass the junction to Mount Parker. You will find the entrance area to Montane Mansion and Oceanic Mansion. Walk through Montane Mansion and Ocenaic Mansion and you can reach the courtyard after passing Fook Cheong Building.
Aside from taking great instagram-worthy photos from the courtyard of the buildings, it is noteworthy to also catch a glimpse or stroll around the ground floor of the buildings where you can see Chinese stores and herbal tea shops.
10,000 BUDDHAS MONASTERY
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is located on a hillside in Pai Tau Village and is accessible by stairwell consisting of 431 “steep steps”. These are surrounded on both sides by statues of arhats – the Buddhist equivalent of saints who have achieved enlightenment. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is actually not only one temple, but consists of 5 temples, 4 pavilions and one pagoda. It has actually 12,800 Buddhas in reality.
By MTR: Take MTR East Railline to Sha Tin station and take Exit B.
When you exit through Exit B turn left and walk down the slope passing some of the old traditional house on your left-hand side towards the Home Center (basically a shopping mall for furniture and interior things, IKEA is located in this mall as well). Cross the street and turn left into Pau Tai Street. Walk toward the Sha Tin governmental building and turn right into Sheung Wo Che Street. Walk towards the end of this street. On the right side is a big parking garage for the Home Center Shopping Mall. The entrance for the 10000 Buddhas temple is on the left-hand side and will lead you through some bamboo groves. You should be able to see already some big signs leading you the right wayTake note of this sign. We were confused to where to enter because there is a cemetery on the side that we thought was the temple. Ensure to check out this signage.
This is the best temple i have ever visited so far in my entire life. Just a little caution to those who are going to bring bottled water and rest if you need to, since it is really tiring to take the uphill, 431 steps.
The temple is free of charge and opened daily from 9:00am-5:00pm.
II. FOOD TRIP
I am always a big fan of IKEA, as previously mentioned in my blogs (Singapore or Hongkong), but after a very exhausting journey to reach the peak of the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery, we decided to have a quick bite at Ikea which is just very near the monastery.KAM’S ROAST GOOSE
Kam’s Roast Goose has gone on to earn a Michelin star within 4 months of opening.Queue is very long so i suggest you go there before the restaurant opens at 11:00 am.
I was not disappointed with what i ordered. It was way beyond my expectation! The goose was very tender and very tasty. They also serve other dishes like the ones we ordered, Roast Pork and Pork Charsiu and they are the bomb. I ahd the most wonderful gastronomic experience at Kam’s Roast Goose.
Little Bao is located at 66 Staunton St, Central, Hong Kong. It is a small restaurant that can accommodate around 20 people inside. We went there around 7:00 pm already and at night a lot of customers order beers and cocktails along side the bao’s.
We ordered their famous Pork Belly Bao which costs HK$ 78 or Php 507.00. The Bao was really yummy but i think it is overpriced. Although i commend the service because it was really fast and the waiters speak Engish very well. The crowd when we went there were mostly caucasians. They have upbeat music too. My over all experience was great but if you are on a tight budget, this should be least of your must-go restos.
DING DIM 1968
If you fancy Chinese food like me, there is a Chinese restaurant jsut near Little Bao. It is located at Wai Yuen Building, 12-14 Elgin St, Central, Hong Kong.
We ordered the classic combo which is the best seller in the restaurant which comprises of:
- King Hargow (Shrimp Dumpling)
- Siu Mai w/ Crab Roe (Pork Dumpling)
- Dumpling w/ Vegetable & Shrimp
- Baked Pastry BBQ Pork Bun
- Glutinous Rice Dumpling w/ Mango
LEE KEUNG KEE
Lee Keung Kee is the home of the best eggette in Hongkong. It is a take-away stall at Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Bistro Seoul is located along Lee Tung Avenue.
One of the best crepes i ever tasted. It has a great ambience too.
THE COFFEE ACADEMICS
It is a quaint coffee shop with an impressive cafe interiors and the best service from their crew.
It was another weekend full of exploring exciting places and delicious food! Truly, there is so much to see in this beautiful country. I hope that i was able to give you ideas on where to go and what to eat on your Hongkong trip.♥