How to spend less than 24 hours in Hong Kong Part 4

If you might have missed my previous posts to the Hong Kong series I have written, you can check them here:

Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3

The first two times I had less than 24 hours in this cosmopolitan city. The last time I had slightly over 24 hours. This time I had less than 24 hours again.

I stayed at Hop Inn Mody Hostel again which is located in Tsim Sha Tsui. It’s very central, spacious and affordable. I would recommend this hostel, and I would definitely stay here again.

As the posts before, I will list all the things you could do in one day in Hong Kong.

So here we go:

1. Breakfast in a cafe near your hostel:

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Most chinese cities, especially Hong Kong, have plenty of different cafes at every corner that serve delicious pastry, sandwiches, and coffee, all fitting the taste buds of any westerner. Coming from Germany, the country known for its variety of bread, I approve of the cafes in Hong Kong.

 2. Visit the museums:

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Walking to the museum as you can see it in the background

Hong Kong has some interesting and unique museums to offer, especially close to Tsim Sha Tsui in the harbour area. I visited two museums which are in the same building. The Hong Kong Museum of History, and the Science Museum.

Here are some small reviews of the two museums I visited.

  • Science Museum:

I had the feeling that this museum was directed more towards kids. There was a lot of information about the human body, for example, that should be known to adults. Still, I liked how interactive the museum was. There were different activites involved with obtaining the information. It’s definitely worth a visit, even for adults.

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This was pretty impressive. lightning bolts would apear when you touched the glass. I guess it was some magnetic lightning ball.
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There was a hall of mirrors that had special effects, like this one making us small and wide :’D Not flattering at all.
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This one’s already way better. The kid’s face is too hilarious :’D
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This was a triangle-shaped mirror tube. This is what it looked like from the other side. I asked the girl if I could snap a photo of her. Yes, this time I asked to take a photo of a stranger, not the other way around :’D
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And this is how it looked like when I tried to take a selfie in that triangle-tube. It didn’t have the same effect of course. SCIENCE!

So if you have seen everything you wanted to see in Hong Kong, go ahead and have a look inside the science museum. It doesn’t take too much time to walk through it, especially as an adult.

There was also a nail bed where visitors were allowed to lie down on it, and a professional advised what to do. I did it as well, and it didn’t hurt at all. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of that. But it was an interesting experience.

  • Hong Kong Museum of History:

This is in the same building, but you need a different ticket for this. I heard of my friend Josie that it was a highly interesting museum about the dramatic history of today’s Hong Kong. With that I mean the outcome of Hong Kong as a city it is now. It has so many influences from different cultures that make the city so unique like no other in the world. The museum explains how Hong Kong has developped to the city it is today. It shows the ecological development, the unique appearance of ecosystems and animals in this city, and then, finally shows the influence of its chinese origin, the british opium war and the effects of the japanese occupation. All of these incidents are reflected in the city’s unique culture, and have shaped Hong Kong into today’s modern, cosmopolitan city.  Hong Kong might be the most unique city I have visited. You can neither compare it to other chinese cities, nor western countries. 

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This is something like a small wish shrine

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Traditional masks for street performances
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These fishing boats still exist today.
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Its really impressive that traditional restaurants in Hong Kong and China still have the same architecture today.
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The Japanese occupation
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How cute the shops looked like <3

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There were so much more beautiful photo opportunities. These are the most beautiful snaps I took though.

I am usually not a big fan of museums, but this one was pretty cool. It reminded me of the Story of Berlin museum a little bit.

3. Visit Mammy Pancake – Again:

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I had to get some of these delicious treats again, before leaving China for good. This time I got sweet potato (the purple one) and Sesame. The sesame one was a bit disappointing. I thought they’d fill it with black sesame paste, but it was just sprinkled with light sesame. Sweet potato was the bomb though. Nothing compared to green tea chocolate though :)

4. Stroll along the promenade:

When I walked towards the promenade at Tsim Sha Tsui, I couldn’t believe my eyes. There was heavy fog hanging above the skyline making it look like some sick special effect of a science fiction movie. It looked so beautiful, with the boats sailing in the harbour, and the sun slowly setting into the white curtains of the sky. 

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The weather was really nice. It wasn’t too hot, so you could comfortably walk around in short clothes. Unfortunately, I just had a sweatshirt, so I was sweating like crazy.

Still, I had to say goodbye to beautiful Hong Kong for good. Of course, it has always been a bit stressful to just visit this amazing city more of less for 24 hours, but the more often I visited, the more I appreciated it. I had a last view on Hong Kong, and then headed to the airport already.

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My flight was in the evening, and I would be back in Yuyao in the evening, early enough to take a shower and find some good night’s rest. The next day, I had one more trip left which was to Shanghai with the laowais (Ana, Josie and Alessandro).

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have ever been to Hong Kong, feel free to recommend me some more places to visit for next time :)

Thanks for reading and travelling with me!

Merveille.

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How to spend 24 hours in Hong Kong Part 3

January 17th 2016:

As I have already posted here and here about how to spend less than 24 hours in Hong Kong, I will now tell you what I did during my longest, and probably most interesting stay at this amazing city.

My flight was too early in the morning, at around 7 am something, so I had to wake up at 5 am and take the bus at 6 am. I have only slept for like 4 hours because we had the New Year’s Dinner the evening before.

I wasn’t super tired though, but as soon as I landed in Hong Kong, I realized that I was extremely hungry and was slowly getting more and more tired.

Step 1: Shopping Spree

Upon arriving at my hostel, Hop Inn Mody which was a very central hostel at east tsim sha tsui, I found a mall which was located one street further and immediately had a sandwich for brunch. It was really yummy, but a bit expensive as well, just like most things in Hong Kong. At the same mall I found a Q&A book which I have been searching for ages already and it was in english.
I actually needed some boots for our Chinese New Year’s Holidays in Jiuzhaigou, so I went on a little shopping spree. Most of the shops I walked past were designer stores like LV or Chanel, but I also found an Esprit store and found some nice, comfortable looking boots for around 500 HKD (~50 €). Before I returned to the hostel, I also saw an Origins Store and remembered my sister telling me about this brand and its products, especially one mask called ‘Out of Trouble’ which was supposed to be really good. I went in and bought it.

Step 2.3: Bond with your dorm mates

So after this short but intense shopping, I felt really tired, so I napped in my dorm a little bit. It was mostly empty, until I was waken up by a girl who just arrived with her luggage. Her bed was right in front of mine so we started chatting. Soon we agreed upon walking to the harbour to watch the laser show in the evening.

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Step 3: Hong Kong at night:

The laser show was a disappointment, but if you are interested to see that, you can do it. It starts every evening from 8pm and lasts until around 11pm. We weren’t too bummed out for waiting for the laser show, since we could have this epic view on the Hong Kong skyline and we got to know each other better. We were chatting and taking photos all the time. Plus, this has been the first time that I had seen the Hong Kong skyline although it was my third time in this city already :’D

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Step 4: Indulge in some Cantonese Food

When we were slowly getting hungry, we went to the city to find something to eat. We wanted to have a cantonese dish, and while strolling through Tsim Sha Tsui, we saw a Mammy Pancake shop, a small one. What’s that you ask? It is a very popular shop for Hong Kong Waffles. They are different from our waffles, and soooo delicious.

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We had a classic one without any taste and one with Greentea chocolate <3 I loved it! They had many more different tastes as well, such as sweet potato, sesame, chestnut, and many many more.

We tried not to eat everything at once, since we still wanted to have dinner. We found a cheap little noodle shop and were seated on a table with strangers. So this was very typical cantonese :’D

After our food break we went back to the hostel, since we both had plans for the morning.

January 18th 2016:

Step 5: Tradition vs Modernism

I woke up in the morning, took all my things and checked out. I had planned to visit the Nan Lian Garden which was around a 20-minute metro ride away from Tsim Sha Tsui.

I spent my morning there, strolling around that beautiful parc, taking snaps and buying souvenirs.

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I just love the contrast of concrete and nature

This was my third time in Hong Kong and it was another epic time here. There is always a lot to do in this beautiful city, so you can be sure that you will never run out of activities.

This was still not my last Hong Kong Post. There is yet one to come. But before you can read that, I will write about how I spent Chinese New Year in my upcoming post.

Thanks for travelling with me!

Merveille