Hong Kong: Excursion to the city Part One

It was great visiting Hong Kong Disneyland but I felt that it was not complete if I did not visit the city. So, as planned prior to leaving, I made appointment with a Malaysian friend, Haniff, to take us (me, my son Yassin, Rayyan and his sister Sara) around the city. Although it was short, we enjoyed it.

We met my friend, Haniff at Tsim Sha Tsui Jetty on our 2nd last day in Hong Kong. It was all confusing and we boarded off the MTR at East Tsim Sha Tsui. According to the MTR map, Tsim Sha Tsui is quite near but somehow we got lost and found ourselves wandering the street. Haha… I am really not good in direction. Lost and me are so synonymous.

We walked around 45 minutes to reach the place. I think we took the long way there. Nonetheless, we had fun taking pictures during our walk.

A street in Hong Kong
A street we were at after getting out of the east station.

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Yassin with his Chinese hat posing in front of 1881 Heritage located at the square of Victorian-era Hong Kong, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

Heritage Hotel, Kowloon
Heritage Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

From the 1880s to 1996, this was the headquarters of the Hong Kong Marine Police. Several buildings and artefacts of historical interest have been preserved and restored, and the site now features a shopping mall, a heritage hotel, and an exhibition hall.

Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Following British rule from 1842 to 1997, China assumed sovereignty under the ‘one country, two systems’ principle. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s constitutional document, the Basic Law, ensures that the current political situation will remain in effect for 50 years. The rights and freedoms of people in Hong Kong are based on the impartial rule of law and an independent judiciary.

Hong or He?ng góng in Cantonese, means fragrant harbour.

After walking and walking, we finally reached the jetty area. We were an hour late and Haniff was already there waiting for us. He told us a bit about Hong Kong and took us on a Star Ferry ride to Wan Chai, which is located at Hong Kong Island. We paid HKD2.50 each.

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Two happy lads about to board on a ferry.

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Yassin and Uncle Kanep ( he’s been calling Haniff that since he was little).

From the ferry, we got to see interesting buildings. Haniff did explained which building is what but I didn’t wrote them all down and forgot about it but I did pay attention about the HKCC building because of its interesting shape.

Foggy HK Island
It was foggy at 4pm.

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Hong Kong Island buildings seen from Kowloon.

The size of Hong Kong Island is only 80 Square Kilometers, but it is the heart of Hong Kong. Although it is small, it is the place that many tourists regard as the main focus. The parade of buildings that make the Hong Kong skyline has been likened to a glittering bar chart that is made apparent by the presence of the waters of Victoria Harbour.

The Central area on the island is the historical, political and economic centre of Hong Kong. The northern coast of the island forms the southern shore of the Victoria Harbour, which is largely responsible for the development of Hong Kong due to its deep waters favoured by large trade ships.

The island is often referred to locally as “Hong Kong side” or “Island side”. This style was formerly applied to many locations (e.g. ‘China-side’ or even ‘Kowloon Walled City-side’) but is now only heard in this form and ‘Kowloon side’, suggesting the two sides of the harbour.

Hong Kong Convention Center.
Hong Kong Convention Center situated at Victoria Harbour.

The Hong Kong Convention Center above was designed by architect Marshall Strabala, based on the idea of a seabird with its wings as the cantilevering roof this building juts out into Hong Kong harbour. It was extended in 1997 and hosts international conferences and conventions, film shows, concerts, banquets, corporate events, press conferences and seminars.

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View of Kowloon seen from Hong Kong Island.

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Wan Chai Jetty. That was the ferry we boarded.

So that was our fun ride from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island.

So where did Haniff took us after this? Stay tune for the 2nd part!

 

 

Reference: 

  • http://www.e-architect.co.uk/hong_kong/hong_kong_convention_centre.htm
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_Island

 

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16 Comments

  1. very very interesting, reminds me of my visit way back in 1996, a year just before the handover to the Chinese govt. That time a bit uninteresting, now so many attractions yeah..

    1. Hi Roland, a lot of interesting places to go and we covered only a small part of it. Please come back again for my part 2 post, ya!

      Thanks for visiting!

  2. ok sis will wait for it, actually this is where I want to go again for this month trip but diverted it to Sydney (29-3 June 2013-merely because of the cool air heheheh), so I will catch up later to get more current info from you in case I decide to go to HKG again in the near future

  3. Hi Insyirah,
    Oh tell me about that, I heard about that in the TV (Farah I think)-is it located at the same site of the Mosque? Ohhhh. got to ty that, is it easy to get a table by just walking in?

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