Saturday 29th September
Stanley Markets. I really enjoy any markets, but this has to be one of my favourites. We have been coming to HK since late 70’s. We always make time for Stanley Markets. Particularly wanted to see the new boardwalk area just behind the markets. Missed it on our last trip in 2009 (if it was open) as we opted to do a tour with a coach and they only allowed a short time here.
Caught a taxi to Central Bus station, bus #260 via Aberdeen Tunnel. What a waste of time getting to Central as the bus stopped at Wan Chai not far from our hotel. (have to remember that on our way home). Double decker bus, but the top was full. As lots of people got off we scrambled to the top.
I was a bit reluctant to grab the front row seats, as I remember our trips in the late 70’s & 80’s. It was scarey. But must admit the buses are much better now (or is it the drivers) and apart from wondering a few times, if we would make that tight bend, all was ok. Noted that this bus went past Ocean Park and stops there.
We were not intending to shop, our main purpose was to see behind the markets. Forgot I was married to a man who doesn’t mind shopping (closet shopper, as he will never admit to it).
Stopped to buy some souvenir T-Shirts. Impressed as they were of good quality and didn’t cost much more than other markets. I bought the grandkiddies a dress up costume each. For the girl, a fairy lady bug costume, and for the boy, hubby picked out a Peter Pan costume. Also picked up some snatch on watches for gifts.
Found a clothes shop that sells linen clothes. Its called Vivid Collection at 58 Stanley Main St. Clothes were of a good quality, but pricey, compared to what they cost in Aust. A$60/70 for ¾ pants. Linen sleeveless top A$42. Sizes go up to size 26. I found them to very baggy and loose. Cool yes, but shapeless. Didnt buy anything here. 1 or 2 shops further up, found another shop that also stocked larger sizes. Bought 2 pairs of linen/cotton mix ¾ pants for A$22 each. Also bought an oil painting of the HK skyline. Hubby bought a super light weight backpack. Some traditional Chinese dolls from HK to add to mine and my daughters collection (cheapest I ever did see them, compared to anywhere else in HK). We must have bought more as we went back to the hotel, with lots of bags and the backpack full.
Walked along the new (newish) boardwalk/promenade to Stanley Piaza Shopping Centre. Thought about walking further on, but nuh, going back to the hotel sounded like a better idea.
Caught bus #260, sat front row up top, and got off at Wan Chai.
Went to Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance. Found out where it starts from (printed from web page & also asked people). Went to that spot and waited till the 7.30pm start time. 8.30pm and it still hadn’t started. Then a group of parade people came and stood in front of us with large paper lanterns and signs. We couldn’t see a thing. Walked off at this stage after waiting for over 2 hours. By this time I guess that close to a third of the people were walking off. No one was happy. Looks like it is a badly organised event.
Walked to the Victoria Park to see Lee Kum Lantern Wonderland. Walked in one end and walked out the other end. It was so crowded and packed to capacity. Hard to see anything. Decided to catch a taxi back to Hay Hay Kitchen for dinner for the 2nd time. Good food, but service is slow. Our rice came after we had finished eating and had already gotten up to pay.
Sunday 30 September – Public Holiday – Mid Autumn Festival – Moon Cakes Festival
Off to Ocean Park today. Havent been there since some time in the 80’s. Should imagine it has changed in that time. Caught the #260 bus from Wan Chai. It doesn’t drop you off at the main entrance, but a 3 minute walk and we were at the entrance. Entrance tickets cost HK$280 each per adult.
We went straight to the cable car that takes you between the 2 sections of the park. Wanted to catch the Ocean Theatre Sea Dreams Park show At 11.30am. Dolphins & Seals, nice but not spectacular. Ocean Park is built on a very hilly location, I found it too hard on my back walking up & down hills all the time. Had a look around, but decided to head back to the main section (near the entrance) via cable car. The views from the cable car are gorgeous.
Next to the Panda pavilion. Loved it. Very easy to see the Pandas. Starting to get quite crowded, so went on a few rides, walked around, and time to leave.
There is a lot to see and do at Ocean Park, you could easily stay all day here. But a public holiday and Chinese school holiday time, means massive crowds, and massive queues.
Caught a bus to Causeway Bay, then a tram to Wan Chai.
Caught the Wan Chai Ferry to TST. MTR to Mongkok Ladies Market. This place has changed, more like Temple Street Market now. We have always gone during the day before, perhaps there is a difference between the night and day versions of this market, or its just changed.
Ate at a Taiwanese restaurant near the markets. Just ordered a simple dish of rice with home made tomato sauce and chicken on top. It was fantastic. Didnt note down the address, pity as would have gone back.
Taxi to Star Ferry TST to Wan Chai. Time to pack up and leave hotel as we are off to Macau for 2 nights.