Wednesday, December 26, 2007

hong kong december 2007 - day 6

day 6 (23rd) - New Territories (Sha Tin and Tai Po), Shenzhen
had dimsum breakfast at Ho Choi Restaurant at Yau Ma Tei MTR (Exit A2). The dimsum was better than London Restaurant, plus the absence of aunties with their pushcarts (and equally pushy as well) made us feel better.

Ho Choi


the itinerary was originally Lamma Island, but felt it might be too dry. So i changed it to a tour of the New Territories instead. XH further suggested going Shenzhen, which is along the way, but furthest.

Formerly KCR - Mongkok East Station (East Rail)

some might be aware that KCR has merged with MTR recently. As a result, almost all KCR signages had been replaced with the MTR signs. Be careful in differentiating them; especially for stations that sound identical yet different.

- "Tsim Sha Tsui East" (KCR East Rail Line) and "Tsim Sha Tsui" (MTR Tsuen Wan Line)
- "Mongkok" (KCR East Rail Line) and "Mongkok" (MTR Tsuen Wan/Kwun Tong Line). The KCR station has been renamed to Mongkok East.

the experience on the East Rail is excellent. The East Rail is similar to MTR lines, except that it goes all the way to Lo Wu, which is the border with Shenzhen.

- Sha Tin
the walking tour started at Tai Wai station, where we transferred to Che Kung Temple station on the (KCR) Ma On Shan Line. Then we took a walk from Che Kung Temple, passing the Tsang Tai Uk (Big House of the Tsangs), Sha Tin Park and finally Sha Tin Central. Shopped at New Town Plaza, which is a super mega mall with Phase I and III buildings.

found some special sights, but don't have the pic right now:
- mademoiselle (sounds Vickish)
- ivana's poster in a record shop




Tai Wai Station on Ma On Shan Line

Che Kung Temple

Tsang Tai Uk (Big House of the Tsangs)

One of the bridges connecting to Sha Tin Central

Man Ji Desserts - durian yums

Snoopy World in New Town Plaza

- Shenzhen
from Sha Tin, we continued along the East Rail to Lo Wu, which is like Woodlands Checkpoint. But the Lo Wu-Shenzhen border does not have a huge water channel in between, so we simply crossed the border by stepping across 2 buildings.

the trip to SZ was disappointing - didn't bring a map down, and practically aimless without any guides. I remembered the route to Dongmen, but got harassed by touts along the way. Didn't mind if these were pretty girls, but not =x

Luo Hu Border

in the end, we entered HK in less than 1 hour of departure. Nice China chop on our passports though.

- Tai Wo
since we had some extra time, we stopped at Tai Wo for a short walking tour along the local market scene. Have to say it's as what the DiscoverHongkong guide described - "you'll see butcher shops that sell EVERY part of the pig!"

What you see is what you get

we stopped at the Tai Po Hui Market Complex, hopping to try the Ping Kee noodles. But it was closed, and we tried the local 'zi char'. The stall had the most number of diners, so we bravely sat down and ordered a couple of dishes, including a roasted pigeon.

the verdict? THUMBS UP! 2 meat, 2 veggie for HKD222!!!


Nice food from my clan (Wu)

the night was spent on travelling back to TST, watching the Symphony of Lights. Then walked up to Mongkok, stopping frequently to watch my friends spend. Finally it's their turn. Lolz...

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