Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Hong Kong Christmas 2006 - Part 2

Tsim Sha Tsui
Continuing from my previous blog on arriving at HK International Airport and how to get to HK Island or Kowloon, I will cover Tsim Sha Tsui here.. BTW, if you have not read about the Part 1, please do so if you want to know some tips on getting some welcoming goodies that only available in the airport ;)

Some highlights of Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui has much to offer because of its strategic location to travel around. It is 4-5 stations away from Miu Kai and Mong Kok and just 1 station to central district in HK island. There is a very large Espirit Outlet here and everything is at least 50% discount!!! Hard Rock cafe is just around the corner too. Guess what... apparently there is a restaurant here that serves delicious fried pork, char siew, roast duck and goose. It is actually recommended by my brother's HK friend, Aida. Tsim Sha Tsui park along Nathan Road is a perfect place for you to get some fresh air and avoid some human crowds. Most importantly, Victoria Harbour that is the most popular place to see the "World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show" presented at 8pm every night is also in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Travel Tips:
To get to Tsim Sha Tsui from Kowloon rail station, we took the free shuttle ride. When we came out from the station, there was a person giving out free shuttle pass and pointed us towards the free shuttle service. In fact, there is clear sign that leads us to the free shuttle point. The free shuttle is really what we normal see in HK movie - small bus ("xiu ba" in cantonese) and without delay the bus driver zoomed his way stopping from one major hotel to another. If you are not staying in any of these major hotels covered in the route, you are still able to enjoy the free shuttle service to the closest possible stop. If you are not sure where to get down, make sure you ask the free shuttle service in advance and reconfirm with the driver again before you get down.

Attraction in Tsim Sha Tsui
Avenue of Stars, Tsim Shai Tsui Waterfront Promonade
It is what we Malaysian called Bintang Walk haha... However, Avenue of Stars are most exciting and eventful. The walk is full of hand palm prints and signature of famous HK artists. Avenue of Stars has several monuments that are popular spot for photography. During day-time it is a perfect location to take photo of HK Island. In the night, make sure you are in this place around 7:45pm so that you can get a strategic spot to place your camera for snapping the picturesque HK island decorated in the midst of synchronized light and music show. The show involves 33 buildings and starts on 8:00pm. To listen to the music you can tune in to 103.4FM or stand near to the speakers along the promonade. This place particular crowded during weekend and festive season. It is also a romantic place to enjoy a night view of HK Island especially under starry night. :)

Victoria Harbour and Clock Tower near Star Ferry Concourse
There is an old clock tower near Star Ferry Pier, off Salibury Road. This clock tower is a famous rendezvous point among Hongkees before taking a ferry ride to HK Island from Kowloon. When I see this clock tower, straight away I recall those typical HK movie scenes where the people often miss the ferry and have to wait for the next one.

So, if you want to experience taking a breezy ride between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central or Wan Chai, the fare is just HK$2.2. We did miss the ferry and have to experience waiting for the next ferry. So, I highly recommend you do at least take a ride from Tsim Sha Tsui to Wan Chai where the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is. On the first night, we enjoyed a ferry ride towards Central and took some photography of the tallest building in HK - International Finance Centre (IFC) from Central Harbour.

To be continued...

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