Results tagged “Beer” from Hong Kong and Taipei 2014

6:00 wakeup, 6:30 get up. I slept reasonably well, sadly the sweetie didn't get to sleep for hours :(

Battled with the laptop in the morning - the poor thing only has a gig of memory, which is barely enough to run windows, let alone half a dozen chrome windows. So it spent the morning swapping and going slowly :(

9:30 - went for maccas. This time they gave me sausage mcmuffins instead of sausage and egg mcmuffins. It's like McDonald's Fantasia - every time you go you get a different version.

Maccas breakfast
Maccas breakfast

So another very late start. It was after 10:30 when we got out the door. Wandered down to the Central ferries, but arrived at 11:10 - just after a ferry had left. So had to catch the 12:00 ferry to Lamma Island.

ICC from Hong Kong ferry terminals
ICC from Hong Kong ferry terminals

Hong Kong from the ferry terminals
Hong Kong from the ferry terminals

International Finance Centre from the ferry
International Finance Centre from the ferry

Hong Kong from the ferry
Hong Kong from the ferry

South-west Hong Kong Island
South-west Hong Kong Island

Pagoda on Lamma Island
Pagoda on Lamma Island

We took the ferry to the north end - Yung Shue Wan - and wandered south east. We missed the main track turn off at the beginning and had to detour in between houses in the village. But the track is actually relatively well signposted (except for the fact they don't give you any distances).  And if you're not sure where to go, just follow the constant stream of people doing the same walk.

The only vehicles on Lamma Island are emergency vehicles
The only vehicles on Lamma Island are emergency vehicles

Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island
Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island

Egg puffs (Kai Dan Zai)
Egg puffs (Kai Dan Zai)

Hanging flower
Hanging flower

We took a detour up to "Lamma Winds" - a wind turbine imported from Germany. It would have been nice if there was a sign at the bottom that said it was about 800m, as it was a very long hot climb and we really had no idea how long it would go for. But the views of Hong Kong at the top were pretty cool.

The signs could use some distance markers!
The signs could use some distance markers!

Lamma Winds
Lamma Winds

View of Hong Kong from the top of Lamma Island
View of Hong Kong from the top of Lamma Island

Us on Lamma Island
Us on Lamma Island

View of Hong Kong from the top of Lamma Island
View of Hong Kong from the top of Lamma Island

Pagoda on Lamma Island
Pagoda on Lamma Island

Lamma Island Family Walk
Lamma Island Family Walk

Kept on walking. Came across quite a nice little beach. With a rather "interesting" view of the power station.

Hung Shing Ye beach
Hung Shing Ye beach

Hung Shing Ye beach - looks lovely doesn't it?
Hung Shing Ye beach - looks lovely doesn't it?

Hung Shing Ye beach - with a lovely view of the power station
Hung Shing Ye beach - with a lovely view of the power station

Then up and over the middle of the island to the other side.

Lamma Power Station
Lamma Power Station

Lamma Power Station
Lamma Power Station

Pagoda and Sok Kwu Wan
Pagoda and Sok Kwu Wan

Sok Kwu Wan
Sok Kwu Wan

Pagoda
Pagoda

Sok Kwu Wan
Sok Kwu Wan

Kamikaze Cave - used by Japanese during the war
Kamikaze Cave - used by Japanese during the war

Tin Hau temple, Sok Kwu Wan
Tin Hau temple, Sok Kwu Wan

When we got to Sok Kwu Wan and were walking up through the restaurant strip, we saw a fridge full of beer and the lady there said the next ferry wasn't til 16:05 (a little over an hour away) so we decided to stop for a couple. They went down a treat after the long hot walk. They even had free wifi, so I could check the beers in.

Relaxing with a beer
Relaxing with a beer

What a lovely place to enjoy a beer
What a lovely place to enjoy a beer

Harbour at Sok Kwu Wan
Harbour at Sok Kwu Wan

These beers went down really well
These beers went down really well

We shared five different beers
We shared five different beers

Then took the 16:05 ferry back to Central.

Got back to the hotel and chillaxed for a bit, then headed out to find some dinner. We went to Sister Wah for their highly recommended beef brisket. It was indeed very nice.

Beef brisket at Sister Wah
Beef brisket at Sister Wah

Sister Wah
Sister Wah

Dumplings at Sister Wah
Dumplings at Sister Wah

And finally we met up with Chris and Anne and went for a walk down to the water to see the lights (we dawdled long enough to see the start of the Symphony of Lights, but the view wasn't the best from Causeway Bay with all the freeway dredging works going on). Ended up at King Ludwig at Causeway Bay where had a drink and chatted before walking back to the hotel through the park.

Kowloon from Causeway Bay
Kowloon from Causeway Bay

Wan Chai buildings
Wan Chai buildings

Dredging works in Causeway Bay
Dredging works in Causeway Bay

Symphony of Lights from Causeway Bay
Symphony of Lights from Causeway Bay

Symphony of Lights from Causeway Bay
Symphony of Lights from Causeway Bay

Symphony of Lights from Causeway Bay
Symphony of Lights from Causeway Bay

Beer at King Ludwig's
Beer at King Ludwig's

Collapsed into bed around 22:00.

My best sleep in so far - 6:30! Got up at 7 and did photo/blogging stuff.

Breakfast was McDonalds again. They're a bit hopeless though. Saturday I asked for three hash browns and got four. Sunday I asked for four and got three. They were trying to be helpful and save me money by combining things into a meal, but the people reading off the receipts and even computer boards couldn't get it right. Sigh.

Maccas breakfast
Maccas breakfast

After breakfast we got ready and headed back to Kowloon to go up Sky 100 again (we got a Sun and Stars ticket which gives two admissions). It was pretty hazy, so looking towards Hong Kong island wasn't the best, but it was still pretty cool.

Sky 100
Sky 100

Hong Kong from Sky 100
Hong Kong from Sky 100

Hong Kong from Sky 100
Hong Kong from Sky 100

Hong Kong from Sky 100
Hong Kong from Sky 100

Hong Kong from Sky 100
Hong Kong from Sky 100

Our hotel from last time is on the left
Our hotel from last time is on the left

Hong Kong from Sky 100
Hong Kong from Sky 100

The old Kai Tak airport is now a passenger terminal
The old Kai Tak airport is now a passenger terminal

The passenger terminal
The passenger terminal

Right in the middle is the checkerboard pilots had to visually line up with
Right in the middle is the checkerboard pilots had to visually line up with

The checkerboard is being lost amongst the buildings
The checkerboard is being lost amongst the buildings

New Yau Ma Tei typhoon shelter and view north-west
New Yau Ma Tei typhoon shelter and view north-west

Stonecutters Bridge
Stonecutters Bridge

Looking north
Looking north

Looking north
Looking north

Crazy Hong Kong apartment buildings
Crazy Hong Kong apartment buildings

Then we met up with Chris and Anne at the Central Ferry Piers where we took a fast ferry out to Cheung Chau. We were almost last on the boat, so didn't get a window seat, although the windows were pretty grimy anyway so wouldn't have been great for photos.

ICC from Central
ICC from Central

The Hong Kong Observation Wheel - not quite open yet
The Hong Kong Observation Wheel - not quite open yet

Central Ferry Piers
Central Ferry Piers

The ferry we took to Cheung Chau
The ferry we took to Cheung Chau

Cheung Chau
Cheung Chau

Once we got there, we wandered down the main drag until we found somewhere to have some lunch.

We went to "Delicious Seafood Restaurant" and had quite a nice lunch of squid, prawns with cashews, fried rice and vegetables (after travelling for several days and eating generally bad food, I was having vegetable cravings).

Our view while we ate lunch
Our view while we ate lunch

Squid
Squid

Prawns with cashews
Prawns with cashews

After lunch we had a good long wander around the island, visiting a temple, walking along the beach, walking up to a pagoda, then back through the middle of the island.

Temple in Cheung Chau
Temple in Cheung Chau

Insence
Incense

Temple in Cheung Chau
Temple in Cheung Chau

Anne and Stu in Cheung Chau
Anne and Stu in Cheung Chau

Beach in Cheung Chau
Beach in Cheung Chau

Headland north-east of Cheung Chau
Headland north-east of Cheung Chau

Cheung Chau
Cheung Chau

Fa Peng Rock
Fa Peng Rock

Pagoda on the Mini Great Wall walk
Pagoda on the Mini Great Wall walk

Chris, Stu and Anne in the pagoda
Chris, Stu and Anne in the pagoda

Pagoda on Cheung Chau
Pagoda on Cheung Chau

Timed our arrival back at the ferry pier perfectly to get on a slow ferry back to Hong Kong. It was a bit crowded in the departure hall, but we made it on. And got some fairly nice sunset type photos over the water.

Locals carry dogs, not babies, around in strollers
Locals carry dogs, not babies, around in strollers

Departing Cheung Chau
Departing Cheung Chau

Departing Cheung Chau
Departing Cheung Chau

Sunset
Sunset

Sunset
Sunset

Lighthouse on Green Island
Lighthouse on Green Island

Sunset
Sunset

Hong Kong from Victoria Harbour
Hong Kong from Victoria Harbour

Hong Kong from Victoria Harbour
Hong Kong from Victoria Harbour

Ferry and ICC
Ferry and ICC

Central Apple Store
Central Apple Store

Walked back to Central station from the ferry and trained it back to Tin Hau. We picked up some beer from 7-Eleven and had that while cooling off from the walking. Then we went out to find some food, but disaster! Meat on a stick place was closed! So we got some fried chicken from "Hot-Star - Large Fried Chicken" which was ok, but not the same as meat on a stick. Then went to bed.

Fried chicken
Fried chicken

5am wakeup. 6:20 up. Slept fairly well I think.

Went and got takeaway maccas for breakfast.

Maccas breakfast
Maccas breakfast

At 10:00 we were out the door. We stopped in at 7-Eleven for some sandwiches and chocolate, then headed out on the train to Chai Wan.

In the corridors at Tin Hau station
In the corridors at Tin Hau station

From the train you walk up the hill and then through a cemetery on the side of a hill. A very steep hill. With a lot of stairs. A *lot* of stairs. A couple of hundred metres straight up. But the view was pretty good :)

The start of the big climb - in the cemetery up from Chai Wan station
The start of the big climb - in the cemetery up from Chai Wan station

We have to climb all the way to the top of this mountain!
We have to climb all the way to the top of this mountain!

Part way up, and already a great view
Part way up, and already a great view

Ossarium at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
Ossarium at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery

Radio transmitters at the top of Mt Parker
Radio transmitters at the top of Mt Parker

Going up!
Going up!

Nearly there!
Nearly there!

At the top we stopped for a water break then we walked along the road for a while which was very flat and easy.

View along the road at the top of the hill
View along the road at the top of the hill

Zoomed in a bit
Zoomed in a bit

Then it was onto a track, which again was mostly flat and easy going. Except for the constant *stream* of people coming the other way. Busiest walk I've ever been on. I suppose it would have been quieter on a week day.

Marker indicating the way to the Dragon Back hike starting point
Marker indicating the way to the Dragon Back hike starting point

View south towards Red Hill
View south towards Red Hill

Then finally the start of the Dragon Back hike proper. You go up. And up :) But then you get to the ridge line, and that's where it gets really pretty. Spectacular views and a bit of up and downs as you go along the top. Just lovely and worth the effort. And we had an amazing day for it too which was great. And it was very windy on the ridge but we found a sheltered spot to eat our sandwiches.

Us at the start of the Dragon's Back hike
Us at the start of the Dragon's Back hike

Looking along the Dragon's Back
Looking along the Dragon's Back

View from the top of the Dragon's Back
View from the top of the Dragon's Back

Remote control glider
Remote control glider

Local dude with his remote control glider
Local dude with his remote control glider

Stu holding the remote control glider
Stu holding the remote control glider

Looking back along the Dragon's Back
Looking back along the Dragon's Back

Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir
Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir

Looking across to Stanley
Looking across to Stanley

Shek O Country Club
Shek O Country Club

Stu at the top of the Dragon's Back
Stu at the top of the Dragon's Back

Dragon's Back peak marker
Dragon's Back peak marker

Us at the top of the Dragon's Back
Us at the top of the Dragon's Back

Starting to head back down.  We're on our way down there to Shek O
Starting to head back down. We're on our way down there to Shek O

Shek O village
Shek O village

Made it to the end of the Dragon's Back
Made it to the end of the Dragon's Back

Then we headed all the way back down. When we hit the road we caught a number 9 bus down into Shek O. We got changed and had a swim at the beach. I was a little (a lot) paranoid about all my stuff on the beach so didn't go out very far. But it was super refreshing.

Beach at Shek O
Beach at Shek O

Stu body surfing at Shek O beach
Stu body surfing at Shek O beach

After a swim we went had some very expensive beer at Copacabana and a fancy hot dog before catching a bus back to the train line.

Relaxing after our swim
Relaxing after our swim

Expensive hot dog
Expensive hot dog

Shek O beach
Shek O beach

Catching the bus back
Catching the bus back

Shek O from the bus
Shek O from the bus

Sunset over Stanley
Sunset over Stanley

On the train back we messaged @Chrispycon to see what they were up to. We met up with Chris and then later Anne and Bronte for a drink at Oaky bar.

Chris and Stu enjoying beers at Oaky Bar
Chris and Stu enjoying beers at Oaky Bar

Then we wandered down to find some dinner. We went to Saigon, a Vietnamese place. We ordered a bunch of dishes to share which were all delicious. A great evening, probably better than just going back to the hotel and going to bed ;)