Results tagged “Gardens” from Hong Kong and Taipei 2014

So went to sleep very quickly on Wednesday night. Slept really well but woke up at 3:30 local time. Managed to sleep for about another hour before getting up and doing all the day before's GPS downloading, photo downloading and blogging.

Stu had a very slow start. Then we contacted @Chrispycon to see if he wanted to go have breakfast with us. This was a bit after 8, when I'd been awake for nearly four hours. Hrmmm!

Anyways, Chris and family live about two buildings away (he can see the back side of our hotel from his window), so he came over and we went for a walk to get breakfast. Went to a little cafe (Peace Square) he sometimes goes to lunch at. I had some pasta which was nice with a bit of bacon and mushrooms.

Stu and Chris at Peace Square
Stu and Chris at Peace Square

Breakfast at Peace Square
Breakfast at Peace Square

I dropped into a 7-Eleven to see if I could swap out our sims, but the guys didn't really understand me. But then another tourist explained to me how the sims work and the data plan can be taken out of the prepaid value, which meant they were going to work for us after all. So we went back to the hotel to sort ourselves out. Stu's old HTC One Android is completely retarded, and once again I had to battle with APNs on it. It didn't actually create an APN at all for the new sim, so had to make one for it. Stoopid stoopid phone.

Anyway, got that sorted and went over to Chris' to see their apartment. It's small, but it's quite light and airy and there's all sorts of hidden storage in all the furniture.

The view of our hotel from Chris' apartment
The view of our hotel from Chris' apartment

Cosy living room
Cosy living room

Chris' apartment
Chris' apartment

Small kitchen
Small kitchen

Yes, they have lost washing off here!
Yes, they have lost washing off here!

Then we headed out. We wandered through Victoria Park, where there was some big Buddhist event happening. And saw the Causeway Bay Occupy tents (there was barely anyone there though). Then we hopped on a train to Central.

Ceremony in Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
Ceremony in Victoria Park, Causeway Bay

Occupy Hong Kong
Occupy Hong Kong

Keep Calm and Join Us
Keep Calm and Join Us

Fake Milk Powder - Fake Election
Fake Milk Powder - Fake Election

Those people on the footpath are selling cheap Chinese-imported iPhones.  Right outside the Apple Store.  !
Those people on the footpath are selling cheap Chinese-imported iPhones. Right outside the Apple Store. !

Times Square
Times Square

From Central we climbed up and up to the Botanical and Zoological gardens. We stopped for a drink, because while the temperature was lovely, it was very humid, so we were all sweaty. Then we had a bit of a wander through the gardens, but really just near the fountain. Then through the zoo bit. There's a lot of birds and monkeys but not much else. So that was quite a pleasant excursion.

Fountain in the Zoological and Botanical Gardens
Fountain in the Zoological and Botanical Gardens

Very red looking ibises of some sort
Very red looking ibises of some sort

Fancy ducks
Fancy ducks

A silver pheasant
A silver pheasant

Hong Kong buildings from the gardens
Hong Kong buildings from the gardens

De Brazza's monkey
De Brazza's monkey

Cute monkey
Cute monkey

Black and white ruffed lemur
Black and white ruffed lemur

Orangutans
Orangutans

By then it was about 1:30, so I suggested we go get lunch at Dim Sum Square - because I wanted crispy pork buns! So we had a good long wander down the hill.

When we got to Sheung Wan, we couldn't find it! We thought it might have closed, because it wasn't where we thought it should be. The maps we had kept saying it was on the next block though, so went for a walk around the block. Then we saw it - it had moved across the road into a prime corner spot and had stickers all over the front of it showing the awards it had won. We had to wait a few minutes to get in (there was a bit of a queue). The interior was a lot more up-market than its last venue, so it didn't have quite the same rustic feel to it. But it was still just as cheap and the food just as good.

Chris and Stu ordering at Dim Sum Square
Chris and Stu ordering at Dim Sum Square

This is what we came for - crispy pork buns!!
This is what we came for - crispy pork buns!!

After lunch we headed back to our hotel so Stu could collapse in a heap. But it was only 4pm and I'd have gone crazy just sitting there for a couple of hours before dinner. So I thought I'd go on an Ingress wander. I walked up Electric Road, then headed down to the water. Then I thought I'd just keep walking along the waterfront. Except there's really no such thing after the first little bit. They're building a huge freeway out in the water so everywhere along the whole waterfront is a massive construction site. After much battling of limited pedestrian access, and barricade after barricade, I eventually made it to the Convention Centre, and battled my way out to the waterfront proper. It was just getting dark so all the lights were coming on and it was really very pretty. Stayed and took a heap of photos.

This is the view from our hotel.  More of the same takes up the whole view.
This is the view from our hotel. More of the same takes up the whole view.

Stu always loves the efficient use of spaces in places like Hong Kong
Stu always loves the efficient use of spaces in places like Hong Kong

Boats in Causeway Bay
Boats in Causeway Bay

Causeway Bay
Causeway Bay

The Noonday Gun
The Noonday Gun

Buildings in Wan Chai
Buildings in Wan Chai

Fountains outside the Sun Hung Kei shopping centre
Fountains outside the Sun Hung Kei shopping centre

Dredging works next the Convention Centre
Dredging works next the Convention Centre

Dredging works next the Convention Centre
Dredging works next the Convention Centre

Kowloon from the Convention Centre
Kowloon from the Convention Centre

Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Hong Kong Convention Centre
Hong Kong Convention Centre

The Golden Bauhinia
The Golden Bauhinia

Ships that pass in the night
Ships that pass in the night

Ships that pass in the night
Ships that pass in the night

The Aqua Luna in front of some colourfully lit buildings
The Aqua Luna in front of some colourfully lit buildings

Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Then I tried to find the station at Wan Chai (it took a while - I thought I'd gone past it) and got a train back to the hotel. Just in time to meet Chris and Anne. We headed out to Zanzo, a Japanese restaurant, for some quite expensive beer, and a bunch of tasty little tapas style dishes. A very pleasant evening.

Walked back to the hotel, then realised I would need some food in the place for my early morning wakeups so headed out again. The nearest 7-Eleven was closed! For like a month. So found a Circle K near the station for some very expensive chips. Then back to the hotel to crash in a heap.

Butterfly hotel
Butterfly hotel

Foyer in the hotel
Foyer in the hotel