Results tagged “Laundry” from Hong Kong and Taipei 2014

Had an up and down day today. Literally. And figuratively.

Up at 7:30 to do photos and blogging. Breakfast downstairs then left some time after 10:00.

Breakfast bar at the Ambience Hotel
Breakfast bar at the Ambience Hotel

Gardens outside Taipei City Hall
Gardens outside Taipei City Hall

Walking along Songzhi Road
Walking along Songzhi Road

Our first stop was Taipei 101. And we had an amazing day for it. The view was spec-fricking-tacular. Totally amazing.

But.

The whole rigmarole of getting up there was a pain. Buying tickets was easy enough, but they give you allocated times that you can go up. We got there at 11:30 (after stopping at Starbucks for a coffee for Stu), but our ticket was for 12:00. So we had to sit around waiting for half an hour. And the mall underneath the tower is a brandname only mall, so there's nothing for normal people like us to look at. So we just sat for half an hour. Then you go queue to get through the time check, then queue again to get the lift. I think they want to restrict the numbers of people up there, but why they don't let you just queue as you get there I don't know. It was all pretty painful, but we got up around 12:15.

Entrance to Taipei 101
Entrance to Taipei 101

Stu with the 'Lucky Red' Damper Baby
Stu with the 'Lucky Red' Damper Baby

Boring shopping mall under Taipei 101
Boring shopping mall under Taipei 101

View north-west from Taipei 101
View north-west from Taipei 101

View north-west from Taipei 101
View north-west from Taipei 101

Looking north towards Songshan airport
Looking north towards Songshan airport

Taipei 101
Taipei 101

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

Taipei Arena
Taipei Arena

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall and the Taipei Dome
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall and the Taipei Dome

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

Taipei Dome
Taipei Dome

Songshan Airport
Songshan Airport

Taipei 101 sundial - taken on the iPhone
Taipei 101 sundial - taken on the iPhone

Looking north - taken on the iPhone
Looking north - taken on the iPhone

Looking north - taken on the iPhone
Looking north - taken on the iPhone

Taipei 101 Damper Ball
Taipei 101 Damper Ball

Taipei 101 Damper Ball and the 'Smart Silver' Damper Baby
Taipei 101 Damper Ball and the 'Smart Silver' Damper Baby

Outside viewing area at Taipei 101
Outside viewing area at Taipei 101

View west using random camera from outside
View west using random camera from outside

View north-west using random camera from outside
View north-west using random camera from outside

View north-west using random camera from outside
View north-west using random camera from outside

Top of the outside observation deck
Top of the outside observation deck

Top of Taipei 101
Top of Taipei 101

Model of World Trade Centre and Taipei 101
Model of World Trade Centre and Taipei 101

Looking dowwwwwwwn
Looking dowwwwwwwn

Came back down (more queuing for lifts) around 13:20.

Went to the food court for lunch but it was super crowded and we had to wait quite a while. Even at Mos Burger they gave me a flashing order thingie to wait for a single burger. Sheesh. So there goes another hour.

Then I went outside to get a photo of the building in the sun. And this is where I discovered my camera was still on night mode settings from last night. -1 exposure on all my photos up the tower. All ruined. So upsetting :(:(:(

Taipei 101 - -1 AV
Taipei 101 - -1 AV

Taipei 101 - normal AV
Taipei 101 - normal AV

Top of Taipei 101
Top of Taipei 101

Taipei 101
Taipei 101

Taipei 101
Taipei 101

I also discovered there was a station *right there*. This wasn't on the main two maps we had been using, because the line is so new. So we could have saved ourselves a fairly long walk in the heat (both directions - because Stu wanted to sit down and have a coffee at Starbucks near the first station so he'd gone back separately).

Election rally - this one for Candidate 6
Election rally - this one for Candidate 6

So eventually we got back to the station near our hotel, and it was like 15:30. So doing just one thing took up most of the day. And of course by this time we were running out of energy. So the thing that Stu wanted to do today (wander through the "creative park"), we didn't really have the energy for. So we were both feeling pretty bad at this point.

Huashan 1914 Creative Park
Huashan 1914 Creative Park

Manhole cover
Manhole cover

Huashan 1914 Creative Park
Huashan 1914 Creative Park

Huashan 1914 Creative Park
Huashan 1914 Creative Park

Huashan 1914 Creative Park
Huashan 1914 Creative Park

Huashan 1914 Creative Park
Huashan 1914 Creative Park

We got back to the hotel and chilled briefly. I toyed with the idea of going up Elephant Mountain by myself, but Stu said we'd go another night. So I did a bit of a wander through the Guanghua Electronics plaza. But it wasn't too exciting.

Footpaths are for scooter parking
Footpaths are for scooter parking

Guanghua Electronics Plaza
Guanghua Electronics Plaza

Guanghua Electronics Plaza
Guanghua Electronics Plaza

Came back and Stu had put on some washing which was nice. But it took forever. And ever. And ever. We'd been planning to go to the night markets, but it just got too late. At 21:00 we gave up waiting for everything to dry and went out to get some dinner. We got beer and pizza. Because we're classy like that.

Dominos parmesan stuffed crust pizza
Dominos parmesan stuffed crust pizza

Dominos parmesan stuffed crust pizza
Dominos parmesan stuffed crust pizza

Finished watching The Matrix then went to bed completely frustrated with the day.

Woke up at 5:45 but got a bit more sleep.  Spine was annoying me. Up at 7:00. Had a very slow start. They got my order right at Maccas though which was useful (it helped that they were a lot less rushed). Didn't get out the door til 10:00.

Maccas brekky
Maccas brekky

First up, we dropped all our laundry off at the local laundry. $120HKD for the both of us - a bit pricey, but saved us having to do it ourselves in the hotel sink.

Then we went on a bit of a train adventure - three different trains to get to Kowloon Bay.

Stopped at a Starbucks so the sweetie could have a coffee.

Then we jumped on a #86 green bus down to Kai Tak. They've converted the old runway into a passenger terminal for cruise ships. But there's also a little park at the end of the runway, the approach checkerboard is still there, and there's a "remnant" of runway 13 - a stylised mosaic of the 13 that used to be there.

Model paper plane with history of Kai Tak airport
Model paper plane with history of Kai Tak airport

Buildings in Kwun Tong
Buildings in Kwun Tong

Stu reading about the airport history
Stu reading about the airport history

Oriental Dragon
Oriental Dragon

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal
Kai Tak Cruise Terminal

Checkerboard for the approach for runway 31
Checkerboard for the approach for runway 31

Looking north-west along the path of the old runway
Looking north-west along the path of the old runway

The 13 (which was actually located at the other end of the runway)
The 13 (which was actually located at the other end of the runway)

Pearl of Oriental dinner cruise ship
Pearl of Oriental dinner cruise ship

We stopped so Stu could do a drawing of the view
We stopped so Stu could do a drawing of the view

You can also go up on top of the passenger terminal where they have a rooftop garden. Sadly they don't let you get anywhere near the edge, so not great for unobstructed views of Hong Kong.

Control tower of the cruise terminal
Control tower of the cruise terminal

Looking down the length of the cruise terminal
Looking down the length of the cruise terminal

The garden prevents you getting close to the edge to take photos
The garden prevents you getting close to the edge to take photos

The garden and view
The garden and view

Looking towards the ICC
Looking towards the ICC

Hong Kong from the cruise terminal
Hong Kong from the cruise terminal

Back on a #86 minibus back to the station.

Took another train up to Lok Fu where we stopped and had some lunch at a Japanese place.

Then into Lok Fu Park to try and get to the top of Checkerboard Hill. This was where they had a checkerboard painted onto the side of a water reservoir which was part of the approach to the old Kai Tak airport. Pilots had to head for this hill and make a visual sighting of it before making the sharp right turn down to the runway. I'd hoped to be able to get on top of it and see down to the old runway, but there were too many fences and trees in the way for a good view. So that was a bit of a waste of a very steep climb up a lot of steps (sorry sweetie!).

Tin Hau Temple, Lok Fu Park
Tin Hau Temple, Lok Fu Park

Looking up towards Lion Rock
Looking up towards Lion Rock

The edge of the water reservoir - the checkboard is right below this
The edge of the water reservoir - the checkboard is right below this

This is the best view I could get looking towards the old airport, and you can't really see it
This is the best view I could get looking towards the old airport, and you can't really see it

We went down then to get some photos of the front of it. There's a lot of trees in the way and it hasn't been maintained in sixteen years so it's not as pretty as it used to be.

Checkerboard hill from below
Checkerboard hill from below

Checkerboard hill from below
Checkerboard hill from below

Checkerboard hill with Lion Rock in the background
Checkerboard hill with Lion Rock in the background

Then we walked down to Kowloon Walled City Park to have a wander around. There's some interesting photos and information boards about the place, and one of the original fortress buildings - the Yamen - is still there. Quite interesting.

Wall of Kowloon Walled City
Wall of Kowloon Walled City

Entrance gates to Kowloon Walled City
Entrance gates to Kowloon Walled City

Kowloon Walled City Park
Kowloon Walled City Park

Kowloon Walled City Park
Kowloon Walled City Park

Kowloon Walled City Park
Kowloon Walled City Park

Kowloon Walled City Park
Kowloon Walled City Park

Bonsai in Kowloon Walled City Park
Bonsai in Kowloon Walled City Park

Kowloon Walled City Park
Kowloon Walled City Park

Model of Kowloon Walled City Park
Model of Kowloon Walled City Park

Yamen (Almshouse) in the model
Yamen (Almshouse) in the model

Yamen (Almshouse)
Yamen (Almshouse)

Yamen (Almshouse)
Yamen (Almshouse)

Yamen (Almshouse)
Yamen (Almshouse)

Yamen (Almshouse)
Yamen (Almshouse)

Kowloon Walled City Park
Kowloon Walled City Park

Remants of the South Gate
Remants of the South Gate

South Gate plaque and Kowloon Walled City plaque
South Gate plaque and Kowloon Walled City plaque

Then another three trains back to the hotel (after we picked up our laundry).

We got back to the hotel a bit after 18:00 completely exhausted. Sat down for a while before going to get some supplies and meat on a stick for dinner.

Meat on a stick!
Meat on a stick!

Charging station - three phones and a battery
Charging station - three phones and a battery

In bed just after 20:00.