Results tagged “Towers” 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.

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

Woke up at 5:30. Played on my phone til up time at 6:00.

At 8:00 we headed out the door to Sham Shui Po for a foodie tour! This was by the same people that we did the foodie tour with last year.

Seems all the wine you get in Hong Kong is from Australia! <br/>Yellow tail, Jacob's Creek, Wolf Blass, Wyndham Estate, Penfolds are just some of the brands
Seems all the wine you get in Hong Kong is from Australia!
Yellow tail, Jacob's Creek, Wolf Blass, Wyndham Estate, Penfolds are just some of the brands

Our first stop was at Kowloon Restaurant, a Hong Kong style cafe, where we had a "pineapple" bun and milk tea. The pineapple bun doesn't have any pineapple in it, but the rough surface on it looks a bit like a pineapple. It was fresh and light and the crunchy topping (a mix of sugar, butter and egg) was much like the topping on the bbq pork buns. Yum yum yum, loved this. The milk tea was ok too, although I did add a little sugar to it.

Pineapple bun and milk tea
Pineapple bun and milk tea

Pineapple buns before being baked
Pineapple buns before being baked

Filtering the tea
Filtering the tea

Our second stop was at Hop Yick Tai for a more Chinese style breakfast. We had these rice rolls which had a silky smooth texture and a lovely peanut and hoisin sauce. Wanted a spoon so I could gobble the rest of the sauce.

Rice rolls with a super yummy sauce
Rice rolls with a super yummy sauce

The third stop was the A1 Tofu Company, which is a soy product shop. There we had a "hot tofu dessert" which had a tofu jelly with sugar and ginger sugar that was sweet but not over poweringly so. Very nice. We also got to see out the back where the dude makes the smooth tofu.

Hot tofu dessert
Hot tofu dessert

Next was Lu Goose Restaurant for some braised goose and braised pork knuckle. I really liked the goose, but the pork knuckle was a bit too sinewy for my tastes. It didn't help that they don't serve these dishes hot.

Braised goose and braised pork knuckle
Braised goose and braised pork knuckle

Fifth stop was at Eight Angels Cake Shop for some walnut, almond and sesame cookies. I was fairly full at this point, so brought them home to have later (still haven't had them yet, but Stu said his were good).

Eight Angels Cake Shop
Eight Angels Cake Shop

Cookies
Cookies

And the last stop was at Lau Sum Kee Noodle for some egg noodles with shrimp roe. The noodles were a little dry, but had a good firm texture, and a little red vinegar or soup helped with the dryness. The shrimp roe wasn't really my thing. But it was served with a nice soup on the side.

Egg noodles with shrimp roe
Egg noodles with shrimp roe

In between we looked at various other shops and buildings, it was all really interesting. The whole tour took a little over four hours, but definitely worth it.

Beads!
Beads!

Shiny things!
Shiny things!

Buttons!!  This entire store was filled with rows and rows of buttons
Buttons!! This entire store was filled with rows and rows of buttons

Funky buttons
Funky buttons

Wet markets - fresh meat
Wet markets - fresh meat

Knife shop.  We went out the back and saw the dude sharpening knives
Knife shop. We went out the back and saw the dude sharpening knives

Our tour guide
Our tour guide

When we were done, we had a bit of a wander up and down Apliu Street - the "men's" markets. I bought a couple of little cables. Then we went into the Golden Computer Centre. The basement was a rabbit warren of computer and peripherals stores. Quite amazing. We wandered through there for quite a while.

Strip lighting.  I sooo want some of this!
Strip lighting. I sooo want some of this!

Golden Computer Arcade
Golden Computer Arcade

Bitcoin vending machine!
Bitcoin vending machine!

Inside the Golden Computer Arcade
Inside the Golden Computer Arcade

But then Stu's back was killing him, and our feet hurt, so we went back to the hotel to chillax for a while.

At 16:30 we headed out again - to go up the Sky 100, which I wanted to do last time but we ran out of time. We got there in plenty of time for sunset, but the sun doesn't really set in Hong Kong, it just gets hazed out. Stayed up there while it got dark and enjoyed the lights for quite a while. Didn't have the energy to stay for the Symphony of Lights though :(

Shopping centre done up for Christmas at the bottom of the Sky 100 (ICC) tower
Shopping centre done up for Christmas at the bottom of the Sky 100 (ICC) tower

Stu at Sky 100
Stu at Sky 100

Hong Kong from the Sky 100
Hong Kong from the Sky 100

The building on the left is the hotel we stayed in last time we came to Hong Kong
The building on the left is the hotel we stayed in last time we came to Hong Kong

Getting darker
Getting darker

Inside the Sky 100
Inside the Sky 100

Hong Kong Convention Centre
Hong Kong Convention Centre

Hong Kong by night
Hong Kong by night

Hong Kong by night
Hong Kong by night

Hong Kong by night
Hong Kong by night

Hong Kong by night
Hong Kong by night

Hong Kong by night
Hong Kong by night

View north-west from Sky 100
View north-west from Sky 100

Stonecutters Bridge
Stonecutters Bridge

Sky 100
Sky 100

Us in the lift on the way down
Us in the lift on the way down

Shopping centre done up for Christmas at the bottom of the Sky 100 (ICC) tower
Shopping centre done up for Christmas at the bottom of the Sky 100 (ICC) tower

Back to the hotel, then out to find some dinner. We were both exhausted though, so trying to find something that wasn't too complicated was, well, too complicated. In the end we picked up some beer from 7-Eleven and got meat-on-a-stick from a vendor next to the station - duck on one and pork on the other - delicious!

Meat on a stick store!
Meat on a stick store!

Beer and meat on a stick! (we didn't drink all that beer in one go!)
Beer and meat on a stick! (we didn't drink all that beer in one go!)

Hong Kong currency
Hong Kong currency

Hong Kong currency
Hong Kong currency

Then crashed straight after dinner.