On day 2 in Hong Kong, we mostly spent the day exploring the Causeway area. We shopped in Times Square and were trying to hunt down a phone for ourselves. Our efforts were unfruitful. The phones we were looking for was sold out EVERYWHERE! And no, we weren’t searching for iPhones or a Samsung galaxy. THOSE were EVERYWHERE. Woosaahhh
I managed to snag a few items for myself and for others. I may do a haul video in the near(ish) future.
On our last full day in Hong Kong, I wanted to check out a temple or two. First, we made the hike (by “hike” I mean we rode the metro for longer than normal) to Chi Lin Nunnery. We wandered the paths of the lush gardens before entering the temple gates. The garden is impeccable. It was so well manicured that I was starting to think that some of the trees were fake!
After we were finished admiring the beauty of the gardens, we stepped into the temple. We were greeted with the aromas of incense. We were not allowed to take pictures inside the temples which I can respect. Each building held a different buddha statue that represents a special virtue. The intricate statues were surrounded with offerings from visitors.
Next stop was Wong Tai Sin temple. This is probably the most popular temple in Hong Kong. In contrast to Chi Lin Nunnery, Wong Tai Sin Temple was very busy with worshippers.
Nevertheless, we admired the architecture and walked the zig zag bridges at the gardens to the waterfall. Supposedly, the zig zag bridges are meant to make you focus on the here and now and be attentive. Hm…
We did a bit more shopping at the street markets by the central. There were so many little hole in the wall boutiques with the cutest affordable clothes for kids. There were probably alleys for adults, but I was on the hunt for my little girls back home. We literally had maybe 5-10 minutes to shop so I did what I could so we could make to our next stop.
The hike to the peak station was much further than we anticipated. We were sweatin’! We stood in line for maybe 30-40 minutes to purchase tickets only to find out we could’ve worked around it! The signs outside the station were quite vague. I knew that we only needed the octopus card to ride the tram, but I had no idea we could also use the octopus card to pay for entry! Learn from my mistake – load up your octopus card and skip that line! The line really wasn’t so bad though. It looked more intimidating than it actually was.
We used Ittybot to our advantage nagged ourselves some decent seats on the tram. Although we were on the wrong side, we still enjoyed the nearly vertical trip up to the peak gallery. If you’re going to take the tram, try to sit on the right hand side. You will get an amazing view! You can still see from the left side but the photographer in me wanted pictures from the window. I know, I’m needy.
Once we went up what seemed to be 20 escalators, we made it to the viewing deck. The city from above is quite impressive. Skyscrapers were packed into view with trees surrounding the frame. We made it before sunset just like we had hoped. We watched nightfall on the city and saw the lights illuminate the bustling metro.
After watching day turn into night on the skydeck, we went to grab dinner and did more shopping! I really wanted to see if I could find some mini instax film for cheap. Unfortunately, they were about the same price as amazon but I did find some savings on the designed versions of the film! I can’t wait to put them to use!
Hong Kong treated us well. We ate lots, shopped even more and had quality family time most. We were lucky to get a few days in Hong Kong AND knocked it off The Mr’s bucket list. This is a city we can see ourselves visiting again and again.
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