Hong Kong 2014 Day 1 – Arrival, Eat and Shop

The day started at 4am for our Cathay flight to Hong Kong. As expected the drive to the airport was seamless but upon arrival, there was already a slow moving queue to check in. Had some hot drinks over at Wang’s, one of the few shops opened in the early morning.

The boarding was fast, although it was for a big airplane and soon we were in the air en-route to Hong Kong, dozing off just as quickly.

We were awaken for some omelette breakfast which was pretty filling, and then back to sleep. Before we knew it, we are landing in Hong Kong!

There wasn’t any immigration card on the flight and only got it from the stewardess upon landing. Proceeded to a very crowded immigrations, there were 7 rows of people waiting to get through. We had 15mins of perpetual walking in the lines before clearing immigrations, which was about 5mins, not too bad.

Immediately on the outside of the immigrations, there was a counter selling Airport Express train ticket. A lady at the front of the queue informed that we should get the Kowloon tickets since we were alighting at Jordan. As we proceeded to the belt, our luggage was already in sight and we quickly retrieved it before exiting. The train station was just another 20m away and we boarded the quite empty train that came in in a short 7mins – to Kowloon we went.

Just steps away from Arrival.

Just steps away from Arrival.

Single trip tickets to Kowloon Station.

Single trip tickets to Kowloon Station.

Not many customers.

Not many customers.

Once onboard, we noticed that it would be better to take to Hong Kong station and do a direct transfer to MTR that goes to Jordan. Oh well, already paid for the tickets. 24 mins and many views of super tall dense buildings later, we reached Kowloon.

After alighting the train, we entered a really spacious building where we got a drink from 7-11. Moving on to the 2nd floor, the signs pointed us to a free bus transfer for all airport express customers to major hotels. Checked with the staff and she advised us the bus number and the stop to get us. Boarded an almost empty mini bus and we were on the way to the hotel, city sights along the way. It was here that every advice along the way seemed to make sense. Getting off at Kowloon station is the right advice.

Shuttle bus timing

Shuttle bus timing

Waiting area for the bus

Waiting area for the bus

Airport Express shuttle bus

Airport Express shuttle bus

Checked in was pretty straight forward at Novotel. Situated along a small street off Nathan Road, it wasn’t easy looking for it. Luckily Google map is working without the data requirement and we easily navigated there from Eaton Hotel, one of the bus stop.

Check in at level 2 was quick and we were given 10th floor. The superior room was expected small, but the view was bad, blocked by the parallel buildings packing the sense streets of Hong Kong. What we saw were roofs filled with rubbish. Never mind, we were here for the shopping and the food anyways. If not for the better price offered from my company’s contract with then, I might have chosen another hotel.

Bedroom

Bedroom modern design

Bathroom with shower

Bathroom with shower

We walked the 5mins walk to Jordan MTR station and bought single trip ticket to Admiralty and changed to the blue line going towards Wan Chai for our first stop – Wing Wah noodle shop. Easily accessible near the main road on the opposite side to the station, but not really recognizable if you don’t read Mandarin.

MTR single trip ticket

MTR single trip ticket

Entering the shop, we were called to the end of the shop where there were 2 seats from a table of 4 where the other 2 seats were already taken. Guessed this would be the way to eat around Hong Kong. The menu on the table had both English and Mandarin so it was easy. Ordered the original Wanton and one with Pig knuckles.

The noodles were really springy though the dumplings were just ok. I liked the pig trotters particularly, chewy but not tough, good taste and not fatty. Only problem was there were only two of them.

Menu on the table

Menu on the table

Wanton Noodles

Wanton Noodles

Pork knuckles noodles.

Pig knuckles noodles.

Wing Wah noodle shop

Wing Wah noodle shop

Everything was fast moving, ordered ate and paid in 20mins at most.

Left for our next destination, Ho Hung Kee at Hysan Place. Getting off at 1 station away at Causeway Bay, Hysan Place was immediately connected to it. The restaurant was located at the 12th level, but the elevator took years to arrive. We had to travel to basement first before getting to the 10th storey. From there, by elevator to the 12th floor.

Store front of Ho Hung Kee at Hysan Place

Store front of Ho Hung Kee at Hysan Place

Inside Ho Hung Kee restaurant

Inside Ho Hung Kee restaurant

Michelin Star for 5 consecutive years.

Michelin Star for 5 consecutive years.

Fish ball congee.

Fish ball congee.

Tangerine peel congee with fish

Tangerine peel congee with fish

Wanton noodle.

Wanton noodle.

The restaurant had a modern decor but the sitting arrangements were similar to the previous ones, you share. We ordered congee, I had fish and tangerine peel congee and my wife had fish ball congee, thinking that this 1 star Michelin restaurant was popular for congee till we read it’s history on the paper on the table.

Congee was smooth. The fish ball was made of real fish meat, but tasted of ikan bilis. I liked the tangerine flavoured congee which was kinda different.

We ordered a small bowl of Wanton Mee to share. The noodles here were skinnier. I thought it was not as springy as the one I had just before. The dumpling was better here, though I thought there were more taste of fish.

Left satisfied in terms fullness but not in terms of expectations.

Causeway Bay had many various malls and a lot of people. I thought it was something like Orchard Road, people everywhere, lines everywhere. Spent some time at the huge Forever 21 before heading over to Times Square. Took a short break at the Agnes B cafe, shopped a bit more before going to Sheung Wan station and proceeding to Burd street for more congee, Sang Kee congee.

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Inside Hysan Place

Inside Hysan Place

Batmobil on display outside Times Square

Batmobil on display outside Times Square

Hordes of people

Hordes of people

Multiple storey of luxury goods stores in Times Square

Multiple storey of luxury goods stores in Times Square

Having a drink at Agnes B cafe

Having a drink at Agnes B cafe

Sheung Wan was a place without the crowd. Googled map our way there and we were initially mistaken for another of their chain selling noodles. As we moved around the corner, we saw the little shop and entered the cosy little shop. Ordered fish ball congee and minced pork congee. It was really good, the porridge tasted soupy. The balls was tasty and bouncy with a good taste of the fish and pork. It was cheaper than the ones that we had before too. The only pity was that the more popular one with the fish stomach was already sold out. It must have been good.

Sang Kee Congee Specialty

Sang Kee Congee Specialty

Menu on the wall

Menu on the wall

Meatball congee

Meatball congee

Fish ball congee

Fish ball congee

Went back to our hotel tired and but feeling great. Surfed the web to find more food and I made one more attack on a popular steam egg pudding at Yee Shun Milk company. Daobao the original for HKD22 and back ate it back at the hotel. The store closes at midnight and it was still fairly busy at that time of the day.

The chilled pudding had taste of sweetened milk but the tofu softness of the end product made the chilly pudding a great desert to end the food trip for today. More research on the food trip tomorrow before going to bed. Some early waking up and queuing was anticipated.

Yee Shun Milk company

Yee Shun Milk company

Double steam milk desert

Double steam milk desert

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2 thoughts on “Hong Kong 2014 Day 1 – Arrival, Eat and Shop

  1. Brian

    I found your post while searching for Airport Express Shuttle Bus. Can you please explain my curious:
    1. Do I need to purchase Airport Express Train Ticket to use the free Shuttle Bus service?
    2. Is it easy to see the Bus Station? (As in your post, you wrote: “After alighting the train, we entered a really spacious building where we got a drink from 7-11. Moving on to the 2nd floor, the signs pointed us to a free bus transfer for all airport express customers to major hotels. Checked with the staff and she advised us the bus number and the stop to get us”. It seemed you walked around before seeing the bus stop?
    Thank you very much and your post here is very useful for me.

    • ziyi

      Hi Brian, you need to get the airport express train tickets for the free shuttle bus service because this service is meant for airport express customers.

      Refer to http://www.mtr.com.hk/en/customer/services/complom_free_bus.html for more info.

      The bus station is actually quite easy to find, just follow the signboards. The Hong Kongers speak pretty decent English if you need assistance so no worries. The bus station is within the building so you don’t have to exit the building.

      Reference to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowloon_Station_(MTR) it is on level G, 2 floors above the level we get off the airport express.

      Hope this helps! I am surprised people actually read my blog.

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