Day 3. This morning we had to wake up unusually early just because we wanted to try what Hongkies do every morning, which is to have dim sum as breakfast.
Lin Heung Tea House (蓮香樓) may look like any other dim sum establishment, but its rich history dated back to our grandparents time won our votes of confidence. Located at Wellington Street in Central, it took quite a distance walking to reach that place. Be warned though, as when you stepped in, you will feel like an alien because everyone else will give you a surprise look. Yes, this shop is mostly frequented by old folks, hence we got this kind of weird look.
Nevertheless, judging from the crowd, it was a joy to have managed to get ourselves a table that can fit all of us. Without being told, tea was served on the table too.
Some customary food…
Ok.. I couldn’t stop it but we ordered so many dim sum…
No doubt the dim sum was good. Service was quite satisfactory although most staffs here are pretty much old. But seriously, don’t underestimate them. They’re efficient and good mannered too.
Certainly, we hardly can see this kind of scene anymore. I mean, who would like to wake up in the wee hours of morning just to have tea session with family. Sigh.
It was time to burn some calories after some heavy breakfast, so we walked back to Central MTR which eventually brought us to Hong Kong MTR. From there, we boarded train to Tung Chung, which is located at Lantau Island (大屿山).
It took about 20 minutes to reach Tung Chung (东涌), and once there, we walked towards Ngong Ping 360 (昂坪360) cable car, which will bring us to our first destination of the day – Tian Tan Buddha (天坛大佛).
The view from the cable car is simply stunning, overlooking Chek Lap Kok International Airport and some beautiful hills.
We reached Ngong Ping Village after about 15 minutes of ride, and the weather was so lovely. We began our walk, passing the village to Tian Tan Buddha. We then bought a HK$60 ticket which includes entry to the temple and a vegetarian meal.
That morning was mostly foggy, with mist covering up the hilly terrains coupled with crisp and cool wind that blew occasionally. The steps to the top wasn’t that difficult, probably as we stopped along the way to take photos; oh.. precisely, to help them to take photos. lol.
We spent roughly 40 minutes at the top, and then we got down and camwhored a bit.
Lunch was surprisingly good. Too bad we wasted a lot in the end because the portion was too big to fit 11 of us.
We slowly walked back to Ngong Ping Village to board the cable car back to Tung Chung, and we shopped a lot at Citygate Outlets (東薈城名店倉) which happen to be just right next to the cable car terminal.
Just managed to get myself a pair of shoes.
We ordered few things;
Probably the time was quite limited, we quickly walked towards Victoria Harbour (维多利亚港) or precisely HK Cultural Centre (香港文化中心) for a great view of Hong Kong Harbour and also the highly recommended Symphony of Lights (幻彩詠香江), which I duly missed last time.
We managed to get ourselves a proper place to enjoy and it was one of the best night views I ever had so far. 🙂
Of course, these views ended in my camera as well. 😛
We took a walk to Avenue of Stars for a visit and returned to Mongkok for our late dinner, which was at Langham Place.
I decided to call it a day as I was feeling giddy, probably exhausted from the day’s activities and the weather did not really help either.
Not sure what the rest did, but all I remember I was already in bed when they returned from the day’s “catch”. 🙂
Lin Heung Tea House (蓮香樓)
160-164, Wellington Street, Central.
Macau Restaurant (澳門茶餐廳)
25-27, Lock Road, Tsim Sha Shui.