Monday, September 02, 2013

Hong Kong 2013

Hong Kong 2013
So here we are, the first of my HK posts! I have to admit, I haven't taken very many photos this trip as I was too busy spending time with my family and I feel that I always snap the same pictures during my annual visits. Perhaps I'll make more of an effort next year but it does make me feel soooo touristy and my Dad actively distances himself from me when the DSLR appears haha. Most of my pics as ever, are of food! So here are a few pictures during the two weeks taken using my camera and my iPhone.
Hong Kong 2013
After a long flight it was lovely to be back 'home' in HK. Unfortunately a typhoon hit Hong Kong so most days were overcast and umbrellas were a necessity! Below is one of HK's famous locations - the crossing on Hennssey Road in Causeway Bay.
My family's apartment is in a decent location - just 2 stops from Causeway Bay and it was nice to come back to this familiar view.
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There is ALWAYS building work in HK and it certainly is a city that never sleeps.
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'Yum Cha' is a Cantonese necessity both food wise and socialising and it can be an insanely noisy occasion. Eating all my favourite dim sum plus variations that you can't get in England. Most people book tables in advance and there are some busier restaurants that might require you to book in sittings.
Hong Kong 2013
Hong Kong 2013
Hong Kong 2013
Where my family live, it's a short 2 minute walk down the road to an area called Tin Hau. We particularly like this area for some of the restaurants and dessert shops including what my Dad refers to as a HK necessity - won ton noodles. I love the slightly run down feel of the streets in HK.
Hong Kong 2013
Hong Kong 2013
Hong Kong 2013
Thomas Trillion (Thomas Lui) is a pretty well known HK for it's artisan cakes. Luckily for us, his cake shop is located in Tin Hau and my aunt managed to pick some up on her way home. These cakes are not cheap - at roughly £5-6 a slice! Though the cake-man-ship (if that is a word) is out of this world. It's hard to believe that they are edible.
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When I was working here last year, I checked in every day at the Sun Hung Kai building in Wan Chai! This is the building just visible in the background with the S logo.
Hong Kong 2013
We had dinner at an amazing Michelin starred restaurant, Nanhai no.1 over at Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) and we were wined and dined by my very generous uncle. We ate Peking Duck (UK restaurants/take aways aren't the same at all) and some special dishes including lobster and some deep fried oysters.
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I don't care what anybody else says, HK's skyline is the best in the world. Just looking at this now makes me feel super nostalgic. This view was taken on the terrace of Nanhai no.1. Dreamy.
Hong Kong 2013
HK is full of photo opportunities and amongst Moomins and Hello Kittys, we stumbled upon this Totoro at Harbour City (LCX) in TST. My sisters and I jumped at the chance of getting our photo taken with him!
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Mong Kok is probably the busiest, craziest area of HK. My dad adores Fa Yuen Street which is otherwise known as Trainer Street. It's full of trainers as you may have guessed and I bought some new Converse from there too!
Hong Kong 2013
However despite there being so many things to do in HK, one of my favourite things to do is just to chill out at home, chat to family and have a good old traditional Chinese dinner. I already miss my grandma's Chinese soups!
Hong Kong 2013
It seems to get harder and harder to leave HK every time I go back and visit. Maybe it's because this time, I was only there such a short time and I am already eagerly anticipating my next trip. Despite this, I did manage to squeeze in some time to catch Sam and Elizabeth while I was out there which was lovely! 
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24 comments

  1. Looks awesome Win! Amazing authentic home cooking and restaurants, time with your family. Bliss xx

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  2. Feeling so nostalgic for HK right now! It feels like ages ago that I was there for my birthday holiday. I'm definitely craving peking duck now too, there's an amazing Beijing restaurant about 10 minutes walk from my apartment that I love visiting! Hope our paths cross in HK next summer/year and we can have a bloggy exploration! xx

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  3. LOVING THIS SOOO MUCH! The thomas trillion treats looks utterly amazing! x

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  4. Loving your HK post c: Love the
    vid you took of the people crossing
    over! Xx

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  5. Hong Kong sounds awesome, your posts always make me want to visit!

    Maria xxx

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  6. I love this post! I would love to visit some day & this is making me want to go even more. The skyline photos are incredible, especially the nighttime ones & the food looks so yummy, and those cakes! Wow! Also, I think I would have died if I'd seen that huge Totoro, I definitely wouldn't have been able to resit running over to hug it! Hah! :)

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  7. Ahh, these photos are making me feel all nostalgic now! I'm looking forward to the rest of the photos from your trip :)

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  8. Looks like a fantastic trip so far! The artisan cakes look amazing.

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  9. Did you just say "it's getting harder and harder to leave HK"? Definitely gonna find you an amazeballs job here that you'll skip back.. FOR GOOD. I can't wait to see your other posts! But we didn't even take any photos together this time :( :( :(

    Let's blame it on the renovations of my apartment. :P

    Sam
    http://www.samishome.com

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  10. the food, the food! I'm not even sure where to get dim sum in Belfast and always try to get it in London when I visit. This post has made me so hungry! Great pictures of the city...the building works photo is crazy!
    xox

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  11. this makes me miss hong kong so much!
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  12. I'm so happy I found your blog! Seems to be very inspiring, lots of amazing pictures and travel views! <3 I follow you :)
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  13. I'm so jealous! all of this looks incredible... the architecture, food, liveliness... have fun!

    xxx
    Lady à la Mode

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  14. The photos make me feel as if I've actually been there! I can imagine that the peking duck is the best in Hong Kong too. I love the giant Totoro too! - Tasha xxx

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  15. The views are just absolutely BREATHTAKING, oh my. Seriously, what a beautiful city, I love how you presented a side of Hong Kong I've never really seen. I want to go now more than ever. The food looks to die for, so many yummy meals! I hope you share more photos! ♥

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  16. I'm definitely not complaining about the food posts, haha. And I totally understand about spending time with family and forgetting to take photos. I think that you got some great shots in the end though!

    xx.
    fashion and tea

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  17. oh godness! such stunning photos! lucky you to be in hong kong! thanks for sharing these photos and giving us some impressions! wishing you much fun, kisses

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  18. You give me some serious wanderlust with these photos! And I'm super hungry now too. But everything looks and sounds so good. It must be so, soooo nice to have your family live in such a wonderful city. But I understand it must be hard too. Even though you forgot to take photos and spent so much time with family I think you did a great job, you managed to get some neat shots!!

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  19. Oh wow! Winnie this is such a good post - I love travel posts and this is all the more insightful with all your local and insider knowledge. I'm crazy jealous now and want to visit HK !


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  20. Your food pix made me drool....you lucky girl...I would love to fly to HK to have a pig-out fest with family too!

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  21. Wowzers. Your post has definitely inspired wanderlust! Hong Kong seems like such a beautiful city! I would love to visit one day!

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