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Monday, March 18, 2013

Day 2: Hong Kong (Nan Lian Garden, Wong Tai Sin temple, Granville Road)

The hotel staff told us that there are many small eateries in an alley called Hau Fuk Street which is just a block away from our hotel. We saw about 6 Hong Kong cafes and we tried 3 of them during our stay. What I love about them is they are unpretentious and serves very good food.

Ming Yuen restaurant

We ordered two bowls of fish porridge with a plate of you tiao. Dad had a ham and egg sandwich. The porridge was really good, and to eat it in a cool weather it tasted even better. :) I told my parents that I would like to come here again tomorrow for breakfast. Yeah.. I don't mind having porridge everyday.

After our breakfast we went to Tsim Sha Tsui MTR and took the train to Diamond Hill MTR for our first sightseeing.

The train was pretty empty at 11am. It started getting more crowded in the afternoon. 

Nan Lian Garden
This garden is a hidden gem, a side of Hong Kong that I never knew exist. It is very well maintained that I felt like visiting a temple in Kyoto, Japan. And the best part is it's free. :D

At the garden entrance

Beautiful rocks and bonsai like trees

Looks more like a Japanese garden than a Chinese one.

A pagoda that looks like Kinkakuji in Kyoto

The bright red bridge reminds me of the Shinkyo in Nikko.

Chi Lin Nunnery
This nunnery is also part of the Nan Lian Garden. It is more like a palace than a nunnery complex. Stunning!

Beautiful structures and trees

The lotus pond

Rock Museum 

Mom and Dad were enjoying themselves.

My parents are bonsai lovers, they were so happy admiring all these trees.

Three gardeners worked on one tree. They cut, trim, and even scrub the dirt from the trunk. Maintaining a bonsai is really a hard work. And they have so many in this garden.

The waterfall

Aerial view of the garden

I highly recommended this garden to everyone. Hong Kong isn't just a shopping destination after all.

Wong Tai Sin Temple 
Located just one MTR away from the Nan Lian Garden, I decided to make a quick stop to visit one of the most famous temple in Hong Kong. We came here not to pray but to see the crowds hehe... It was really crowded, mostly tourists from Mainland China.

The main gate

The main temple

The temple is famous for getting your prayers answered. If only life is so easy...

Granville Road
Many years ago when I visited Hong Kong, I accidentally went to Granville Road and fell in love with the shops here. So this time around, I sort of planning to come here to do all my shopping and coincidentally the hotel where we stayed is just behind this road. Imagine how happy I was. :)

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Most of the shops here cater for the youngsters. The price is cheap too, you could get a dress for as little as HKD 100 (SGD 16). The only bad thing about shopping here is no fitting is allowed. So if you are slim, then it's really a shopping haven.

So Mom and I went shopping together and Dad preferred to watch TV in his room hehehe...

After shopping, we had our dinner at Ming Yuen, where we had our breakfast this morning. Their cze char was pretty good too and came in a very large portion.

Stir fried beef with black beans, stir fried kailan and pig stomach soup with salted vegetables

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