Hong Kong, Our Two-and-a-Half-Days Love Affair

In the midst of doing our travels in Guangzhou (end May - early June 2010), we made a short detour to the awesome city of Hong Kong and fell in love instantly!!

We took the first train (HKD $190 for First Class) departing from Guangzhou East Station at 8.20am and less than 2 hours later, we're at Hung Hom Station in Kowloon, HK :))
The train station's really well-equipped, very much like a mini airport!
If you want optimum comfort, do try out the Premium Class (HKD $230). Big spacious seats and complimentary refreshments!!

We took a cab from Hung Hom across the waters to Metropark Hotel Wan Chai (41-49 Henessy Road, Wanchai) on HK Island. Cabbing in HK is relatively expensive as compared to Guangzhou though, but you can easily squeeze a party of 5 into a cab, just watch out for a sticker near the cab's bumper that states either 4 or 5 passengers.

Since it was still too early for our hotel check-in, we decided to head on to a really special Starbucks X G.O.D outlet located on 13 Duddell Street, Central.
Reminiscing the "Bing Sutt" (冰室) concept of Hong Kong in its 1950s; sorta like an East-meets-West diner, Starbucks collaborated with local design creatives G.O.D (Goods of Desire) to re-create a little space of nostalgia within the store. This is the only outlet to feature coffee-flavored "bolo yau" (pineapple buns)!

Powered-up after our coffee, we hopped onto the Ding Ding Tram and journeyed beyond shopping malls into the colorful kaleidoscopic world of Sheung Wan and SoHo (South of Hollywood Street).
We were charmed by the old-meets-new feel of narrow streets lined with Chinese merchants selling dried seafood, shop houses, coffin-makers, steep slopes, design offices, boutique hotels, chic cafes, and many many shops selling interesting stuff!

In a nutshell, we popped by the Lomography store (2 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan), visited art space Para/Site next door, checked out awesome Mens' wear at Moustache (31 Aberdeen Street, Sheung Wan), took ourselves across the road to Bang! Bang! 70s Vintage Store (16/A Aberdeen Street, SoHo) and spent some intriguing time over there checking out the awesome stash of vintage clothing and designer wear, shoes, watches, bags, suitcases, ornaments, records, and lots of other knickknacks. The owners are really friendly and wouldn't hesitate explaining what the item's about. They have some cute cats chilling around in the store too! Yes, real live pet cats!!

Moving up-slope from Aberdeen Street into the Hollywood Road area, we couldn't resist checking out the Mammut shop (74 Hollywood Road, Central) for some great outdoor gear bargains, and of course it was a must to strut into the G.O.D lifestyle store (G/F & 1/F, 48 Hollywood Road, Central) to pick out a thing or two :)

It was early evening by the time we got done, but we felt as though we could spend much more time at the Sheung Wan and SoHo area. There seems to be much more surprises waiting to be unearthed, and we'll be back!