Day 3 - Early Bird

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Tin Hau temple
I really could get to sleep very fast last night... but this morning I woke up at 5 am! So I watched some TV, listened to music, read my Lonely Planet and did some planning for the day.
At least I didn't miss the breakfast buffet this morning. Guess I was the first one to enter the breakfast room at 7 am.
The breakfast buffet, which was included in my room rate, was surprisingly good. A variety of food, continental as well as chinese. Very nice for a good start into the day!
After breakfast I went to check out some place around central area. The first stop took me to the Tin Hau Temple in Causeway Bay. Well, pretty small temple surrounded by dozens of huge appartment buildings. Not that perfect quiet place you would expect for a temple.
Well, took a few pics, then I decided to go downtown by tram.
View from the Bank of China, 43rd floor
Tram sure isn't the choice of a man in a hurry... goes slow, doesn't have air condition, pretty crowded sometimes, if you're tall you have to bow your head all the time, but it's the best way to get an impression of the city.
I got out of the tram in front of the Bank of China building. The have an observation floor on 43rd floor, easily accessible through an express elevator.
Don't expect a view like on Empire State building or Sears Tower. It's indoor, not very spacious and the view isn't that spectacular.It's free, you don't have to wait in line for hours, so it's ok.

Just accross the street is Hong Kong Park. This park is kinda small, but very nice. They have beautiful ponds with Koi fish and Turtles, nicely build with waterfalls, bridges, flowers and all sorts of plants. Good place to chill out for a while.
Hong Kong Park

The Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, which is a branch museum of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, is also located in Hong Kong Park. It's a two story building, with a lot of tea related exhibits, like tea cups and cans, some of them very old.
If you are interested in tea, go there and have a look. If you're not into tea, you won't miss anything, but as it's free, why not walk in and take a peek?
As the weather was quite ok and as the Peak Tram station is just a few minutes from Hong Kong Park, I decided to go up to The Peak again to take some pictures.
When arriving at the station, there were too many tourist there, so I decided to walk on to Central instead of wasting time standing in line.

I stopped by at St.
Inside Central Mid Levels Escalators
John's Cathedral on my way to the Central Midlevels escalators. The Central Midlevels escalators is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world. It links Des Voeux Road in Central with Conduit Road in the Midlevels. It is running downhill from 6 am to 10 am, and uphill from 10:30 am to midnight. Yes, it is very long! Takes you forever to go up the hill on the escalator. Luckily, there was a Subway fast food restaurant on the way up, so I jumped out and grabbed a nice foot long sub. When you go all they way up and look down the hill, you'll realize how long that escalator system really is, it's amazing!
I went down the hill using the stairs and walked to Central on Queens Road, where I took the MTR back to the hotel. Afterwards I checked out the City Garden shopping mall, which is located in the same building as the City Garden hotel with many small chinese shops.
Following Jet Li's foot steps... no, I mean... hand steps? haha

After chilling out at the hotel, I went back to IFC mall in Central for my first TravBuddy meet up.
We went to Tsim Sha Tsui and had dinner at the Suzuki Cafe Company in Ocean Terminal, close to Star Ferry Pier. From the restaurant's windows you would have a nice view on Hong Kong Islands skyline, if it weren't for the big cruise ships just in front of you. The food at Suzuki Cafe was really delicious. It's some sort of western-style japanese cuisine... looked weird on the menu, but was very delicious. Thank you Erica for taking me there!
After dinner we went to the Kowloon Public Pier and checked out the stars at Avenue of the stars. There's a Starbucks nearby with a nice covered terrace with cosy arm chairs and sofas on second floor, where we chilled out the rest of the evening with a nice view of the bay.

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Tin Hau temple
Tin Hau temple
View from the Bank of China, 43rd …
View from the Bank of China, 43rd…
Hong Kong Park
Hong Kong Park
Inside Central Mid Levels Escalato…
Inside Central Mid Levels Escalat…
Following Jet Lis foot steps... n…
Following Jet Li's foot steps... …
View from up the hill at Central M…
View from up the hill at Central …
Bank of China
Bank of China
Kois fighting turtles for food in …
Kois fighting turtles for food in…
St. Johns Cathedral
St. John's Cathedral
Inside St. Johns Cathedral
Inside St. John's Cathedral
View from the Midlevels escalator
View from the Midlevels escalator
View from the Midlevels escalator
View from the Midlevels escalator
Avenue of the Stars
Avenue of the Stars
Avenue of the Stars
Avenue of the Stars