Things To Do in Hong Kong – Man Mo Temple – A Magical Sight!

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Things To Do in Hong Kong – Man Mo Temple – A Magical Sight!

Today, in this post – Things To Do in Hong Kong – Man Mo Temple – A Magical Sight! – I would like to share with you this out of the world experience. If you have time in Hong Kong to visit only one temple, this must be the one!

It was around 3pm. I had quickly stowed my luggage in my room at Butterfly on Morrison Boutique Hotel. After a quick organization of things to bring with me, I made my way to Causeway Bay MTR Station. From there, I would go to Central Station, then take the Mid-Level Escalators to Hollywood Road where Man Mo Temple was located.

I was thrilled to be back in Hong Kong. It had been years since I was here. And this time round, I have done lots of research, and was better prepared to enjoy all the great food and soak in all the awesome sights!

One of which is the famous Man Mo Temple. I truly enjoyed my time here. Keep reading as I share more about my magical experience here. Enjoy watching the video and the photos, too.


Things To Do in Hong Kong – Man Mo Temple – A Magical Sight! – The Video

In this video, you get to see the temple viewed from the street, the area outside the temple, and the mystical interior of the temple. Inside the temple, there is an awesome area in the center with beautiful lanterns and large incense coils hanging from the ceiling.

Plus, you get to see the dramatic artwork, the altar, the drum and bell, the images of the gods, and more. Watch the video now!


About Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple was built in 1847, and is one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong. It is also the largest Man Mo Temple in this city.

Man Mo Temple (on the left with green roof) - View from outside, from across the road
Man Mo Temple (on the left with green roof) – View from outside, from across the road

At this temple, many locals (and even tourists) pay their respects to the God of Literature (also known in Cantonese as Man – pronounced Mun) and the God of War (also known in Cantonese as Mo).

From the ancient days till today, they pray for success in studies. This practice started in the days of Imperial China where scholars prayed for success in civil examinations. Their wish was to get appointed the best administrative positions in the state.

Man Mo Temple is actually part of a complex. There are three adjacent blocks in this complex. And each house the following respectively – Man Mo Temple, Lit Shing Temple and Kung So. The main building is where Man Mo Temple resides.

Today, the place of worship is managed by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. It has been given the title of Grade 1 historic building. And it is now preserved and declared a monument.



Outside Man Mo Temple

From Hollywood Road, I walked into the courtyard of the premises. It was Chinese New Year period, and there was a display with pretty blossoms. You can see a bit of it at the left side of the photo below.

Man Mo Temple - Gateway and Entrance to main temple
Man Mo Temple – Gateway and Entrance to main temple

As you can see from above, there is a gate where people walk from the courtyard, and into the temple. The large sign has the name – Man Mo Temple – in Chinese.

Before you walk into the temple, do take note of the signs on the gate. These are some house rules to follow as well as some words of caution for your safety.

House Rules at Man Mo Temple
House Rules at Man Mo Temple

Travel Tip: Please be respectful and follow the house rules

Additional Travel Tip: You are allowed to take photos and video but not with the flash


Inside Man Mo Temple

At The Main Door

Once past the main door of the temple, you will see these beautiful panels and pillars (photo below). The artwork and pillars are painted in red and gold, with Chinese words written on them. Look at the intricate details. I am always so impressed with such exquisite craftsmanship.

Beautiful panels and pillars in red and gold greet you as you enter Man Mo Temple
Beautiful panels and pillars in red and gold greet you as you enter Man Mo Temple

Travel Tip: The original design of Man Mo Temple is completely preserved. This makes the architecture ancient and authentic.

Further in, there are these decorative altars. They look like altars for the gods when they are carried outside for religious processions. Again, the details are so intricate and delicate.

Man Mo Temple - decorative altar for carrying on sedan
Man Mo Temple – decorative altar for carrying on sedan

Lanterns And Coils of Incense

At the center of the temple is an area where there are gorgeous lanterns. The lanterns fill the space with so much light. The red paper hanging from each lantern is the name of a devotee who paid for it. This is to bless the person.

Man Mo Temple - Gorgeous Lanterns with prayers from devotees
Man Mo Temple – Gorgeous Lanterns with prayers from devotees

Above the lanterns are large incense coils that are burning. Just like the lanterns, there is a red paper hanging from the incense with the name of the person who paid for it.

The incense are continually burning. As the incense burns, the smoke carries the prayer of the person to the heavens.

Incense Coils hang above with prayers and wishes from devotees
Incense Coils hang above with prayers and wishes from devotees

Travel Tip: Please take precaution if you are sensitive to smoke

You can see more of all this in the video above. If you have not watched it, I highly recommend that you do.

Prayer Items

Along a side of the temple, there is a counter where prayer items are sold. Here, people can buy individual items such as candles, incense, paper money, etc. Or they can purchase a prayer set that is specially prepared for them. You can see rolls of these sets in the image below.

Prayer Sets with Candles, Incense, Paper Money and More
Prayer Sets with Candles, Incense, Paper Money and More

Prayer Area

Even further in, just after the center space filled with lanterns and coils of incense, there is an area for people to do their prayers. It is here where the prayer items like candles are lit, and incense are burned and placed in incense holders.

Man Mo Temple - View of prayer area
Man Mo Temple – View of prayer area

Altar of the God of Literature and God of War

I ventured further in, and I discovered that we can get even closer to the altar where the God of Literature and God of War are at. There is an pretty cool small sculpture of a hand holding a pen brush. This is the tool held by the God of Literature.

Man Mo Temple - Altar and Pen
Man Mo Temple – Altar and Pen

And just behind the pen brush are the God of Literature and God of War. I really like this photo. And I find the images of the gods and the altar so fascinating. Do you?

Man Mo Temple - God of Literature and God of War
Man Mo Temple – God of Literature and God of War

The God of Literature is the one on the left. He is often depicted as holding a writing brush. The God of War is the one on the right, and wields a sword.

Drum and Bell

Here are a couple of popular artifacts – the Drum and the Bell. Devotees are seen to say a prayer, and then strike the bell followed by hitting the drum. You can see them doing that in the video above.

Man Mo Temple - Drum and Bell - devotees strike both and say a prayer
Man Mo Temple – Drum and Bell – devotees strike both and say a prayer

Man Mo Temple – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

To be honest, I did not expect much when I planned to visit Man Mo Temple. But the site really surprised me.

In an urban setting that is the bustling downtown area, you see this building that looks ordinary. But the moment you step inside the temple, it is like you are transported to another world.

The scents of the incense, the bright and vibrant colors of the decor, the stunning lanterns, the coils of incense that seem to go on forever into the ceiling, and everything else – truly makes this a very unique and awesome experience.

My advice – Yes! Do make time to visit Man Mo Temple. It is truly worth your time.



Where is Man Mo Temple?

Man Mo Temple is located along Hollywood Road. This is a famous and popular road that runs along the width of Central of Hong Kong Island. You can’t miss it. Also, refer to the map below to locate it easily.

Operating Hours

Man Mo Temple opens from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm every day. Do note the timings as they strictly close at 6.00 pm.

Travel Tip: Allocate at least one hour to explore this awesome place

Address

124 – 126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island

Telephone: +852 2540 0350


How to Get to Man Mo Temple?

MTR

You can get to Man Mo Temple from Central Station or Sheung Wan Station. It all depends on which direction you are coming from. If you are traveling from Kowloon, then it is better to stop at Central Station.

At Central Station, go to Exit D2. From this exit, turn right to go to Theatre Lane. Then walk along Queen’s Road Central towards The Center. At The Center, walk towards the Central Mid-Levels Escalator, and take the escalator to Hollywood Road. Then walk along Hollywood Road towards the direction of the temple (see the map above).

Alternatively, if you find yourself nearer to Sheung Wan, then go to the Sheung Wan MTR Station. Take Exit A2, and walk along Hillier Street to Queen’s Road Central. Go up to Ladder Street that is next to Lok Ku Road, and then to Hollywood Road. Again, once you are at Hollywood Road, refer to the map above to find the way to Man Mo Temple.

Bus

Bus 26 is the bus that takes you closest to Man Mo Temple. Take this bus from outside Pacific Place at Admiralty to Hollywood Road. Alight at the stop nearest to Man Mo Temple. If you are unsure, ask the bus driver for help.

Taxi

Taxis are easy to catch in Hong Kong. You can get one to bring you direct to Man Mo Temple. For more information about Taxis and Grab, go to my page about Hong Kong.

Walk

When I was in Hong Kong, I found that I walked almost everywhere. That is, everywhere that is near from one place to another. So, if you happen to be near Man Mo Temple, use the map above to get your bearings and walk over there.

Or if you are staying at a hotel nearby, why not walk over and explore this amazing magical place?


If you have ANY questions about this post – Things to Do in Hong Kong – Man Mo Temple, or Hong Kong, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading about Things To Do in Hong Kong – Man Mo Temple.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels.

Timotheus

Kam Kee Cafe – Awesome Authentic Cha Chaan Teng Food!

Hong Kong Food - Kam Kee Cafe - Awesome Authentic Cha Chaan Teng Food

Kam Kee Cafe – Awesome Authentic Cha Chaan Teng Food!

Searching for great tasting local Hong Kong Food? Then look no further. Kindly allow me to introduce to you Kam Kee Cafe – Awesome Authentic Cha Chaan Teng Food!

It was just after 1 pm. And I finally arrived at the Butterfly on Morrison Boutique Hotel. But, check in time was at 2 pm. The friendly staff at the front desk gently informed me that my room was not ready yet. She suggested that I go for lunch, and return later.

That was a good idea as I was already feeling hungry. I asked her where would be a good place to enjoy good food nearby? She asked me what type of cuisine I would like to have?

There were Italian, American, and of course, local. I chose local. She recommended Kam Kee Cafe.

The cafe was just a few minutes walk away from the hotel. And she promised me that the food is really good. I smiled, and thanked her as I set off with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. Continue reading to find out how good the food was.


Kam Kee Cafe – The Overview & Rankings

Name: Kam Kee Cafe
Cuisine: Local Hong Kong Food, Cha Chaan Teng, Recipes from the 60s since 1967
Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dining Choices: Dine In, Take Away, Delivery
Family Friendly: Yes
Food: 4.0 out of 5.0
Service: 4.0 out of 5.0
Value: 4.0 out of 5.0
Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5.0
Prices: $$ out of $$$$$
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0  

Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant - 4 out of 5 Stars Rating

Kam Kee Cafe – The Video

With my new Huawei Mate 20 Pro, I took a video of Kam Kee Cafe. You get to see from outside to inside. Plus, menu and few of the dishes I enjoyed. Watch now!


About Kam Kee Cafe

The story of how Kam Kee Cafe came about is fascinating. The original owner, Chan Gui Chou, arrived in Hong Kong in the 1950s. He started the eating place in 1967.

The recipes have not changed since. Even today, the current owner has maintained the integrity and standards of those same dishes served since 1967.

He did add a dinner menu. Only because of high rent that required this small change, and longer operating hours. Not that anyone is complaining. Especially since we get to enjoy more good food from this cafe.



Entrance to Kam Kee Cafe

If you don’t know Chinese words, the cafe may be a little hard to find. That is why I have the video above to help you locate it. And this little screen shot below, too.

Kam Kee Cafe Entrance
Kam Kee Cafe Entrance

It looks like a little small shop from the outside. And in fact, it is only taking the space of one shop. This is why it looks small, and may be hard to find if you don’t know what to look out for.

Inside, the cafe’s space is long. And that is why they can accommodate quite a lot of people. Check out the video above to see what it looks like on the inside.

Outside the cafe, there are posters and standing displays of their menu and popular meals. You can’t miss seeing them. Shown below is the upper part of the standing display that shows the breakfast sets available.

1967 Breakfast Menu Signage
1967 Breakfast Menu Signage

The photo below is the lower part of the standing display that is promoting their popular morning breakfast. I had the Fish Fillet with Eggs and Toast. I share more about this set meal further down this article.

Kam Kee Morning Breakfast Menu Signage
Kam Kee Morning Breakfast Menu Signage

At the entrance, there are posters to promote more meals. Not sure what to have? Choose any of the Top 10 Signature Dishes. You can’t go wrong.

Kam Kee Top 10 Signature Dishes Signage
Kam Kee Top 10 Signature Dishes Signage. Choose any of these and you can be sure you get the best tasting food here.

Delicious Dishes at Kam Kee Cafe

As mentioned earlier, the menu and recipes of the dishes at Kam Kee Cafe have not changed since 1967 when it first started. And that is a good thing.

This is because the food is really good. The cafe is what is known as a Cha Chaan Teng. And the food served is Cha Chaan Teng style.

How to Order Food and Drinks

Earlier on, I was introduced to Kam Kee Cafe by the hotel front desk. As I stepped in through the entrance, I was a little shy and unsure of how things work.

In addition, it was lunch time. The cafe’s peak hour. There was already a lunch crowd. Every table was filled or almost filled with customers. It can be quite intimidating.

Fortunately, the wait staff were very friendly. They asked me how many people in my party. I indicated just one – me.

Then they encouraged me to find any empty seat. The pointed to one where a young Caucasian guy sat alone in a table for four. Ahhh. I soon realized. This is how it is in Hong Kong. Just join in at any table. As long as the seat is available.

I asked the guy if it is all right for me to join him at the table. He smiled and nodded, waving his hand to an empty seat, inviting me to join him at that table.

A menu was soon placed in my hand. I started to browse through it

Kam Kee Cafe Menu - It is actually hanging at the wall next to or near a table
Kam Kee Cafe Menu – It is actually hanging at the wall next to or near a table

There is actually a lot of choices. And I soon noticed that there are dishes for breakfast, and some for after 11 am. Below is a list of the Top 10 Signature Dishes they offer.

Top 10 Signature Dishes by Kam Kee Cafe - The Best of The Best!
Top 10 Signature Dishes by Kam Kee Cafe – The Best of The Best!

They have set meals that come complete with eggs and toast. Plus for just a little extra, you can have a drink. The choices are coffee, tea, soft drinks, etc. Most people choose the popular Hong Kong Milk Tea (more about this awesome drink further down).

Kam Kee Cafe Set Menu
Kam Kee Cafe Set Menu

If you arrive after 11am, do note that not all the dishes are available. Look for the menu choices under the list stated as Available after 11 am. See the image below to see what I mean.

This is a list of Kam Kee Cafe Set Menu available After 11AM
This is a list of Kam Kee Cafe Set Menu available After 11AM

Of course, this After 11 am list is not just these two pages that you see in the above image. There are few more pages with lots of choices. For example, the Yong Chow Fried Rice with Hong Kong Milk Tea set that I had.

Yong Chow Fried Rice - This is one of the popular ways to cook fried rice. It is very tasty and the rice is cooked with fresh shrimps, slices of ham, Chinese sausages, slices of lettuce and egg
Yong Chow Fried Rice with Hong Kong Milk Tea

The Yong Chow Fried Rice was one of the best I had in a long while. And that included Singapore and other countries I have visited the past few years. The shrimps were fresh, bouncy and juicy. The ham, Chinese sausage, lettuce and fried egg added a delightful combination that made every bite a gastronomical pleasure.

So, how did I order? It was easy. I can speak Cantonese and Mandarin. But I am not that fluent. So to save any embarrassment, I spoke English. And the wait staff spoke and understood English too. At the same time I pointed at the food and drink I desired so that there can be no mistakes.

More Delicious Food from Kam Kee Cafe

The food was so good that I went back a few times to try more of their delicious food. Here is the breakfast set that comes with toast, fried eggs, deep fried fish fillet and of course the Hong Kong Milk Tea.

Breakfast Set - Toast, Fried Eggs, Deep Fried Fish Fillet and Hong Kong Milk Tea
Breakfast Set – Toast, Fried Eggs, Deep Fried Fish Fillet and Hong Kong Milk Tea

The Fish Fillet is a real treat! The slice of fish is thick and moist, with a nice flavor. The crust is a thin and crispy. Every bite is so enjoyable as I cut through the crust easily with my teeth and then sink into the moist and juicy fish inside.

Tip: While the fried eggs are nice, do ask for scrambled eggs. They do that so much better in Hong Kong.

The macaroni with ham and cheese is also a popular dish. Many locals enjoy this for breakfast or lunch. To be honest, I do not find this anything special. But I do understand the emotions connected with this dish. The simplicity and flavor brings back memories of the 60s, and the feelings of the good old days.

Macaroni, Ham and Cheese Set with Hong Kong Milk Tea
Macaroni, Ham and Cheese Set with Hong Kong Milk Tea

Popular Hong Kong Milk Tea

I miss this lovely concoction. I truly believe there must be a special kind of tea they use, and a specific percentage of evaporated milk to create this unique tea.

Delicious Hong Kong Milk Tea
Delicious Hong Kong Milk Tea

The tea is light yet full. The taste is memorable. Till today, I am trying out milk teas in Singapore in the hope of finding one that is the same quality. I have not found it yet


They Deliver Too!

If you are too busy or simply wish to have some good food in the comforts of your hotel room, you can order from the cafe, and have the food and drinks delivered to your room. Here is the cover of the delivery menu.

Kam Kee Cafe Delivery Menu - Cover
Kam Kee Cafe Delivery Menu – Cover

And the inside and back of the cover that contain the list of food and drinks.

Kam Kee Cafe Delivery Menu - Inside
Kam Kee Cafe Delivery Menu – Inside
Kam Kee Cafe Delivery Menu - Back Cover
Kam Kee Cafe Delivery Menu – Back Cover

Personally, I would much prefer to dine in. The atmosphere, the service, the customers. All that add to the dining experience.

At the same time, I do get this delivery option. Most people working in Hong Kong may not wish to go out for lunch. It can get very crowded. So, it is much more relaxing to eat in the office kitchen or pantry.

Also, there are private apartments in this area. Some people may like to have their dinners sent to their homes, and enjoy it comfortably there.


Kam Kee Cafe – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant - 4 out of 5 Stars Rating

The food served here at Kam Kee Cafe is really good. Very delicious! And the Hong Kong Milk Tea is flavorful. Not as great at the one served at Honolulu Cafe. But still just as delectable.

If you yearn for local food, or Cha Chaan Teng food, then you must try Kam Kee Cafe.

I would definitely recommend the same dishes I tried. The Fish Fillet set is really awesome! The Yong Chow Fried Rice is so tasty! I have said it all above.

There is one dish that I did not have the time to try but I wish I did. It was one of the Top 10 Signature Dishes, and it was the Baked Tomato Pork Chop with Rice. On my first visit there, the Caucasian guy had this. And it smelled so good! It is definitely on my list of food to eat the next time I am in Hong Kong.


Where is Kam Kee Cafe?

Kam Kee Cafe has many branches. The one that I frequented was along Tin Lok Lane. The reason I came to this branch so often is due to convenience. It was near the hotel where I stayed at. And it was one of the perfect places to go to for breakfast.

Address

Shop D-E, G/F, Diamond Building, 6-18 Tin Lok Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday (including public holidays), 7 am to 11 pm

Telephone: +852 2202 4168


How to Get There?

MTR

Although, technically the address is in Wan Chai, this food place is actually closer to Causeway Bay MTR Station. Alight at this station, and head for Exit B. Then walk about 7 minutes to this location.

If you are not sure, which direction to head from Exit B, use the Google Map shown above.

Bus

There are many buses to Tin Lok Lane. Check which bus comes from your hotel. Ask your hotel front desk for directions.

Walk

If you stay at a hotel near Tin Lok Lane, then I recommend you walk over. Again, ask your hotel front desk for directions.

The front desk staff at Butterfly On Morrison had a small map that was very handy when guiding guests to places of interest around the hotel. It was how they showed me which direction to go towards the cafe.

Taxi/Grab

Of course, if you stay far away and do not wish to take the MTR, there is the choice of taxi or Grab. For more info about how to take the taxi, grab or other ways to Get Around Hong Kong, go to my page about Hong Kong.



If you have ANY questions about this review, about Good Hong Kong Food – Kam Kee Cafe, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Hong Kong Hotels – Butterfly On Morrison Boutique Hotel Review

Hong Kong Hotels - Butterfly On Morrison Boutique Hotel Review

Hong Kong Hotels – Butterfly On Morrison Boutique Hotel Review

Today, I would like to share with you about one of the best Hong Kong Hotels. This is my Butterfly on Morrison Boutique Hotel Review. I stayed at this hotel in February 2019 when I was in Hong Kong to conduct lectures for the university where I teach at.

It was the university’s policy that lecturers were to book their own hotels. To me, this is great as I get to choose which hotel I would like to stay at. I did my research, and I found Butterfly on Morrison most suitable, mainly because it was so near the institute.

But over the week, I realized how awesome this hotel is. And I would like to share with you all about it.


Hong Kong Hotels – Butterfly On Morrison Boutique Hotel Review – The Overview & Rankings:

Hotel: Butterfly on Morrison
Room Rates: Deluxe Room with City View – SGD 148 (USD109.4) per night. That’s 78% Discount! Available only at this link – Agoda!
Cheapest Place to Book: Agoda
Location: 39 Morrison Hill Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Rooms:

  1. Superior Room
  2. Superior Room with 4G Pocket WIFI Device
  3. Deluxe Room
  4. Deluxe Room with 4G Pocket WIFI Device
  5. Pure Air Deluxe with 4G Pocket WIFI Device
  6. Family Room with 4G Pocket WIFI Device
  7. Pure Air Executive with 4G Pocket WIFI Device

Service: The service was excellent! Read more about it further down this article.
Value: At the price offered at Agoda, definitely worth it! Great value for money!
Sleep Quality: Excellent!
Cleanliness: Very clean
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

4 Star Rating

Hong Kong Hotels – Butterfly On Morrison Boutique Hotel Review – The Video: 

With my new Huawei Mate 20 Pro, I managed to get better quality photos and videos for my time in Hong Kong. Watch the video below to see the view of Butterfly on Morrison from afar, from across the street as well as a tour of the Deluxe Room.


About Butterfly on Morrison

Butterfly on Morrison is part of the Butterfly Hospitality Group. This group started in 2008, and specializes in boutique hotels. As such, being smaller, they are able to provide quality and heartfelt service. And I did experience and enjoy such awesome service when I stayed there.

Like all the hotels in the Group, Butterfly on Morrison is ideally located in prime areas. You can read more about the location further down this article.

View of Butterfly on Morrison from afar
View of Butterfly on Morrison from afar

Another thing to note is that all Butterfly Hotels have a unique theme and design. At the Butterfly on Morrison, the look and feel was contemporary with a classy European style. The large windows in the deluxe room where I stayed gave the room a spacious feel.

Butterfly on Prat, another hotel that I stayed at while I was in Hong Kong during that same month, on the other hand, had a different theme.


Rooms

As mentioned earlier, I stayed at the Deluxe Room. There are many other choices of types of rooms to suit your individual needs:

  1. Superior Room
  2. Superior Room with 4G Pocket WIFI Device
  3. Deluxe Room
  4. Deluxe Room with 4G Pocket WIFI Device
  5. Pure Air Deluxe with 4G Pocket WIFI Device
  6. Family Room with 4G Pocket WIFI Device
  7. Pure Air Executive with 4G Pocket WIFI Device

I chose the Deluxe room because of what I saw on their website’s photos. I loved the idea of two large windows at each side of the huge bed.

Deluxe Room at Butterfly on Morrison
Deluxe Room at Butterfly on Morrison

I anticipated awesome views from these windows, and requested for a high floor. They gave me the 18th floor. Not really the highest, which is the 22nd floor, but high enough. And the view was good enough.

City View from Deluxe Room at Butterfly on Morrison
City View from Deluxe Room at Butterfly on Morrison
View of Morrison Hill Road from 18th floor Deluxe Room
View of Morrison Hill Road from 18th floor Deluxe Room
View of Morrison Hill Road from 18th floor Deluxe Room
View of Morrison Hill Road from 18th floor Deluxe Room

Though I did suspect the room at the other end of the floor would have a better and less obstructed view. Now that I know, in future, I will ask for rooms facing the Happy Valley.

View of Happy Valley, Mountains and City from Deluxe Room of Butterfly on Morrison
View of Happy Valley, Mountains and City from Deluxe Room of Butterfly on Morrison

*Travel Tip: Request for high floor and facing Happy Valley.

Besides the great view, the room was spacious at 20 sq m. You can see how comfortable it was from the video above. Some hotel rooms in Hong Kong are notorious for being really small. At Butterfly on Morrison, there was more than enough space for two to stay at the Deluxe Room.

As always, I booked my room with Agoda. It was because I always get great deals and discounts there. And as always, Agoda did not fail me. I managed to get really good room rates .

The original price of a Deluxe Room per night is SGD687.86 (USD 508.44). I got it at SGD 148 (USD109.4) per night. That’s a massive 78% Discount!

Special Offer Discounted Price for Butterfly On Morrison Deluxe Room When You Book with Agoda
Special Offer Discounted Price for Butterfly On Morrison Deluxe Room When You Book with Agoda

*Travel Tip: Click the Banner below to get room rates at Special Offer now!



Amenities 

This is a boutique hotel. Even then, the number of amenities are many and more than sufficient to create a very comfortable stay

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Front desk safety deposit boxes
  • Free WIFI at hotel lobby
  • iMac corner at hotel lobby with free internet access
  • Air conditioning
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Blackout curtains
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Rain shower
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Free toiletries; e.g. toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Electronic in-room safe box
  • Dehumidifier (selected rooms)

  • Laundry and dry cleaning service
  • Electric kettle with cups, with complimentary instant coffee and tea bags
  • 2 Free bottled water every day
  • Free Internet access via WiFi
  • Pocket WIFI (depends on which room you book)
  • iPod docking station
  • TV (flat screen)
  • Free and pay TV – satellite and cable channels
  • Work desk
  • Telephone
  • Alarm clock
  • Wake up service
  • Luggage storage
  • Airport transfer
  • 98 Non-smoking rooms available

Facilities

As mentioned, this is a boutique hotel. There are very little facilities. This is all right because the hotel is surrounded by many cafes, restaurants and even Dai Pai Dong (local style of dining, usually outdoors) that serves very delicious food.

  • Restaurant
  • Sightseeing tour arrangement

  • On-site car park
  • Doctor on call 24 hours

4G Pocket WIFI Device

A 4G Pocket WIFI Device is a very useful tool when you tour the city. At the airport, there are many providers who offer rental of such a device. I did not get one as I intended to get a pre-paid SIM card, which was what I did the moment I arrived at the airport.

The hotels of the Butterfly Group, including Butterfly on Morrison, offers this 4G Pocket WIFI Device, too. When you book some of the rooms, it is included as part of the package and for free. But some rooms do not include this. So, do look carefully when you book a room. If you book one of the rooms that do not include this device, you can still rent one.

It is really useful. When I traveled around Hong Kong, this tool helped me to stay connected to the Internet. This enabled me to navigate using Google Maps, get info on what good food is around me, where to go for good food, how to get to attractions and landmarks that I would like to visit, do messaging on my Whatsapp, etc.

The downside is that the battery life is short. I have to constantly charge it. There were a few times that I could not charge it because my powerbank was low. Thankfully, I have my pre-paid SIM as a backup.

Another issue is the availability of WIFI. WIFI in Hong Kong is known to be very good. But I noticed that sometimes the device does not have good WIFI connectivity. But that is few and far between. Again, when the WIFI is not working well, I have the pre-paid SIM to access the Internet.


Service Quality

The service quality at this hotel was awesome! The staff at the front desk was very warm, friendly and helpful. They always greeted me with a beautiful smile. And they were always ready to assist and answer any queries.

Warm and Friendly Staff at Butterfly on Morrison Boutique Hotel
Warm and Friendly Staff at Butterfly on Morrison Boutique Hotel

Few times I asked them where are the best places to enjoy good food that is near the hotel. And they never failed to impress me on their knowledge of the best cafe or restaurant for a particular category of cuisine.

For example, on the first day that I arrived, it was lunch time. I asked them if they knew of any cafe or restaurant nearby that served really good local food. They introduced me to Kam Kee Cafe that is just 5 to 10 minutes walk away. The food and drinks served were truly local, and very delicious. Needless to say, I returned to dine there few more times.

Besides just recommendations for places to dine, they were always very helpful. I have asked them about really popular and delicious food places on Hong Kong Island, attractions nearby and further away, plus directions. Anything.

They were very knowledgeable and were able to provide me really good answers. And if they don’t know, they will immediately search for the answers, and provide them on the spot.

I will teach in Hong Kong again. And I will definitely stay at Butterfly on Morrison again. Not just because of the service. Also, because of the many more reasons below. Keep reading.


Sleep Quality

The bed and pillows gave me very good night’s sleep. The bed was firm and yet when I laid down, it was soft enough to gently wrap my body.

Deluxe Room Bed at Butterfly On Morrison
Deluxe Room Bed at Butterfly On Morrison

Some hotel beds are firm and hard. When our body lies down on it, it is like sleeping on a rock. But not the bed at this hotel. It was very comfortable, and had just the right bounce.

The pillows were large and firm. Again, not the hard sort of firmness. They were firm enough to support my head. At the same time, soft enough that my head gets some comfort rest.

Not at all like some hotels that I have experienced where the pillows were so soft that when I rest my head, I almost sink all the way down to the bed. Here, the pillows gave good support while providing a soft and fluffy feel as you drift off to sleep.


Services Near the Hotel

There are convenience stores nearby. A Seven Eleven store is just down the road, less than 5 minutes walk away. When you exit the hotel, turn right and head towards Hennessy Road. You can’t miss it.

Along Hennessy Road, which is about 5 to 10 minutes walk away, you will find many cafes, restaurants, and also pharmacies and another local convenience store.

There are many more services around the hotel. If you have a product or service you need, just ask the friendly staff and the front desk. They will know.


Good Food Nearby

It is a known fact that Hong Kong has many really good and delicious food. I truly find that the food here is one of the best in Asia.

Near the hotel, there are plenty of eating places. Immediately nearby, just a few minutes walk away, there are Kam Kee Cafe for local food, Coffee Academics for very good coffee and western style food, and WTF.

Kam Kee Cafe Serving Delicious Local Hong Kong Food
Kam Kee Cafe Serving Delicious Local Hong Kong Food

Further down, along Hennessy Road you are spoiled for choices. So many cafes and restaurants offering various delicacies. There was once I walked about 20 minutes to the popular Honolulu Cafe. They are famous for their specialties – Hong Kong Milk Tea and Egg Tart.

Behind the hotel, there are many small eating shops, cafes, restaurants and even dessert shops. There are Brunch Club & Supper, Mother of Pizzas, and the well known Mak’s Noodles.

A littler further away, but still within walking distance, there are lots of places to eat at Times Square and around this popular shopping mall.

Of course, you can venture even further to Causeway Bay where there are lots of shopping malls, hotels, cafes and restaurants. Wan Chai area too has much to offer to fill your tummy


Attractions Nearby

The hotel is strategically placed between Causeway Bay and Wan Chai MTR stations. This offers you easy access via MTR to all the attractions in Hong Kong such as Victoria Peak, Lan Kwai Fong, Victoria Harbour, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, Avenue of Stars, Avenue of Comic Stars, and many more.

Statue of Cloud from Storm Warriors at Avenue of Comic Stars
Statue of Cloud from Storm Warriors at Avenue of Comic Stars, Click Image above to Read More

At the same time, there are many attractions nearby. These can be easily reached by walking. Of course, those that are a little further out, you can take the bus or MTR. The nearby attractions are Golden Bauhinia, Victoria Park, Happy Valley, etc.

Golden Bauhinia - a major attraction in Hong Kong
Golden Bauhinia – a major attraction in Hong Kong

Where is Butterfly on Morrison?

The hotel is nestled in the prime district between Causeway Bay and Wan Chai station. It is on Morrison Hill Road, next to Happy Valley.

As you can see, at such a strategic location, you can enjoy lots of good food and visit the attractions nearby. Plus, with the MTR, you can travel further for more food choices and explore more sights.

Address: 39 Morrison Hill Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Phone: +852 3962 8333

Email: resv.bom@butterflyhk.com


How To Get There?

By Train

After you have arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport, one of the choices to get to this hotel is by the Hong Kong Airport Express train – Quickest Way to the City. Go to the link or the image below to read more details on how to travel this route.

Hong Kong Airport Express Train - Quickest Way to the City
Hong Kong Airport Express Train – Quickest Way to the City, Click image above to Read More

It will take you to the Hong Kong station where you can catch a cab and reach the hotel within 15 to 20 minutes. Or you can choose to change trains and continue on the MTR to Causeway Bay station that is near the hotel. Click on the image above to see how I took the train.

By Road

Another way to the hotel is by catching a cab. The taxi service in Hong Kong is good. And they usually go by the meter.

But when you travel by cab from the Hong Kong International Airport, it can cost more than taking the train or bus.

By Bus

Another option is to take the bus. It is actually not that difficult to take the bus. The Hong Kong bus system is efficient. But you need to know the bus routes. You can ask the customer service at the bus station which bus takes you to Morrison Hill Road.

There is a bus stop just outside the hotel. The question is identifying the bus stop and the hotel so that you know it is the one to alight. I think the Hong Kong Airport Express is a better choice.


Getting Around Hong Kong

I have written a long article about Hong Kong. Within that article there is a section explaining how to get around the city by bus, by taxi, by MTR, and by Grab. Click on the link in bold or the image below to read more about this.

View of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak, Click Image above to Read More
View of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak, Click Image above to Read More

At the same time, here is more information about the MTR stations near the hotel. The Causeway Bay station is about 8 to 10 minutes walk away. If you choose to go to Wan Chai station, that is about 15 to 20 minutes walk from the hotel.


Butterfly on Morrison – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

This is an awesome hotel! If you are going to stay in Causeway Bay/Wan Chai area, then this is definitely an excellent choice. Especially if you are interested in chic and cosy boutique hotel.

4 star rating

One of the best features of the hotel is the superb service. While the team is young, they are quick to respond, attentive to details, and always eager to assist. Plus, they do it all with a brilliant smile.

With the spacious room and large and comfortable bed, I find I get good sleep every night. And sleep is very important, especially when we travel.

I love the couch next to the window. And spent a few evenings relaxing on it. Just chill and watch the world outside as I sip hot tea before I go out for dinner.

The housekeeping team keeps the entire hotel well maintained and clean. In fact, every area including the room is kept spic and span. In addition, with the splendid contemporary decor, it all made the stay at this hotel an excellent experience.

So, with so many good points, why only 4 stars? Well, a boutique hotel will never match a 5 star hotel, and what it can offer. Hence, it is not that Butterfly on Morrison is not worthy of 5 stars. And if you are looking for a great place to stay without the need for all the 5 star hotel facilities, then this is definitely the one to choose.

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If you have ANY questions about Hong Kong Hotels – Butterfly on Morrison Hotel Review, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe, fun and happy travels,

Timotheus

Hong Kong Airport Express Train – Quickest Way To The City

The Hong Kong Airport Express Train is the Quickest Way To The City. Read the article for more details. Watch the video to see my ride from airport to Causeway Bay station.

Hong Kong Airport Express Train – Quickest Way To The City

There are many ways of getting to Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. The Hong Kong Airport Express Train is the Quickest Way To The City.

Even my friend who lives in Hong Kong agreed. A week after my arrival in Hong Kong, when I had lunch with her at Fini’s, she asked, “How did you get into the city?” When I answered that I took the Airport Express, she remarked with a smile, “Smart.” She then told me that she does the same every time she flies back to Hong Kong.

In this article, I will share with you about Airport Express, and how to take this awesome fast and easy ride to your destination.


Hong Kong Airport Express Train – Quickest Way To The City – The Video

From the point when I entered the Arrival Hall of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1 to the point where I reached Causeway Bay Station, I did my best to capture the journey on video.

It is hoped this will help you should you choose to try this mode of transport. At least, you can see the signs, how and where to buy the Airport Express ticket, how and where to take the train, and the journey to the city.



About Airport Express

The Hong Kong Airport Express is part of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system. It is the quickest way to the city; from Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to the Hong Kong’s vibrant Central business district.

The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) logo on the left, as part of the Airport Express signage
The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) logo on the left, as part of the Airport Express signage

The journey is 35.3 kilometers (km) and takes just 24 minutes only. While some may say that a cab could be faster, the drive could end up longer because of traffic jams.

From Central station, you can transit to the other train lines that can take you to many other stations such as Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Sheung Wan, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay as well as many other stations. As such, if your hotel is near any of the stations, you can easily reach your hotel via the MTR train system.

The Airport Express stations are world-class. There are facilities such as the convenient In-town Check-in desk and the regular Airport Express Shuttle Bus services. Both services are Free! Do check with your hotel if the Airport Express Shuttle Bus goes there. You could easily just hop on it and be in your hotel within minutes!


First and Last Trains

The first train from the airport to the city is at 5.54 am, and the last train is at 12.48 am. So if you arrive any time between those timings, you can choose other alternatives to travel to the city, or have your breakfast at one of the many cafes and restaurants at the airport while you wait for the first train.

When returning from the city to the airport, do note the following first and last trains from each of the stations in town:

  1. From Hong Kong station to the airport, the first train is at 5.50 am, and the last train is at 12.48 am.
  2. From Kowloon station to the airport, the first train is at 5.53 am, and the last train is at 12.52 am.
  3. From Tsing Yi station to the airport, the first train is at 6.00 am, and the last train is at 12.59 am.

Buying an Airport Express Ticket

There are many ways to buy an Airport Express ticket. You can purchase a ticket online. This can be done in advance on the MTR website.

Or if you have an Octopus Card, you can use it. Then there is no need to buy an additional Airport Express ticket.

This is the Octopus Card. It is a card with stored value that you can use to travel around Hong Kong, on buses and trains. It is also very useful for paying for meals, and other items at shops that accept the Octopus card as a payment method. I have found most stores accept this card.
Octopus Card – useful for traveling around Hong Kong

*Travel Tip: Get the Octopus Card. You can use it to travel around Hong Kong on buses and trains. Plus, it is also very useful for paying for meals, and other items at shops that accept the Octopus Card as a payment method. I have found most stores accept this card.

Or you can purchase the Airport Express ticket from one of the many counters at the airport. There are many counters in the airport for you to buy a ticket for the Airport Express. Simply ask around for directions to a counter. Or you can easily spot one by looking out for the MTR logo.

Hong Kong Airport Express Train ticket counter
Hong Kong Airport Express Train ticket counter

It was February 2019, and the price of traveling to Hong Kong station was HKD 110. That is very affordable, compared to a cab ride that can cost between HKD300 to HKD400, one way between the airport and Hong Kong central business hub.

Even then, I was very lucky! I had decided to buy a pre-paid SIM card for my phone. This is so that I can access the Internet anywhere in Hong Kong as well as make any calls if necessary.

I found a shop called IOIO, and they had a special package. With the purchase of the pre-paid SIM card, I can get a one-way Airport Express ticket for only HKD50!

*Travel Tip: If you intend to get a pre-paid SIM card, ask the shop if they have a special deal with Airport Express to get really low price for the ticket


Getting on the Airport Express Train

The Airport Express is so convenient. I asked the helpful counter staff, and he informed me that the train runs every 10 minutes daily. And as you can see from the sign below, the journey takes about 24 minutes only!

And here is a screen shot of the video at the part where I am rushing for the train. I was very fortunate. After buying the ticket, as I walked to the Airport Express train platform, the doors just opened, and people were rushing in to get a good seat.

Passengers getting on board the Hong Kong Airport Express train

There is no concern for seats actually. Due to the frequency of the train, there are plenty of seats available. And if there is not, simply wait for the next train. After all, it is only a 10 minute wait.

The seats are large and very comfortable. Plus, the train is very clean. Really world-class!
Large and comfortable seats in the train

Luggage Storage

One of the most awesome services that the Airport Express offers is the area for luggage storage. I was carrying a medium sized luggage and a laptop bag. The laptop bag I held close to me at all times since I could easily have it slung over my shoulder with the bag strap.

The medium sized luggage was a concern. It would not be possible to have it next to me when I am seated. In my earlier research, I read that there are areas for luggage to be stowed away. I wondered what that would look like?

And I was pleasantly surprised. Here is a photo of the luggage storage area. Nice huh? You can see more in the video above.

You can stow away your bags and suitcases in an area specially designed for that purpose. Then you can enjoy the super pleasant ride.
Luggage Storage Area

With my luggage comfortably stowed away, I was able to enjoy the super pleasant ride to Hong Kong station that is in Hong Kong Island.


Which Stations Does the Airport Express Stop At?

As the name implies, the train takes an express route. This means it only stops at a few stations. These are Tsing Yi station, Kowloon station, and Hong Kong station. The Airport Express Line is the one in turquoise color.

If you are going to stay at the Disneyland Resort, then you should alight at Tsing Yi station. Switch over to the Tung Chung Line (Orange color), and switch again at Sunny Bay station to the Disneyland Resort Line (Pink color).

Map showing Airport Express Line and the few stations it stops at - Tsing Yi station, Kowloon station and Hong Kong station
Airport Express Line (Turquoise color) with stops at Tsing Yi, Kowloon and Hong Kong

Getting to Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan and Mong Kok in Kowloon

For those of you staying over at Kowloon side, and your hotel is near any of the stations along the Tsuen Wan Line (Red color), you will need to alight at Hong Kong station. Then, walk over to Central station, and take the train that goes the Tsuen Wan Line.

There are many stations along the Tsuen Wan Line that is popular with tourists; such as Tsim Sha Tsui station, Yau Ma Tei station, Jordan station and Mong Kok station.

Tsuen Wan Line (Red color) with stops at Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, Yau Ma Tei, and Mong Kok
Tsuen Wan Line (Red color) with stops at Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, Yau Ma Tei, and Mong Kok

These stations are popular because there are many shopping malls, cafes and restaurants near them. And as such, of course many hotels, where tourists are staying at, are built near these stations too. There are also some interesting sights to see; such as Avenue of Stars, Avenue of Comic Stars, etc.


Getting to Sheung Wan, Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay in Hong Kong Island

Some of you may choose to stay on Hong Kong Island. If you are, then you simply need to find the closest station along the Island Line to your hotel. These can be stations such as Sheung Wan, Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, and Causeway Bay.

Island Line (Blue color) with stops at Central, Sheung Wan, Admiralty, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay
Island Line (Blue color) with stops at Central, Sheung Wan, Admiralty, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay

All of these stations have lots of shopping, cafes and restaurants nearby, too. Causeway Bay is where there are plenty of malls and eating places. For sightseeing, every one of the stations has nearby interesting places to visit.

The popular ones would be Victoria Peak, Mid-Level Escalators, Lan Kwai Fong and many others that are easily accessible from Central station. Sheung Wan has a few surprises too. In fact, if you like to take photos of the famous street art along Hollywood Road, I recommend alighting at Sheung Wan station and start from there.


Reached Hong Kong Station and Exit Airport Express Platform

As mentioned earlier, I bought the ticket as a package with a pre-paid SIM card. The ticket given to me used QR code.

I was unsure how to use it. Earlier I asked the very friendly and helpful staff at the MTR counter, and he explained to me patiently that all I have to do is board the train. There is no checking of ticket when I board, or any turnstile to scan cards or tickets for access.

Airport Express Ticket with QR Code. All I have to do is peel away at the Open Here area to reveal the QR code. Then scan it at the turnstile, and exit.
Airport Express Ticket with QR Code

It is only when we exit that there are turnstiles, and a need to use an Airport Express ticket. For my ticket, I just need to peel away an area and reveal the QR code. Then scan it at the turnstile, and exit.

If you are using the MTR Octopus card, then simply place it on the scanner area of the turnstile to get read, and exit.

You can watch the video above to see what I mean. You can see many people exiting into Airport Express platform and entering Hong Kong station. See the screen shot below.

Scan your Octopus Card or QR Code at the turnstile to exit the station
Scan your Octopus Card or QR Code to exit

Free Shuttle Buses

The Airport Express service includes Free Shuttle Buses to train stations, places of interest, and major hotels. Do check the list below in case you are entitled to a Free bus ride right to the front door of your hotel.

Shuttles from Kowloon Station

Airport Express Shuttle K1

At Kowloon station, there is the Airport Express Shuttle K1. This runs every 15 minutes. The first bus starts at 6.15 am, and the last bus is at 11 pm. The bus takes passengers to the following train stations and hotels:

  • Hong Kong West Kowloon Station
  • MTR Jordan Station (Austin Road)
  • MTR Hung Hom Station
  • Harbour Plaza Metropolis
  • Whampoa Garden (Tak On Street)
  • Harbour Grand Kowloon
  • Kerry Hotel Hong Kong
  • Eaton, Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong West Kowloon Station

Airport Express Shuttle K2

Another shuttle called K2 also runs every 15 minutes, from 6.15 am to 11 pm, and takes passengers to the following places and hotels:

  • Prince
  • Gateway
  • Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel
  • The Kowloon Hotel
  • The Peninsula Hong Kong
  • The Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers
  • China Ferry Terminal

Airport Express Shuttle K3

The 3rd shuttle bus is K3. Similarly, it runs every 15 minutes, from 6.15 am to 11 pm and it takes passengers to the following hotels:

  • Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hong Kong
  • Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Regal Kowloon Hotel
  • Hotel ICON
  • New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel
  • InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong
  • Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel

Airport Express Shuttle K4

K4, the 4th shuttle that runs every 12 minutes, from 6.15 am to 11pm, and takes passengers to the following station and hotels:

  • MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station / Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers
  • Park Hotel
  • The Luxe Manor
  • Empire Hotel Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • B P International

Airport Express Shuttle K5

There is a 5th shuttle that runs every 20 minutes. The first bus is at 6.12 am and the last bus runs at 11.12 pm. It takes passengers to the following station and hotels:

  • MTR Yau Ma Tei Station / The Cityview
  • Metropark Hotel Kowloon
  • Royal Plaza Hotel
  • Metropark Hotel Mongkok
  • Dorsett Mongkok Hong Kong

Shuttles from Hong Kong Station

Airport Express Shuttle H1

At Hong Kong station, there is the Airport Express Shuttle H1. This runs every 20 minutes, from 6.12 am to 11.12 pm. The bus takes passengers to the following places of interest and hotels:

  • HK Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Renaissance Harbour View Hotel
  • Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
  • Novotel Century Hong Kong
  • Pacific Place
  • JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
  • The Wharney Guang Dong Hotel Hong Kong
  • Empire Hotel Hong Kong, Wan Chai

Airport Express Shuttle H2

There is another shuttle bus – H2. This also runs every 20 minutes, from 6.12 am to 11.12 pm, and to the following hotels:

  • Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Soho
  • iclub Sheung Wan Hotel
  • ibis Hong Kong Central and Sheung Wan
  • Best Western Hotel Harbour View
  • Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong/Best Western Plus Hotel Hong Kong
  • Island Pacific Hotel

Airport Express Shuttle H3

There 3rd shuttle bus is H3. This also runs every 20 minutes, from 6.12 am to 11.12 pm, and to the following hotels:

  • Empire Hotel Hong Kong, Causeway Bay
  • Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay Hong Kong
  • Regal Hongkong Hotel
  • Rosedale Hotel Hong Kong
  • The Park Lane Hong Kong a Pullman Hotel
  • The Excelsior, Hong Kong

Airport Express Shuttle H4

The 4th shuttle bus, H4, also runs every 20 minutes, from 6.12 am to 11.12 pm, and to the following hotels:

  • iclub Fortress Hill Hotel
  • Harbour Grand Hong Kong
  • City Garden Hotel
  • Ibis North Point Hotel
  • Harbour Plaza North Point

Free Check-in Service

There are times when we check out of a hotel, and our flight is many hours later. Of course, there is the choice of parking our luggage in the safe care of the hotel while we spend a few more hours exploring the city. Before it is time to get to the airport for our flight.

The Airport Express has a better alternative. They have a Free Check-in Service. And it is available at either the Kowloon station or Hong Kong station.

All you have to do is bring your suitcases to either station. Show your Airport Express ticket, and they will assist you to check-in to your flight as well as check in your bags. Plus, you get to collect your boarding pass, too.

This makes life very convenient. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the city. When done, simply catch the train to the airport. Go through the usual immigration process, wait at boarding area, and when it is time board the plane. You can trust that your suitcases will arrive at your destination.


Getting to Butterfly On Morrison Hotel

This particular time I visited Hong Kong, I decided to capture the journey from the Airport Express to Causeway Bay where the hotel I stayed at was located. I stayed at the Butterfly on Morrison Hotel. It was awesome!

The Awesome Butterfly on Morrison (center of photo)
The Awesome Butterfly on Morrison (center of photo)

I took the Airport Express, alighted at Hong Kong station. At this huge station, I walked over to Central station. Then I took the Island Line towards Chai Wan. At Causeway Bay station, I got off and walked about 20 to 25 minutes to the hotel. You can watch the whole journey in the video above.



Overall Review of Hong Kong Airport Express Train – Quickest Way To The City

The entire ride on the Airport Express was very pleasant. It was easy to get on board a carriage. The luggage storage area was very good and useful. While there was nothing to secure the luggage, all luggage stayed in the storage area very well.

I believe it could also be because the train moved very smoothly. The seats were very comfortable. They were large and has good cushion. And it was all very clean and well maintained.

The screens were very good to keep anyone entertained. Also, they served to inform passengers which stop the train has arrived at

Would I recommend the Airport Express? Yes!

Especially if you are traveling light or like me, with just a medium sized luggage. I don’t recommend it if you have many bags. It may be quite a lot to handle. Especially when you reach your destination station.

Most train stations in Hong Kong have escalators or travelators. But there are many where exit points only have the staircase. So, if you have many bags, it may be very inconvenient to lug it all up many flights of stairs.

I arrived and took the wrong exit. It was one without any escalator. And even with just one medium sized luggage, I found it tiring to drag it up so many steps.

While, as mentioned above, there are Free Shuttle buses to many hotels, they do not serve all hotels. Especially the new or smaller ones. Of course, you can easily catch a cab from the station to your hotel.

But, because my hotel boasted that they are within 10 minutes walking distance from Causeway Bay station, and I love testing this out for my readers, I did the walking. And I can tell you it is no fun navigating the narrow sidewalks of Hong Kong as you drag a medium sized luggage along. All the same time, checking Google Map to see I am in the right direction.

As usual, Google Map failed as it directed me along a longer route. Hence, the 20 to 25 minutes to my hotel instead of 10. In retrospect, taking a cab would be a better choice. Later, I learned there was a shorter route.

Despite the last few paragraphs of down side to taking the Airport Express, I would still highly recommend taking it. It is an excellent experience!


If you have ANY questions about this article, about Getting To and Around Hong Kong, particularly about the Hong Kong Airport Express Train – Quickest Way To The City, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe, fun and happy travels,

Timotheus

Things To Do in Hong Kong – Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

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Things To Do in Hong Kong – Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

It was a bright and sunny day in Hong Kong. After a good breakfast of pastries and good coffee, we were fully energized. Before arriving here, we wondered what are the  Things To Do in Hong Kong? After a bit of research, we found out that there is a famous attraction called Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple.

It took switching train lines and some stops to reach there. About half an hour from our hotel, walking included. We were really excited. It was said that Wong Tai Sin grants every wish. We intend to each make a wish. Join us for this little trip to this awesome place.


About Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

Steps to Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple
Steps to Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

The temple is named after a famous monk called Wong Tai Sin. His full name is Huang Chu-ping. He was born in the 4th century. After years of practice, he became a deity at Red Pine Hill, known as Heng Shan in Chinese.

There was a sacred portrait of him that was transported from Guangdong to Hong Kong. Eventually, the portrait was relocated to where the temple is today. Now, devotees arrive from all over the world to pay respects to Wong Tai Sin. At the same time, they submit offerings and pray for good fortune. They also receive divine guidance using Kau Cheem (explained further down this blog post).


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Inside Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

We arrived early in the morning, and the place was already filled with lots of people. There were many who came in tour groups. When in such a large crowd, it was not easy to take a photo of the sights without a stranger posing in them.

Travel Tip: Arrive earlier when tour groups have not arrived yet. Or later when they have all gone.

It was also not easy to take photos of only me or with my friends plus the scenery there. There was always people posing here and there.

Travel Tip: Quickly jump in at to take photos of you against the scenery when you see people vacate the spot. Or when you wish to take a photo of any scenery. Don’t wait.

Guardian Deity at Entrance of Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple
Guardian Deity at Entrance of Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

It took me a while. I waited for some time. Tourists from the tour groups kept appearing to pose with the above Guardian Deity. Finally, when there was a brief moment free from people invading the space, I quickly snapped a photo of the Guardian Deity. Impressive figure, isn’t he?

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

After climbing up the steps, we arrived at the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple itself. It is so beautiful and ornate. I loved the intricate paintings on the walls. They were like golden lined clouds. Perhaps a symbolism of a heavenly place?

Look at the rooftop. It is so well designed. The large lanterns with gold trimmings gently swayed. They created a sense of grandeur. Plus the pillars and boards with gold Chinese words, all add to a very fine structure.

Devotees Praying at Wong Tai Sin Temple
Devotees Praying at Wong Tai Sin Temple

When you step back a little, you could see devotees praying and placing incense into long rectangular incense holders. Here is where you can pay your respects and make a wish. It is said that all you have to do is hold the incense in your hands, lift it up to the front of your face or slightly above your head, face Wong Tai Sin, and then make your wish.

Some devotees, while there, would seek guidance on their fortune. They did it using Fortune Sticks in a method called ‘Kau Cheem’.


Seek Your Fortune with Kau Cheem

Divine Guidance at Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is done by first doing Kau Cheem. Kau Cheem is available at every temple with Fortune Sticks and Moon Blocks, as shown below. But at Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, they only provide the container of Fortune Sticks. Find a counter that offers this container, and get one.

Kau Cheem Fortune Sticks and Moon Blocks
Kau Cheem Fortune Sticks and Moon Blocks

How to Do Kau Cheem?

After you collected the Fortune Sticks, go to the area where you see many people kneeling on red cushions and shaking the container of Fortune Sticks, as shown in image below.

Devotees Kau Cheem at Wong Tai Sin Temple
Devotees Kau Cheem at Wong Tai Sin Temple

Choose one of the red cushions and kneel on it. Then, while facing Wong Tai Sin, hold the container of Fortune Sticks with both hands and shake it. While shaking the container, ask your question or say your wish. You can do it silently, in a whisper or out loud. Hold the thought of your question or wish as you shake the container.

Remember to tilt the container slightly forward with the mouth of the container slightly facing Wong Tai Sin. This is to allow the chance for one of the sticks to fall out. But you don’t want to tilt too much or shake too much. This may cause many sticks to fall out. You only need one.

How to Know If The Fortune Stick Is the One For You?

At some point of time, one of the sticks would fall out. At other temples, there is the use of Moon Blocks to help decide if this is the Fortune Stick for you. But here, as mentioned earlier, there are not Moon Blocks given. Not to be concerned. Just know that the stick that fell out is the correct one for you. It is the one that answers your question or wish.

If more than one stick fell out, then replace them into the container and try again. Note that there should only be one.

When you finally get the Fortune Stick that answers your question or wish, take note of the number of that Fortune Stick. Yes, there is a unique number for every stick. Replace it into the container and return the Fortune Sticks and container to the counter.

How to Interpret Your Fortune Stick?

Like everyone, we did Kau Cheem when we were there. And like everyone, we wondered what the Fortune Stick said, what message did Wong Tai Sin have for us?

At other temples, they would give interpretation slips for each of the Fortune Sticks. And they would give it for Free. But at Wong Tai Sin Temple, this was not done. There was an area where there were rows of fortune tellers who offered to interpret the Fortune Stick at a fee.

We were not keen to do that for many reasons. Firstly, the fortune tellers were always trying to get people to buy a full reading, which included reading one’s future. Secondly, we suspected that they would say we would need to buy some talisman or some feng shui item. Nothing wrong with all that. After all, they were making a decent living.

It was just that we are people savvy with the Internet. And we know that there is a FREE online interpretation of Fortune Sticks from Wong Tai Sin Temple. And here, I share with you the same Free service.

First step – Go to Wong Tai Sin Temple website – Click Here. You will land on their home page as shown below.

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple website - homepage
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple website – homepage

Next, click on Fortune Telling Stick Enquiry option, indicated above in red box and pointed by red arrow. You will then be brought to the enquiry page as shown below.

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple website - Fortune Sticks Enquiry
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple website – Fortune Sticks Enquiry

On this page, click on the Fortune Telling Stick Enquiry button. You will then see this next page, shown below.

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple website - Enter Lot Number
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple website – Enter Lot Number

Remember the number on the Fortune Stick that you drawn during the Kau Cheem? Enter that number into the box (where the red arrow is pointing), and click the search button (that is the magnifying glass next to the box).

The system will then search for the Interpretation and display it to you. Here is an example of the interpretation for Fortune Stick 11, also called Lot 11.

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple website - Fortune Stick Interpretation
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple website – Fortune Stick Interpretation

Now you have your Free online interpretation of the Fortune Stick you received at Wong Tai Sin Temple. Great huh?


On The Grounds of Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

After the Kau Cheem, my friends and I walked the grounds a bit. It is not large. But there were some cute little statues that I would like to share with you.

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple website - Fortune Stick Interpretation
Kirin Statue

The above is a statue of a Kirin or Qilin. It is a mythical creature that is believed to bring good luck.

Lion
Lion

The above is a statue of a Chinese version of a lion. Lions are believed to be guardians. This particular one is holding an ancient Chinese coin with the Chinese words – 招财进宝 (zhao cai jin bao). The meaning of the words is to usher in wealth and prosperity.


Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

If you are still wondering What To See In Hong Kong, I can assure you that Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is definitely a Must See. Besides the tourists, you can truly immerse in a piece of local culture.

This is because many locals still frequent this temple. You can truly soak in the energies of their devotion. Feel the power of belief in the locals for this deity. And in doing so, you too can believe and make a wish or ask for guidance.


Where Is Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple?

This place is in Kowloon. So, if you are staying in Kowloon, it will be near for you. But not to worry. Even if you are staying on Hong Kong island side, you can still take the MTR to here. See the map below.

Operating Hours

7am to 5pm, Daily including Public Holidays

Address

2, Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Telephone

+852 2327 8141


How to Get to Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple?

MTR

Take the MTR to Wong Tai Sin MTR station. Take the Exit B2. The temple is next to the station, about 3 minutes walk from the station.

Bus

It is easier to take the MTR. Leave the bus for other activities.

Taxi

It can be easy to catch a cab in Hong Kong. Just hail them along the streets. Drivers are required to go by taximeter. Always ask for a machine-printed receipt. If unavailable, ask for a hand-written one.


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Timotheus

Hong Kong Food – Best Wonton Noodles in Hong Kong – Shek Kee

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Hong Kong Food – Best Wonton Noodles in Hong Kong – Shek Kee

Forget Mak’s Noodles! And all the others. There is only one authentic and Best Wonton Noodles in Hong Kong, and that is Shek Kee! Really really good Hong Kong Food!

I enjoyed a good bowl of wonton noodles since young. So, whenever I visit Hong Kong, I must have at least one bowl of wonton noodles, at least once in a trip. Without fail.

This time round, I did extensive research to find where has the best wonton noodles, or so they claimed. And I discovered this hidden gem – Shek Kee Wonton Noodles!

Tip: When you are in Hong Kong, you Must Try this!


Shek Kee Wonton Noodles – The Overview & Rankings

Name: Shek Kee Wonton Noodles
Cuisine: Chinese, Hong Kong Style Noodles
Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner
Dining Choices: Dine In, Take Away
Family Friendly: Yes
Food: 4.5 out of 5.0
Service: 3.5 out of 5.0
Value: 4.5 out of 5.0
Atmosphere: 3.0 out of 5.0
Prices: $$ out of $$$$$
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0   4.5 out of 5.0 rating


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Finding Shek Kee Wonton Noodles

When we first arrived during this trip, we met up and had lunch with our friend in Hong Kong. When we told her we planned to have dinner at Shek Kee, she was surprised we knew of the place.

She gushed that they have the best dumplings in Hong Kong! Shek Kee is a favorite among the locals, and she would even patronize the eating place at least three times a week!

With that personal review, we were convinced that we must try Shek Kee Wonton Noodles. After some shopping and sightseeing, we started to search for Shek Kee.

Good Food in Hong Kong - Best Wonton Noodles in Hong Kong - Shek Kee Wanton Noodles
Best Wonton Noodles in Hong Kong – Shek Kee Wanton Noodles, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

It was quite easy to find the eating place. Just follow Google Maps. More information in the How to Get There section below.


Shek Kee Wonton Noodles

We must have arrived a little earlier then dinner time. The place was not crowded. As such, we were able to get a table easily.

Shek Kee is one of the typical local eating places. It is not a cafe or 5 star restaurant. So do not expect superb service. It was good enough that they attended to us quickly, and in a friendly manner.

The staff took our order. And few minutes after that, the dinner crowd started to trickle in. Soon enough, the place was packed.

We ordered the Wonton Noodles with Fish Balls. And it cost only HK$35! So affordable!

Good Food in Hong Kong - Best Wonton Noodles in Hong Kong - Delicious Wonton with Fish Balls
Best Wonton Noodles in Hong Kong – Delicious Wonton with Fish Balls, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

This was the best Wonton Noodles we ever tasted! The noodles were just the right texture; chewy but not hard.

The wonton dumplings were large, and each was filled with meat and a full fresh and succulent prawn. If you like, you can add fish balls to the soup.

The soup was very tasty and flavorful. We made a guess that the fish bones and prawn shells from the ingredients were kept and cooked as part of the soup. That contributed to its great taste.

The soup really distinguishes Shek Kee from the others.


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Shek Kee Wonton Noodles – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant - 4 out of 5 Stars RatingWe know, we know. The maths doesn’t add up. Their service was average. So was the ambience.

So why 4.5 out of 5.0?

It was because of the food. It was near perfection. And we feel that we must do it justice by giving the overall rating based on the wonton noodle that outshone the rest. Plus, it is offered at a very reasonable and afforable price.

Also, we feel our Asia Travel Gems readers must visit this place and taste the wonton noodles. Or you will surely miss out something special and unique in Hong Kong. So to encourage all of you, we give Shek Kee 4.5 out of 5.0.


Where is Shek Kee Wonton Noodles?

Address

Shop B, No.5 Ichang Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, China

Operating Hours :

12pm – 9pm

To be sure (in case they are closed for the day), call – +852 2317 4649


How to Get There?

MTR

Go to MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station. Exit the station to Peking Road. As shown in the maps below, go to Ashley Road until you reach Ichang Street.

It is a small street. You should have no trouble finding Shek Kee from here.

Here is a screen shot from Google Maps, with the East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station highlighted in a red circle, the path to Shek Kee in red dotted lines, and Shek Kee circled in Red.

Good Food in Hong Kong - Best Wonton Noodles in Hong Kong - Map showing How to Get To Shek Kee from East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station
Best Wonton Noodles in Hong Kong – Map showing How to Get To Shek Kee from East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station


If you have ANY questions about this review, about Good Hong Kong Food – Best Wonton Noodles in Hong Kong – Shek Kee, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Things To Do in Hong Kong – Avenue of Comic Stars

Avenue of Comic Stars in Kowloon, Hong Kong

Things To Do in Hong Kong – Avenue of Comic Stars

It was the last day of our vacation, and we had a bit of time to kill between breakfast and checkout from Residence G Hotel where we stayed. After a delicious morning meal, we headed to Nathan Road, via Kimberly Road, where we knew there would be some morning shopping available.

As we shopped along Nathan Road, I noticed an entrance to Kowloon Park. I encouraged my friends to enter the park. It would be nice to see some nature in Hong Kong, I said. They agreed, we walked into the park, and discovered a pleasant surprise – the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars! If you like to know what are the Things To Do in Hong Kong, this is one of the places you must visit.

Things To Do in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Avenue of Comic Stars Signage
Avenue of Comic Stars Signage, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Tip: Don’t follow Google Map’s direction. From our hotel via Kimberly Road proved to be shorter and faster. Plus, more interesting things to see along the way.

We love comics! I could still hear the yelps of delight from my friends as we hurried to the row of comic stars.


About Avenue of Comic Stars

The Avenue of Comic Stars was opened on 28 September 2012. Colorfully painted sculptures of famous local comic characters lined the couple of hundred meters long pathway. The statues are 1.8 to 3 meters high.

Things To Do in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Avenue of Comic Stars Walkway
Avenue of Comic Stars Walkway, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Each comic character was created by distinguished local comic artists. A signage is placed next to each monument relating who is the comic character, which popular comic it was from, who is the famous comic artist as well as a bit of history of the artist.

Things To Do in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Avenue of Comic Stars Walkway
Avenue of Comic Stars Walkway, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

These sculptures sure brought a lot of fond memories to my friends and I. And I am sure they will do the same for the locals and visitors. Those not familiar with this niche culture of Hong Kong (and Asia), can have the opportunity to learn a bit about it at this attraction.

There are lots of arts and cultural activities frequently held at this location. For example, in 2016, there was a large annual celebration that included demonstration of comic drawings, autograph sessions by famous comic artists, cosplay parade, and more! Do check out their website to see if any of the events happen to coincide with your visit.


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On A Little Avenue of Comic Stars

Here are the Comic Stars for you to enjoy viewing. I have reproduced the text from the signage placed next to each respective sculpture. The name of the Comic Character is above the image. Below the image, there is information on what Works the Comic Character is famous for, Who is the Comic Artist, and a little synopsis of the artist.

Comic Character: McDull

Things To Do in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - McDull
McDull, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: McMug

McDull is one of the most famous animated stars who always appear in films. Its first film is My Life as McDull.

Comic Artist: Alice Mak

Alice Mak, the illustrator of McDull character. From 1990, she created the McMug and McDull series with co-creator Brian Tse and licensed a series of related products.

With the great popularity of characters, she started devoting into animation films, movies known respectively as My Life as McDull, McDull, Prince de la Bun, McDull – Kungfu Ding Ding Dong and McDull, The Pork of Music, which all gained strong and reputable recognition.

Comic Character: Nan Gong Wen Tian

Things To Do in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Nan Gong Wen Tian
Nan Gong Wen Tian, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Magical Weapons

Magical Weapons is the first weapon-themed martial art comic with elements of fables. The story is centered on weapon, Heaven’s Crystal, forged by the Celestial Goddess to Eradicate Demon, and a cursed weapon.

In Jin Dynasty, on the day the Nan Gong Clan received the Courts’ honour, the leading evil sect came to attack. Nan Gong Yi, the Chief of Nan Gong Clan, defended with the power of the Heaven’s Crystal, which gave off a huge blast, realizing its curse, Nan Gong Wen Tian, the leading role, is the descendant of Celestial Goddess and the master of the Heaven’s Crystal.

He became the chief of the martial art circles and lived his entire life righteous, brave and kind. With the phoenix heart, he is a demigod and lives eternally as a loyal guardian to the earth.

Comic Artist: Wong Yuk-Long, Tony

Wong Yuk-long, Tony was born in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province in 1950, and immigrated to Hong Kong while he was 6. Started from aged 10, he submitted his pieces to the press, which were posted by The Chinese Student Weekly Reunion, Youth Park, etc.

He joined the comic industry since 13 and determined that comic creation as his lifelong career. During aged 17, he built up his own publisher, and was totally responsible for creating, drawing and publishing. Wong established Jade Dynasty Group Ltd. in 1993, Jade Dynasty Multi-Media Ltd. in 2003 and Hangzhou Yulang Animation Company Ltd. in 2011.

Comic Character: Miss 13 Dots

Things To Do in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Miss 13 Dots
Miss 13 Dots, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Miss 13 Dots

Miss 13 Dots is the only daughter of a local millionaire. While being lively, independent, avant-garde, and fashionable, she also cares about the people with her charitable mind and a strong sense of justice. She likes to conjure up unusual ideas and act chivalry with her friends.

Comic Artist: Lee Wai-chun

Lee Wai-chun is an esteemed Hong Kong comic artist. Having studied Chinese painting at college, she started practicing comic illustration in the 1960s. Her best-known comic is the classic Miss 13 Dots published in 1966.

The comic started the trend of girl’s comics and was very popular from 60s to 80s both at home and abroad including Southeast Asia. The heroine Miss 13 Dots is an independent avant-garde, and fashionable girl who breaks the concept that women are inferior in Hong Kong society.

Comic Character: Guo Jing

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Guo Jing
Guo Jing, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: The Legend of the Condor Heroes

The comic The Legend of the Condor Heroes was adapted from one of the most representative novels of Luis Cha. Its protagonist Guo has a sharp hero image and stands out among the heroes created by Cha as an embodiment of orthodox moral values and traditional chivalry. As an undeniable master, he became the most successful fictional character in Cha’s novels.

Comic Artist: Lee Chi-ching

Lee was born in 1963 in Hong Kong. He is a member of the HK Contemporary Artists Association and an honorary advisor of the HK Comics and Animation Federation. He has been honored and received many awards.

For instance, in 1993, on behalf of Culturecom Comics, he collaborated with SCHOLAR, a Japanese publisher to release the comic Romance of the Three Kingdoms, making an instant hit in both Hong Kong and Japan.

Lee became the first Hong Kong artist to successfully tap into the Japan’s comic market. In 2007, his work Sun Zi’s Tactics won the Gold Award of The 1st International Manga Award by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Comic Character: Sau Nga Chun

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Sau Nga Chun
Sau Nga Chun, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Tai Kung Pao

Sau Nga Chun is the forerunner of today’s typical Hong Kong girls while her age, measurements and star sign are all unknown. Being boastful, greedy, calculating, and lazy, she was already unneeded by the society.

Lately she was seen making a living as a parallel goods importer carrying milk formula to the mainland. For the time moment securing seven meals a day and finding an accommodation have not posed a problem to her.

Comic Artist: Gum Siu-man

Gum emerged in the comic field when he was 16 as a mentee of Sueng-kun Siu Wai. He joined Jademan Comics at 19 and became primary author at 21. He has worked for publishing houses Jonesky Limited, Freeman Holdings Limited, and Cuturecom Holdings Limited before setting up his own comic publisher.

Comic Character: Liaoyuan Huo

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Liaoyuan Huo
Liaoyuan Huo, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: The Ravages of Time

Liaoyuan Huo is the chief of mercenary assassins “Handicapped Warriors”. Being brave and smart, he has been taking thrilling and mysterious tasks from the Sima clan. Subsequently he found his goal in life and decided to embark on the warring front. Eventually he became the invincible warrior of the time.

Comic Artist: Chan Mou

Chan was an employee of an advertising company in Hong Kong. He entered the comic field in 1996 after winning the sixth Tongli New Comic Artist Award (youth bracket) with his first short comic, Unhuman. In 1999, his sci-fi work God Pretender won the Best Art award in the 3rd Asia Manga Summit.

In April 2001, he published The Ravages of Time, a break-through to conventional literature about the Three Kingdoms Era with a new viewpoint and humanity. The comic is sold in 8 major countries and different cities in Asia since it have been launched 11 years ago.

Comic Character: Little Horse

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Little Horse
Little Horse, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Little Horse’s Silly Life

The comic is rich in Hong Kong flavor. It explores silly and funny things from the boring life to crack readers up.

Comic Artist: Maggie Lau

Maggie Lau was an office lady before being a fulltime comic artist. In Hong Kong Book Fair 2007, Little Horse’s Silly Life recording funny events in her life daily was released which immediately topped the selling chart.

In December 2007, Little Horse’s Silly Life 2 was released, which was once sold out. The following years saw a number of sequels invariably climb to top of the selling chart, which is an incredible achievement in the industry. Her success also aroused the interest of major organizations inviting her for co-operation to launch products and host exhibitions.

Comic Character: Wang Xiao Hu

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Wang Xiao Hu
Wang Xiao Hu, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Tiger & Dragon Heroes

Tiger & Dragon Heroes is the most long-standing local comic strip in Hong Kong, and also the most representative piece of Wong Yuk Long. The theme of the story revolves mainly around brotherhood and the fight for justice.

Wang Xiao Hu, the leading role, is a guy with a strong sense of justice and great fighting skills. he met his elder brother, Wang Xiao Long, and Shi Hei Long, who became best friends. They then formed a martial art school to make the quintessence of Chinese Kung Fu widely known and punish evil-doers.

Comic Artist: Wong Yuk-long, Tony

Wong Yuk-long, Tony was born in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province in 1950, and immigrated to Hong Kong while he was 6. Started from aged 10, he submitted his pieces to the press, which were posted by The Chinese Student Weekly Reunion, Youth Park, etc. He joined the comic industry since 13 and determined that comic creation as his lifelong career.

During aged 17, he built up his own publisher, and was totally responsible for creating, drawing and publishing. Wong established Jade Dynasty Group Ltd. in 1993, Jade Dynasty Multi-Media Ltd. in 2003 and Hangzhou Yulang Animation Company Ltd. in 2011.

Comic Character: Hui Lok

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Hui Lok
Hui Lok, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Feel 100%

Hui Lok, an all-around designer and creator, partners with his friend Jerry to start up an advertising firm. Unlike Jerry, he stresses loyalty in relationship, and is dissatisfied with Jerry’s loose romantic attitude.

Hui Lok is so much into Cherie and regards her as a perfect goddess. Although Cherie does not feel for him, he is willing to be her guardian angel, selflessly devoting his care and love.

Comic Artist: Jeffrey Lau

Jeffrey is well known for his comic Feel 100%, which has been adapted into films and TV series, owning the hearts of youngsters. In 2008, in The 2nd International Manga Award by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, his work stood out among 368 entries from 46 countries and won the Gold Award.

In recent years, he has been invited by universities, schools of professional education, primary and secondary schools to give seminars and join in various exchange activities, sparing no efforts in promoting arts and culture and the creative industry.


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Comic Character: K

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K, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: K

K is a story of a Chinese agent refitted from the 007 story with the inclusion of light jokes in his exciting tasks. Like James Bond, K retains a loose in romantic attitude and hero-like characters, and also shares human’s weaknesses. The difference is that his Chinese identity is highlight in the story.

Comic Artist: Li Chi-tat

Embarking on the comics industry in 1982, Li left Jademan Comics a month later to pursue his comic career as an independent artist. His works were issued in Japan and published in Taiwan and France. In recent years, he took up art in other forms which helped take his comics to a new level with these art elements.

Comic Character: Q Boy

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Q Boy, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: White Cat Black Cat

White Cat Black Cat was created in 2004. The white cat Q Boy is curious about everything and willing to ask (Q stands for question). His uncle, the black cat Doctor A, is an erudite scholar (A stands for answer). Their interaction enables children to learn efficiently and happily by reading the funny comics.

Comic Artist: Ma Sing-yuen

A renowned local comic artist, he has served as art director and creative director in newspaper and magazines. In the 1990s, he worked as a full time comic artist and illustrated comic columns in major newspapers covering current affairs, politics, and humour.

In 2004, he collaborated with Fong Sha Mei on the White Cat Black Cat series and more than 300 books were published in eight years. The comic not only includes an endless stream of jokes, but more importantly marries humour with knowledge. It is loved  by children and recommended by teachers and parents.

Comic Character: Andy Chan

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Andy Chan
Andy Chan, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Teddy Boy

Andy Chan is the hero in Teddy Boy. With the underworld background, the comic is a faithful reflection of all walks of life through the happenings and fates of its characters. Andy, in particular, who was once a heroic youngster, has mellowed as he turned middle-aged like any other man.

Comic Artist: Man Kai-ming

When Man Kai Ming started to work in comic field at the age of 13, the comic industry was blooming. He worked for many comic production companies, including newspapers Kwong Pao, Hei Pao, Ching Pao and Kam Pao.

After years of experience, he started his own publishing house in 1992 and officially released its debut title Teddy Boy. Like no others, Teddy Boy changed to be issued every 3 days in 2003. The practice continued on today and now it’s published 1,500 issues.

Comic Character: Doggie

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Doggie
Doggie, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: God Legion

God Legion revolved in the Shang and Zhou dynasties in China, when human co-habited with gods on the earth. The gods had superior wisdom and strength, and human beings were in awe of and obedient to them.

The protagonist of the story is Doggie, an offspring of a human and a god. Disgruntled at the gods’ long-term suppression and ruling to humans, he decided to challenge the god’s authority.

Comic Artist: Cheng Kin-wo

Cheng engaged in comic field in 1992. After working under Kwong’s Printing Company Limited and Ocean Creative Company Limited, he left for his individual career. he was the editor in chief of The Legend of the Devil Vol. I to III, Jedi Skywalker, Quadra Spirit, Violet Infortune, Valkyria Phoenix, Fire Dragon, Shadow Killer, God Legion and Wild Wolf and Mary.

Comic Character: Cowboy

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Cowboy
Cowboy, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Cowboy

Cowboy was created in the 70s and early 80s. The whole series, which came in 40 volumes, tells what happened in Cowboy’s family, especially between the father and son, in a fun and warm way and reflects the community of Hong Kong. Using limited words except short titles, the cartoonist manages to tell stories vividly with pictures only.

Comic Artist: Wong Sze-ma

The Macau-born artist was originally called Wong Wing-hing. In the 1950s he was a teacher in Macau and learnt illustrating after work. In 1965, he was employed by Ming Pao. On one hand he cooperated with Alphonso Wong with a comic series Old Master Q and Godfather, on the other drew illustrations for Louis Cha’s novels.

During 1971 and 1980, he composed 4-panel comic strips, including Father and Son. Cowboy Debussy and Gorgeous Susan, whereas Cowboy was later compiled into a 40-volume comic book and was very well received in the market.

Comic Character: Din-Dong

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Din Dong
Din Dong, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Din-dong

Din-dong, a silly cat kept by the illustator, is full of positive energy and dreams. It likes to collect surplus resources. Exhibitions featuring Din-dong were showcased in LCX at Harbour City, Olympian City and APM in Hong Kong as well as The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Japan.

It won the 4th Asiagraph Jury Special Work from Japan, and its animation was broadcast in Nippon Television Network Corporation and the 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Comic Artist: Postgal Workshop

Postgal Workshop is a two-person comic group which Pam Hung is mainly responsible for the content while John Chan for the graphic. The name “Postgal Workshop” is a homonym of “cat flea” in Cantonese since they think that people living in the world alike a tiny cat flea when compare with the universe.

The duo received Hong Kong Arts Development Awards – Awards of best Artists. Their works were awarded the grand prize in Japan TBS animation competition afterward they were interviewed by The Daily Yomiuri.

Comic Character: Bruce Lee

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Bruce Lee

The comic Bruce Lee was created in 1971, inspired by a movie, The Big Boss. Despite being in hard times, the comic managed to make  breakthrough with an innovative idea, making comic with martial art and combat theme as the mainstream in Hong Kong.

The legendary title is one of the longest running comics in Hong Kong publishing for almost 40 years. Thanks to the conscientious illustrator, the series did not come to a break until 2009.

Comic Artist: Vincent Kwong

Kwong followed his brother to join the industry at the age of 11. In 1971 he started the long comic strips Bruce Lee, whose circulation was on par with Tony Wong’s Tiger & Dragon Heroes.

It is also one of the longest running comic strips in Hong Kong. In the mid-60s, he founded Good Friend Comics Journal and Peter Pan Comics Daily; in the mid-70s he founded comic papers such as Hei Pao and Comic Strip Daily.

After a brief spell in Jademan Comics, he established 82 Comic House and Kwong’s Printing Co. Ltd.

Comic Character: Tiger Shark

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Tiger Shark
Tiger Shark, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Tiger Shark

Tiger Shark, the most representative figure in the Tiger Shark series, has a mighty fist with a million self-destructive horsepower. The crux of the story comes when his ultimate move was used.

With too much power to bear, the move set its user’s body to blast. The illustrator wished to express all feelings in life in one move. Like it is said that a person reviews his entire life before his death, the self-destructing move unleashes all experience, feelings and life of its users.

Comic Artist: Wan Yat-leung

Wan has been in the comic field over 20 years. Strongly influenced by western culture and different film and comics, he created many renowned titles with different skills. Better known ones include If I Were King, Black Leopard, as well as Tiger Shark and Warlord published by Ocean Creative Company Limited, a publishing house he founded.

Wan wishes his work would appeal to readers of different age groups and stimulate their interest in comics.  He finds these are more meaningful compare with fame and fortune.

Comic Character: Old Master Q

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Old Master Q
Old Master Q, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Old Master Q

The almighty Old Master Q is regarded as “Chinese Superman” by readers. Being humorous, imaginative, indignant to injustice, righteous, adventurous and unbounded, Old Master Q is as good as bad. He upholds traditional Chinese values but struggles amidst Chinese and Western cultures.

Old Master Q has no lack of friends. Apart from Big Dumb, Mr. Chun, Old Chiu, his girlfriend Ms Chan, he has the acquaintance of many female friends, pets, monsters, and even aliens.

Comic Artist: Alphonso Wong and Joseph Wong

Comic artist Alphonso Wong who was originally named Wong Kar Hei, was born in Tianjin. After moving to Hong Kong in 1957, he began drawing comics with pen names including Budding.

In the 1960s he started Old Master Q series under his eldest son’s name Wong Chak. The lively and funny comic has since been readers’ favorite. His eldest son Wong Chak continued his father’s creation. To distinguish the two, readers call (the comic artist) Senior Wong Chak while (the architect) Junior Wong Chak.

Comic Character: Dragon Lord

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Dragon Lord
Dragon Lord, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Dragon Lord

The fire-natured Dragon Lord is a warrior from the heaven responsible for safeguarding the artefact Sky Fixer. The universe lies different beings, including mankind, ghosts, demons, and gods, each of which is governed by its own rules and impenetrable to others.

The Sky Fixer is an artefact maintaining the balance of the universe. He secretly mounts surveillance on every evil power on earth in the human world.

Comic Artist: Khoo Fuk-lung, James

Khoo is one of the top comic artists in Hong Kong. Tons of readers in Southeast Asia are crazy about his publications. In 1992, he set up a publishing company with his friends to publish the hardcover version of Dragon Lord. It made a huge success selling more than 50,000 copies in Hong Kong.

In 1993 he left the publishing company and joined Jademan Comics as art director until 2007, when he founded Lucky Dragon Comics & Animation Ltd. His publications include, Amazing Weapons 4, The 8th Copper Man in Shaolin, Kung Fu, Kill The King.

Comic Character: Shau Sing Chai

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Shau Sing Chai
Shau Sing Chai, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Shau Sing Chai

Shau Sing Chai was a character in the 73 Comic Series. Using local Cantonese together with unique character modeling and humorous presentation, the comic was well received by readers.

It is Hong Kong’s first comic that established its fan club and with which figurines and T-shirts were made. Shau Sing Chai is also the first comic open for readers’ contributions, nurturing many comic talents.

Comic Artist: Ricky Chan

The locally born comic artist entered to comic field at the age of 16. He became a comedian master in the comic industry with the release of Shau Sing Chai and Siu Keung Comic Collection. He is known to enjoy good personal network and ready to help bud artists.

Comic Character: On On and Guy Guy

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - On On and Guy Guy
On On and Guy Guy, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Fake Forensic Science

On On and Guy Guy were created by Siuhak in 2004, inspired by An An and Jia Jia, two giant pandas kept in the Ocean Park. Turning deaf ears to what they don’t want to hear, they make many dialectical jokes. The comic also ridicules the local instant culture, as well as local politics and current affairs.

The two pandas often forget their own names; bearing a resemblance to Hong Kong people in post-handover era who have to recognize their identity.

Comic Artist: Siuhak

Having graduated in BA in Graphic Design (Hons) from the School of Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1996, he freelanced in local illustrations, comics and animations and scriptwriting.

In 2004 he formed a comic group Springrolllll with Craig Au Yeung, Eric So, Yeung Hok Tak and Chi Hoi. From 2004 to 2008 he was a guest tutor in the School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and started to compose lyrics for canton pop.

Comic Character: Cloud

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Cloud from Storm Riders
Cloud from Storm Riders, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Storm Riders

Storm Riders revolves around two fellow disciples, the arrogant Cloud and accommodating Wind. Neither friends nor enemies, they have gone through the turmoil in the underworld and thus joined hands to uphold orthodox moral.

Now a millenary disaster is imminent, and the duo, having received the prophecy telling them what to do, is rising to fight with their lives in an attempt to avoid the havoc once and for all.

Comic Artist: Ma Wing-shing

Ma Wing-shing was locally born in 1961. Having been adoring painting, he started composing and drawing the fame making A Man Called Hero in 1982. By mid-1983, it was the best selling comic in Hong Kong with over 200,000 copies sold locally.

Ma innovated Hong Kong comics by introducing realistic technique, and cinematic expressions, making a far-reaching impact. Ma founded Jonesky Limited in 1989. Storm Warriors, which has been published for 23 years, always tops the selling chart of Hong Kong comics.

He subsequently released many well-known comics including Black Leopard, The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber, Flying Fox of Snowing Mountain etc, securing his leadership in the comic industry.

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Cloud from Storm Riders - closer view
Cloud from Storm Riders – closer view, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

This comic character, Cloud, deserve more photos. It is very popular, and the pose and detailing is superb.

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Cloud from Storm Riders - closer view of face
Cloud from Storm Riders – closer view of face, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The famous comic artist, Ma Wing-shing, signed on this! It is the statue of the popular comic character he created, called Cloud.

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Ma Wing Shing's Autograph!!!
Ma Wing Shing’s Autograph!!!, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems


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Where is the Avenue of Comic Stars?

Kowloon Park

The Avenue of Comic Stars is in Kowloon Park. It is on the east side of the park, nearer to Nathan Road.


There is a map of Kowloon Park at the entrances. Lots of activities inside the park. People jog, there is a swimming complex, and in the early mornings you can enjoy watching people practicing martial arts and tai chi.

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Kowloon Park Map
Kowloon Park Map, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Of course, the park will have beautiful flowers for you to appreciate.

Tip: Slow down. Appreciate the pretty flowers.

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Flowers at Kowloon Park
Flowers at Kowloon Park, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

There are lots of tall trees that look really ancient. The sight is so enchanting. And made all the more charming with the sight of people practicing tai chi.

What To See in Hong Kong - Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Trees at Kowloon Park
Trees at Kowloon Park, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems


Address

East side of Kowloon Park, Near Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.

Visitors can enter by Park Lane Boulevard Entrance of Kowloon Park.

Opening Hours

Daily: Monday to Sunday: 5:00 am – 12:00 midnight

Admission

Free


How to Get There?

MTR

Go To Tsim Sha Tsui Station > Take Exit A1 > walk along the left side of Nathan Road towards Jordan for around 5 minutes.

Or Go To Jordan Station > Take Exit D > walk along the right side of Nathan Road towards Tsim Sha Tsui for around 5 minutes


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Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Things To Do in Hong Kong – Wisdom Path

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Things To Do in Hong Kong – Wisdom Path in Hong Kong Lantau Island

After the morning of appreciating Tian Tan Buddha, we had a very good lunch at Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant. As we had dessert at the deli outside the restaurant, we took advantage of the moment to rest a while.

Soon enough, we were energized, and ready for our next adventure. We wondered what are the Things To Do in Hong Kong next? We read about the Wisdom Path, and were eager to see it.


About Wisdom Path

Wisdom Path features thirty eight (38) wooden monuments that are eight (8) to ten (10) meters tall. Each of these monuments, also called wooden steles, have Chinese calligraphy inscribed on them.

The words of the calligraphy form phrases that are verses from the Heart Sutra. The Heart Sutra is one of the world’s best known prayers. It is revered by Confucians, Taoists and Buddhists.

The thirty eight (38) wooden steles are arranged in a figure eight configuration. This is to symbolize infinity. This amazing work of art was created by Professor Jao Tsung-I, and completed in May 2005.


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Finding the Wisdom Path

As we walked out of Po Lin Monastery, we noticed a pathway between Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. There were sign posts and one of them indicated that the pathway would lead to Wisdom Path. We walked about a few hundred meters before we found some signs that indicated the start of the trek to Wisdom Path.

At first, we were a little confused. There were so many colorful signs promoting different brands of drinks. And there was one that indicated a Tea Garden Restaurant.

There was a piece of stone just below all those signs. It took us a few seconds before we realized that it was a milestone that indicated the start of the trek to Wisdom Path.

And if you looked really carefully, below the Chinese Words, there is a faded arrow that pointed the way.

Things To Do In Hong Kong - Sign Post to Wisdom Path
Sign Post to Wisdom Path, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems


Journey to the Wisdom Path

We began our trek to Wisdom Path along a narrow track. On the sides were trees, shrubs and all types of greenery. We could hear some soft sounds of creatures in the distance, and the occasional bird calling. And were surprised there were not more signs of fauna. Were they shy because of our presence?

Tip: The Wisdom Path trek is quite long. Stay on track by following the signs and the beaten trail. Do not go off the track.

Not far from the start point of the trek, we spotted Cherry Blossoms! We were quite amazed to find them there. More so because they were so unexpected.

What To See In Hong Kong - Cherry Blossoms along the way to Wisdom Path
Cherry Blossoms, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

As we ventured further, we observed that there were the greenery was lush, and flora abundance. The air was sweet and dry. All of this made the trek absolutely pleasant, and treat for the eyes.

Tip: Do take time to appreciate the trees and flowers.

Some distance in, we came across what looked like an abandoned tea house. This could be the Tea Garden Restaurant that one of the signs indicated earlier. There was no one around, and it did not look like it was conducting business anymore.

Tip: The Tea Garden Restaurant is another milestone. You know that you are on the right track when you see it.

Opposite the Tea Garden Restaurant, there was a small field of shrubs. We wondered what they were at first. Then we realized that it was a small tea plantation.

This was cool. It meant that the tea house used to serve tea that were grown there. So fresh!

What To See In Hong Kong - Tea Plantation
Tea Plantation, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems


The Wisdom Path

From the start of the trek to the Wisdom Path, it should take about twenty (20) to twenty five (25) minutes walk. Of course, it all depends on your speed of walking. Also, if you stopped to admire the flowers and tea garden, it would take a little longer.

After the nice and pleasant walk, we finally reached the Wisdom Path. We did not expect what we saw. It was awesome.

Another good thing about this attraction was that there were not many people here. We believed it was because not many people knew of this place. So, it was not crowded and very serene. The tranquility added a touch of spirituality to this place.

We started to walk the Wisdom Path.

Things To Do In Hong Kong - Start of Wisdom Path
Start of Wisdom Path, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Immediately, near the start of the path, there were the wooden steles already. As mentioned earlier, the wooden steles were about eight (8) to ten (10) meters tall. They look magnificent, don’t they?

What To See In Hong Kong - Up the steps of Wisdom Path
Steps to Wisdom Path, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gem

From the photo above, you could see that they were almost as tall as the trees around them. Below is the first of the wooden steles at the Wisdom Path.

What To See In Hong Kong - Heart Sutra on Wooden Steles
First wooden stele of Wisdom Path, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gem

Below is a close up of the first wooden stele. It says that this is the Heart Sutra.

What To See In Hong Kong - Heart Sutra on Wooden Steles - close up view
Heart Sutra on Wooden Stele, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gem

It must be noted that not all the wooden steles are of the same breadth. Here is one that is a little broader. The piece of wood used is natural, like a large log that had been sliced for a surface to carve the calligraphy.

Things To Do In Hong Kong - Heart Sutra on Wooden Steles - Another perspective
One of the broader wooden steles, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gem

As we walked along the Wisdom Path, we felt immersed into the experience. We were no longer watching like they were just an attraction. As we looked up to view each wooden stele, we felt such a sense of awe. And as we continued walking, there was almost a sense of losing oneself into the space, forgetting that it actually formed the infinity sign.

What To See In Hong Kong - Heart Sutra on Wooden Steles - Looking from another angle
Looking from another angle, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gem

Every once in a while, we looked around. Everywhere we looked, there were slopes and mountains. We could understand why this place was chosen for this representation of the Heart Sutra.

We could not help but feel such a sense of appreciation by the beauty all around us.

What To See In Hong Kong - Heart Sutra on Wooden Steles - Mountains and greenery all around
Mountains and greenery all around, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gem

Here is a photo to share how it looked when we gazed upwards from the base of one of the wooden steles. Against the sunny blue sky, it was colossal and breathtaking.

What To See In Hong Kong - Heart Sutra on Wooden Steles - Looking magnificent
Looking magnificent, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gem

After the visit to the Wisdom Path, we exit from where we started. A look around, and we saw that to the left was a sign that said – Phoenix Hill. There were steps that invited people to explore the hill.

Tip: The entrance to the Phoenix Hill is recognizable by a gateway and a statue of the Phoenix. It is on the left of the entrance of the Wisdom Path. Don’t miss it!

We climbed the steps, and after a short distance, we looked back. We were able to have a bird’s eye view of the 38 wooden steles of the Wisdom Path. Look closely and you could make out the infinity symbol cast by the wooden steles!

What To See In Hong Kong - Heart Sutra on Wooden Steles forming Infinity symbol
Wooden Steles forming Infinity symbol, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gem

We walked slightly further up the Phoenix Hill, and were rewarded with a breathtaking view of the mountains and valley of the Lantau mountains, the islands and the South China Sea.

What To See In Hong Kong - Breathtaking View of Islands and South China Sea
Breathtaking View of Islands and South China Sea, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gem

We spent some time appreciating the majestic view. Soon after, we made our way back to Tian Tan Buddha.


Where is the Wisdom Path Located?

Address

Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands

How to Get There?

MTR

Go to MTR Tung Chung Station. Take Exit B. Then take the Ngong Ping Cable Car. This will take around 25 minutes.

Bus

Or from the same Tung Chung Station, take New Lantao Bus 23. This will take about 45 minutes.

Ferry

Another way to get there is by Ferry, which you have to board at Central Pier 6. Take the ferry to Mui Po, then take New Lantao Bus 2 to Ngong Ping Village. All this may take around 40 minutes, minus wait time.


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What is the Heart Sutra?

The Heart Sutra is a very popular sutra in Mahayana Buddhism. It has 260 words, and as such is the shortest sutra.

Its Sanskrit name is Prajnaparamitahrdaya. The meaning is The Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom.

The sutra records the conversation that Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva has with one of the disciples of Buddha, Shariputra. They discussed the five skandhas that are form, sensation, conception, discrimination and consciousness. All of which are empty as Avalokiteshvara has observed, and thus became free from suffering.

We will not assume to know all there is about this lovely Heart Sutra. The above is just a brief explanation. For more information, it is best to read up more about this sutra from Buddhist websites, attend talks by monks about this sutra, read books about it, or visit Buddhist libraries.


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Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Hong Kong Food

Hong Kong Food

When you visit Hong Kong, you are never lack of choices for Hong Kong Food. Dim sum, roasted meats, wanton noodles, and more. We feature some places with really good food, and some that are hidden gems.



Kam Kee Cafe – Awesome Authentic Cha Chaan Teng Food

Breakfast Set - Toast, Fried Eggs, Deep Fried Fish Fillet and Hong Kong Milk Tea
Breakfast Set – Toast, Fried Eggs, Deep Fried Fish Fillet and Hong Kong Milk Tea

Looking for great tasting local Hong Kong Food? Let me introduce you to Kam Kee Cafe that offers delicious and authentic food made from 1960s recipes. Don’t miss tasting this awesome dishes that brings fond memories. Read More


Shek Kee Wonton Noodles – The Best in Hong Kong

Best Wonton Noodles in Hong Kong - Delicious Wonton with Fish Balls - Click on Image to Read More
Best Wonton Noodles in Hong Kong – Delicious Wonton with Fish Balls – Click on Image to Read More

Forget Mak’s. And any others that claim to be the best wonton noodles in Hong Kong. Shek Kee is The One. I have tried all the others, including Mak. And I have found that Shek Kee is much better. Would you like to find out more, including location, of this hidden gem? Read More


Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant

Good Food In Hong Kong - Deep Fried Bean Curd Sheets with Lemon Sauce - Click on Image to Read More
Good Food In Hong Kong – Deep Fried Bean Curd Sheets with Lemon Sauce – Click on Image to Read More

When you visit Tian Tan Buddha on Lautau Island, don’t miss this treat! The vegetarian food is delicious, and you can tell they use really fresh ingredients. Plus, there is a really tasty dessert shop just outside. Read More



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Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Hong Kong Food – Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant

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Hong Kong Food – Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant

After a wonderful morning at Tian Tan Buddha (also lovingly called Big Buddha), we were hungry. The climb up the 268 steps and back down, plus walking around and inside the inner halls surely worked up an appetite. We hunger for Good Hong Kong Food!

Fortunately, the ticket we bought included a full course meal at the Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant.

We had read many good things about the restaurant and the food they served. And looked forward to experiencing it first-hand. We wanted to see if it really was as good as what netizens have claimed.

Below is the brief intro about Po Lin Monastery and the Summary of Ratings, followed by our experience tasting the food at vegetarian restaurant. Continue reading to join us for this gastronomical journey.


About Po Lin Monastery

Po Lin is a Buddhist monastery. It was founded in 1906 by three monks. And is located on Ngong Ping at Lantau Island of Hong Kong. The location is quite remote, in a setting that is amongst lush and serene mountains.

It is one of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist sanctums. After Tian Tan Buddha was added, it became a very popular destination for locals and tourists.

There is a well known vegetarian restaurant that is famous for serving delicious vegetarian dishes. Around the monastery, and everywhere in Ngong Ping, there are beautiful flowers, lush greenery, and even wildlife and livestock.

This tree was at the hill slope, at the side of the 268 steps to Tian Tan Big Buddha.

Good Food In Hong Kong - Lush Greenery along the slope of the hills at Tian Tan Buddha
Lush Greenery along the slope of the hills at Tian Tan Buddha, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Tip: When you are at Ngong Ping, do take time to notice the pretty flowers, plants and trees there.

Good Food In Hong Kong - Beautiful Flowers Everywhere at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Beautiful Flowers Everywhere, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

There are ways to get there; such as by MTR to Tung Chung MTR station then by bus or cable car, or by ferry. More info below.


Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant – The Overview & Rankings

Name: Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant
Cuisine: Chinese, Vegetarian, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner
Dining Choices: Dine In
Family Friendly: Yes
Food: 4.0 out of 5.0
Service: 3.0 out of 5.0
Value: 4.0 out of 5.0
Atmosphere: 3.0 out of 5.0
Prices: $$$ out of $$$$$
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0  Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant - 4 out of 5 Stars Rating


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On the Way to Po Lin

After a wondrous time at the top of the hill, and being awestruck by the colossal Tian Tan Buddha, the inner halls of treasure and the breath-taking views of the mountains, we began to feel hungry.

Fortunately, the ticket we purchased earlier included a set meal at the Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant. To get there, we had to walk down the 268 steps. This time, it was not so tiring as going up.

Good Food In Hong Kong - Pavilion and Gateway to Po Lin Monastery can be seen to be just across Tian Tan Buddha
Pavilion and Gateway near Tian Tan Buddha, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

As we reached the lower flights of steps, we noticed many people praying at a circular construct. We found out later that this is called the Pavilion.

Good Food In Hong Kong - Pavilion just across Tian Tan Buddha
Pavilion just across Tian Tan Buddha, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

It was nothing sensational. But it was nice to see and experience every part of this tourist attraction.


Entrance to Po Lin Monastery

Po Lin Monastery was just across the Tian Tan Buddha. After we reached the bottom of the 268 steps, and crossed the Pavilion, we saw the gateway to the monastery.

Good Food In Hong Kong - Gateway to Po Lin Monastery
Gateway to Po Lin Monastery, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems


Vegetarian Deluxe Set Meal

Do not expect the usual window display of food or large neon signs to indicate where the restaurant is. This is a simple and unassuming eating place.

Look for the temple, and then walk to the left side of the front of the temple. Look for signs where one of them would indicate the restaurant, and the direction it is located.

Though it took a bit of time to find, it was actually easy to spot the restaurant. Here is where you have to be sure which room to enter. Earlier, we purchased the Deluxe Set Meal. A sign on the door of the restaurant informed us that the meal would be served in the VIP (Very Important Person) room.

Tip: Remember to Buy the Deluxe Set Meal when you purchase the ticket at Big Buddha. It is worth the money. The room is air-conditioned (great for a hot day), and the meals are served by wait staff. ==> Read Big Buddha post for info on How to Buy the Best Deal for visit to Big Buddha Museum & the Deluxe Set Meal <==

One of the wait staff greeted us as we entered the VIP room. She asked for our ticket, and we showed it, and informed her that there were four of us dining. Immediately, she allocated us a table.

After that, everything happened really fast and efficiently. There was nary a smile or pleasant conversation. It was not horrible either. Just very mechanical and quick.

The plates and utensils were placed, followed by bowls for washing hands or tea cups. Then the dishes arrived one after another.

Here is what you get for a Deluxe Meal for four (note: menu may change over time):

The first dish was the Deep Fried Bean Curd Sheets with Lemon Sauce. It was cooked in a sweet and sour style. We must admit that this is a great starter. The sweetness and sourness was not too heavy, and not too light. Just the right amount to make this a mouth watering combination that increased our already worked up appetites.

Good Food In Hong Kong - Deep Fried Bean Curd Sheets with Lemon Sauce
Deep Fried Bean Curd Sheets with Lemon Sauce, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The Bean Curd Sheets were crispy yet full without being flaky. At some places, the bean curd sheets get soggy very quickly because of the sauce. They have managed to keep the sheets crispy even after we started on the other dishes that came soon after.

The next dish was the Black Mushrooms with Vegetables. This turned out to be the highlight of the meal.

Good Food In Hong Kong - Black Mushrooms with Vegetables
Black Mushrooms with Vegetables, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

They mushroom were firm and chewy. Notice some places served mushrooms that just tasted like nothing? Not here. At Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant, there was a light yet distinct mushroom taste on our tongues! It was just the right amount of flavor too!

The green vegetables were no lightweight, too. The ingredients were so fresh and full of taste of each type of vegetable that we suspected they might have been grown in the fertile lands of Ngong Ping. Maybe even organic?

Every Chinese meal should have soup. Or at least that is a Cantonese way of having meals. Sadly, the Mixed Mushroom Soup was disappointing. We did not think much of it.

Good Food In Hong Kong - Mixed Mushroom Soup
Mixed Mushroom Soup, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

It was a thick soup with bean noodles, black fungus, strands of bean curd skin and assorted mushrooms. While nice to have and drink after an exhausting walk up and down the steps to Big Buddha, the taste was bland and nothing special to speak of.

We thought it was going downhill after the soup. Thankfully, things bounced back. The Spring Rolls were served next.

Good Food In Hong Kong - Spring Rolls
Spring Rolls, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

I love Spring Rolls! And the ones from Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant were really good! They were well fried such that the skin was light and crispy. The filling was tasty with light sweet and peppery flavors. Again, we could tell how fresh the ingredients were.

After the Spring Rolls, we were hopeful for the rest of the meal to be even better. We were rght!

Good Food In Hong Kong - Asparagus with Mixed Mushroom and Cashews
Asparagus with Mixed Mushroom and Cashews, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The Asparagus with Mixed Mushrooms and Cashews was a delightful dish. Besides the asparagus, mushrooms and cashews, there were also celery, red & yellow peppers, and snap peas. We could savor each and every individual vegetable’s flavor. Plus, the combination of the vegetables made this a crunchy and scrumptious combo.

Good Food In Hong Kong - Fresh Lotus with Potato Paste
Fresh Lotus with Potato Paste, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The Fresh Lotus with Potato Paste surprised us. At a glance, we thought this was a dish of yams. I do not particularly like yams. But my friends revealed to me that they were actually fresh lotus and very palatable. I gave it a try, and it was really good! We changed our minds. This might be the best dish of the entire meal.

Tip: Save your appetite for delicious desserts from the deli next to the vegetarian kitchen. See the next part to read more about it.


Delicious Desserts

After lunch, we patronized the Deli that was next to the vegetarian kitchen (from the VIP room, turn left). Here, there was an assortment of snacks and desserts such as steamed cakes, noodles, bean curd, glutinous rice dumplings, and more.

The Bean Curd is renowned and highly praised by many. It is fresh because it is home-made by the monastery daily.

Good Food In Hong Kong - Delicious Desserts such as Bean Curd, Mango Pudding and Glutinous Rice Dumplings with Peanut and Green Bean Paste fillings
Delicious Desserts

We tried the Bean Curd, Mango Pudding and Glutinous Rice Dumplings with Peanut and Green Bean Paste fillings. The bean curd was as good as its reputation; fragrant, soft and silky. The dumplings were a surprise. They were so soft and flavorful.

You must try all these when you are here!

Tip: The stock at the Deli is limited. Some favourite items, like the bean curd, are made in small quantities. You should buy them when you see that they are available. A good idea would be visit the Deli first, buy what you wish to try, and bring in to the VIP Room to enjoy with your Deluxe Meal.


Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

From our experience, most of our friends are reluctant to have vegetarian meals. When we have lunches and dinners together, rarely they would agree to it. Unless, of course, they are vegetarians.

Over the years, we do find that more and more of our friends are all right with vegetarian food. It might not be their first choice. But if suggested, they are open to it. Though, sometimes with hesitation.

We dare say that if they tried the food at Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant, they would change their mindset about vegetarian food.

Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant - 4 out of 5 Stars RatingThe restaurant did not get full 5.0 rating only because of the ambience, and service. Sure, we understand that they are not really a commercial establishment.

But then again, people paid money for this. So, it would have been nice to sit in a better decorated restaurant. And nicer when the wait staff are a little friendlier. We do not expect too much. Just a smile now and then. And some greeting perhaps?

Aside from the little bit of down side, the food is really worth enjoying. That is why, although service was not good and environment was not ideal, the rating is not low. The food raised it to a 4.0.

Anyway, you will most probably spend the day at Tian Tan Buddha. Why not have good food?


Where is Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant?

Address

Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping, Lantau Island

Operating Hours at Po Lin Monastery: Monday to Sunday (including public holidays), 8am to 6pm

Operating Hours at Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Kitchen:
Monday to Friday (except public holidays), 11.30 am to 4.30 pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays, 11.30 am to 7.00 pm


How to Get There?

MTR

Go to MTR Tung Chung Station. Take Exit B. Then take the Ngong Ping Cable Car. This will take around 25 minutes. Another 10 minutes’ walk to the monastery.

Bus

Or from the same Tung Chung Station, take New Lantao Bus 23. This will take about 45 minutes, then 8 minutes’ walk to the monastery.

Ferry

Another way to get there is by Ferry, which you have to board at Central Pier 6. Take the ferry to Mui Po, then take New Lantao Bus 2 to Ngong Ping Village. All this may take around 40 minutes, minus wait time.


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Thank you for reading this. Next, we visited the Wisdom Path. Don’t miss this interesting place that you must visit when you are at Big Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus