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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And the inside and back of the cover that contain the list of food and drinks.
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
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.
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?
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.
There are many buses to Tin Lok Lane. Check which bus comes from your hotel. Ask your hotel front desk for directions.
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.
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,
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 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:
From Hong Kong station to the airport, the first train is at 5.50 am, and the last train is at 12.48 am.
From Kowloon station to the airport, the first train is at 5.53 am, and the last train is at 12.52 am.
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.
*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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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
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
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!
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,
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
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).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On this page, click on the Fortune Telling Stick Enquiry button. You will then see this next page, shown below.
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.
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.
The above is a statue of a Kirin or Qilin. It is a mythical creature that is believed to bring good luck.
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.
7am to 5pm, Daily including Public Holidays
2, Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
+852 2327 8141
How to Get to Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple?
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.
It is easier to take the MTR. Leave the bus for other activities.
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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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
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.
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!
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.
Shek Kee Wonton Noodles – Asia Travel Gems Final Word
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0
We 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?
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?
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Comic Character: 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
This comic character, Cloud, deserve more photos. It is very popular, and the pose and detailing is superb.
The famous comic artist, Ma Wing-shing, signed on this! It is the statue of the popular comic character he created, called Cloud.
Where is the Avenue of Comic Stars?
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.
Of course, the park will have beautiful flowers for you to appreciate.
Tip: Slow down. Appreciate the pretty flowers.
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.
East side of Kowloon Park, Near Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.
Visitors can enter by Park Lane Boulevard Entrance of Kowloon Park.
Daily: Monday to Sunday: 5:00 am – 12:00 midnight
How to Get There?
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
If you have ANY questions about What To See in Hong Kong – Avenue of Comic Stars 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 this.
Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
Below is a close up of the first wooden stele. It says that this is the Heart Sutra.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands
How to Get There?
Go to MTR Tung Chung Station. Take Exit B. Then take the Ngong Ping Cable Car. This will take around 25 minutes.
Or from the same Tung Chung Station, take New Lantao Bus 23. This will take about 45 minutes.
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.
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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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.
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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.
Tip: When you are at Ngong Ping, do take time to notice the pretty flowers, plants and trees there.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
The 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?
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?
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.
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.
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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Things To Do in Hong Kong – Big Buddha in Hong Kong Lantau Island
If you are wondering Things To Do In Hong Kong that is a Must, it is the Big Buddha in Hong Kong Lantau Island, also known as Tian Tan Buddha, is an amazing sight to behold! It is so huge that it can be seen from an airplane as it approaches Hong Kong International Airport.
During our last Hong Kong vacation, of course we simply must visit this awesome and magnificent Buddha image! We were really eager and excited about this day trip to the island that also has many attractions such as the Po Lin Monastery, the monastery’s vegetarian restaurant, the Wisdom Path, and more.
At that time, we were staying at Residence G Hong Kong (by Hotel G). It was a very nice Boutique Lifestyle Hotel. We will share about that in another blog post soon. (So do sign up for our newsletter to receive updates)
So, we had to travel from Residence G Hong Kong, which is located in Kowloon, to Big Buddha in Hong Kong Lantau Island.
Getting to Lantau Island
It is very easy and convenient to travel from anywhere in Hong Kong to Lantau Island. One of the most affordable ways is via MTR (Mass Transit Railway).
The MTR has a vast network that can take you to almost anywhere in Hong Kong. Take a look at the map below (click to see a larger version of the map).
The closest MTR station to Residence G Hong Kong, the hotel where we stayed at, is Austin MTR station. After early morning breakfast, we walked along Austin Road to the station.
We took the train on the West Rail Line to Nam Cheong MTR station. Then transit to Tung Chung line towards Tung Chung MTR station. That stop was in Lantau Island itself. You can see the route on the map above.
At certain sections of the train route, it went above ground. Nothing spectacular to see, but it was nice to get views of Kowloon as the train sped on to Lantau Island.
At Tung Chung station, there is a mall called Citygate Outlets. Initially, we thought of spending some time there to browse around, and perhaps get some great deals. It is, after all, a factory outlet, supposedly selling stuff at much lower prices.
Tip: Truth about Citygate Outlets – our Hong Kong friend informed us that the product range at this mall is not good. The fashion is not the latest, and the discounts were not really worth it. A taxi driver later confirmed this with us. Apparently the locals know this. Only tourists were in the dark, thinking there are good deals because of the word ‘outlets’, which is supposed to mean stuff at much lower prices. They are not.
After finding out the truth, we decided not to shop there. Still, the mall has a good use though.
The train ride from the hotel was not too long, but long enough. And it may be another half an hour to one hour to Ngong Ping, Lantau Island where Tian Tan Buddha is located. So we took advantage of the nice and clean restrooms there, and had our restroom break.
Ngong Ping Cablecar
It was supposed to be an entire experience. We had planned and intended to take the Ngong Ping Cablecar to Ngong Ping. That is where Tian Tan Buddha, Po Lin Monastery and Wisdom Path are located.
Unfortunately, when we reached the cablecar station, we were informed that the entire service was down due to maintenance. We had no choice but to take the bus to Ngong Ping.
We were a little disappointed as we wanted to see how the view as the cable car ‘flies’ over to Ngong Ping. Nevertheless, the main event is the Big Buddha. So disappointment was quickly dissipated by anticipation.
Bus to Tian Tan Buddha
We discovered that the bus to Ngong Ping was bus number 23. But before that, we had to find out how to pay for the bus ticket.
Tip: Get the Octopus card the moment you start to take the MTR around Hong Kong and Kowloon. It is very useful, convenient and saves a lot of money. When you first get the card, you need to pay HK$50 (refundable deposit) and HK$100 value for use. We were able to use the same card for the bus to Ngong Ping. No hassles.
The queue for bus number 23 was very long. Fortunately, the bus arrives frequently. In less than half an hour, we were aboard the bus, and on our way to Ngong Ping.
The bus ride was not really smooth sailing. Ngong Ping is at the top of a very high hill. The road to there has a lot of sharp turns and many curves that most probably circled the slopes of the hill.
Tip: For those who are prone to air or car sickness, I suggest taking something to prevent that before boarding the bus.
Gateway to Tian Tan Buddha
After some time, we finally arrived! Here is the Gateway to Tian Tan Buddha!
Yesterday, after we arrived, we spent half a day and night at Kowloon. And what a difference Ngong Ping was to Kowloon!
There were vast open spaces with lush greenery that filled the landscape at Ngong Ping. In contrast, there were tall and short buildings that covered every area in Kowloon, thinly separated by narrow roads.
At Ngong Ping, I could actually feel my soul breathe.
Tip: From the Gateway, it is awesome to see the Tian Tan Buddha sitting high on the hill. A sight you will never forget. Take a few moments to soak it all in.
At the Gateway, we could see the monumental Tian Tan Buddha! (top right portion of photo above) Here is another photo of the Big Buddha as seen from the Gateway.
The Bodhi Path
Before reaching the actual Big Buddha image, there was a Bodhi Path that led to it. When we were there, and because the weather was also quite warm, the path looked really long. But it actually was not.
Also, it was fun to spend a little time along this path. There were 12 Divine Generals placed along the pathway.
Tip: Did you know that each of the 12 Divine Generals represent an animal in the Chinese Zodiac? Find yours, and take a photo with it!
The one below was the Divine General for those born in the Year of the Rabbit.
The Long Stairway to Tian Tan Buddha
And then … the long and steep flight of steps to Tian Tan Buddha.
Well, it was the climb we had to take in order to get a closer view of the magnificent statue, and to enjoy the sweeping scene of the mountains and seas.
Tip: Oh wait! At the bottom of the steps, there is a booth that sells Meal Tickets. These are tickets to dine a set lunch at the nearby renowned Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant. A Deluxe Meal is priced at HK$128 per person (as of March 2014). Choose the Deluxe Set Meal. You won’t regret it. And purchase the tickets here at this booth at the base of the steps. Reason: You also get FREE admission to the museum when you reach the Big Buddha. The artifacts, relics and art pieces are worth viewing.
At the bottom of the steps and along the way up, there were many Incense Burners, Lamp Posts and mini Pagodas.
Beautiful, isn’t it? Look at the intricate details. Here’s another one.
Tian Tan Buddha
We finally reached Tian Tan Buddha!
The gigantic Tian Tan Buddha is made of bronze. It took 12 years to build, and was completed in 1993. It is 34 metres tall and faces north. This direction was specially chosen so that the Big Buddha looks over all the Chinese people.
Why was the statue named Tian Tan Buddha?
Its base is a model of the Altar of Heaven. Also, known as Earthly Mount of Tian Tan, which is the Temple of Heaven that is located in Beijing.
We hope everyone receives blessings when they see the images here of Tian Tan Buddha!
The right hand of the statue is raised. This represents the removal of affliction. The other left hand rests on the lap. This is a gesture of generosity.
Beneath the statue, there is a Museum. It comprises of 3 halls – the Hall of the Universe, the Hall of Benevolent Merit, and the Hall of Remembrance.
There were many floors of ancient relics and Buddhist items on many floors. We even saw an Anita Mui shrine. But more significant was the relic of Gautama Buddha, the alleged cremated remains. That is what this Museum is renowned for, and why most people visit it.
It was really worth a visit. Take note of the tip given earlier to buy the ticket at the ground level so that you get free entrance to this ethereal and blissful experience.
Unfortunately, no photo taking was allowed. So we have no images to share of the Museum.
Around Tian Tan Buddha
At the base of the Big Buddha, there were six statues of Devas positioned all around it. As we took time to observe them, we noticed that each of these Devas has an item in their hands. They were lifted upwards as if offering them as gifts to Tian Tan Buddha.
These 6 bronze statues are known as The Offering of the 6 Devas. They are offering flowers, incense, lamps, ointments, fruits and music to Tian Tan Buddha. These items symbolize the 6 Perfections, which are zeal, patience, morality, generosity, meditation and wisdom. All necessary for enlightenment.
The base of Tian Tan Buddha is circular with a large walkway for visitors to amble. Every step we took, we were greeted with really beautiful scenery.
Tip: Take some time to slowly enjoy the breathtaking view. It is truly awesome!
After this spiritually lifting experience, we proceeded to have lunch at the famous Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant. We had done some research before we traveled to Hong Kong, and many reviews said the lunch is really good.
We will be posting about this soon. So do come back to visit and read about it, or subscribe our newsletter to receive updates.
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This page showcases what are the Things To Do In Hong Kong. Some are fun. Some are cool. Some are amazing. Each appeals to different people in different ways. One thing’s for sure – there is something for everyone in Hong Kong.
If you have time to visit only 1 temple in Hong Kong, this must be the one! Authentic since the day it was built. Preserved as a monument. Step from the busy urban city and be transported into a magical world!
The legendary Wind and Cloud. The funny Old Master Q. The enigmatic K. Plus many more Asian comic heroes and superstars come alive in full size statues along this avenue. A tribute that is worthy of your time and visit.
A little off the beaten track, within distance from Tian Tan Buddha, is a footpath that leads to the Wisdom Path. What is the Wisdom Path? What are these tall wooden steles? And how tall are they? What are the words inscribed on these wooden steles?