Best Wonton Noodles in Hong Kong – Shek Kee

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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!

I enjoy a good bowl of wonton noodles since young. Whenever I visit Hong Kong, I must have at least one bowl of wonton noodles at least once in a trip.

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!

When in Hong Kong, you Must Try this!


Shek Kee Wonton Noodles – The Overview & Rankings

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



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.

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

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


Shek Kee Wonton Noodles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The soup really distinguishes Shek Kee from the others.



Shek Kee Wonton Noodles – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

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

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.

Address

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

Operating Hours :

12pm – 9pm

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

How to Get There

MTR

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

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

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

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

If you have ANY questions about this review, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Avenue of Comic Stars

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Avenue of Comic Stars

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

As we shopped along Nathan Road, I noticed an entrance to Kowloon Park. I encouraged my friends to enter the park. It would be nice to see some nature in Hong Kong, I said. They agreed, we walked into the park, and discovered a pleasant surprise – the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars!

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

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

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


About Avenue of Comic Stars

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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McDull, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: McMug

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

Comic Artist: Alice Mak

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

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

Comic Character: Nan Gong Wen Tian

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

Works: Magical Weapons

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

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

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

Comic Artist: Wong Yuk-Long, Tony

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

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

Comic Character: Miss 13 Dots

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

Works: Miss 13 Dots

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

Comic Artist: Lee Wai-chun

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

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

Comic Character: Guo Jing

Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Guo Jing
Guo Jing, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: The Legend of the Condor Heroes

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

Comic Artist: Lee Chi-ching

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

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

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

Comic Character: Sau Nga Chun

 

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

Works: Tai Kung Pao

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

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

Comic Artist: Gum Siu-man

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

Comic Character: Liaoyuan Huo

 

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Liaoyuan Huo, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: The Ravages of Time

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

Comic Artist: Chan Mou

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

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

Comic Character: Little Horse

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Little Horse, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Little Horse’s Silly Life

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

Comic Artist: Maggie Lau

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

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

Comic Character: Wang Xiao Hu

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

Works: Tiger & Dragon Heroes

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

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

Comic Artist: Wong Yuk-long, Tony

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

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

Comic Character: Hui Lok

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Hui Lok, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Feel 100%

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

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

Comic Artist: Jeffrey Lau

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

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



Comic Character: K

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K, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: K

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

Comic Artist: Li Chi-tat

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

Comic Character: Q Boy

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Q Boy, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: White Cat Black Cat

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

Comic Artist: Ma Sing-yuen

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

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

Comic Character: Andy Chan

Avenue Stars Hong Kong - Andy Chan
Andy Chan, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Teddy Boy

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

Comic Artist: Man Kai-ming

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

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

Comic Character: Doggie

 

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Doggie, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: God Legion

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

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

Comic Artist: Cheng Kin-wo

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

Comic Character: Cowboy

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Cowboy, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Cowboy

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

Comic Artist: Wong Sze-ma

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

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

Comic Character: Din-Dong

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Din Dong, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Din-dong

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

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

Comic Artist: Postgal Workshop

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

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

Comic Character: Bruce Lee

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Bruce Lee, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Bruce Lee

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

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

Comic Artist: Vincent Kwong

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

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

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

Comic Character: Tiger Shark

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Tiger Shark, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Tiger Shark

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

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

Comic Artist: Wan Yat-leung

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

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

Comic Character: Old Master Q

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Old Master Q, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Old Master Q

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

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

Comic Artist: Alphonso Wong and Joseph Wong

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

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

Comic Character: Dragon Lord

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Dragon Lord, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Dragon Lord

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

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

Comic Artist: Khoo Fuk-lung, James

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

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

Comic Character: Shau Sing Chai

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

Works: Shau Sing Chai

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

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

Comic Artist: Ricky Chan

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

Comic Character: On On and Guy Guy

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On On and Guy Guy, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Fake Forensic Science

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

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

Comic Artist: Siuhak

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

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

Comic Character: Cloud

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Cloud from Storm Riders, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Works: Storm Riders

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

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

Comic Artist: Ma Wing-shing

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

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

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

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

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

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Cloud from Storm Riders – closer view of face, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

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

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


Kowloon Park

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


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

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

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

* Tip! : Slow down. Appreciate the pretty flowers.

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

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

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Trees at Kowloon Park, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Address

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

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

Opening Hours

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

Admission

Free

How to Get There

MTR

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

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


If you have ANY questions about this post 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,

Timotheus

Wisdom Path

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Wisdom Path in Hong Kong Lantau Island

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

Soon enough, we were energized, and ready for our next adventure. We 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.

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

Journey to the Wisdom Path

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Wisdom Path

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

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

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

We started to walk the Wisdom Path.

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

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

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

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

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First wooden stele of Wisdom Path, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gem

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

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Heart Sutra on Wooden Stele, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Address

Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands

How to Get There

MTR

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

Bus

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

Ferry

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



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.


If you have ANY questions about this post 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,

Timotheus

Good Food in Hong Kong

Good Food In Hong Kong

When you visit Hong Kong, you are never lack of choices for 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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Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant

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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.

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

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

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


About Po Lin Monastery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant – The Overview & Rankings

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



On the Way to Po Lin

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

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

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

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

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

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


Entrance to Po Lin Monastery

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

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

Vegetarian Deluxe Set Meal

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

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

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

* Tip: Buy the Deluxe Set Meal. It is worth the money. The room is air-conditioned (great for a hot day), and the meals are served by wait staff.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Black Mushrooms with Vegetables, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Delicious Desserts

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

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

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

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

You must try all these when you are here!

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


Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

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

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

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

Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

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

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

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

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

Address

Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping, Lantau Island

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

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

How to Get There

MTR

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

Bus

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

Ferry

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



If you have ANY questions about this review, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this. Next, we visited the Wisdom Path.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Big Buddha in Hong Kong Lantau Island

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Big Buddha in Hong Kong Lantau Island

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).

What To See In Hong Kong MTR Map
MTR System Map, source: mtr.com.hk, CLICK to see larger version

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.

What To See In Hong Kong - View from MTR train en route to Tung Chung MTR Station that is on Lantau Island
View from MTR train en route to Tung Chung MTR Station, Lantau Island, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

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.



Citygate Outlets

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

What To See In Hong Kong - Ngong Ping Cablecar Station was closed
Ngong Ping Cablecar Station was closed, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

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!

What To See In Hong Kong - Gateway to Tian Tan Buddha
Gateway to Tian Tan Buddha, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

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.

What To See In Hong Kong - Tian Tan Buddha seen from afar, from Gateway
Tian Tan Buddha seen from Gateway, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

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.

What To See In Hong Kong - Bodhi Path that leads to Tian Tan Buddha
Bodhi Path that leads to Tian Tan Buddha, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

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.

What To See In Hong Kong - Divine General for those Born in the Year of the Rabbit
Divine General for those Born in the Year of the Rabbit, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems


The Long Stairway to Tian Tan Buddha

And then … the long and steep flight of steps to Tian Tan Buddha.

268 steps!

What To See In Hong Kong - 268 Steps to Tian Tan Buddha
268 Steps to Tian Tan Buddha, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Sounds exhausting?

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.

Let’s go!

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 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.

What To See In Hong Kong - Large Incense Burner at Foot of Steps to Tian Tan Buddha
Large Incense Burner at Foot of Steps to Tian Tan Buddha, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Beautiful, isn’t it? Look at the intricate details. Here’s another one.

What To See In Hong Kong - Large Incense Burner along Steps to Tian Tan Buddha
Large Incense Burner along Steps to Tian Tan Buddha, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems
What To See In Hong Kong - Large Lamp Post along Steps to Tian Tan Buddha
Large Lamp Post along Steps to Tian Tan Buddha, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

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!

What To See In Hong Kong - Big Buddha Blesses Everyone
Tian Tan Buddha Blesses Everyone! © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

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.

What To See In Hong Kong - Big Buddha - view from another angle
Another angle of Big Buddha, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The Museum

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.

What To See In Hong Kong - 3 of 6 Devas
3 of 6 Devas, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

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.

What To See In Hong Kong - Another 3 of 6 Devas
Another 3 of 6 Devas, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

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!

What To See In Hong Kong - Awesome View of Mountains
Awesome View of Mountains, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems
What To See In Hong Kong - Serene Mists On Mountains
Serene Mists On Mountains, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems
What To See In Hong Kong - Po Lin Monastery from afar
Po Lin Monastery from afar, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

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.

See ya soon!



If you have ANY questions about Big Buddha in Hong Kong Lantau Island 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,

Timotheus

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Thank you for reading this.

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Timotheus