It was a huge struggle. We went to Harbour City and shopped around for a bit. The shopping centre was huge but mostly filled with expensive brands, but I saw SO MANY BRANDS, even brands like "Replay" and "Max & Co." which I had never heard of until I working at my current job LMFAO David bought a heap of clothes from Zara (he ran out of HKD so he even had to go exchange more). He says that Asia has different styles etc, so he bought a lot LOL
I didn't mind waiting around and letting him shop because he usually hardly buys things in Australia so I was glad he was finding things he liked here. We had brunch at Din Tai Fung at SilverCord which was another shopping centre thing opposite Harbour City. We had to wait a little while but it was worth the wait.
Din Tai Fung isn't really like a yumcha place as it has quite a limited number of available dishes, but their xiao long baos are really delicious and they do have some dim sums so we tried it. We got the normal pork xlb and also a prawn one. The pork one was delicious as expected. We also tried these noodles which were so yummy as well. Everything was really good actually. Glad that we had some dim sum in Hong Kong LOL
After that, we headed to the Big Buddha, and to get there we were taking the cable car thing called Ngong Ping 360. To get to the cable car station, we had to go to the end of the line at Tung Chung. It took quite a while to get there, not only that, but waiting in line to even get on the cable car was ages.
David and I decided to go on the 'crystal cable car' which was a bit more expensive. As expected, most people did the same, because they have been promoting the hell out of it on the MTRs LOL Anyway, the only difference was that it had a glass floor.. hurrrr.. r u kidding me, I paid extra for this!? LOL
Anyway, we finally got on and it was quite scary at some points, but also pretty scenic. We could even see HK International Airport from where we were, because the cable car station is actually not on HK Island or on Kowloon but on another island called 'Lantau Island'.
It took a while to get to the Big Buddha, but I was WeChatting both my aunty and my family to let them know where I was going. I forgot to mention that the day before my aunty had given David and I these local sim cards, which people were apparently handing out, so that was really good for us because we had a bit of 3G, which we could use, and we could 'top it up' by viewing ads and stuff like that LOL.
When we finally go to the destination, we were bombarded by this girl who was trying to sell us a photo of David and I on the cable car, or a key ring or some other thing. We decided to get a keyring with a photo of us on it just for memories sake LOL It was like $10 or something.
You can't go up or touch the creation or anything, it's all guarded off, but the view from the top is pretty good, and you can see close enough the intricate details of the Buddha and how detailed the eyes are carved out etc. We took a few photos and then headed back down.
po lin monastery
cute stuff at the gift shop (wasn't allowed to take photo but.. shh LOL)
We were going to have dinner again with my aunty, so after we got down we MTR'ed to Prince Edward Station... dinner was going to be SHABU SHABU! I love any sort of soupy food. I love stews and stuff like that, which is why I like Korean food so much, but I also love hot pot and shabu shabu as well. I was pretty happy to try shabu shabu in HK because I did want to try hot pot and this was close enough.
We went to this place called Gyu Jin. It was a buffet shabu shabu, and for like $35 AUD or so, you can get unlimited meat, veges, drinks and even Haagen Daz icecream! Australia, why the HELL ARE YOU SO EXPENSIVE, AND WHY DON'T YOU HAVE THINGS LIKE BUFFET SHABU SHABU!??
After that we walked around a bit, checked out the Goldfish Market again, but this time it was in full action. My aunty told me that there used to be more stores back in the days, but now it's all changed. We then got our bags from our hotel and took the MTR towards the airport. My aunty rode with us most of the way because she was headed that way, and then we got to our stop and parted ways.
David and I got to the airport pretty early so we walked around and I bought some stuff with my remaining HKD. I got some stuff from PAGE ONE, which is a book store, got some cool drawing books and some bags! I'll probably have a post with all the stuff I bought so stay tuned I guess LOL
Anyway, that was the end of HK. We did a lot, and it felt like quite a long time we spent there because we packed so much into the 3 days. I had a really good time, although I was pissy at times, I really liked having David there with me to help me and everything. Thanks oppigu :3