Hong Kong 2017

hong kong 香港

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

I remember the moment I had received some not so good news on a Wednesday morning, I knew I had to fly back to Hong Kong ASAP. Had books flights that Wednesday evening and flew out the following Sunday. I wanted to fly out the next day or the Friday but due to it being last minute, flight tickets were £1000 and more. One airline was £2000! Sunday was the cheapest and had flown with Emirates. I’ve flown with them many, many times and are always a pleasure to fly with. I may have got my foot stuck in the back of the seat on the Manchester to Dubai flight. Not going to explain any further haha.

I go to Hong Kong every year or two and have decided this time round if I have some free time, I would visit places I have never been before, see new things. I would always go and do the same thing on every visit and it’s getting a bit boring now. Made a list of places and food to eat and decided to visit them whenever I had some free time. I didn’t get to go to every place on my list but I wasn’t in a rush to squeeze everything in as there were other priorities. There’s always next time. Photo time!

Wong Tai Sin Temple(黃大仙祠)
Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong 黃大仙祠, 香港
Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong 黃大仙祠, 香港

Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden(志蓮淨苑,南蓮園池)
Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden Hong Kong 志蓮淨苑,南蓮園池, 香港
Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden Hong Kong 志蓮淨苑,南蓮園池, 香港
Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden Hong Kong 志蓮淨苑,南蓮園池, 香港

The Legend of Hong Kong Toys at the Hong Kong Museum of History
(香港歷史博物館 -「香港玩具傳奇」)
The Legend of Hong Kong Toys is an exhibition currently on where you can go and look at the past toys from around the 1930s to the present. There were a lot of toys and cartoon characters I had recognised and a lot I haven’t seen before due to being born and raised in the UK. It brings back so many memories and you just reminisce at the ones you recognise. Even though this is based on the Hong Kong past and present, you are able to recognise many toys like Barbie, Marvel action figures, Sailor Moon, Thomas the Tank Engine, various games consoles, yellow plastic ducks, robot dog toy (can’t remember the name) and many, many more. You can read more about it here.

It is on until the 15th May 2017 and there is a HK$10 entrance fee.

100 Chatham Road South
Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon
Hong Kong

香港九龍尖沙咀漆咸道南100號

Star Wars Stormtrooper The Legend of Hong Kong Toys at the Hong Kong Museum of History 香港歷史博物館 -香港玩具傳奇
Barbie Star Wars Stormtrooper The Legend of Hong Kong Toys at the Hong Kong Museum of History 香港歷史博物館 -香港玩具傳奇

So Many Sweets and Desserts
Left to right, top to bottom:
Lady M in IFC Mall, Central
Hui Lau Shan(許留山), everywhere in HK
Korean yoghurt jelly sweets from 7-Eleven
Noble貴族甜品, 98 Ivy Street, Tai Kok Tsui
Lady M Mille Crepe Hui Lau Shan
Korean yoghurt jelly Haagen dazs elderflower and blackcurrant
Noble貴族甜品 matcha waffle macaron

Hotel
For 7 nights, I had stayed in Dorsett Mongkok. I had found them through booking.com and am glad that I had chosen this, well mum preferred this branch over the others. It’s close to a MTR station, easy to get to, the road opposite is full of cafes and restaurants, 15 minutes walk to the centre of Mongkok and it’s close to where my auntie and cousin lives. Mum and I opted for the standard twin room, no breakfast included and in Hong Kong, hotel rooms aren’t big so I wasn’t surprised at the size of the room. There was plenty of room to walk and store our suitcases. As mum and I agreed, it’s got beds and a bathroom, it doesn’t matter how big or small the actual room is. We’re only there to sleep in.

Wish I had taken a photo of the full room. It was really nice. I’m a sucker for the little things like the mirrored wall, window table (both you can see me in the photo doing a backbend below). We were placed on the 6th floor and wasn’t facing the main road. Evenings were quiet and the view wasn’t that bad.
dorsett hotel mongkok hong kong 香港旺角帝盛酒店 香港大角咀
dorsett hotel mongkok hong kong 香港旺角帝盛酒店 香港大角咀
dorsett hotel mongkok hong kong 香港旺角帝盛酒店 香港大角咀
There is a gym on the first floor, it’s quite basic so don’t get your hopes up. The highest dumbbell weight is 25lbs (11.3kg) which isn’t much. There are a few cardio machines and a bench. No barbells or weight machines however I was able to make do with what it’s got. HIIT session all the way, with a few free weight exercises, followed by a lovely stretch. With all the food I had consumed, a gym session on most days was definitely needed.
dorsett hotel mongkok hong kong 香港旺角帝盛酒店 香港大角咀 gym fitness room

Mongkok branch:
Dorsett Mongkok
88 Tai Kok Tsui Road
Kowloon
Hong Kong

香港旺角帝盛酒店
香港九龍大角咀道88號

There are three other branches, Wan Chai, Kwun Tong and Tsuen Wan. Wan chai is a great location as it’s on Hong Kong Island. In my opinion, the latter two are a bit far from the main areas and tourist attractions but if you don’t mind the distance, it’s worth a try. I know Dorsett International has a few other hotels like Silka (one branch is round the corner from Dorsett Mongkok) and would try those out too. Would I stay again? Why yes, yes I would.

8 days, 7 nights in Hong Kong flew by so quick, just in a blink of an eye. I did pick up a few bits and pieces so will hopefully post that up next!

21 Comments

  1. Nayna Kanabar
    7th May 2017 / 9:11 pm

    Hong Kong looks great I went there many years ago but I would love to visit again and see t all over again.

  2. Elodie
    7th May 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Hong Kong is definitely on my list of places to visit soon. One of my friends actually lived there for a few years but I never got around to visiting, which is a shame!

  3. Fred Hawson
    8th May 2017 / 12:14 am

    Being from South East Asia, Hong Kong is usually the first trip destination for people from our country. It was mine back when I was in high school. The last time I had been to Hong Kong was three Christmases ago with my family.

  4. Roy Cortez
    8th May 2017 / 12:45 am

    Wow! Are those life-sized Stormtroopers (New Order)?! Makes me want to walk through that stairs with Stormtroopers side-by-side. A good photo opportunity for me as I'm a Star Wars fan.

  5. Vivian Yuen
    8th May 2017 / 1:04 am

    Oh sorry to hear you had to fly back to bad news.. lovely photos of HK~

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE
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  6. Rochkirstin Santos
    8th May 2017 / 6:32 am

    I'd like to go back to Hong Kong to try more restaurants. It's great to have a hotel that's walking distance away from the MTR station for convenience and you get to save more time during travels.

  7. Stephanie Merry
    8th May 2017 / 9:02 am

    I'd love to go to Hong Kong, it looks so beautiful! x

  8. Franc
    8th May 2017 / 3:13 pm

    I'm also in Hong Kong every year or every other year for vacation. You were able to explore a lot of their heritage sites.

  9. Jemma
    8th May 2017 / 6:05 pm

    I'd really love to visit Honk Kong, so many great places to see and experience!

  10. Seeing Spots
    8th May 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Some cracking pictures, it's on my bucket list to visit and hopefully will get there next year

  11. Ashleigh - www.beingashleigh.com
    8th May 2017 / 7:21 pm

    I would absolutely love to visit Hong Kong (and most of Asia). Your photos are gorgeous too.

  12. Becca
    8th May 2017 / 7:46 pm

    Hong Kong has never been on my travel radar, but your post is inspiring, so maybe I should re-think my bucket list! x

  13. Hannah Latoya Bond
    8th May 2017 / 9:45 pm

    I've never been to Hong Kong. It looks like a great place to visit

  14. Ken Jesryl
    8th May 2017 / 10:58 pm

    I've been to Hongkong just once for 4 days and it was a fun experience. Hope to visit soon. I wish I had more places visited when we were there.

  15. Khushboo Motihar
    9th May 2017 / 2:26 am

    I have never been to Hongkong and it seems such a beautiful place. Loved your dessert pics and the Korean yoghurt jelly sweets.

  16. Wow, great to know that you usually go back in Hong Kong which I will surely do If I have so much travel funds. Anyway, you have showed us another side of Hong Kong and you give me another reason to go back and visit these places. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  17. 9th May 2017 / 7:57 pm

    I would love to visit Hong Kong, there is so much to see and do! Looks fantastic! 🙂

  18. RainbowDiaries Singapore
    10th May 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Hong Kong looks incredible. Shopping, Technology and Food…Bookmarking this post.

  19. Beautykinguk
    11th May 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Sorry you have gone back for bad news and those flight prices are mind blowing!

  20. Rachel Simpson
    11th May 2017 / 8:41 pm

    These are such amazing photos, Visiting Hong Kong is so high up on my list! It looks like a fab place! xo

  21. Laura H
    10th June 2017 / 7:50 pm

    Jesus those flights were expensive! HK looks absolutely incredible and I’d love to visit. I’m sorry you didn’t go back for the best reason 🙁

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