Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hong Kong Diary Day 19 Tsim Sha Tsui and Nathan Road

It's Thursday and time for another post on our China trip! After a relaxing stop at Lok Ma Chao Lookout, we had lunch with friends Peter and Vonny and headed back towards our hotel in Yau Ma Tei, below the shot out the window while we were on the highway.I remembered in the 1980's Hong Kong was known as the shoppers' paradise, people would flock there for the best deals in electronic goods, exquisite clothing and fine dining. But business seemed to dwindle in 1990's as consumers found competitive pricing and better quality elsewhere. However there was still no lack of shopping opportunity when we were there in 2007. A stop along the way at Seiyu, a Japanese shopping mall in Sha Tin revealed a specialty store that catered to the littlest customers, pictured below the entrance to the tiny food court.
At its doorway, Vonny pointed out the cutest looking menu for baby food, too bad there was no English, $35 which equates to $5 Canadian seemed pretty steep for baby food.
After browsing, the elevator led us to the parking lot where this unique chili red car caught our eye, a petite 2 seater in it's own corner spot.
What brand is it? Can you get it in North America? Seemingly the funky looking ones are only available in Europe and Asia, car manufacturers think they would not sell well here but I beg to differ.
Another stopover at Tsim Sha Tsui, just a few minutes walk from our hotel, the mere mention of this area brought back memories of shop after shop of inexpensive clothing and budget eateries.
Somehow the atmosphere in the area felt somewhat quiet, it was not as crowded as I remembered. There was less street stalls but I had to stop for the one that sold girls' dresses, I used to wear fluffy skirts just like that!
We were all tired and hungry, all we wanted was a bowl of noodle soup.
The hunt stopped as we ventured upon this steamy window, plastic bags hung from a pole filled with wheat and rice noodles, bubbling soup pot ready for your order of custom add-ons: BBQ pork, shrimp wontons, or fish balls? Everything smelled so good, thank goodness there was no need to queue for long, food was ready in minutes and gulped down in seconds.
After the quick dinner we walked across the street to check out this newly opened joint, I did not recognize the Chinese characters, neither did Peter and Vonny. We peered through the window and witnessed no customers so we continued on.
Down the street towards the Circle K, we headed towards Nathan Road.
The bustling traffic on the main road drew us near, bright signs blaring international franchise and flashy big screens advertised Nathan Road as the shopping district in Hong Kong.
As we stood I could not believe the amount of commercials aimed at the helpless consumer.
There is no escape from endorsement by foot or by car.
The time was close to midnight, but there was little gap in traffic flow, I managed to capture this 'empty' moment of the street before the vehicles started to whiz by again.
A surprising find on Nathan Road, not all shops catered to clothes, how about a Chinese herbal store with remedies and concoctions that claimed to cure all your ailments?
Continuing on the main street back to the car, we were surprised to find so many people going about their way on the sidewalk.
One last shot of the crowded double decker buses before returning to our hotel. A quick hot shower and off to bed at 1 AM, we welcomed the rest to ready for new destination in Hong Kong, stay tuned next week!

1 comment:

  1. Looks very busy and almost an overload of sights and sounds and no doubt smells.