Ladies Market, Mongkok
Ladies Market, also known by the locals as "Women's Street" is located in the heart of the Mongkok District. It resides in the section of Tung Choi Street between Argyle Street and Dundas Street. The market started out as a place where the local women went shopping for bargain clothing and small household goods. Nowadays, it is mainly clothing, dolls, small rugs, towels, and touristy trinkets.
I started out my day by going to the Ladies Market in Mongkok. Ladies Market is a great place to shop on your last day of the trip. The market has some great gifts to bring home.
tian tan buddha (big buddha) and Po lin monastery
After the Ladies market, I grabbed the MTR from Mongkok station. I transferred to the Tung Chung line, which ends in the middle of Lantau Island.
Once I made it to Tung Chung, I grabbed the #23 bus that took me 45 minutes to the entrance of the Po Lin Monastery. Being a budget traveler, I couldn't afford to take the tram up the mountain at $19US. The bus ride, at $1.25US, was well worth it. The views were wonderful until the fog started rolling in.
The view of Lantau before the fog rolled in.
After 45 minutes, I arrived at the Po Lin Monastery. The fog was so heavy I couldn't see 50 feet in front of me. It wasn't the best day to see the Big Buddha.
The entrance to Po Lin Monastery.
Two of the Twelve Divine Generals of Po Lin Monastery.
A circle in the middle of Po Lin Monastery.
The Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha).
The Big Buddha at night.
Tai O Fishing village
My next stop after the Big Buddha was Tai O Fishing Village. I took the #21 bus to the village, which was 10 minutes from the Po Lin Monastery.
As I got off the bus, a woman come up to me offering a boat ride through the town and out into the bay. I paid $25HK for the 20 minute boat ride. The views were spectacular.
This area of Hong Kong is known for it's jumping fish and pink dolphins. While in the bay, there were guppies jumping alongside the boat. I did not see any dolphins.
The view from the dock in Tai O.
The boat I took.
The views from the boat.
Once the boat ride ended, I walked around the village. Each shop had different varieties of dried seafood.
wan chai nightlife
After a long day of travelling via bus and MTR, I went out with my friend Waleed to Wan Chai. On Wednesday nights Wan Chai is the place to be due to the bars handing out free champagne to all women. The most popular bar is Carnegie's.