I had plans to write about the ideal weekend in Hong Kong, but given the frequent rain showers this weekend and the last, it makes much more sense to write about what you could be doing in this city, when there are big clouds and lots of showers.
So let’s start off with ideas for a rainy day in Kowloon. Have breakfast at one of the Cha Chaan Tengs in Kowloon, for example the Australian Dairy Company (here’s its entry on Open Rice, it’s on 47-49 Parkes Street in Jordan). Try the milk tea with some noodles and soup, a spam sandwich or egg with toast.
Then walk to MTR Jordan station and take the MTR train to the Tsim Sha Tsui station. Use exit F and walk over to the two great museums that are located here:
The Hong Kong Museum of Art is open daily from 10am to 6pm (closed on Thursdays) and houses fine examples of ancient Chinese art from the Han to the Qing dynasties. The exhibition galleries regularly showcase contemporary and international works, like an Andy Warhol exhibition in early 2013. Check out its website to find out what’s currently on. Address: 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Opposite the Arts Museum is the Science Museum. So if you want to spend more family time together, then head over to the Hong Kong Science Museum. This is open from 1pm to 9pm on weekdays (closed on Thursdays) and from 10am to 9pm on weekends. The museum hosts about 500 permanent exhibits that explore all aspects of science and technology, including robotics, virtual reality and transportation. Best of all, about 70 percent are interactive, which is great for kids.
Both restaurants have some snack/lunch options but they are fairly average. You could walk over to Sogo, the department store next to the museums (opposite the Peninsula Hotel) and go into the food court to pick up some lunch.
Or visit the Harbour City, Ocean Terminal complex which provides many different food options, including Nha Trang, a great Vietnamese (I blogged about Nha Trang in Wellington Street in Central, but all the different outlets are good).
Then walk along the waterfront (there are some walkways that are covered if the rain is really strong) until you reach Salisbury Road and go to the Hong Kong Museum of History (here’s my blog post on it) This is open from 10am to 6pm every day (except Tuesdays) and explores 6,000 years of Hong Kong history, from the neolithic to the post-war period, with recreations of pre-historic scenes and the early colonial era. But it’s the reconstruction of a post-war street, complete with tram and traveling Chinese opera company, that really grabs my attention. Address: 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui East.
Once you are done with the museums you could go shopping – Harbour City, Ocean Terminal has all the big designer brands but if you look for more quirky shops, head over to iSquare or K11. K11 (Address: 18 Hanoir Road – next to TST MTR station) is focused on art and often has some young designers exhibiting products on the different floors – there is also a good camera shop (Tin Cheung Camera) on the top floor. iSquare (Address: 10 Lock Road – opposite Chungking Mansions, next to TST MTR station) also has a mix of restaurants and shops that are slightly different than the standard designer bands.
If you want to grab a drink and enjoy a nice view, I recommend Aqua Spirit – it’s close by in the wave-shaped building at 1 Peking Road. Go there before sunset and enjoy an amazing view (like we did, a while ago). You could also watch parts of the ‘Symphony of Light’ show from up here. Don’t know what that is? Check out my blog post here.
For dinner, you could visit Spring Deer restaurant – but you’ll need to pre-order the Peking Duck. All other dishes should be available, but again, better to call them and reserve a table then to turn up (unless you don’t mind waiting). Address: Spring Deer Restaurant
2/F, 42 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Tel. 2366 4012 or 2366 5839.