Hong Kong Travel Diary Day 2 2017
For our second day exploring Hong Kong, Jen and I decided on a whim to check out the sky100 indoor observation deck in Kowloon. It is the highest indoor observation deck in Hong Kong, located on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre - it features expansive 360 degree views - while taking in the sights we also grabbed some bites to enjoy (I had a matcha soft serve). We even snapped the most TOURIST-Y photos in front of a green screen, unfortunately, we didn't download all of our photos in time so we didn't get our digital souvenirs!
After taking in the HK views, we headed over to the last remaining night market in Hong Kong, the Temple Street Night Market. This is an amazing place to get souvenirs! My favorite were the darn cutest mini food replica keychains! After Jen and I ventured up this parking structure to get an aerial view shot of all the illuminated market tents, we found a spot amongst the market stands to enjoy beers and eat spicy crab! Although we totally got blindsided by an up charge - unbeknownst to us, not everything that is placed on the table is complimentary (even if it looks unassumingly so). While waiting for our crab, we received our beers and a little bowl of peanuts. We thought nothing of the peanuts because we are used to receiving snacks or easy finger foods at restaurants. We didn't even really eat the peanuts, and when we asked about the unexpected charge on the bill we were told it was the peanuts. Oh well, we didn't want to get into it with the server; but if you travel anywhere, always ask if anything you did not order but is placed on your table is complimentary or not!
After dinner, we stopped in at a couple skincare stores (we have some of our favorite Asian and Korean skincare brands), then finished our evening by grabbing a couple cocktails at an Armani Prive bar (we had wanted to go to their rooftop, but it was raining when we had arrived so they weren't seating people there).
When in Hong Kong, be sure to check out the sky100 observation deck for spectacular, sprawling city views (you can get tickets beforehand or purchase in person) and the bustling Temple Street Night Market for good street food and picking up souvenirs.
100/F, International Commerce Centre
1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Regular Opening Times
Sunday – Thursday
10:00 – 21:00 (Last entry: 20:30)
Friday – Saturday
10:00 – 22:30 (Last entry: 22:00)
Walk in: HKD188 ≈ $23.00 USD
(From 8 January to 8 April 2018, in appreciation of local visitors’ continuous support, Hong Kong residents can visit the observation deck at the original prices HK$168)
Online price: HKD169
Online discount: 10%
Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Sunday-Saturday 5pm-11pm (hours are listed earlier, but the market gets going after it gets dark)