Saturday, October 24, 2009

Discovering Tsim Tsa Tsui's Salisbury Road

Striking a pose before starting exploring Hong Kong.

Day two of jalan-jalan Hong Kong take us to discover Salisbury Road on the East Tsim Tsa Tsui and taking the Star ferry ride across Victoria Harbour.

Overview of the Salisbury Road.

Salisbury Road is located by the waterfront at Tsim Tsa Tsui East. Seriously, the roads are really that clean :) You don't see any pedestrians because there is an extensive underground tunnel system for pedestrians to access the most popular destinations in Tsim Tsa Tsui.

We walked quite a portion of the Salisbury Road heading towards the Star ferry terminal. We walked pass the historical Peninsula Hotel, the ultra-luxurious five-star hotel that also houses luxurious designer brands like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Versace, and Tiffany & Co. The classic facade is also similar to its sister hotel in Mid-town Manhattan, Fifth Avenue in New York.

Peninsula Hotel by day.

Peninsula Hotel by night.

Peninsula hotel--locally known as 'the Pen'-- is one of the most famous hotel in Asia. It was founded in 1928 by the hugely successful Kadoorie family from Bombay, but of the Baghdadi Jew descent. During British colonization of Hong Kong, the expatriate and caucasian foreigners would patronize this hotel to experience a taste of its opulence that reminds them of home.

The Pen also has a place in the World War II history. The Allied surrender document to the Japanese was signed here under candlelight by General Maltby and Sir Mark Young, the Governor of Hong Kong, on Christmas Day of 1941. Both were later confined here before taken to an internment camp in Shanghai.

These are interesting buildings we discovered strolling down Salisbury Road.

An interesting oval building that houses two luxury watch brands- Tudor and Rolex.

The Hong Kong Space Museum.

The Hong Kong Space Museum is located right adjacent to the Pen. It has a unique egg-shaped dome that is one of the famous landmarks of Hong Kong. We didn't go into the Museum but we read that there are two thematic exhibition halls: Hall of Space Science and Hall of Astronomy. Both are interactive where visitors can learn through a series of entertaining and educational exhibits. Think Petrosains!

Now it's off to the Star Ferry ride!~

See you guys in the next post!

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