|Mini version of the main lobby of the Grand Floridian in the Disneyland Hotel.|
|Hedge labyrinth behind the Disneyland Hotel.|
The Hong Kong Disneyland park doesn't open until 10:00am, so at 8:30am, the Disneyland Hotel (DH) was still pretty sleepy and empty. We took this opportunity to explore the hotel and enjoy the views in the super bright morning sunshine. We'd also read on the interwebs that the DH provides different complimentary toiletries, themed after the seven dwarfs, so we went in search of a maid cart to verify. [Anyone who knows me well knows I love the cute little "goodies" from hotels... one of the little things to love about traveling I learned from Mom.]
Back at Enchanted Garden at 9:25am, the foyer outside the restaurant was starting to fill up with the haphazard queuing we've started to get used to (the result of quantities of pushy/eager/excited/barely-able-to-communicate Asians of all types). As we approached the hostess counter, Tam saw us and quickly recited our room number from memory (! and we realized that we hadn't even left our names), and graciously set us up with an usher (the 9th or 10th "Matthew" we'd met) who led us to our table. Following Matthew through the beautifully themed restaurant, we finally understood the "seatings." They had completely re-set the restaurant so it seemed we were the first to enter for the day. All the buffet offerings were freshly laid out and the restaurant empty, waiting for a new round of excited diners. Because we were among the first into the restaurant, I quickly took some photos of the huge breakfast spread:
Absolutely stuffed (in more ways than one, see photo below...) from too much breakfast, we lounged a bit in the lobby before waddling back to our room. There we re-grouped, packed the adventure bag and headed off into the city.
|Breakfast haul: 6 little jars of jam, "Sleepy" cotton swabs & pads, comb, razors, shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, Asian pear, emmanthaler cheese, tea spoons|
|Fabric stalls on the street|
|Fabric swatch cards for wholesale purchasers|
Wending our way back to the MTR station, we stopped in lots of little shops selling all sorts of bits and bobs. One shop was the size of a small apartment and packed FULL of all kinds of plastic beads. So full that though the walls were lined with tiny drawers, some of them were pulled out to make shelves for jars of still more beads! Similar stores sold all types of strings, ribbons, elastic, lace, sequins (including giant 3"+ diameter ones for making curtains - like the sort you might have for a party), buckles, and rhinestones.
Having completely exhausted T's (very generous) patience for looking at all things shiny and crafty, we headed off in search of Granville Road and the promise of up-and-coming designers, discounted clothing, and interesting Hong Kong shopping. Emerging from the MTR, right away we could tell that this was indeed a place for shopping. It was starting to get dark, so neon lights were on advertising all types of wares, including a particularly large sign above the center of the road that read "UNDER WEAR." Sadly, looks like we didn't get a photo. Already somewhat laden with my haul from Sham Shui Po, we spent another several hours perusing the stores and malls on Granville Road, making a few more purchases to add to our load. At Uniqlo, we were entertained by the variety of American/American-inspired t-shirt designs and also Moomin, a new favourite "cute thing" to add to our list.
|Street vendor selling all types of zhongzi|
|Something (very popular - there was a long line) called egg yolk ball... looked like a crunchy sort of pastry/baked item|
Next time: Disneyland!!