Hong Kong Disneyland
We had booked online tickets for "Disney World" for the next day. I think the early you start your day, the better - since it takes some time to reach the Disney World from Kowloon. Not to mention - there' a lot to do once you are there! We took the MTR from Jordan to Lai King, changed to Tung Chung Line to Sunny Bay and then changed to Disneyland Resort Line for Disneyland Resort Station. Arrived at around 11 and it was a bright sunny day, thankfully. We collected our tickets from one of the kiosks and then had an amazing time exploring the Disney Land. There are a number of shows that are showcased at different locations - make sure to get the schedule right at the front window. Lot of food options available. At the end of the day, get back to the main area for the parade - it is not to be missed. There's also a fireworks show at around 9 pm after which you can take the train back to Kowloon.
I wanted to visit Disneyland Hong Kong at the first place. You see, I have a dream of visiting ALL the Disneyworlds. We hesitated for quite some time when we were planning the trip. But at last I was talked over by my friend who said that Disneyland Hong Kong is much smaller than expected and if I have visited Disneyland Tokyo before then this shouldn't be an option for me. Which is why we ended up in Ocean Park =)
8. The Victoria Harbour in Hong KongThe Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong is what is considered as the Great Wall in China – an iconic tourist destination and a symbol for the people. Victoria is the most popular place having bird’s view of the city of entire Hong Kong. It offers a view of the regions meteoric rise to success and prosperity, the skyline lined with skyscrapers and lights in the distance. One can see the sky scrapers stretching out all the way to the mainland China. During the night time the view is even better with the masterpiece of lights on different buildings dancing in unison.
A must visit. The 111 feet Tian Tan Buddha sits beautifully perched, overlooking mainland China. This is the world’s largest, outdoor, sitting, bronze Buddha (Hong Kong has quite a few of these, biggest, longest, largest things, with a lot of conditions before and after). The Po Lin monastery is very beautiful and peaceful and is within a few minutes’ walk from the Buddha. You can spend a whole day here at the Ngong Ping village, where the Buddha, the monastery and many other attractions are housed. Take the crystal cable car one way at least. The views are breath-taking and you can see the Buddha while you are climbing up. It is better to book the ticket in advance, so you don’t have to wait in the long queue, especially during peak season.
Offers great views of the busy, restless city, with its impressive port and lofty skyscrapers. Best to go 30 minutes before sunset and watch the city lights blink to life. Don’t miss the funicular (120 year old tram), one of the ways to go up to the top. I got there only late at night, which was quite a pretty sight as well - - with the clouds floating low and the many lights sparkling all around. I would have liked to go earlier and spend more time, but, one has to leave some things for the next time too, right?
Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong International AirportTo round up our top five, Hong Kong International, the world’s best airport for two years running, really packs a punch. Located on the man-made island of Hong Kong Harbour, all the business and work facilities you could ever want or need are at your demand, but it’s the extras that will really keep you happy. HKIA has the world’s first IMAX theatre, an iSports simulator for car racing and basketball and an outdoor nine-hole golf course. Amongst the entertainment, you can seduce your tastebuds at HKIA’s Michelin star restaurants or try authentic cuisine at your favourite outpost.This post was originally published on WanderingJustin.com.
Today was a long day of working and a quick jaunt over to Causeway Bay to check out what is a very hectic part of town filled with an endless number of stores. Hong Kong is space constrained and many of the businesses here are difficult to find because they are hidden inside buildings on higher levels with directories on the first floor. Walk in traffic is low and you really have to know what your looking for to find some of these shops. High end fashion and consumer goods are a big part of Hong Kong shopping and every corner has well known outlets which are well out of my price range. Western brands are everywhere but marked up to meet demand of many higher income residents. In fact, the opulence of Central and Causeway Bay is in stark comparison to simplicity of life in other parts of Hong Kong.
The Peak Lookout
This restaurant has a beautiful open garden terrace with views of Aberdeen and the South China Sea. It is an oasis of calm amid the crowds that gather at The Peak and a popular breakfast spot. Formerly, the place of the popular old Peak Cafe, this place has maintained its vintage authenticity. The restaurant is friendly and warm and offers a memorable dining experience. The menu reflects Hong Kong's historic colonial past and Chinese roots with signature dishes such as Hainan chicken rice and British bread and butter pudding.
Macau: Macau tower, Ruins of St Paul, Grand Lisboa, Senade Square, VenetianFor 2nd day in Macau I headed for exploring old Macau i.e. Cotai. I took free shuttle from Hotel to Macau Tower. At Macau Tower you can try bungee jump. I could not do so that day because of heavy rains. Apart from bungee jump there is not much in Macau Tower so I went ahead for Senade Square. Senade Square was like a shopping area hustling and bustling with malls, stores and traffic. You must also see Grand Lisboa hotel. This is the place where Casinos started in Macau. Lisboa is one of the oldest hotel in Macau and is very famous for Casino. After my walk to Senade Square I went to Ruins of St Paul and the museum which was right next to it. You can also go to various Church and Temples which are nearby located like St Dominic Church, A MA temple etc. After spending good amount of time in Cotai I took free shuttle back to Taipa from Hotel Sintra. Back to Hotel enjoy swimming and then again a visit to Venetian and ended the day in Pacha club at Studio City. Pacha is also a must visit.
We took the train back to Mongkok to visit the ladies night market - Ladies' Market in Tung Choi Street is a great destination for the fashion conscious and those with an eye for bargain-priced sport shoes, watches, clothing, stationery, and cosmetics. There are a number of eateries in that area and you can explore according to your tastes.
Hong Kong International
As we were flying off the next morning, we checked into Regal Airport Hotel so it's easier for us to just walk over tml at 5am+! As of all our trips, we had to have #McDonald's so here we are! So we got the teriyaki chicken rice set which was average. The sauce could be better but love having brocoli in it! The set comes with nuggets and we topped up with spicy drumlets (ma la flavour?) Prefer Sg's honey lemon drumlets anytime! Lastly, had our double sundae! Superb! Damage: HKD94.50 Rating: 8/10.
Avenue of Stars
On the first day that we arrived, we decided to get some rest during the day since we had taken a red-eye flight. In the evening, we got on an MTR from Jordan to Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) to explore the victoria harbor and the skyline. We reached the promenade just as the sun was setting. Unfortunately, it was drizzling and the skyline view was hazed by the clouds. The place is very good for an evening stroll. We walked along the "Avenue of stars". Around this area you can find the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Space Museum and the Clock Tower. Later in the evening, we boarded the Star ferry for a 2-hour long cruise while watching the symphony of lights show. You can view the shoe from the promenade/ avenue of stars as well; however, the view is better from the middle of the sea as you can see both sides. The cruise also served refreshments and since it was Christmas, there were goodies and christmas hats for us :). <<The ticket office about 5/10 mins walk along the harbourside from the Museum of Art end of the Avenue of Stars at the Star Ferry Pier. Tickets are sold until 10 minutes before departure. Live narration in English is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (the rest of the days are in Mandarin and Cantonese) — it starts at 8PM daily and lasts for about 13 minutes.>>. Later, we moved back to Jordan area, where we had dinner.
The ‘Venice of Hong Kong’ aka Tai O, the fishing village of Lantau Island was our next pitstop. Apparently this is the only remaining fishing village in Hong Kong. We took a 20 minutes boat tour (25 HKD), which I felt was a waste of money because neither we saw the interiors of the fishing village nor the Chinese/Pink Dolphins for which the tour was famous for. It’s better to walk around the village, observe the locals, relish the seafood snacks, and have a meal at stilt restaurants than waste money on it.
The Peak Tram, climbs 373 meters (about 1,200 feet) to the top of Hong Kong Island. Originally created for the exclusive use of the British governor and the wealthy Peak residents when it opened in 1888, today it is one of the Hong's most famous attractions. You can hop into the tram from the Central district of Hong Kong and enjoy the ride as you go through mid-levels giving you a spellbinding view of the harbor and the skyline of the city. This is a direct route to reach The Peak, while experiencing the local transportation. The ride is as fun as the destination.
We spent the following day exploring Macau city and its history. All major hotels and casinos have shuttles to the city center. From there, you can walk around and explore the city. First we visited Senado square - it's the old town center of the Portuguese colony. The whole area is paved with traditional Portuguese pavement. From there, we walked to the Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral which is a Unesco world heritage. There are several renowned casinos nearby that one can visit. Following this, we took a cab to reach the Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre. This place was not great and can be skipped - 130 HKD per person, just to use the lift to go up to the 61st floor - nothing more, nothing less. There are a couple of restaurants and souvenir shops on the ground floor of the tower. The lift stops at the 58th floor first, which is a closed space and you can get a 360 deg view of the city from the huge glass walls. You would imagine, once you reach to the 61st floor, it would be an open area - Well, it's not. It is exactly like the 58th floor, with just the addition of Bungee and skywalking arena. Hence, as said earlier, can be skipped. We spent the evening exploring other hotels and casinos around the cotai strip. Next morning, we got ourselves checked out, got on a ferry to get back to Kowloon and then took a cab to get to the airport to board our evening flight back to Mumbai.
Ngong Ping 360
We had planned to visit the Ngong Ping and Big Buddha the next day. Again, starting early is a good idea as it takes some time to reach and buy the ticket for the cable car ride. We had to take the MTR from Jordan to Lai King, changed to Tung Chung Line and get off at Tung Chung. The ticket counter is right across. There are options of getting a glass bottom cable car (Crystal cabin) and it is worth the extra amount. You get a bird's eye view of the island and the sea. It is recommended to go one way by and cable car and return by the ferry. Very recommended to walk around the fisherman village where they preserve all sorts of fish and seafood. As soon as we stepped out of the 25 min cable car ride, we were greeted in to the beautiful and serene Ngong Ping Village. We spent the day walking around the island exploring the Big Buddha (climb stairs), the Po Lin monastery and the Ngong Ping piazza. We decided to take the cable car back to Tung Chung and then take the MTR to go to causeway bay in HongKong island. This place hosts a series of shopping centers. We ended the day by traveling back to Mongkok for dinner.
Victoria Park Flower MarketIt's considered auspicious for the Chinese to deck up their homes with new plants and flowers for New Year and cashing in on this ritual there springs up a mammoth annual flower market at Victoria Park for all sorts of plants and flowers: lucky, holy or just plain beautiful. I can honestly say two things about my experiences here: I have never seen so many exotic varieties of flowers and plants together in one place and secondly, I did not really mind the surging crowds which I abhor in my own country.There were lanes and lanes of flower stalls and then there were a few lanes of toy stalls and food stalls. I saw that visual which up until now was familiar only via TV...a large stall with various kinds of dead sea creatures and other insects on trays, manned by very clean looking cooks in aprons who would just fry up and sprinkle some taste enhancing powder on whatever you chose. I had arrived in China...to be sure!
Searching for a quick escape for the weekend? Nothing better than a day-trip to Repulse Bay, an upmarket residential area on the Southern part of Hong Kong Island, which quickly became the sea/sand/sun local escape with its crescent-shaped stretch of sand; one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Facing the beach, colonial-style buildings house designer shops and award-winning restaurants, a reminiscence of the 1920 luxury hotel that once occupied the site. It is here that Le Comptoir group shines and excels in creativity and diversity by offering four different dining experiences for locals and stylish visitors.
Australia Dairy Company
Try the typical breakfast of Hong Kong people! Simple yet fulfilling. Australian Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司) has been one of the well-known cafe in Hong Kong for its Scrambled Eggs and Steamed Egg White Pudding with Milk. A trip to Hong Kong would be considered incomplete without paying a visit to this cafe. The queue was still bearable as it was cleared pretty fast considered that we were seated within 15 mins although we had more than 20 people lined up before us.
Yung Kee Restaurant
I did my little "research" about Yung Kee Restaurant before writing this post and I must say that I was pretty disappointed to have missed out their signature dish--the Roast Goose. But on the bright side, I have showed mercy on my purse for not having them because the foods shown above in small portion have already cost us around HKG200. I'm pretty glad that I visited this place. The foods were awesome especially the Lau Sar Pau (Salted Egg Custard Bun). I've never tasted anything like this and I like how the fillings flowed into my mouth so smoothly without any obstacle. Seriously this is the best Lau Sar Pau EVER. The Mango Glutinous Rice Ball was nice too. Very fresh and not over-sweet.
Stanley Market Road
Shopping cannot be beat in Hong Kong. From upscale shopping centers to hidden independent shops to the infamous outdoor markets, there is something for everyone. A favorite market of ours in Hong Kong is Stanley Market. The market is a typical outdoor tourist market. What sets this apart from others is the location. The journey to the market is an experience itself. Be sure to grab first row seats atop a double decker bus leaving from the Central district. The winding mountain roads are beautiful, if not a little scary!
Your best bet to moving around in a cost-effective and reliable manner and covering all the places to visit in Hong Kong is by using public transport. Buses and train routes cover most of the island and add to making Hong Kong more accessible.Amazing Things to Do in Hong Kong1. Rent a junk boat and get an offbeat perspective on the city.2. Take a six-hour (or take a short cut) hike to the Dragon's Back, from where you can get a stunning 360 degree view of the city.
Lin Heung Tea House
If you can’t speak Chinese, better practice sign language or muster the courage to point to something randomly on the menu and eat it. The old waiters here can’t speak a word of English and nor can the menu. Most people enjoying their Yum Cha here seemed as old as the place itself (more than half a decade). It was filled mostly with locals and the food looked as authentic as the place. Old ceiling fans, a wall clock, rickety tables and dated, slightly chipped crockery added to the charisma of the place. I could muster up the courage only to have some Chinese tea here as most items on the menu looked like beef, which I don’t eat (I could be terrible wrong). I missed the husband here again, as he would have pushed me to try something for sure. I hear that the dim sums here are the most genuine. One more thing to go back to, the next time.