Hong Kong Disneyland
If you have not been to Disneyland, I would suggest you visit this BUT do note this Disneyland will be considered small in comparison to others And if you are visiting Disneyland, do note there are FastPass available for certain rides which allows you to jump the queue. Do check with the counter on this when you purchase your tickets
Hong Kong International Airport
The next morning, we had to catch the 7.10am Scoot flight back to Singapore so we checked in before going for our airport McDonald's breakfast! They didn't have Red Bean Pie during Breakfast hours (sobs) so I couldn't get to try. Sigh! Nevertheless, had their Ham and Egg Macaroni. Tasted similar to what I remembered. Egg looks like it's microwaved though cause the yolk was over cooked. =/ This time round, had a free swap to Soya Milk. Like it! Had a good soy taste and not too sweet.
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.
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.
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
A few walks and a little shopping in the city after our brunch and we headed for late lunch before going to The Peak for Madame Tussauds wax museum. This place is packed with people and non stop queue. *Tips : To minimise your waiting time to get up The Peak, purchase the Madame Tussauds and tram ticket online! If I'm not mistaken, there are even discount for online purchase.
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.
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!
Pick a sunny day and a weekend if you really want to see this posh neighbourhood come alive (It can get a bit too crowded though. If crowds are not your thing, choose a weekday). The ride up here is in itself very pretty, with green hills, water bodies, pretty lanes and houses. Take a local bus and sit on the top deck, to get a good view and for a ‘thrilling ride’ as the locals call it (because the bus drivers take the curves a little fast). If you are from India you will not feel a thing. Our bus drivers make the bus drivers of HK seem like calm 60 year olds. The bay is nice to swim or sun bathe in and has a lot of cafes around. There is a quaint little temple at the end of the bay, which houses some really big deities. The market is pretty nice too and you can pick up some clothes, knickknacks, shoes, etc. It is a short bus ride away from the bay.
Yung Kee Restaurant
Beef Hor Fun which i thought was light and done perfectly how I love it. The beef is tender and not overcooked. Pi Dan - according to my frens, this is the only restaurant that could achieve a runny egg yolk. Not a Pi Dan lover and can't comment much. Roasted Goose - much more meatier and succulent than a roast duck. Highlight would be the crispy goose skin and the thin layer of fat that comes along with it. However, its too oily for my liking.
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.