Well….I have! Not once, twice but 3 times!! After a 2-day stay in Kuala Lumpur to attend a course, I’m off to Hong Kong again. I took the morning flight so that I can maximize my time there. However even though I’ve been there thrice, I don’t consider myself an expert in navigating Hong Kong. Check out the places I’ve visited:
I’ll describe it in one word – MAGICAL. I’ve been here twice and each visit evoked different emotions. Seeing fireworks while listenin’ to those Disney songs we grew up with made me feel happy. It brings back the feelings you had when you’re still a kid…that life is beautiful. Truly, Disney lives up to its claim that it is The Happiest Place on Earth!
tip: based on experience, it’s better to book tickets online because you can view their calendar to see which dates are non-peak, peak and super-peak. So can plan your visit wisely. One more thing, don’t miss the Disney Parade and Disney Fireworks at night.
There’s no point comparing Ocean Park to Disneyland because they are different. Thrill rides + dolphin shows + other under water adventure = Ocean Park.
Symphony of Lights
It is a nightly 15-minute laser light show at Hong Kong Harbor which starts at 8pm. The sky and buildings on opposite ends of the harbor lit up in different colors.
tip: what we did was to go up around 530pm or 6pm to be able to see the view by day. But we didn’t go up yet at the viewing deck because you can only use the ticket once. We just roam around the mall first. By 7pm, we went up the viewing deck to find a perfect spot to view the city at night. We waited till 8pm to watch the Symphony of Lights.
It is the largest outdoor Buddha. It is located at Lantau Island, quite far from the city, about 45-minute mtr ride but it is easily accessible. From TungChung station, you can take a bus or ride the cable car. If you’re taking the cable car, you’ll get off at Ngong Ping Village, from there it’s just a few minutes walk to the Buddha. Be wary that you need to go up several flights of stairs (around 100 steps, i think, i lost count stopping for a quick breather.)
Tai-chi, at Kowloon Park you can catch Tai-Chi lessons daily. Be there early in the morning and you can join if you want to.
If you want a buzzling nightlife, LAN KWAI FONG is a must. There’s alot of clubs, bars and restos there and it is a very popular hang-out for foreigners.
Who would miss out MongKok from their itinerary in Hong Kong? Go to Ladies’ Streets for a different accessories and clothes and be ready to bargain. Also check out Causeway Bay for numerous department stores selling different array of products.
1. Know the weather before leaving so that you’ll know what clothes to bring.
2. Wear comfortable footwear (moving around Hong Kong requires alot of walking).
3. Always have a map, the MTR is quite complex.
4. Haggle and ask for discounts, and then shop! shop! shop!
5. Lastly,learn something new. Explore, observe and absorb some bits and pieces of history, culture and people, that’s the way to enjoy your travel.
See yah ’round!