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Hong Kong, China - A Gees Travel Guide and Adventure

We visited Hong Kong mainly because of its famous theme park-Hong Kong Disneyland, ever since when I was young I admire Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Snow White etc.  To have seen and watched them in person was a dream come true.  Also apart from that, we wanted to experience Chinese culture which is rich in Hong Kong.  So last September 2012 we flew to Hong Kong with high expectations.

Hong Kong is an autonomous territory that is formerly under British colony until July 2007 where its sovereignty was transferred to the Republic of China.  The country is located on the Southern part of China facing the South China Sea.

how to enter hong kong

All foreign nationals must hold a passport valid for more than one (1) month and must meet to obtain an entry permit or visa, which depending on the nationality.  For visa requirements, you may visit the immigration website of Hong Kong. On the other hand, Philippine nationals entering Hong Kong must have a passport that has a validity for at least 6 months.  Hong Kong immigration will provide to stay of no more than 14 days.  Upon arrival, we noticed that the queue for immigration was long due to a number of visitors that came on that day.

best time to travel hong kong

The season in Hong Kong is mild, relatively dry winters, and hot, humid, and wet summers.  The recommended time to travel is from October to December where the weather is cold. During our visit which was during the month of September, the skies were cloudy and mild rainfall was experienced.

how to get there

It was early in the morning when we woke up and head to the airport.  We arrived at Changi airport around 4:30 am since our scheduled departure was at 6:50 am.  We were able booked our 2-way ticket from Tiger Air-Scoot for two(2) person at S$392.  It was a 3-hours and 50 minutes flight journey from Singapore. Aside from Scoot, other budget airlines include Jetstar Asia and AirAsia.  The airlines have daily route schedule to Hong Kong.

transportation

The best way to get around Hong Kong is to use their public transportation MTR (Mass Transit Railway), Public Bus and Taxi. Since we were not familiar with the places, our most efficient way to travel was by taking the MTR. We purchased the Octopus card, a card that use to pay the fare for train and buses.  Octopus card worth is HK$ 150 and it is loaded with HK$ 50.  Usual fares start at HK$ 3 and are calculated based on distance until your final destination.

hotel

It was a two (2) night stay at the Embassy Hotel which was ideally located within Tsim Sha Tsui the entertainment center of Hong Kong, and minutes walk to the Harbor City.

Embassy Hotel
240-252 Nathan Rd, Mong Kok
Room Rate: S$ 112/night

Places that we have eaten

Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong, China
Places that we have been

First Day

Citygate Outlet Mall | 20 Tat Tung Rd, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Citygate is a commercial the largest outlet mall in Hong Kong.  We went to McDonald and ate our lunch.  After which we roamed around the and noticed a number of people busy shopping.
How to get there:
If you are coming from Hong Kong airport, ride the bus S1 located at ground level.  Alternatively, if you are from Hong Kong, ride train and head to Tung Chung station,  this mall is just outside the station.

Hong Kong Disneyland | Lantau Island, Hong Kong

It is the famous theme park in Hong Kong, which is located on Lantau Island.   Also known for its Disney characters and fairy tales stories where fantasy becomes a reality.
How to get there:
If you are coming from Hong Kong airport ride train at Tung Chung station to Sunny Bay, and alight at Disneyland Resort.  On the other hand, if you are coming from Hong Kong island, ride the train to  the Sunny bay station and alight Hong Kong Disneyland resort station.
Entrance Fee: HK$619 (Adults) and (Children) HK$458 | Opening Hours:  10:30 am-8:00 pm (Daily)

Second Day

Ocean Park | Ocean Park

It is a marine and animal theme park that is suited for all ages. We get to experience the Ocean Theater where there is sea animal live show (dolphin, and walrus). We went to the polar north where we checked the panda village.  Outdoor rides like Hair Raiser, Arctic Blast, Crazy Galleon, and Raging River was also present in the park.
How to get there:
Ride the train and alight at Ocean Park station, and walk for about 10 minutes.
Entrance Fee: HK$ 438 (Adults); Children (aged 3-11) HK$ 219 |
Opening Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm ( Monday to Friday) and 10:00am-9:00pm (Saturday-Sunday)

The Peak Tram | Central, Hong Kong

To witness Hong Kong’s scenic landscape from the top, we rode the tram going to the upper level of Hong Kong Island. The Peak Tram is the world’s steepest funicular railway, carrying you on a seven-minute journey past Central’s skyscrapers to the rooftop of Hong Kong. We had enjoyed the panoramic view of the city and how lovely the scenic was. You can really feel the air on top and a quiet place to chill and relax overlooking its beauty.
How to get there:

Tram Ride: Two Way HK$ 99 (Adults); Children (aged 3-11) HK$ 47  | Opening Hours: 7:00am-12am (Daily)

Avenue of Stars | Tsim Sha Tsui

It is the iconic landmarks in Hong Kong where famous Asian actor (Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee) and actress handprints and replica are situated in the stretch along the Victoria Harbor. The Avenue of Stars is best visited at night when a symphony of lights and laser show will be witnessed for free.
How to get there:
Ride the train, and alight Tsim Tsa Tsui station and walk for about 10 minutes.
Entrance Fee: FREE | Opening Hours: 24 hrs

Upon visiting Hong Kong we observed its country’s largest skyscrapers,  buildings, harbor, and massive transportation. We considered Hong Kong as a modern city through its sophisticated and growing city lights.  Also beaches and hiking trails intended for all for people to visit.  The country has all sorts of convenience especially food and accessibility. We observed that Hong Kong has many old streets and establishments. Amidst the city life, you can still see marks of the past and how abundant Hong Kong’s resources. We still plan to come back to enjoy Hong Kong in the future.

Hong Kong Street
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Please check below our 2 Days + 2 Nights Hong Kong Itinerary for reference.

2 Days + 2 Nights - HONG KONG ITINERARY

DAY 1

  • 06:50am Depart Singapore
                      Tiger Airways 2962
  • 10:40am  ETA Hong Kong
                      Hong Kong International Airport
                      Immigration Clearance
  • 11:30am   Exchange Money
                     Purchase MTR Card (Bus/Train) 
  • 12:00pm Ride bus to CityGate
                     Bus No. 51
  • 12:30pm ETA CityGate
                     Lunch – Mcdonalds
  • 01:30pm Ride MRT
                      Head to HK Disneyland
                     Tung Chung MRT – Sunny Bay MRT
  • 02:00pm ETA HK Disneyland
                      Entrance Fee:
  • 02:30pm Explore
                      Ride
  • 07:00pm Fireworks
  • 08:00pm Depart HK Disneyland
                       Head to Hotel
  • 09:00pm Dinner
                      Mong Kok-Night Market
  • 10:00pm ETA Hotel
                      Embassy Hotel
  • 10:30pm  Rest. Sleep

DAY 2

  • 06:00am Wake Up.Ready
  • 07:00am Breakfast
  • 08:00am Walk to Kowloon Park
                      Head to Kownloon Pier
                      Avenue of the Stars
  • 08:15am Explore
                      Hongkong Harbour
  • 09:00am Ride MRT
                      Head to Ocean Park
  • 10:00am  ETA Ocean Park
                      Entrance Fee:
  • 10:30am  Explore
                      Ride
  • 12:30pm    Lunch
  • 02:30pm   Depart Ocean Park
                      Head to Hotel
  • 04:00pm  ETA Hotel
                      Check-Out Hotel
  • 04:30pm ETA Tung Chung MRT
                      Shop CityGate
                      Dinner
  • 06:40pm Ride bus to airport
  • 07:20pm ETA Airport
                      Check IN
  • 09:00pm Depart Hongkong
  • 12:30am ETA Singapore
  • 01:10am  Home

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