For the past twenty years, I’ve been to China and Malaysia for about three times. Thus, this is the first time I’ve traveled to Hong Kong. Just to be clear, I treated this trip as a short getaway with my father. He was the one who paid for all the expenses and so, I did not want to use this trip to do adventurous activities that may tire or hurt him. However, if I have a chance, I will travel to Hong Kong again on my own.
My dad booked Cathay Pacific Airline tickets through Booking.com.
2 Adults – SGD $ 574.00. After adding up all the taxes, insurance and ticket guarantee, the total fare costs SGD $766.00. In order to choose our own seats, we checked in 48 hours before the flight departure online. Yes, they allow online check-in 48 hours before the flight.
Again, my dad booked the accommodation through Booking.com. After consideration, he chose The Cityview which is located in Yau Ma Tei,Kowloon. It takes 5 minutes to walk from the MTR Station and it is conveniently located near to the famous shopping streets (Ladies Market and Temple Street). You may read about the attractions at the hotel’s website.
For 3 nights, it costs SGD $1,729.75 (inclusive of 10% service charge). The hotel has facilities such as fitness center and sauna room. And if you’re planning to travel to the airport from the hotel, the hotel provides a bus that transports its guests to the Kowloon Station where the airport express line is at. It is free and it comes every 20-30 minutes. Just let the concierge know that you wish to take the bus on that day and they will notify you while you’re waiting for its arrival at the lobby. The trip will stop at other four hotels before driving to Kowloon Station. It takes around 30-45 mins in total.
Once you’ve landed at the airport, you will need a transport card to get to your destination. I definitely encourage those who are planning to visit different places in Hong Kong to purchase Octopus card. It works the same way as a normal transportation card – topping up the money in the card. It takes around 24 mins from the airport to MTR Hong Kong through airport express line.
Tip : Do not take taxi until it’s your last resort. Taxi fare can be pretty expensive especially when you’re traveling from one area to area.
I took a taxi in Yuen Long to go to another place nearby. It costs around HKD 100 even though it was just a 30 minute taxi ride. Taking bus and/or MTR can save a lot of money even though it takes up a large amount of time.
And I realized when you are taking the escalator, stay to the right lane as the left lane is for those who’re rushing for time . (This is opposite in Singapore)
Places I’ve visited
- Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees
Take Bus 64K or 64P from MTR Tai Po Market and alight at Fong Ma Po Station.
If you have any plans to go this place, do so early as the village closes at 5.30pm.
2. The Peak
This is the 1st destination for all tourists in Hong Kong. Alight at MTR Central and from Exit J2, walk for 10-15 minutes to the Peak Tram Terminus. Along the way , stop by a few places and snap some good pictures of the buildings.
From the top, you can witness the magnificent landscape of Hong Kong. To go up to the Peak, you need to purchase the tram return trip ticket at HKD 83 (original price HKD 88). It takes around 5-8 minutes. On the way up, you may have the first glance at the landscape.
3. Victoria Harbour
Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, you can reach Victoria Harbour in 10-15 minutes. I wish my camera is good enough to capture the real beauty of the view. I do encourage you to travel there and view it on the spot. It can’t be compared to the captured images on the Internet
In addition, if you’re going there at night, do hang around for A Symphony of Lights — the nightly multimedia show involving more than 40 buildings on both sides of the harbour. Coloured lights, laser beams, music and narration are available during the show. It starts at 8pm daily and lasts for 13 minutes.
Near Victoria Harbour, there are attractions like 1881 Heritage, Clock Tower (under maintenance) and Avenue of Stars. Sadly, according to the locals, I overheard that the Avenue of Stars will be under renovation for three years.
4. 1881 Heritage
As I mentioned above, it is located near the Victoria Harbour. Constructed in 1884, it is located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The site is now officially renamed as 1881 Heritage.
Hong Kong is famous for its food and shopping. It’s a must to have dim-sums and barbecued meat before leaving. Honestly, we did not pay much attention to the pricing. Haha! Do not care about the money spending when it comes to dim-sums and barbecued meat. IT’S WORTH IT. Oh, there are other kind of cuisines around if you’re not accustomed to Chinese food.
As for shopping, famous shopping street such as Ladies Market is flooded with foreigners and locals daily. It opens at noon and closes at 10pm. You may get the goods at a good price and if you bargain well, you may purchase it at half of the price!
At Mongkok, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan and Tsim Sha Tsui, a great number of shopping malls and tremendously delicious food can be found. So, do lurk around there more often!
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*This trip was in May 2016