Hong Kong, land that for so long I want to visit. A city that never sleeps, a place where lights illuminate and fill the night with excitement and it’s also location of some Hollywood films were taken place.
Hong Kong; where the eastern culture blend in harmony with western culture without loosing it’s identity as part of Asian countries.
And this is my story of Hong Kong…
Day 1 – The Peak and Victoria Harbour
Arrived near to noon time, we tried to find nearest restaurant to our hotel in Causewaybay. Mak Noodle is the one become our choice and it was recommended for you to try during your stay in Hong Kong. It serves various noodle menu that we can choose. For me, the soup has make the dish become very delicious while the noodle is soft and easy to be cutted.
To go to The Peak, we tried to used local transport. However, we found out that mini van local transport was still traditional one. I mean that you need to yell to the driver if you wanna to stop at some place. Even some of the drivers cannot speak English. So, we need to really consider whether you will better to taxi or mini van local transport to go to The Peak. Or try the location apps to guide you to minimalize you will be getting lost in Hong Kong.
I have experienced one, when I was getting lost in Hong Kong on my way to The Peak. But fortunately, we found ourselves in Hong Kong Park when we were getting lost. So we can enjoy it as well.
We can go to The Peak via Hong Kong Peak Tram or also using car that can be parked at The Peak parking area. Actually, what most people call for The Peak Hong Kong is actually a tall building to enjoy the view of the city from above. We can choose whether we enjoy from the lower deck freely at no cost or enjoy it from The Peak Sky Terrace with cost around HKD 52 (you can choose package Sky Terrace + tram also). As I used my Octopus card to have the tram ticket, I have special line at that time so I did not need to queue for long time.
Sometimes, we need some luck if we are visiting The Peak. When, the weather is good then we can have clear 360 degree view of Hong Kong from above. But, we can also cannot see the view clearly due to hazy day. In summer season, please ensure that you bring your umbrella with you because the day could be very hot.
At the beginning, I planned to stay a little bit longer at The Peak Sky Terrace to experience the after sunset view of Hong Kong from above. But unfortunately, the sunset would need another couple hours that time, so I decided to go down using the tram and went to my next destination, The Victoria Harbour.
Victoria Harbour is located at different island near to Tsim Sha Tsui area. There used to be Avenue of Stars where the foot and hand mark of some famous actor lays. As there was renovation taken place, it was moved Garden of Stars located near to Victoria Harbour including the famous Bruce Lee statue.
When you plan to visit Victoria Harbour, the best time to visit the place is near to sunset time. So, you can enjoy the blue hour and we can also enjoy the Symphony of Light at 8 PM. During the symphony, we can see the lights of the skycrappers across the harbour illuminate following the music played.
Day 2 – Central Mid Level Escalator, Central Plaza and Tsim Sha Tsui
Central area is one of the busiest district in Hong Kong. One of the hidden attraction in Hong Kong is the mid level escalator built at Central area. Locals use the escalator to make their way easier to climb up. The Central Mid Level Escalator is the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator system established on 1993. Therefore, it is recommended attraction to be visited at least for once.
After we climb up through the escalator, we can do window shopping under the escalator or taste local food at some restaurants on our way down.
Another free tourist attraction in Hong Kong are some sky lobby located inside the sky scrappers in Hong Kong. One of the sky lobby located at 46th floor of Central Plaza building. We can see surrounding from above and enjoy the 360 city view from here.
Please note that Central Plaza building is office building so we need to behave as a traveller.
There is another sky lobby such as at One Island East Building in Quarry Bay that we can also visit in Hong Kong.
Tsim Sha Tsui area
The most famous area in Hong Kong for a long time maybe the Tsim Sha Tsui area. We can find many shops, malls or restaurants around the area. In my first visit to Hong Kong, I walked from Tsim Sha Tsui to the Mong Kok (ladies market). A long the way, we can enjoy the local street food and also find interesting shops and also enjoy the Kowloon Park.
As we arrived at Mong Kok (ladies market), we find many interesting souvenir to be bought. Please keep remember to bargain when you buy things in Mong Kok. Another place to be visitted that quite similar with Mong Kok is Temple Street Night Market. As the night falls, the market starts it’s charm to attract locals and tourist.
Day 3 – Ngong Ping, Po Lin Temple and Yick Cheong Building
Ngong Ping is one of the most famous interesting tourist destination in Hong Kong. Ngong Ping is located at Lantau Island so the journey takes time using the MTR (the railways network in Hong Kong). On our way to Ngong Ping, we can enjoy Tung Chung City Gate Mall to find some factory outlet that sell discount branded things.
The best time to go to Ngong Ping is in the morning when the Sky Train queue has not been full of people. We can buy the standard sky train and glass floor sky train package to have different experience during our visit to Ngong Ping.
Ngong Ping is famous for the Big Budha statue, Ngong Ping wisdom path and Po Lin Temple. We can spend our half day in Ngong Ping area.
Other tourist attraction located in Lantau Island is the Hong Kong Disneyland and also the Noah Ark resort. Unfortunately, I did not visit the both places when I visit Hong Kong for the first time.
Back to our way to Hong Kong island, we decided to spend our time to visit Yick Cheong Building at Quarry Bay area. The building is well-known as the Transformer 3 film was taken place in this area.
Since the building is residential building please note to behave and not to disturb the people living in that building.
Day 4 – Clearwater Bay and Kowloon Peak
I am lucky to have friends live in Hong Kong. In my first visit to Hong Kong, I met Keith taking me to another side of Hong Kong, The Clearwater Bay. Clearwater Bay is well-known by locals to spend their weekend having barbeque or tracking with their family or friends.
From Clearwater Bay, we can see the beautiful sea view that completely bring us to different ambience of Hong Kong. The surrounding is more traditional and have fresh air.
Upon enjoying the Clearwater Bay, Keith took me to the other Peak in Hong Kong, Kowloon Peak. The peak is not full of people like The Victoria Peak but the view is magnificent. We can see the Kowloon area and new area opened for airport in Hong Kong. As we take the journey to the top of Kowloon Peak by car, we enjoyed greeny view on our way to the peak. It was full of trees and the unique part is that some people try to collect fresh water in jugs. I do not know why they do so.
Day 5 – Explore Causeway Bay area
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong is one of district full of shops, food street stalls and cafes. On my last day, I explore the Causeway Bay area. I visited the largest Apple store in Hong Kong located in Causeway Bay.
I also visited the N.O.T specialty Coffee and some interesting restaurants that I have written in my previous entry post in my website.