Hong Kong

If you want to shop like you’re in Thailand, visit Mickey and the rest of the gang in Disneyland or just enjoy mouthwatering dishes, then Hong Kong should be definitely your next adventure.

It’s ideal to be in Hong Kong around December to February since you will really enjoy the cold weather especially if you’re living in a tropical country here in Southeast Asia. Last January 2013, I got the chance to visit this lovely city.
There are numerous airlines that offer affordable flights to Hong Kong.
For the transportation within the city, I never took a cab since they have a good  train system as well as there are also buses from the airport to the city. Just make sure that you purchase an Octopus Card upon your arrival in the airport. You can use this card in their public transportation.

Do you want a cozy and affordable  place for accommodation?

Please do note that any accommodation in Hong Kong is really costly. Ms. Rainbow from OiSuen Guesthouse is really nice and friendly. She offered a lot of tips on how to reach various tourist destinations and how to deal with locals especially if you want to shop in the night markets. OiSuen Guesthouse rooms are quite affordable as well as they have indeed good service (room cleaning, assistance etc). Discounted tickets may also be purchased in the hostel. After a tiring day, it was nice to have a chat with Ms Rainbow about my experiences and she also shared some unforgettable  memories of  other tourists. Staying there is an enriching experience.
Here are some of the places that you shouldn’t miss:
Ocean Park

You can do a lot of things here, that’s for sure. You can go to there magnificent aquarium, visit other animal sanctuaries, try their park rides, play games, shop for souvenirs  or  watch shows. I really like here because your ticket is really worth it!

 

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Disneyland
If you’re a child at heart then  you  really belong in this place.When I saw Mickey Mouse or just even the palace, the magic and  excitement  just came back to me. Indeed, Disneyland will bring you back to the time when you believe that fairies and happy ever after do exist.
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Avenue of Stars/ Symphony of Lights
When I watched the Symphony of Lights, my first reaction was “how did they do that?” Synchronizing the lights of every building is quite tough but then they pulled it off. After the show, I  strolled  along the Avenue of Stars where you can discover Hong Kong’s film history and stars.
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Big Buddha
When I went to the Big Buddha, I rode this Crystal Cable Car (If you are adventurous, then try this!) It has a glass flooring which let you see the scenery. For the Big Buddha, I felt  peace while we were there on the top. You can also visit the temples nearby if you want to commune with nature and reflect.
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Night Markets (Ladies Market)
Just a tip, try to bargain  for the lowest price then if  they can’t give your demands then look for another stall which has the same product that you want. You can see a lot of merchandise along the streets and  a good way to get the most affordable price is to look around first then bargain 🙂
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Food in Hong Kong
In a cold winter, all you need is a hot noodle soup 🙂
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Sidetrip:
Once you are in Hong Kong, you can also take a short day trip to Macau. There you can see Saint Paul Ruins, Casinos and the heavenly, egg tarts.
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