MUST VISIT PLACES IN HONG KONG

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Here's what happened during our 4-day vacation at Hong Kong ~


1. Victoria Peak

If you want to see a breathtaking view of Hong Kong's skyline, you shouldn't miss Victoria Peak.
It's one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. To go here, you have the option to ride The Peak Tram which makes the whole experience fun. The Tram has been in service for almost 120 years, the ride going up made me nervous since I'm not a fan of inclined roads.

But trust me, the view above is totally worth the visit.
Fun fact: Did you know people spend millions of dollars on Feng Shui consultants before they construct a building? 

Estimated time for this spot: 2 hours
We booked our tickets through Klook.
(Roundtrip pass- The line is than the normal ticket holders)


2. Hong Kong Disneyland


I'm 23 years old, but knowing that I'll be able to revisit my childhood at Disneyland makes my heart happy! 
For me, this tourist attraction is perfect for families, couples and friends. It's definitely the happiest place on earth!

I'm so happy I finally got the chance to fly out of the country with my best friend-- Mara!
The experience is so much fun when you're with people who are very special to you.

MY TOP RIDES AT HK DISNEYLAND:
1. It's A Small World (Fantasy Land) 
Family-friendly ride. It's basically a small world that takes people around the world (you can also see Philippines), this is the most calming ride we've tried. Hahaha!
(It's my world! SMALL WORLD) 

2.  Jungle Cruise (Adventure Land) 
A riverboat attraction that will lead you to Tarzan's home.

3. Big Grizzly Mountain Runway Mine Cars (Grizzly Gulch) - A wild speeding mine train. It has big drops and a surprising twist! I'm actually amazed at how the whole ride was constructed.

4. RC Racer Roller Coaster (Toy Story Land) - ONE OF MY FAVORITE ATTRACTIONS. Seeing the Toy Story Land, made me miss my childhood. 

This roller coaster will leave your soul in the air. Hahaha! 

5. Hyperspace Mountain (Tomorrowland) - The best ride I've tried at HK Disneyland. I thought it will be a normal roller coaster, but it actually has a twist by the end of the ride. ;)

6. Mystic Manor (Mystic Point) - A mysterious mansion full of exotic artifacts inside. It's actually not a scary ride, but this is one of the unique attractions we've been to. You'll basically be going around the mansion with the electric carriage.

I also want to share how easy it was to go around Hong Kong with our pocket wifi from Big Sky Nation. It helped us locate all the travel spots in the city without a hassle.

This pocket wifi is also available when you're traveling to America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. Simply fill out your flight details and delivery address. They'll be delivering the 

We booked our passes through Klook as well for only Php 3,500 
(It's 4k + if you buy the normal ticket).
(1) day is not enough to try all the rides at Disneyland.

3. Ngong Ping Village


This is a popular tourist attraction in Hong Kong. We're staying at Mong Kok and we took the MTR to Tung Chung station to go here. (We bought Octopus cards via Klook, this gave us access to different MTR stations. It will expire on the last day of your trip.)




Anyway, Ngong Ping Village is located on Lantau Island. You can enjoy the whole experience by riding a cable car! The whole ride took us 25 minutes and the view was amazing.




When we're about to reach Ngong Ping Village you can see the famous large bronze statue, Tian Tan Buddha. We wanted to make the most out of our stay and challenged ourselves to go up (260+ steps). It was very humid at that time, but when we reached the top!



Besides the Tian Tan Buddha, you can also explore Tai O Village. We paid HKD 6/7 = PHP42 for a 15-minute bus ride to Tai O fishing village. Upon reaching the village, it's filled with different stalls that sells a mix of fresh and dried seafood. We decided to rest and eat grilled squids and prawns. (YASSS!)


100-year-old Po Lin Monastery.


4.  Lan Kwai Fong



LKF or Lan Kwai Fong is a famous bar street in Hong Kong. I learned about this place when I watched the movie -- Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (a movie about finding the right person at the wrong time, awow?)




Anyway, you can go here by taking an MTR ride to Central, Hong Kong. Compared to alcoholic drinks in Manila, the prices here are a bit pricey. On our first night, we bought draft beers which cost us HKD 60-80 = PHP 400-500 each. On our second night, we just bought beers at 7-11 and walked around the streets... (7-11 BEERS = PHP 140 ++) SULIT!




One more tip, wear comfortable sneakers when you visit this place. There's a lot of up and down pathways when you get here.


INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS:

1. Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts

Tai Kwun is a new tourist attraction in Hong Kong which opened it's doors to the public last May 2018. This place used to be an old Police Station and the redesigned it into a beautiful modern art complex. Each building is constructed in a unique way that you'll enjoy going around the place.




I wish we were able to visit each building. It was a weekend when we visited Tai Kwun so a lot of people were here.. it's hard to take photos when each space is too crowded. My suggestion is to go here on a weekday. ;)





You can take a lot of photos and know more about the history of Tai Kwun. 

It is open to the public and there are no entrance fees.



Address: 10 Hollywood Road, Central, HK.



2. Graham Street



This is the first Instagrammable place we visited. 

Graham Street is famous for having colorful street art graffiti and food stalls.


We had to check Google Maps to locate this place. 

That's why having a travel wifi is a must, it will help you navigate around the area.



How to go here: Take the MTR station and go down Central station.

Address: 10 Hollywood Road, Central, HK.
(If you have time, you can also visit the antique shops along Central. 
You can buy jade stones and vintage stuff here.)


3. Choi Hung Estate



A lot of you may have seen this colorful building online and think of it as a perfect Instagrammable spot, but it's actually a government public housing. Rumor has it that the buildings were painted colorfully to raise the spirits of the people living in Choi Hung Estate.





How to go here: Take the MTR station and go down Choi Hung station.

4. Nan Lian Garden

This is a classical Chinese garden in Diamond Hill
It was worth the visit (besides that it's free lol) you get to discover a place inspired by the Tang Dynasty.
Chi Lin Nunnery





There are strict rules to follow so people can save the tranquility of this place.

How to go here: Take the MTR station and go down Diamond Hill station.



FOOD:

Australia Dairy Co


One of the best-scrambled eggs I've tried! The mix of butter and milk was perfect. This fast food chain is famous for their steamed milk pudding, scrambled eggs, toast, and custard dishes. We arrived at 9:40am and the line is surprisingly long. But we only waited for 10 minutes since people are always in a rush here.



Also, be ready to feel unwelcomed. 
The staff here doesn't understand English, so I suggest to stay patient and remain polite when ordering.

I ordered the classic breakfast: Scrambled eggs + Toast + Macaroni Soup + Hot Coffee: HKD 38 = PHP 266.


I also noticed how macaroni soup is in their go-to breakfast dishes. 

How to go here: MTR to Jordan.

Address: 47 Parkes Street, Hong Kong, opens at 7:30AM.


Cafe De Coral


You can easily spot a Cafe De Coral branch around Hong Kong, once you do... don't think twice! The food tastes good and the price is affordable.

You can see the menu on the side so you can point / say the code of your meal and they'll understand it.


Price range: PHP 140 ++



Yat Lok



A Michelin Starred Roast Goose Restaurant. This is a must try! A lot of my friends told me about this place. The first time I was culture shocked was the way some Chinese restaurants allow other people to sit with you while eating (I actually like it since it saves space and it gives people less waiting time in the line).

Yat Lok is one of the best restaurants we've tried when it comes to roasted goose & duck.


Address: Conwell House, Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong.



Sun Kee



When you finished a shopping day at Tsim Sha Tsui, you give Sun Kee a try. It's a bit hard to find but you can ask guards to show you the directions to the place. It's a hidden karinderya inside a building. Sun Kee is known for their cheese noodles and they offer an affordable price (HKD 47 = PHP 294).

The staff is friendly and they understand a little English.


Must try: Cheese noodle with pork slices (please add chili oil!). It reminds me of the famous spicy Korean noodles -- Samyang.



Address: Champagne Court, Carnarvon Road, TST.

Yum Cha



I SWEAAAAR -- While blogging this, all I can think about is Yum Cha's custard buns. Hahaha! They have these super cute to eat buns (custard & pork). It's a nice place to eat after a tiring walk around Tsim Sha Tsui.

They have Instagram worthy dim sums that you would think twice if you should eat it or just stare at it lol. If I go back to Hong Kong, I'll make sure to visit Yum Cha again!


Pork buns / Custard Buns: HKD 49 = PHP 343


You can book a reservation here: http://yumchahk.com/

Address: 3F Grandville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui


Ho Lee Fook



If you're looking for a hidden bar to chill with your friends, Ho Lee Fook is a nice place to get 'em draft beers. Although the food / drinks are a bit pricey.. it was still worth the try!

They have this Instagrammable wall full of lucky cats!


Overall, I enjoyed my whole Hong Kong trip! Even if I was a third wheel, my best friend and her boyfriend took good care of me the whole trip :) I would definitely love to go back here after a few years.

We were able to locate all these places with the help of our travel wifi -- Big Sky Nation. You can book a device here. Simply input the dates of your travel and they will deliver it straight to your doorstep.



For more information, visit Big Sky Nation's
Instagram: @BigSkyNationPH

How about you? What's your favorite Hong Kong experience? 
Feel free to share it on the comments below!

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