Aug 1, 2012

Revisiting Hong Kong



This is our second time in Hong Kong and we plan to visit unique places aside from Disneyland and Ocean Park. We bought an Octopus Card and make our way to our hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. There are three ways to get out of the airport. You can ride a taxi which can be expensive, you can ride the Airport Express MTR which is fast, comfortable and quite expensive, or you can ride a public bus and probably the cheapest of the two. You can buy the Octopus card online, 711 stores located inside the airport or via the MTR's Customer Service Center  located near the airport lounge. Take a look at the infographics below for a quick overview of Hong Kong International Airport. 



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Free newspapers along Tsim Sha Tsui

Tuklasera Tripid Tips:
Book your hotels online for discounts
Book airline tickets in advance
Disneyland and Ocean Park tickets are sold cheaper in hotels
Star Ferry ride to Hong Kong Central is cheaper than MTR
Cotaijet is the cheapest ferry going to Macau
Ngong Ping 

On our way to Ngong Ping cable car terminal.We purchased the Journey of Enlightenment Package for HKD 187.00 that includes the round-trip Ngong Ping Cable Car journey (standard / crystal cabin), entry to Ngong Ping Village's, Walking with Buddha and Monkey's Tale Theater Attraction.  

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GETTING TO THE TUNG CHUNG NGONG PING 360 TERMINUS

The Tung Chung Terminus is located in Tung Chung town centre next to Citygate Outlets Mall about two minutes walk from Tung Chung MTR Station (Exit B) and is easily accessible by MTR train and several bus services.


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Breathtaking ride to Ngong Ping.
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Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal


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Cable Car Station Relay
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Chep Lap Kok International Airport( Left)


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The piazza links up the various tourist attractions in Ngong Ping, including Po Lin Monastery, the Giant Buddha, Ngong Ping 360 cable car, Ngong Ping Village and Wisdom Path.  It facilitates visitors to explore Ngong Ping, which is a popular tourist spot characterized by its religious setting and beautiful natural scenery.
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December to February is the perfect time to visit Hong Kong
Hong Kong Weather


Spring (March to May)Temperature and humidity are rising. Evenings can be cool.
Average Temperature: 17oC – 26 oC
Summer (June to August)
Hot, humid and sunny, with occasional showers and thunderstorms. The temperature can exceed 31°C but high humidity levels can make it feel even hotter.
Average Temperature: 26oC – 31 oC

Autumn (September to November)There are pleasant breezes, plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Many people regard these as the best months of the year to visit Hong Kong.
Average Temperature: 19oC – 28 oC

Winter (December to February)Cool, dry and cloudy, with occasional cold fronts. The temperature can drop below 10°C in urban areas.
Average Temperature: 12oC – 20 oC


Giant Buddha
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Giant Buddha up close. You have to climb 268 steps to reach it.

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Urban landscape of Lantau
Ngong Ping Piazza

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A Christmas tree made of  Ferrero Rocher Chocolates along Tsim Sha Tsui. You can get one but you have to pay for it.


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Symphony of lights at Victoria Harbour. The light and sound show starts  8:00 pm everyday and lasts for about 14 minutes.
Old Clock Tower

Standing 44-metres tall, the old Clock Tower was erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloon–Canton Railway terminus. The once-bustling station is long gone, but this red brick and granite tower, now preserved as a Declared Monument, survives as an elegant reminder of the Age of Steam. It has also been a memorable landmark for the millions of Chinese immigrants who passed through the terminus to begin new lives not just in Hong Kong, but in other parts of the world via the city’s harbour.


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Old Clock tower


Getting to the Old Clock Tower
MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit E. Walk towards Salisbury Road, then turn right and take the subway (pedestrian tunnel) located next to the YMCA to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Turn right again and walk straight ahead towards the waterfront.

Star Ferry from Central or Wan Chai and follow the signs. The Clock Tower is located next to the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry pier.
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Tsim Sha Tsui  Promenade 

Stanley Market

 This is the famous Stanley Market of Hong Kong. The merchandises here are cheap and lots of items to choose from. If you're looking for one of the best shopping experiences in Hong Kong, you must not miss Stanley Market.

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Getting to the Stanley Market

If you are in a hurry about not on a budget the a taxi from anywhere in Hong Kong is the easiest way.  Every taxi driver knows the way and the name "Stanley" in English so there is no problem there.

The ride is a very winding road though so those who get car sick in the back of cars need to beware if you find buses better then bus 6, 6A, 6X or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminus in Central will take you there.  They are air-conditioned and comfortable as buses go.

An alternative way would be to take the MTR to Chai Wan station, leave the station via Exit C and catch green minibus 16Mwhich will also take you to the Stanley market.
Green mini buses are not as comfortable as a regular bus or a taxi.
Nan Lian Garden
Nan Lian is a Chinese Classic Landscape Garden built in the Tang Dynasty style.A must place to visit when visiting Hong Kong. Located at Diamond Hill, Kowloon. The Chi Lin Vegetarian Restaurant  is Located at Long Men Lou in the northeast corner of the garden. The restaurant sits behind a waterfall and has a panoramic window which allow diners to look through the cascading water into the gardens. The restaurant is managed by Chi Lin Nunnery and serves high quality vegetarian food with a variety of gourmet meals, notably the “Chi Lin Vegetarian Dinner” and set meals for two and four people etc. Various Chinese dishes are available including starters and stewed broths, main dishes and hotpots as well as congees, rice vermicelli, noodles and rice plus a variety of beverages. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and also Afternoon Tea Sets. There is no service charge.  

 Note: Camera tripod is not allowed inside.
Nanlian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery

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Getting to Nan Lian Garden
 MTR Kwun Tong Line to Diamond Hill. Entrance to garden is about 5 minutes walk from exit C2 (Plaza Hollywood) at 60 Fung Tak Road (under flyover). There are tourist direction signs from the station exit. 
Bus routes 11,74X,75X,82X,82P,84M,85C,85M,91,91M,92,286M to Diamond Hill Public Transport Interchange (under Diamond Hill MTR Station). Bus routes 3B,10,11C,74X,91,92 stop near garden entrance on Fung Tak Road.

The garden can also be accessed directly from adjacent Chi Lin Nunnery by pedestrian footbridge over Fung Tak Road.
Sai Kung ( New Territories)
Sai Kung is known as ‘Hong Kong’s back garden’ because of the beautiful hiking trails and beaches in this area. The village of Sai Kung is also noted locally for its seafood restaurants, many of which congregate on the seafront, known as ‘Seafood Street’.

These laid-back eateries are a great way to recover from a day walking the hills, though the freshness of the seafood and the charm of Sai Kung village are enough to justify coming here to eat without hiking the hills. 




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We have to travel by bus to reach the floating market of Sai Kung
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The seafoods here is quite expensive
Getting to Sai Kung
MTR Choi Hung Station Exit C2, then take the minibus route 1A. 
MTR Hang Hau Station, then take the minibus route 101.


Victoria Peak
Generally known by the locals as the Peak, Victoria Peak is another postcard scenery.
It is where you can see Kowloon from a hill across the Victoria harbor with buildings on Hong Kong Island in the foreground. The view is breathtaking, especially at the right spot and in good weather at night.
The earliest form of public transport in Hong Kong. On our way to Peak Tram Terminus.


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Another a must place to visit when you visit Hong kong. 
Getting to Victoria Peak
Get on board of the Star Ferry in Tsim Sha Tsui then Bus no. 15C and then get on the Peak Tram that will bring you directly to the Peak. 


Where to get cheap and discounted tickets

Hotelinhongkong.net
Golden Crown Guesthouse
Ticketmart.hk
CTS ( China Travel Services)
Cosmicguesthouse
H.K. Taisan Guest House


Travelmart,Taisan,  Cosmicguesthouse and hotelinhongkong.net had the same ticket rates while CTS and Goldencrown ticket rates are much cheaper. Trust me you can save a few hundred pesos or dollars when buying attraction tickets from above. 

Hong Kong is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city where East meets West, the lights are bright, the weather is always warm, and there’s a palpable sense of possibility in the air. It’s a place where people of all races, nationalities and religions live and work together. We definitely be back this coming December of  2013. 
Fun things to do

• Jade Market – The Jade Market, near the Gascoigne Rd overpass just west of Nathan Rd, has some 400 stalls selling all varieties and grades of jade from inside two covered markets. Unless you really know your nephrite from your jadeite, it’s probably not wise to buy any expensive pieces here, but there are plenty of cheap and cheerful trinkets on offer as well.

• Ngong Ping 360 – Bringing the masses in ever greater numbers to Po Lin is the 5.7km Ngong Ping 360, a cable car linking Ngong Ping with the centre of Tung Chung (downhill and to the north).The ride is well worth taking, offering spectacular views over the airport as it transports you from the high-rise apartments of Tung Chung to the more rural landscapes of Lantau.• Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade – One of the finest city skylines in the world has to be that of Hong Kong Island, and the promenade here is one of the best ways to get an uninterrupted view. It’s a lovely place to stroll around during the day, but it really comes into its own in the evening, during the nightly Symphony of Lights, a spectacular sound-and-light show involving 44 buildings on the Hong Kong Island skyline, which runs from 8pm to 8.20pm.


• Tai O –A century ago this mostly Tanka village on the west coast of Lantau was an important trading and fishing port, exporting salt and fish to China. Today Tai O is in decline, except perhaps as a tourist destination offering an intriguing glimpse of the life of a traditional fishing village.• Avenue of the Stars – One of the finest city skylines in the world has to be that of Hong Kong Island, and the promenade here is one of the best ways to get an uninterrupted view. It’s a lovely place to stroll around during the day, but it really comes into its own in the evening, during the nightly Symphony of the Stars, a spectacular sound-and-light show involving 20 buildings on the Hong Kong Island skyline, which runs from 8pm to 8.20pm. Along the first part of the promenade is the Avenue of the Stars, which pays homage to the Hong Kong film industry and its stars, with handprints, sculptures and information boards, a brave but ultimately lacklustre effort to celebrate Hong Kong’s film…
• Peak Tower – The anvil-shaped Peak Tower makes a good grandstand for many of the best views of the city and harbour. On Level P1 there’s an outpost of Madame Tussauds, with eerie (and often creepy) wax likenesses of international stars, as well as local celebrities such as Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh. There is an open-air viewing terrace (adult/child $30/15) on Level 5.


Tuklasera Tips


Book your hotels online for discounts
Book airline tickets in advance
Disneyland and Ocean Park tickets are sold cheaper in hotels
Star Ferry ride to Hong Kong Central is cheaper than MTR
Cotaijet is the cheapest ferry going to Macau


Rundown of Expenses Travel tax - Php 1,620 / personAirport terminal fee - Php 800 / personFood - Php 800.00 /pax/ dayHotel - Php 1500 / day
Ngong Ping (Enlightenment Package) - Php 1,043.00 /pax (includes cable car ride roundtrip and entrance to attractions)
Octopus card - Php 800.00 / pax
Bus to Stanley market - Php 200.00 / pax
Bus to Sai Kung - Php 170.00 /pax



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13 comments:

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  2. Nice Place! I never been in Hongkong but I think its an awesome place to visit. I was planning to have a educational travel on this with my students.

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  5. hi po... im a 27 yr old filipina traveler who will visit Hongkong in Sept 17-24 this year.
    this is my first time to go there and i'm also a budget conscious fellow. im looking for the cheapest accommodation that I can find since it will be my solo trip. any advise pls? thank you :)

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  6. hi po... im a 27 yr old filipina traveler who will visit Hongkong in Sept 17-24 this year.
    this is my first time to go there and i'm also a budget conscious fellow. im looking for the cheapest accommodation that I can find since it will be my solo trip. any advise pls? thank you :)

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    1. The cheapest accommodation you can find in Hong Kong is at Mirador Mansion in Tsim Sha Tsui http://www.cosmicguesthouse.com/. But if you can spend a few hundred pesos I recommend Golden Crown Guesthouse or Taisan Guesthouse :-)

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