Mini Quick Weekend Guide to Hong Kong
Area– 2,755 sq.km
Money- accept international credit cards
Currency– Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
Daily budget (extreme)- 200 HKD
(moderate)- 300-400 HKD
Climate– Average temperature is 28 C
Spring- March to April
Summer- May to Mid September
Autumn- October to November
Winter- December to February
Hong Kong transport system is made of MTR, buses, railways, taxis, minibuses and tramways( on Hong Kong Island). There are also ferry services between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.
I normally book my flights through JetRadar as I observe it tends to have the cheapest flight deals among other available travel search sites. And when I am in Hong Kong, I usually book accommodation in Tsim Sha Tsui area where I find most of the more affordable and convenient rooms.
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If you just have one day to spare in Hong Kong, how would you spend it? Why not explore the city in 3 different ways? Let me show you how. Good thing I was not lazy on that day that the idea of just lying on my bed covered with 2 or 3 thick sheets while watching TV was more sickening to me than going out there and embracing the freezing coldness.
So one early morning, I went out from my lodge located inside the huge Tsim Sha Tsui center and followed the map directions until I finally reached the Hong Kong port.
I didn’t end up disappointed in picking my accommodation at Tsim Sha Tsui center as it is close to some best tourist attractions in Hong Kong. One of them is riding and cruising across Victoria harbor to what was rated as the first in the “Top 10 Most Exciting Ferry Rides” poll by the Society of American Travel Writers (“SATW”) in February 2009.
The Star Ferry pier, located on reclaimed land at the southernmost tip of Tsim Sha Tsui, is close to Star House, Ocean Terminal, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and the Clock Tower of former KCR Kowloon Station. The structure, which was completed in 1957, operates the pedestrian ferry service across Victoria Harbor to Central on Hong Kong Island.
Tickets are sold at Star Ferry’s harbor tour ticket counter at Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui. The ticket holder is entitled unlimited rides on ordinary ferry crossings between “Tsim Sha Tsui / Central” and “Tsim Sha Tsui / Wan Chai” for 4 consecutive days.
With a history of over 100 years, the Star Ferry has been a witness to the many changes and development that have taken place in Hong Kong. It serves both as a vehicle and a tourist attraction and became a symbol of Hong Kong.
I was in dilemma between going to HK Disneyland or Ocean Park Hong Kong, which are one of the two large theme parks in Hong Kong. At the end, I went for the former since I am more of the fairy tales-castles girl.
The park consists of seven themed areas: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land. Wandering around the various themed areas especially in the Fantasy Land brought back the child in me. I enjoyed watching the dance performance of various Disney Characters around mid afternoon.
Yehey, I finally met Mickey Mouse. In the afternoon, there was a street dance & parade showcasing all of your favorite Disney characters.
Ngong Ping 360 (abbr. NP360) is one of Hong Kong‘s must-see attractions in Lantau Island. Two hours before 6 pm, its closing time, I rode the incredible cable car to get to the culturally themed Ngong Ping Village.
The total journey time is between 24 to 30 minutes depending on the weather. I was amazed as spectacular views of grasslands and green landscapes began rolling in before my eyes. I was curious at first why its numbered as”360″ but later learnt that “NP 360” means that passengers could have a 360-degree view of Lantau Island.
The themed village is a 1. 5 hectare site adjacent to the NP Cable Car Terminal. There are several attractions around it including Walking with Buddha; Monkey’s Tale Theater and Ngong Ping Tea House. The Buddhist Po Lin Monastery and the world’s largest Buddha statue, the bronze Tian Tan,were just five-minute stroll from the village.
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The Themed Village remains open as normal
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Day 2 can also be as fun-filled as your first day in HK. The highlight of your tour would be the Peak Tram where you can see the breathtaking panoramic view of HK’s skyline.
This is one of the longest stations in the world. Upon exiting the station, you will be greeted upon by an array of huge malls, restaurants and parks. It is also filled with street-style eateries if you arrive in the city starving.
Not to mention, on a Sunday, it turns out like little Manila, with large crowds of Filipinas having their picnic and even programs where they showcase their dancing , hosting and singing skills. Your Tagalog will work here and even Chinese-looking guards and waiters can speak Tagalog.
Go for a stroll along Hong Kong Park to digest your lunch food, and watch its fountain as you set out for your next tourist attaction, Peak Tram. At the end of the park, you will get to see the Peak Tram entrance.
Jump aboard the iconic Peak Tram, Hong Kong’s classic and historical railway. To avoid queue, you can also purchase it online,and you have option to include Sky terrace and Madame Tussauds.
Sky Terrace 428
Once at the top, view the famous Hong Kong skyline from the panoramic viewpoint of Sky Terrace 428 – the highest 360-degree viewing terrace in town.
Take a memorable photo for souvenir
Rub shoulders with your favorite stars, from Hong Kong action stars, Jet Li and Jackie Chan to Hollywood actors at Madame Tussauds.
Visit the Garden of the Stars to check out some exhibitions related to the Avenue of the Stars (while it is still under construction) and Hong Kong movies.
Going back to from our first activity on Day 1, next to Victoria harbor/ Star Ferry Terminal is the iconic and historical Clock Tower. Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, it is also referred to as TST Clock Tower.
Beside the Clock Tower is the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the biggest multipurpose performance facility in the city where operas, dance, drama, concerts are being held.
Across this the clock tower and HK Centre is the largest and most diverse mall in Hong Kong, Harbour City spreading over two million square feet. With 450 shops, 50 restaurants, two cinemas, three hotels and anluxurious private club, it is the perfect venur for shoppers.
Whenever you get hungry or thirsty after all the walking and wandering, running across affordable , yet , good food in Hong Kong can be challenging unless you go for the pricey restaurants or cheap fast food. If you’re into spicy food and sweets at the same time, you can head over at Tsim Sha Tsui where you can find Indian meals at a reasonable price. Indian desserts can be overly sweet which can calm down your flaming mouth.
If Tsim Sha Tsui is like Little India, Central Station looks like a Filipino town with hundreds of Filipinas in groups scattered around the area, each having their own party or picnic.Ask a fellow Filipina where you can take your lunch , and they’ll advise you to go near to this station which are brimming with street-style eateries selling Filipino dishes as low as 12 HKD. It is also here where Filipino fast food chain , Jollibee, is located.
Or after you Star Ferry ride,also in TST, walk across the Harbor Center,where 7/11, McDo, local coffee shops and hole-in-the-wall restos are lined up. It is here where I came across a local diner serving Chinese breakfast at a modest rate.
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