Friday, July 31, 2009

Hong Kong, First Day Tour

Upon arriving in Hong Kong sometime November, a climate of 19 degrees welcomed us. That's fairly cold. It's a good thing our cardigans and vests are ready. We went straight to our Hotel riding in the front seat of a "double-decker" bus. How i imagined some of those buses are available here. It could be a help for commuters but a nightmare to all traffic enforcers. haha! Anyways, since we ended up staying in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, we started checking out the spectacular view of Victoria Harbour. Alongside the coastline is the Avenue of Stars. Imagine you're in now defunct Baywalk in Roxas Boulevard without the "fish-like" smell and walking along Philippines version of Hollywoods Walk of Fame in Libis QC. That's how we described it. Stars like Jacky Chan, Bruce Lee, Chow Yun Fat and Jet Li are some of the well known celebrities who have their names engraved in the floor. Not to mention, Bruce Lees monument with his trademark fighting stance. So if you're a big fan of chinese or hong kong celebrities, you better try this place.

First day was a very busy day! we had breakfast at where else... at McDonalds! (One of the cheapest "good to go" resto in Hong Kong). We then rode the ferry going to Central Station. Our first tourist spot for the day is the well known Victoria Peak (Tai Ping Shan). We went there by riding the Peak Tram. Imagine a train that is pulled by a very tough metal chain atop a mountain. That's how it works. We were actually seated with an inclination of 45 degrees. Whooooo! While in The Peak, there are lots of tourist attractions like the EA Sports Facilities, where we tried some of the new games in X Box, PS 3 and even PSP for Free. Yep, you've read it right. Another place to check out is the Madame Tussauds (Wax Museum). We didn't actually go there since it's too expensive.

We're better off with the life size statue of Jacky Chan. hehe! The most awesome place of all is in the viewing deck or the Sky Terraces. Imagine seeing the whole island of Hong Kong. For those who got phobias of heights, it's now or never to you guys. We guarantee you, one of the coolest must-see spot in Hong Kong!

After checking out The Peak, we walked our way to the Ocean Park bus terminal and passed through Centrals Garden Park. We're very excited to the see the Ocean Park and we were not disappointed. Lots of rides for young and old alike. The park is really for the family. How we wished we can bring along our family to share this one of a kind park. Maybe next time...

It's getting dark and we hopped on the bus going to Central again eat at one of the best noodles in Hong Kong. yum yum!

We rushed in to Kowloons Victoria Harbour since its almost 8PM. One spectacular scene that we've witnessed in Hong Kong is the Symphony of Lights. A spectacular display of laser beams bouncing off 33 key skyscrapers on both sides of the harbor for 15minutes or so. Accompanied by synchronized music and commentary, the sound and light display depicts the growth of Hong Kong from a sleepy fishing village to the dynamic world-class city it is today. The sad part here is we didn't got the chance to capture it in video since our vidcam is out of battery. huhuh! Nevertheless, the experience of being there with your loveone is a whole new level.

After the checking out the spectacular light display, of course, getting into a night market in Hong Kont is a must. We went to Temple Street to check out some finds. Imagine a night market in Divisoria and Greenhills. That's basically it.

To be continued... watch out for the Second Day Tour in Hong Kong

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I Miss HK!