Sunday, May 16, 2010

Can't Get Enough of Hong Kong

Arriving to Hong Kong's Kowloon side by ferry boat from Macau, we walked 10 minutes to our hotel at TST district. One of the perks in working for a great hotel chain, our stay was totally free and the most luxurious on all our travels, hehe. :)

After an hour in settling to our room, we proceeded to the Star Ferry terminal to go to Central District for HK$ 2.50/pax, and rode the bus that will take us to the Victoria Peak Tram lower station. Since Peak Tram is our sister company, Wife and I got 50% discount on peak tram and sky terrace tickets. We are tired of museums so we skipped Madame Tussaud's wax museum, and went to an early dinner at The Peak's Burger King instead. 

Braving the cold winds at the Peak, we waited until it got dark, and we're rewarded with magnificent night time view of the city below.

The following morning after buying their efficient octopus card, we rode the MRT to Tung Chung as takeoff point to Ngong Ping 360. Breakfast is at Delifrance outside the Citygate building before proceeding to the bus station. First bus trip to Ngong Ping is at 9:15 am at HK$ 17.25 fare/pax. By 10:15 am, we are one of the first visitors at Ngong Ping and started the ascent to the Giant Buddha. The views on top were great.

At 11:30 am, we're back at the bus that will take us back to Tung Chung. Seating at the front, I noticed the interesting signages at the bus, like "Beware of your hands", and others below:

At Citygate mall in Tung Chung, wife and I patronized the sale items at Esprit, Timberland, and Samsonite. Late lunch is at KFC in Mongkok before exchanging US$ to HK$ and buying souvenir shirts in Ladies Market at Tung Choi street. Wife bought an iPhone at a Broadway outlet on Sai Yeung Choi street, where its Php 5k cheaper than in Manila. After dropping our goods back to the hotel, we went to Admiralty station to try the double-decked tram until Happy Valley where we had noodles as dinner.

Going back to Admiralty was slower due to traffic, and got a bit lost in finding the subway station at Times Square, so we missed the nightly light and fireworks show at the Avenue of Stars.  We just strolled the baywalk, passed some people dancing and singing, took some photos, before heading back to our nice hotel.

After breakfast at McDonalds in TST, we checked out of the hotel and boarded the A21 bus that will take us to HK airport for our 10:30 am flight back to NAIA 3. Only this time its not Air Asia, and not a promo airfare with CebuPac.

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