Contributor: Melvin Corales
Chummy with Mickey Mouse
“Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.” — those were Walt’s words when he was thinking of building a theme park after visiting a lot of amusement parks in the mid 1930s. The first Disneyland in California opened on July 17th of 1955 and since then, the theme park opened several parks across the globe.
Hong Kong Disneyland, located beside Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island is the latest addition as of the moment. Covering the entire 320 acres of reclaimed land at Penny’s Bay, HK Disneyland Resort still is the smallest Disneyland Resort in the entire world. Hong Kong Disneyland may be small but it surely lives up to the expectation as being the happiest place on Earth.
Amen to Sir Walt!
Inside the cable car
At the Ngong Ping Village
Experiencing another country’s public transportation like the buses, trains and cabs is already an exiting thing to do when traveling but taking its well-known cable car definitely made it more memorable. It happened when I visited Hong Kong for the second time with my family. We got to experience the 25-minute cable car from Tung Chung to the Ngong Ping Village.
Our 5.7km cable car journey started at the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal near the CityGate Outlets. It was a very comfortable ride since we were able to have the cable car to ourselves which can accommodate up to 21 persons. We saw buildings from afar, the HK airport, sea vessels, mountains and temples. The cable car ride was already a one-of-a-kind journey. It was very relaxing inside since it was ventilated and spacious. We also felt the cold morning wind and fog outside.
Day view of Marina Bay Sands
Night view of Marina Bay Sands
Aside from the Merlion, Marina Bay Sands (MBS) is probably the second most prominent tourist spot in Singapore. My skype picture has the MBS as its background and most of my students easily recognized the place as Singapore.
Towering above buildings nearby, MBS looks like a ship on top of three huge poles. One cannot miss this beautiful architechture as it is seen across the Singapore river, from Clarke Quay to Esplanade.
Here’s my 5N4D Hong Kong (with 1 day Macau) Itinerary. I hope this helps!
Hong Kong Dollar: HKD2,263.80 = PHP12,450.90 (November 2012 Conversion Rate – HKD1:PHP5.50)
Total Expenses in Peso (excluding pasalubong/souvenirs): =PHP14,770.90
*Please note that we visited 2 Theme Parks (which are expensive) that’s why the budget was a little higher than the usual.
I am going to Hong Kong again this December and I have updated my itinerary. There are significant changes in the prices of Disneyland tickets, MTR and bus fares and of course in the exchange rate so do wait for my updates. In the meantime, use this as a guide.
PS. I did not include all the items in my ‘OC’ itinerary, just the ones that we paid. Kindly refer to the separate detailed posts on my blog about my Day-to-Day activities in Hong Kong and Macau. 😀
As of Dec 14, 2013 (my last visit to Hong Kong), the Disneyland one-day pass is HKD450 and Ngong Ping cable car is HKD125 (Discounted: HKD420 and HKD120 respectively). The MTR and bus rates also went up so better check the detailed bus and train fares at the following sites: MTR: http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/homepage/cust_index.html and NWS Buses: http://www.nwstbus.com.hk.