“When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.” I always say this to myself whenever I am climbing a mountain, visiting a skyscrapper or basically just going to high places. I may have fear of heights but just like the quote, the view from the top always gives me the encouragement to continue my journey and reach the summit. Hong Kong’s The Peak is one good example.
Contributor: Melvin Corales
“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.
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.
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.
Contributor: Melvin Corales
Located in the heart of Kowloon, along the hustle and bustle of Nathan Road, stands tall the Golden Crown Court where Yiu Fai Guesthouse is situated. Yiu Fai is simply our home away from home.
If you are looking for a guesthouse or hostel when you visit Hong Kong, I highly recommend Yiu Fai Guesthouse. First selling point? Yiu Fai is just a few minutes away from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station, Victoria Harbour, Canton Road, Shopping Centers and Bus stops. You can go to any point from Nathan Road which makes it great. Second, it is cheap. We paid 550HKD per night for a room for three. The room is not that big but enough for backpackers who spend most of their time outside. You also get an ensuite bathroom with hot and cold shower which is perfect for Hong Kong’s chilly weather, a TV, an air-conditioner, Wi-Fi, and a new towel every single day.
Backpacking Hong Kong and Macau
November 26, 2012
Before we started our final full day in Hong Kong, we reheat the chicken from KFC and ate them with the bread we brought from 7-eleven. It was still drizzling that day but we were determined to visit our final list of destinations – Ngong Ping, Avenue of the Stars and Mongkok.
Since we already used HKD100.4 in our Octopus card (Stored value is HKD100 but you can have negative only for the excess of the last transaction), we reloaded our cards by using the machines they have at the train stations. The smallest amount that you can reload is HKD50. If the machine won’t work, you can also go to their service counters.
After reloading our cards, we rode the train going to Tsuen wan (red line) and alighted at Lai King. Then we transferred to the Tung Chung (orange) line and alighted at the Tung Chung station (HKD14.9).
We arrived very early and it was still drizzling so we went to the Citygate Outlets first. It was also one of the places Mel was very excited to visit. We wanted to buy clothes so we went to the mall. It was indeed full of outlet shops but I noticed that the prices were still expensive. The only store that I liked was the Taste Supermarket. Aside from local products from Chinese countries like HK, Mainland China, Macau and Taiwan, there were items from other countries like Japan, South Korea, US and Australia.
Backpacking Hong Kong and Macau
November 25, 2012
My friends and I left The Peak at 1 pm already. We took Bus 15 (HKD9.8) to the Central Pier thinking that there was a bus terminal going to Ocean Park there. However, when we arrived there were no buses and we had to talk to a police officer to ask for the schedule. What surprised us? When the policewoman took out her phone, she had a touch phone and actually called another officer to ask for the bus schedule. How very nice of her.
She told us that there were actually buses going to Ocean Park there but unfortunately that time they were unavailable. So we decided to take another route. We rode Bus 15 (HKD9.8) to Admiralty Station in Queensway. Ocean Park’s main terminal is located there. One should not miss the station since the posts were painted with Ocean Park’s characters.
Note: For bus routes, fares and schedule, you may use this site: http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/