Day 1 of 8
02.18.2011 – I just came back from a 9-day business/leisure trip to Seoul two days ago and now I’m all set again for another 8-day trip, this time in Hongkong and Macau. This day totally calls for another celebration as we embark on an epic out of the country tour with the whole gang including the little ones. I grew up traveling with my family and we were all raised with countless road trips. These endless out of town trips comes with innumerable activities to try, fond memories to keep and of course different foods to enjoy. Most of these trips are truly unforgettable but what really matters the most is the joy it brings and each trip makes us closer than ever. In a nutshell, we all love adventures and sure thing is that there’s a little bit of wanderlust in all of us.
Manila to Hongkong takes 2 hours and 15 minutes more or less without delays. We leave Manila around 7pm and arrived in Hongkong 20 minutes past 9pm. We cleared immigration right away, waited for our bags for a few minutes and went straight to Vigor soon after. Vigor is an airport shuttle service that offers hassle-free coach transfer from airport to all major hotels in Hongkong. We used Vigor because we arrive late plus its convenient especially we have kids and huge luggage. We also wanted to reach the hotel without any hassle at all cost.
Day 2 of 8
02.19.2011 – Excited in one word! We all get the sleep we needed the night before and so we’re super ready for today’s itineraries. First stop, as we’re late for hotel breakfast, we had a quick brunch at KFC near the Cityview hotel and then after, we headed to Tsim Sha Tsui which is commonly called as TST. TST is actually a part of Kowloon and very easy to navigate as this area is peppered with MTR stations. We went to see the HK space museum, Avenue of Stars along Salisbury Road where we had a pretty nice photo opportunity. We also went to ride and experience Star Ferry that will take us to the other side of Kowloon.
AVENUE OF STARS
The Avenue of Stars was formed to celebrate Hong Kong Film industry with gallery, exhibits and more than 20 handprint plaques of well-known HK Celebrities like Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Jet Li. This attraction was modelled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and situated at Salisbury Road along Victoria Harbour Waterfront in Tsim Tsam Tsui.
HOW TO GET HERE?
By Train From MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, take the lift next to Exit P1 and choose the ‘Pd’ floor. Alternatively, use the staircase or the escalator adjacent to Tsim Sha Tsui East (Mody Road) Bus Terminus.
After Avenue of Stars, we walked towards the Star Ferry Pier and get a chance to enjoy the amazing breathtaking view of Victoria Harbour which connect Hongkong Island to Kowloon. For me, this is a must for every visit. You can also take the economical Star Ferry to cross between the said islands, or if you’re ready to splurge a little , you may indulge through several cruises available here.
One of my fave attractions in Hongkong. Aside from its charming view, local feels and historic details, I love this because its affordable, for a mere 2 HKD (before it was only 1 HKD) you get to ride this old school vessel and reach Wan Chai or Central in a few minutes with great view of the Victoria Harbour.
HOW TO GET HERE?
And since we’re in Avenue of Stars, we just walk towards the Clock Tower along the Salisbury Road and found the TST Star Ferry Pier.
By Train TST Star Ferry pier: MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit L6. Walk to the Clock Tower along Salisbury Road; or, if you’re bound to Central Star Ferry pier: MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit A2 or MTR Central Station, Exit A. Walk to the pier along Man Yiu Street; or, Wan Chai Star Ferry pier: MTR Wan Chai Station, Exit A1. Take the skybridge to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and descend to Convention Avenue at Harbour Road.
Half the fun of this attraction is actually through riding the historical tram and to date, this is still the best way to reach the Peak. Riding the tram is already a memorable experience for us. This is the world’s oldest and most famous cliff inclined railway. It rises up to 396m above sea level and it makes you think that the buildings in the area are leaning as you travel and reach the highest point at 27 degrees. At the top, you can enjoy a 360 panoramic view of Hong Kong, aside from the stunning view you can also enjoy shopping and dining.
HOW TO GET HERE?
There are several ways on how to get to the Peak. You can take metered taxi to Garden Road Lower Peak Tram Terminus or you can also hop on bus 15C at Central Bus Terminus near Star Ferry Pier 8.
By Train from MTR Central Station take Exit J2 and then walk towards the direction of Bank of China Tower, Cross the Queen road and Garden road and head to Cheung Kong Centre. Walk towards until you reach Lower Albert road where you can see St. John’s Cathedral. Cross Lower Albert Road and the Garden road. From there, walk along the pathway surrounding the fountain and you will reach the peak tram terminus.
Best time to Visit As always the golden hours, so you can see Hong Kong during daylight and take the best photos at dusk and wait till the whole island lights up.
After the Peak, we walked again towards the MTR and hop on and went straight to Cityview Hotel to call it a day as tomorrow’s going to be another fun-filled day as we plan to visit Ocean Park. Again, thanks for reading and happy traveling. If you have any questions or inquiries feel free to use the comment area below 🙂