Hong Kong Highlights - Part 1

The trip we had in Hong Kong was really full of fun and packed with so much action. We wanted to maximize our 3nights/4days stay so we made sure that our itinerary would cover much sightseeing and of course...shopping, after all Hong Kong is known as a shopping paradise.

The last time I went to Hong Kong was way back in 1997, a few months before HK was handed over to China, being under British rule for 156 years. That time, I was also with Pam my best friend, we were there to stage a play at Central Theatre. Fast forward to many years later and after 7 years of not having seen each other, going to Hong Kong again with my best friend with her family and mine was again a truly memorable experience to cherish.

So much has changed in HK (for the better), upon arrival you would already get impressed by their ultra-modern airport. It was raining heavily when we arrived at HK, but we were determined not to let that spoil our holiday. As soon as our hotel transfer coach arrived, we were off to the hotel (we stayed at Largos Hotel at Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, strategically located near Nathan Road and Jordan MTR station). After having late lunch in a good resto, we headed straight to Harbour City, the biggest mall in HK and walked around the Harbour area.

Hong Kong Int'l. Airport at Lantau Island

It was still raining on our second day, but that didn't stop us from enjoying what HK had to offer. The whole morning we went on a guided Hong Kong Half-Day City Tour where we were taken to Avenue of Stars (patterned after Hollywood's Walk of Fame, featuring Hong Kong Film Industry Celebrities), Victoria Harbour, Aberdeen Fishing Village, HK Jewellery Shop and Victoria's Peak Mid-Level. After enjoying Chinese food + dimsum for a hearty lunch, it was time for shopping sidetrip at Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district. We were right on time for HK's summer sale so were able to get some great deals on our shopping frenzy. By late afternoon, we headed off to The Peak - the most popular attraction in HK. One's experience of Hong Kong wouldn't be complete without riding the Star Ferry, a short 5 minute ferry ride between Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon and Central Hong Kong. There at Central, we took a bus going to The Peak lower terminus where our Peak Tram adventure ride began.

From top-left: The heavy rain couldn't keep us from enjoying our sightseeing... at Victoria Harbour (hubby, my nephew Ryan and my mom), At Avenue of Stars fitting my hand against Jackie Chan's hand imprint, At Aberdeen Fishing Village, Hubby & Ryan posing at The Peak Mid Level, Enjoyed lunch & dimsum at Tsim Sha Tsui resto, Shopping time, Aboard the Star Ferry, Star Ferry at Victoria Harbour, Hubby posing at IFC Tower - the tallest building in HK.

The fastest and most enjoyable way to get to The Peak is by taking a ride at the Peak Tram, pulled by steel cables, the tram climbs 373 metres (about 1,200 feet), it's so steep that the building you pass look like they're leaning at 45 degree angle! The ride was exhillirating, it was so much fun (we were seated on the right side so we had the best view of the the city's skyline and green hillsides on the way up). We opted to get the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum + The Peak Combo, as we've been wanting to get inside this famous wax museum located at The Peak as well. At The Peak, you'll find so many shops, restaurants and of course, it's the best place from which you can see HK's stunning skyline, skyscrapers and busy harbour.

From top-left: Peak Tram - off we go!, Ryan & me posing at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Paris Hilton w/hubby...trying to make me me jealous!, Mom w/ the President of China, getting back at hubby...I'm holding on tight to James Bond!, Tiger Woods w/ another golf celebrity - Ryan LB, The Beatles and their pretty babes, Hubby & me...great shot, great view!, Inside The Peak's mall.

After having dinner at The Peak, it was time to bring my mom back to the hotel so she can retire, and as if our feet were not clamoring for their needed rest... hubby, myself, Pam and her hubby still went out late that night to go to Temple St. night market nearby, despite the rain and all.

Whew, what a day we had! It was surely tiresome, but really brought us lots of good memories (and photos) to smile about and look back on in the days to come.

Don't miss out on HK Highlights Part 2 - our Disney adventure....


Josh of Arabia said...

hi mariz, longtime!

i enjoyed seeing u enjoying..it was nice to chat with u after that though:)

thanks for reminding me about HOngkong..ive been there 4 x but plan still to drop by this December..

regards to u and hub.:)

liza said...

thank you so much sistah! it was nice hearing from you again ;)

Mariz said...

@ josh of arabia: HK is a place one will never get tired of visiting, wish we could go back soon too. i'm sure you'll enjoy your trip there this december, have fun!

@ liza: nice to see you here again sistah!

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