Have you ever held a globe in your hand, closed your eyes, spun it and, with your eyes still closed, chosen a place where to go?!
This is exactly what we did this time. There was no logic in our trip, no preparation, no plans. Just a dream! We had to choose between two places, Hong Kong and Singapore. We chose the first one because … because it was the first one from left to right. Dear visitor – don’t try to understand why we made these choices – we just hoped for the best!
Hong Kong is the city of the future – modern buildings, technologies… in this city the modern coexists with the past.
Only here you can find beautiful parks with flamingos in the middle of a concrete jungle; it's also here where you can take an ancient Chinese sailing boat called junk and see the harbour view, here you can see the biggest Buddha in Asia and find many many things to do!
I want to write some useful tips for visitors of this city, because it is so easy to get lost here.
First of all, after arriving at Hong Kong International Airport you need to smile, to tell yourself that you are brave and you are not afraid of so many people. You need to tell yourself that people who live here are different from those living in Europe, America and other parts of the world. This is Asia! People in Hong Kong speak English! And this is good news! They are very friendly and helpful!
Now we are ready to start, here are eight wonderful tips on vacationing in Hong Kong!
1. Buy an octopus card at airport.
It is useful. You can pay for all kinds of transportation with this card and even use it to shop in supermarkets. You'll need one card per person. It costs 50 HK and you can top up in any 7-11 Supermarket if needed. What is more, when leaving the country you can get 42 HK back from the place where you bought it.
2. There's three ways to reach the centre of Hong Kong from the airport.
- on a double-decker bus for 45 HK. The buses go to every destination in the city.
- by train to the central underground station for 120 HK
- by taxi
(Note: We took the Bus and enjoyed it a lot. Well, at some point I fell sleep!)
3. Have a warm jacket on you at all time!
This helps a lot. The normal temperature in Hong Kong is 30 ºC, but the metro, the buses, the restaurants and so on are very airconditioned and cold!
4. Book a hotel in the center.
Despite there being many places to stay and plenty of underground trains and busses traveling to the center of the city, we believe that staying closer will give you more time to explore places of interest. We stayed in Aberdeen for two days and in Mong Kok for ten. Night and day!
5. Be ready to experiment with food.
We visited many places. There is not much difference between the cheapest Michelin- starred restaurant in the world and a normal cafe in Hong Kong. That is why you shouldn't waste energy and just choose the first place you like. You can be quite lucky!
6. Take a night trip on the Aqua Luna Red Sail Boat with harbour view.
The cost is 200 HK per person for 45 minutes. It is not cheap, but this money you will get you a beautiful boat trip: amazing view, tasty vino and great emotions!
7. Who likes to start the day with coffee and cake?
In Hong Kong the best option is Starbucks and Mike’s chocolate cookies. Price for a big cup of coffee: 48 HK.
8. Visit Ocean Park or Disney Land.
Price to get into Ocean Park is 385 HK per person. The park opens at 10 AM and closes at 5 PM. Be ready to spend the whole day there! photo
This is it for today! More tips and stories from our trip will be shared in the next post. We will write about our visit to the Big Buddha and the monasteries.
If there is something in particular that you would like me to cover in the next post, or any questions related to Hong Kong, don't think twice, use the comment section bellow. I'll be happy to share.
Thank you for liking and sharing, and dream on!
'To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.'
Tons of love,
Mike & Yamilka.