Hong Kong for a day

Since four whole days is too long to devote to sightseeing in Macau, we decided to take a day trip in Hong Kong. It’s actually very easy since the two are just an hour away by ferry –  the fare is only HKD146 – HKD168 (depending on the day/time) and there are departures every 15 minutes. Credit cards are likewise accepted and the waiting area is much, much better than our airport lounge. We took the Turbojet going to HK and the Cotai Jet back to Macau.

For breakfast, we again made the choice to go with something familiar and this time, our very hungry stomachs led us to KFC, where I had a hard time getting the guy at the counter to understand my English. I was almost close to crying tears of frustration and hunger until we both realized the point and pay system is the best solution to language barriers. 😛

Picture taking at the first park we saw after leaving the ferry port:
that’s the Bank of China in the upper right
A few more steps and we reached this virtual oasis, a verdant jungle set amidst the skyscrapers of the city: the Hong Kong Park. It amazed me how well-maintained this park was – no trash, every bush and tree glistening green, and the pond had fish and ducks and I even spotted some turtles! All these in the city. But that’s not all: the park also had an aviary, fountains, playgrounds, restos, and, would you believe, a marriage registry???
Traveling in HK (or anywhere for that matter) translates to lots of walking so I would suggest you bring a very comfortable pair of shoes, lots of water, shades, and slather on some powerful sunblock – we must have walked miles (over an hour?) from the train station (I can’t remember the name, but it vaguely reminds me of queens) to reach the Peak Tram terminal.

From there, we had to endure another hour (?) waiting for our turn – the queue was hundreds of tourists long! The annoying thing was when we got there, we found out our queue was for those taking just the tram ride; there was a shorter queue for those taking the tram AND going to Madame Tussauds. Fare is only HKD65 (Php 400-450)for the Sky Pass (Peak tram and Sky Terrace) while the wax museum fee is HKD 160 (roughly Php1,000). Credit cards are accepted.

The peak tram is actually just a very short ride covering around 1.5 km but what makes it extraordinary is that this is the steepest funicular in the world. Not that I have much experience riding funiculars; my sole experience prior to this was riding the funicular at Tagaytay Highlands and that wasn’t so steep at all. But the peak tram kept me sliding backwards on our way up and sliding forward on our way down.

We had our lunch at the Peak Galleria’s Spaghetti 360. Not wanting to waste the view, we opted for al fresco dining (though it got a bit hot), feasting on squid ink rice with crayfish in stone pot, chicken covered in melted cheese and sinful chocolate cake served with ice cream and fresh strawberries. Food doesn’t come cheap though; we each shelled out over HKD 150 (Php 1,000).

our view while eating
our yummy lunch
After that, we headed to the viewing deck to have a glimpse of HK’s famous harbour and skyline. I even braved my fear of heights and posed next to the railing, all the while managing to smile for the camera though my insides were quaking. A good thing I didn’t throw up my good lunch.
Would have loved to have some Haagen daz at the Peak but it was so damn expensive! Like 3x the cost of a scoop here and that is just insane!

There were too many wax figures at Madame Tussaud’s but here are my favorites:

clockwise from top left: Prince Philip and Princess Anne; William Shakespeare; Johnny Depp; a Rembrandt painting
Of course, while my favorites veer towards royalty (real or the Hollywood variety), hubby would never be caught dead posing with them. But he was very willing and eager to pose with historical and political figures:
clockwise from top left: Hitler; Donald Tsang; Lee Kwan Yew; Obama
I wanted to take shots of the funicular ride going down but this is the best I could come up with – there were too many passengers (luckily, we all managed to get seats).
Now, the highlight of our little expedition was the Symphony of Lights – a 10-minute laser light and sounds show at the harbor, participated in by the buildings dotting the harbor. It starts at exactly 8PM. According to Guinness, this is the world’s largest and permanent light show (quite expensive too, as it cost HKD44M).
Some photo op before the show started and before the crowd got too thick to take a decent photo. Oh, and I got my daily ice cream fix while waiting for the show to start – even though it was freezing weather! Hahaha! Nothing can keep me away from my ice cream. 😛
We didn’t have much time left to explore for dinner so we just went to the nearest food court we could find where I feasted on sushi and hubby on a bento box:

I would have loved to shop in HK but I had reserve that for another visit. Besides, we were too tired we could barely drag ourselves back to the ferry port. And we were so zonked out I think all of us were snoring during the hour-long cruise. A good thing there were very few passengers at close to midnight!

You might notice that we didn’t go to Disneyland or Ocean Park – well, that was intentional, on my part at least. I promised the kid back home that I will go there with him so I couldn’t really visit the happiest place on earth without my little man. And I intend to keep that promise. And of course, the hubby has no choice but to agree with me. 🙂

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