After weeks of resting my itchy toes, finally it’s time for adventuroj to journey into another adventure again. This time we’ll be on our way to Hong Kong! Thanks to another piso fare from CebPac, for traveling need not be expensive (as a matter of fact we’ve challenged ourselves to be on a 10K-peso budget for this travel. Let’s see in the end if we’ve met this goal).
So to start our adventure, below is a sample itinerary that I’ve made months prior to our travel. Hopefully this will also be of help to you.
DAY 1: June 24 (Sunday)
Arrive in Hong Kong: By Air
- Airport has two main levels, above is the departure level (level 7) and one below is the arrival level (level 5), and yes since we arrive at around 2am, we’ve been able to spend time sleeping here.
- Buy Octopus Card @Customer Service Center. Cost 150HKD (100HKD Load + 50HKD refundable deposit. You could claim this upon returning your Octopus Card)
- You could use the Octopus Card to ride MTR and buses. It’s HK$33 to get to Tsim Sha Tsui. – Take Bus A21 to Kowloon – TST @Mosque Nathan Road – Walk straight ahead to Mirador Mansion
- The Airbus Station is located near Hall B on the Arrivals Level (Level 5) of Hong Kong International Airport. In 45 – 90 minutes (varies with traffic) you will reach the 13th stop – 82- 84 Nathan Road near Tsim Sha Tsui Station (Exit B1).
- Check in @ COSMIC GUEST HOUSE – 12/F, BLOCK F1 (Reception), Mirador Mansion, 54-64 Nathan Road
- Other Recommended Accommodations:
- There are so many hotels and guesthouses in Hong Kong, ranging from claustrophobic squeezed “sardines” layout to spacious, luxury rooms with harbor views. The difference of course is the price. And if we’re talking about budgets, premium accommodation often does not come into the equation. So here are some of the cheaper options you can consider. Each of them are close to major transport links and shopping venues.
- Sun Kong Hostel – Causeway Bay (Take Exit E of Causeway Bay MTR OR take A11 airport bus)
- Dragon Hostel – Mong Kok (Take A21 airport bus and alight at Mong Kok MTR stop)
- Exchange at Wing Hoi Money Changer – Known to be one of the most reputable money changers in HK
International travelers can save some extra bucks by bookings their flights and hotels using an online travel agency, such as Flightnetwork.com, Agoda.com, Orbitz.com etc. Such agencies offer quite some discounts and often run several deals which can help make some substantial savings.
Lantau Island: 9am-12NN
How to get there:
- Tsim Sha Tsui MTR to Tung Chung – to Ngong Ping 360 –
- Price: 81 HKD (W/ Cable to, Bus return ride)
- MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B and walk 5 minutes to the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal.
- Disembark at the Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal to explore Ngong Ping Village.
Where to go around Ngong Ping 360:
- Walking w/ Buddha $4.60
- Monkey’s Tale Theater $4.60
- Ngong Ping Tea House
- Po Lin Monastery and Giant Buddha – Monastery with interesting architecture – open daily 9am-6pm. The world’s tallest outdoor, seated bronze Giant Buddha – open daily 10am-6pm (last admission at 5:30pm).
- Vegetarian lunch at Po Lin Monastery.
- MTR Tung Chung to Lai King ; Exchange to Central – St John’s
Hong Kong Island
St John’s Cathedral –2PM Filipino Mass
- MTR, Central Station, Exit K which leads you to HK & Shanghai Bank HQ. Cross the HSBC building through the open Ground Floor to Queens Road Central; Cross Queens Road Central at the traffic lights to the Cheung Kong Center; Go up the escalator, then the stairs to the Cathedral.
***After the mass we proceeded to Asia Word Expo to witness Jason Mraz’s Concert. However for the purpose of the stated itinerary here, it would be an alternative to proceed to The Victoria Peak after the mass.
St John’s Cathedral to The Victoria Peak Terminus
- MTR Central exit B… makikita mo yung LV na store…. Go towards it, tawid ka so nandun ka mismo sa LV na corner diba… walk along Des Voeux Road…. If you are facing LV pakanan siya… at the first corner turn left…. derederecho lang kahit may makita na panibago street… until you see the HSBC building sa left side mo…. now look on your right side… yan na yung way pataas papunta sa church… dito yung church …pag paalis na kayo ng church sa right kayo mag exit… kapag nakita nyo na yung street, turn right… pag nakita nyo na yung cascading water…. you are there na sa LOWER PEAK TERMINUS….
Other options in getting to The Victoria Peak Terminus:
- Mini-bus no.1: City Hall, Central to The Peak ; Daily : 6:30am – 12:00am (from Central ; Fare : HK$8.00 v.v.
- Double Decker Ride Bus 15C: 10:30PM –From Central Ferry Pier 8 to Peak Terminus ; 10:00 am to 11:40 pm ; HK$4.20
The Peak Tram
- From Lower Peak tram Terminus Garden Road in Central
- Bus 6X or 66 from Stanley Plaza. Alight at Cheung Kong Center in Central. Walk to the Lower Peak Tram Terminus on Garden Road.
- Take the Peak Tram up to The Peak.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum (10am-10pm)
- Located inside the the Victoria Peak building.
Other places to explore around Hong Kong Island:
- Hong Kong Park
- Mid-Levels Escalator
- Tsing Ma Bridge
Then take a Star Ferry Ride going back to Tsim Sha Tsui:
- Star Ferry to TST: 6:30am-11:30pm
DAY 2: June 25 (Monday)
Hong Kong Disneyland: (10am-8pm)
HOW TO GET THERE:
- MTR Disneyland Resort Station.
Tips Around Hong Kong Disneyland:
- Hong Kong Disneyland has a FASTPASS programme so don’t need to join the long queue. Just insert your ticket to a Fast Past machine (as shown above) and it will issue you a FASTPASS. Attractions that issue FASTPASS include: Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Space Mountain and Winnie the Pooh. Please take notice of the park’s announcement as FASTPAST may extend to other attractions
- TRAIN TO FANTASY LAND – take this ride to save time at magandang experience din…
- Adventure Land – Liki Tikis (statue na nambabasa), Jungle cruise, Festival of the Lion King, Tarzan’s House
- Fantasy Land – Adventures of Winnie the pooh , photo ops with characters, It’s a small world, Mickey Philharmagic
- Tomorrow Land – Stitch encounter, Autopia, Astroblaster, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Space Mountain
- Watch the Parade at 3pm
- Fireworks Show at 8pm
Temple Street Night Market @ Yau Ma Tei
- Hong Kong’s most famous open-air market, a bustling array of stalls selling everything from watches and leatherwear to clothing and souvenirs
- Apart from great bargains, other attractions include fortune-tellers and occasionally, Cantonese opera singers, as well as alfresco dining.
- Opens at 2pm but really comes to life at dusk, closing at midnight
DAY 3: June 26 (Tuesday)
Nan Lian Garden (7am-9pm) & Chi Lin Nunnery -7AM-8:30PM
- Yau Ma Tei MTR – Green Diamond Hill. The station’s exit is just in front of Hollywood Plaza.
Kowloon Walled City Park ; 6:30am – 11pm – 8:30PM-10AM
- From MTR Lok Fu Station Exit B to the entrance on Tung Tau Tsuen Road. Bus 1 from the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry bus terminus and alight at Tung Tau Tsuen Road (opposite the park).
Dialogue in the Dark: 11PM; BEFORE 10:30AM
- Rated as Top #1 Must Do in Hong Kong by Trip Advisor.com. Truly a remarkable experience I should say.
- MTR to Mei Foo station – Exit C1. then cross the street and turn right. Walk 50 meters and take your next left. Along the road you will see the public library on your right, and you will pass a swimming pool on your left. Pass underneath the bridge, and enter the shopping mall via escalators. (2escalators)
- Address: Shop No. 215, 2/F, The Household Centre, Nob Hill, 8 King Lai Path, Mei Foo, Kowloon . * HK$10-20 in coins.
- A Shopper’s Paradise
- Explore Harbour City, Hong Kong’s largest shopping mall with hundreds of local and international stores, most open until 9pm
- Head to Nathan Road’s famous Golden Mile that bustles with shoppers day and night. It’s renowned for its colourful neon-lit shops, restaurants and nightspots. Most shops stay open until 10pm
- Take in the factory outlets along Granville Road, a must for bargain shoppers.
- Open Air Markets
- Visit the Yau Ma Tei / Mongkok, the heart of Kowloon and discover the bustling excitement of urban Chinese lifestyle.
- The neighbourhoods of Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok are ideal for finding great value on souvenirs and electronic goods
- Find bargain-priced trendy fashion and casual wear on Fa Yuen Street. Stores are open 11am-9:30pm daily. Be spoilt for choice at Ladies’ Market open noon-11:30pm daily.
- Ladies Market (Tung Choi Street) ; Electronics Street (Sai Yeung Choi Street) ; Rubber Shoes Street (Fa Yuen Street)
- Langham Place (Mall) – Shopping District, Alive until Midnight
- Sham Shui Po
- TST Night Market
- Citygate Outlets: 10AM to 10PM ; Harbour City: 10AM to 9PM ; Sogo: 10AM to 10PM
- Times Square: 10AM to 10PM ; Factory Outlets: Esprit Outlet & Granville Rd
- Clock Tower
- Kowloon Park
- Avenue of the Stars
- Harbourfront Show
- Watch the spectacular A Symphony of Lights, the world’s largest permanent light-and-sound show, held nightly at 8pm.
HOW TO GET THERE: A Symphony of Lights
- From Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier, walk right to waterfront.
Depart Hong Kong
- The fastest way to Hong Kong International Airport is to take the Airport Express train.
- For those in tight budget (like us) you could also take several buses going to the airport, for us since we’re at Tsim Sha Tsui, we took the A21 bus.
Eating Out Tips
Assuming you had a good night sleep or spent late night settling in, you ought to wake up at 8:30am, have shower and have breakfast at 9. Some guest houses offer them, but if they don’t, cheap eats are numerous in the morning. Yoshinoya, KFC, Cafe de Coral, McDonald’s and Maxim’s have mornings-only menu items that cost cheaper than lunch or dinner.
***I’ll be posting next my detailed adventure for each destination. Have a great one!
|This 3-day escape to the land of fragrant harbour happened last June 24-26, 2012. Here is a series of posts on our trip to one of Asia’s World Class City, Hong Kong. Discover the places we’ve been to, the people we met, the food we tasted and the experience we gained in this remarkable escapade.
Hong Kong 3 Days Budget Tour Itinerary | Ngong Ping 360 Experience: Cable Car, Walking with Buddha, & Po Lin Monastery | A Hong Kong Disneyland Adventure | Dream Come True: Jason Mraz Live in Hong Kong | Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery | Insightful Dialogue In The Dark Experience