Indeed, one the most well traveled places in Asia due to its historic culture, eye-catching architecture and mouth watering delicacies, no doubt this place offers more than what you’ve asked for. So join me as I share my latest travel experience in Hong Kong, the places I’ve visited, the food I’ve eaten and the people I’ve met.
Booked year before the actual travel period via Cebu Pacific (check their site for early booking promos), I’ve never imagine I will experience a travel break of my life before 2014 ends. Well, thanks to my Aunt who sponsored my expenses. Actually, it’s in my bucket list to visit this country even before due to it’s very conducive distance to where I live plus I really wanted to meet and greet Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
We arrived at Hong Kong International Airport around 8am. A 2 1/2 hours flight from Philippines. Ride the airport shuttle and headed straight to Panda Hotel to leave our luggage and checked in. Panda Hotel is located at 3 Tsuen Wah Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong. It’s very accessible to the Airport and Hong Kong Disneyland and a little bit at a distance to Ocean Park. We also booked the hotel year before the travel via Agoda. What I liked about the hotel is that it’s very clean and the staffs are so welcoming. Well, if you worry about communicating with them, stop thinking about it, rest assured all their staffs can speak in English.
Hotel’s lobby area is filled with Christmas decors and Panda stuffed toys that time that almost every guests goes gaga in taking their own version of selfies. You can also check hotel’s amenities in their website. We arrived too early in the Hotel’s checked in time at 2pm so we decided to go straight to Ocean Park after taking some pictures and filling our stomach some breakfast at the nearby Mc Donalds.
First thing first, most of the meals in Hong Kong doesn’t offer rice meals. Well, obviously, they are known for their noodles. So if you’re into rice, you will always get yourself a feeling of starvation.
Ocean Park is located at Aberdeen, Hong Kong. Accesible via MTR or taxi. Apparently, I can’t give any idea how to go to certain places in Hong Kong via MTR because most of our travel there is via taxi since we’re not that familiar that time to the place. But I highly recommend you to use their public transportation when roaming around Hong Kong since it is less costly. Taxi fare usually ranges around 200-300 HKD going back and forth.
Upon arriving at Ocean Park, we are entertained by a Chinese tour guide who helped us get our park tickets at a much lower price. I remembered we get 300 HKD discount for a group tickets inclusive of all the attractions there.
The park is really big as expected. You can’t afford to see and enjoy everything in it within a day. You really need to plan ahead which show you will see, rides you will ride, and attractions you will go. You can see and plan all of that by visiting their site.
Ocean Park is subdivided into two parts: The Waterfront and The Summit. Waterfront is the first part of the park. Here you will see the Aqua City, Amazing Asian Animals and Whiskers Harbour. Be sure not to miss to visit the Grand Aquarium in Aqua City and have some photographs at the Aqua City Lagoon. You should not also dare to miss to see Panda’s in real life in Amazing Asian Animals. Give some steps also to see goldfish in action just across the Panda’s place. And if you have some kids with you, Whiskers Harbour is the best place for them to play.
If you think you have enough of the tour, I bet you’re wrong. You have two options on how to get to The Summit. First is via cable car or via train. Well, in our case, we rode the cable car. But before heading there, we took our lunch at Panda’s Cafe. Honestly, restaurants in the park are quite expensive but believe me it’s worth it since it’s in big servings.
If you take the cable car going to the summit, you will be directed at the Marine World. While if you took the train, you will be headed directly at the Polar Adventure.
The Summit has five divisions: The Marine World, Adventure Land, Polar Adventure, Thrill Mountain and Rain forest. If you are into rides you can test your adrenaline by riding the Dragon, Crazy Galeon and Mine Train at the Marine World and Adventure Land respectively. If you want some walk in the park like tour try visiting the Rain forest and give the Rapids some shot. If you are in the Thrill Mountain area, why not try the Hair Raiser ride. I’ll bet you gonna like it. Don’t go home not visiting the Polar Adventure. For me, it is the must go place in the Summit. Try to visit every attraction there because you can’t afford to miss single place in there. There you will see penguins, arctic foxes and many more. You need to also try to ride the Arctic Blast for some adrenaline.
As what I’ve said before-hand, the park is way impossible to roam in a day. And I mean, to ride everything and see everything in it. We decided to leave the park around 5pm since we are so tired from the flight and most of us are really sleepy by that time. We rode the train going back to the Waterfront and headed back at the hotel via taxi. The train in the Ocean Park is really nice. You feel like you’re into some sort of movie scene since they play a video on top of the train. I also recommend not to go home as early as we did because I heard by 7pm they have some light show in the Lagoon Area at the Waterfront side.
We reached the Hotel and be able to see our room around 6pm. And wow, that hotel bed is so big. The comfort room is very clean with complete toiletries. Really a five star rate for that. I manage to check the hotel amenities and got a chance to swim and take sauna and shower before hitting the sack. The gym and the wet area closes around 7pm and I was lucky enough to atleast try it before I lack the opportunity. But to be honest, I didn’t manage to swim for too long since the weather in Hong Kong is very cold that time.
And it’s a wrap. Lights off. Let’s call it a day for me. For tomorrow, it will be a magical day for me. Hello Disneyland!