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Monday, March 21, 2011

Hongkong Trip Highlights

     We bought our tickets for our Hongkong Trip last January 5, 2011 via Cebu Pacific's 50% off promo. And since then, we have been planning the itineraries and budget for our whole trip. We would like to thank Pinoyexchange Forum especially Mr. Commoner for helping us and answering our questions regarding our trip.

      We went to Terminal 3  of Ninoy Aquino International Airport at around 3am last March 16, 2011 for our Hongkong trip. We checked-in our baggage, paid the Travel Tax  and the Terminal Fee worth 1620php and 750php, respectively. We then walked to Gate 110 and waited until our Boarding Time (0540H). 
     After 2 hours of being in the air, we finally arrived in Hong Kong at around 7am, got our baggage and paid for our Octopus Cards (OC) for 250hkd each. We then rode the A21 bus (OC = 33hkd) to Nathan Road, the 13th bus stop.. so freakin cold! The temperature that day was 12-16 deg. Celsius! We then exchanged our US dollars to HK dollars at Wing Hoi Money Changer located inside Mirador Mansion.

     We then checked-in at Golden Crown Guesthouse, paid 1500hkd for our 3-day stay and left our baggage inside our room before starting our Hong Kong adventure. This is it! Woohoo! Hong Kong, here we come! :)

Day 1 (March 16, 2011)

Directions: Ride the MTR at Tsim Sha Tsui Station -> Admiralty (exit B) -> CityBus 629 -> Ocean Park (OC = 7.9hkd)
Operating hours: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Entrance Fee: 250hkd (bought ours for 220hkd)

     We were so happy the weather was nice! Perfect for our first stop!

Ocean Park Hong Kong :)

Welcome to Ocean Park ^_^

Wacky Pose!
Directions: From Ocean Park -> CityBus 629 -> Admiralty Station -> Central Station (Exit J2) -> Cable Tram (OC = 10.60)
Operating hours: 7 am to 12 midnight 
Entrance Fee: 200hkd (Madame Tussauds Combo Package)

     The steepest part/incline was 27 degrees.. felt like 45! All the buildings we passed seemed slanted.. Cool! Hehe! :)

Entrance to Peak Tram

 While waiting for the Tram

     Time to get up close and personal with some famous celebrities! (with their wax figures that is..)

 Entrance to Madame Tussauds

With the royalties :D

Teaching Tiger Woods how to do it right =p

     The view from the top of the Sky Terrace was breathtaking! (though it was really freezing up there...)

Amazing View from the Sky Terrace

It's so cooooold =/

Day 2 (March 17, 2011)
Avenue of Stars
Directions: Walking Distance from Golden Crown
Operating Hours: 48 hours, we think.. :)
Entrance Free: FREE

      It took a while before we got there. (took some wrong turns hehe!) But all's well that ends well. We got to take great pics! Love 'em! =)

  Early morning walk at Avenue of Stars

Our own camera man ^_^
Directions: MTR at Tsim Sha Tsui -> Lai King Station -> Sunny Bay -> Disneyland (OC = 16.6)
Operating Hours: 10am - 8pm
Entrance Fee: 350hkd (bought ours at 320hkd)

     We shrieked like kids when we saw the train! It was cute, cozy, dreamy! We got excited of what's to come at Disneyland! :)

Inside the Disney Train

      Disneyland truly is the happiest place on Earth! It brought out the kids in us! =D

The happiest place on Earth! :)

 With Mickey Mouse ^_^

Day 4 (March 19, 2011)

Nanlian Garden
Directions: MTR at Tsim Sha Tsui -> Mongkok Station -> Diamond Hill
Operating hours: 7am - 9pm
Entrance Fee: FREE

      We took time to see this serene garden near the MTR-Diamond Hill station.. Too bad it was raining then, but nothing can stop us.. =p

 Nanlian Garden Entrance

 In front of the orange bridge :)

Snoopy's World
Directions: MTR at Diamond Hill -> Kowloon Tong -> Sha Tin
Operating Hours: 10 am - 8 pm
Entrance Fee: FREE

     We didn't get to see the place since it was temporarily closed due to the bad weather =(  Our pictures could have been so cute!

 Entrance to Snoopy's World

 With Charlie Brown

     We weren't able to go up to see the 10000 Buddhas. It was raining and we had to check out of our hotel. Maybe when we go back next time =)

Ngong Ping 360
Directions: MTR at Sha Tin Station -> Kowloon Tong -> Mongkok -> Lai King -> Tung Chung
Operating Hours: 10am - 6pm
Entrance Fee: Roundtrip (Cable Car) + Walk with the Buddha + Monkey Tale: 176hkd

 Ngong Ping Cable Car

     We enjoyed the view from our cable which passed 7 stations! Sadly, it was mostly foggy since it was raining that afternoon..

Hello Ngong Ping Village

 With the general statue :)

 Going to the top of the Buddha

Symphony of Lights
Directions: 10minute walk from Golden Crown
Show Hour: 8pm
Entrance: FREE

     It's cool how the music is coordinated with the blinking lights from the buildings across the river! The photos we took were not that good because of the thick fog/ dark clouds :(

Too bad it's so foggy :(

      Our Hongkong trip will not be complete without tasting their street food. We tried the octopus, fish balls, and sausage with the curry sauce. The chili helped fight the cold.. Haha! :D

Hongkong street food

Note: We will post a blog of each landmark that we've been to in Hongkong in the coming days (as time permits.. hehe!)

MACAU Trip Highlights to be posted as well.. :D

Thanks for viewing.. ^_^


  1. We already miss you Hongkong.. See you soon? :)

  2. hi. did you just say you paid 1500 only for your three days stay at golden crown?

  3. yes! we paid 1500hkd for our 3-day stay.. that's 500hkd a day.. :) thanks for visiting1 :D

  4. Nice pics!!!!We will also be staying at Golden Crown this Holy week. Where did you buy your discounted tickets?

  5. thanks! we bought our discounted tickets for ocean park and disneyland at golden crown.. is it your first time in HK? enjoy! :)

  6. Yes it would be our first time in HK.:P I'm with my hubby and we will be staying there for just 2 days and another 1 day for Macau. I hope we will enjoy HK as much as you do guys. Do you have a picture of Golden Crown? Do they accept credit card? Thanks!!! God Bless!!!

  7. We don't have pictures of Golden Crown or the room we stayed in--it wasn't prepared yet when we got there :) and yes, we made a reservation online and paid the deposit with a credit card. Enjoy your trip! I hope you also share your experience with us. =)

  8. hong kong will always be special sa akin because it's my first foreign destination.na surprise ako sa ocean park,we had so much fun there and based on your pics i think you also did.

  9. @virgo itinerary: ours, too! =) check out our blog entry about ocean park http://marliestravels18.blogspot.com/2011/03/ocean-park-hongkong.html -- a day isn't enough to enjoy the whole place! :)

  10. YAPEE: hi nice itinerary..would like to know if your stay in golden crown is okay. me and my hubby is also planning to stay there but we wanted to see pictures not from reviews in websites. hope you could help. thanks in advance.

  11. Hi! Thanks for visiting our blog. Sorry, but we don't have any picture of the room we stayed in Golden Crown because it wasn't prepared yet when we got there. But based on the price and the location of the hostel to the train station, we definitely recommend Golden Crown. :)

  12. hi, we were going to hk on dec 4..your blog will really help me a lot for our itinerary. as i read, you didn't post your day 3 adventure..lolz!...

  13. we spent day 3 at Macau =)
    glad we could be of help! enjoy your trip! tell us how it went okay? :)

  14. hi! who took the pics?do you bring tripod?