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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Hong Kong Hustle » Three Days In The Shadow of the World's Most Vertical City

It ends like a 10-minute dream carried by a greased lightning. Yet all was vivid – the zooming train, high rise buildings, cable cars, Disney Land, giant buddha, crazy shopping and the smell. Yes, I’ve been to Hong Kong. All the pre-departure excitement was now replaced with thrilled nerves, sore feet, and a nice dose of Hong Kong aristocracy and sarcasm.

Though we stayed there in just three days, I have lots of things to tell you. It was a whole new set of exciting travel experience but it’s not all fun. All of it deserves separate posts.

In the meantime I want to share here our initial itinerary and travel plans. We tried maximizing our limited time for us to visit as much places as possible but of course in travel, there is no such thing as perfect itinerary.

There are always on the spot changes – and that’s the beauty of travel. Randomness. If it’s perfect, it’s boring.

Here’s our original backpacker whirl-wind itinerary if you are planning a Hong Kong tour in just three days and don’t want to get stuck in costly packaged tour:

DAY 1 : 16 July Saturday

05:40 AM   Depart Manila going to Hong Kong
                via 5J108MNL/HKG 0540H/0740H
07:40 AM   Arrive Hong Kong
08:25 AM   Check-In at Panda Hotel (Tsuen Wah Street)

Peeing at the Ocean Park Entrance
Sculptures by: Adriana Korkos
09:30 AM   Visit Ocean Park (Explore The Waterfront,
                The Summit, Ride Cable Car)

Ocean Park Cable Cars
04:30 PM   Visit Victoria Peak
                Attractions: Visit Peak Historical Gallery / Peak Tram Ride /
                Visit The Peak Tower Madam Tussauds / Peak Market

08:00 PM   Watch Symphony of Lights (Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront) *cancelled
10:00 PM   Visit Night market (Mongkok or Temple Street )

Shopping at Mongkok

DAY 2 : 17 July Sunday

07:00 AM   Wake-up Call

Camwhoring at Avenue of the Stars
Scenic Aberdeen Fishing Village
09:00 AM   Compulsory Hong Kong City Tour
                Visit Avenue of the Stars, Victoria Peak (mid-level),
                Aberdeen Fishing Village, Jewelry Factory,

Magical Disneyland
11:00 AM    Visit Disney Land
09:00 PM    Back to Hotel
10:30 PM    Leave hotel going to Macau  **cancelled
11:30 PM    Arrive Macau
                Invade Macau until morning , Venetian Macau,
                Ruins of St. Paul, Macau Tower, Lisboa,
                House of Dancing Water
DAY 3 : 18 July Monday

05:00 AM   Leave Macau back to HongKong
06:00 AM   Back to Hotel - (Breakfast) then sleep
12:00 PM   Hotel check-out

Cable Cars going to Ngong Ping 360
Big Buddha at Ngong Ping
12:30 PM   Visit Ngong Ping 360 (Cable Car, Big Buddha, Wisdom Path)
04:00 PM   Back to Hotel
09:00 PM   Depart Hong Kong back to Manila

This is our original plan, but we cancelled our trip to Macau (*sigh*) - hopefully we can visit the place some other time.

If it’s you’re first time in Hong Kong, you have to do a little advance research on the location of the places you want to visit and don’t forget to grab a map. Also, touring the city requires a lot of walking (I repeat – LOTS OF WALKING) so invest on comfortable footwear.

More of our HK adventures and photos soon! 

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