Getting outside the country for the first time and thinking of the most suitable destination abroad? Then Hong Kong might be the right one. It’s just pretty close, packs lots of beautiful attractions and foreigner-friendly. Read on for our travel experience, itinerary and more.
Each of us has our own bucket list or places we want to go to whether it’s a local destination or abroad. For the latter, two countries have been on the top: Singapore and Hong Kong. We have been to Singpore last year and had a blast. You can read our travel blog to Singapore here. So this year, we decided to fly to Hong Kong for our second trip in another country.
Why Hong Kong? Well, in my opinion, it’s because of one of the most famous theme park in Asia — Disney Land! Who wouldn’t love theme parks? Even as an adult, we can have so much fun and enjoy as childhood memories pop up once again. Moreover, we’re talking about famous characters from Disney that all generations love: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Star Wars, Snow White, Aurora, Tinkerbell, Moana and many more.
Hong Kong has a 1,104-square-kilometer area composed of Hong Kong Island, which lies to the south of the harbour, the Kowloon Peninsula, which forms its northern shores, the New Territories to the north of Kowloon, which stretch all the way to Mainland China, and more than 200 outlying islands, including Lantau Island, where Hong Kong International Airport is located.
Hong Kong also packs modern and picturesque city skyline, extreme adventure and also a huge park – Ocean Park, historical places such as Peak Tram and tasty dishes. You can also add Macau to your itinerary as it’s just a boat away.
Hong Kong has a similar weather compared to our country, Philippines. But it has a sub-tropical climate with distinct four seasons. The only predictable weather events that could have a significant impact on your travel plans are typhoons. So make sure to check the weather sites to make necessary preparations to your itinerary. Typhoon season begins in May and ends in November. But during our trip, a typhoon has just passed and cloudy weather was just right with our getaway.
What to Wear
From March to November, just wear clothes suited for tropical weather. But when winter comes (December to February), it’s cool, dry and cloudy and you have to wear thick clothes to feel comfortable. The temperature can drop below 10°C in urban areas. Average temperature during these months is 12 to 20 degrees Celsius.
4 Days, 3 Nights Itinerary
First Day. Arrival at Hong Kong and Ocean Park
03:30 AM – Our flight is scheduled at 07:10 AM. Since we are in Batangas, we have to leave the house this early.
04:45 AM – We arrived at Terminal 3 airport around and went to check-in at Cebu Pacific counter, paid P1620 travel tax and proceeded to Immigration. This is where many first-timers are weary of as some passengers may be offloaded, though I was confident as we have complete documents. But what made me worried was we fell in line in a very slow Immigration counter. It took around 1 hour for us to reach the Immigration Officer at exactly 6:40 AM – boarding gate time! If you feel you’ll be late on the boarding gate, it’s okay to change lanes than be offloaded.
06:50 AM – After passing the scanners we arrived at our boarding gate. I thought we were already late, but thank goodness, CebuPac’s delayed flight actually saved us!
10:00 AM – We arrived at Hong Kong. What to do at the airport:
- Fill up arrival cards
- Change Peso to HKD to buy Octopus card (for Bus fare) – HKD150
- Buy tourist sim card for HKD 68, 1GB for 3 Days
11:30 AM – Arrival at TST, Mirador Mansion. Used Google Maps to navigate to the hostel. It’s very close to the bus stop, btw. Packed things, prepare.
01:30 PM – Lunch at KFC, head to MTR
02:30 PM – Arrive at Ocean Park. Enjoy! 🙂
07:30 PM – Depart at Ocean Park
08:30 PM – Dinner at McDonald’s
09:30 PM – Lights Off
Hong Kong Ocean Park
We arrived at Ocean Park 2:30 PM in the afternoon. Yes, it’s a bit late so we hurriedly went inside and look for the most interesting attractions. By that time, we knew it would be impossible to roam the whole park until 7:00 closing time in the evening. Even if you’ll arrive in the morning, it’s a must to plan your visit by having a map in your hands. The place is huge plus there are steep roads ahead that will surely make you sweat.
Here’s a park map: https://www.oceanpark.com.hk/en/plan-your-visit/park-map
We went first to the Grand Aquarium where you’ll see lots of fishes and sea creatures in their cool aquariums. Some interesting ones are: glowing jelly fishes, big manta rays and colorful fishes.
Next stop is The Hong Kong Jockey Club Sichuan Treasures. Here, you can find Giant Pandas and some apes playing around large controlled habitat. If it’s your first time seeing a Panda, then you’ll like it’s chubbiness and cuteness. The two apes are also a rare find. You can see them cunningly hanging around branches, getting the attention of expectators around.
Next spot we visited was Ocean Express. We mistakenly took it as an attraction. It’s main purpose is to transfer the crowd from the lower park to the ones above the hill. The route you must take is to go ahead the Whisker’s Harbour, visit some rides and theater there before taking Ocean Express tram.
After taking the cool tram, we made it to the Thrill Mountain where you can find the extreme roller coaster (which we even didn’t tried) and some games with cool stuff toy gifts. We then visited to the Marine World and catched the dolphin show. Just like a child, I was so amazed seeing the dolphins and sea lion perform.
Before 6 in the evening, we went straight to the waiting line of cable car returning to the lower park. It was a long line for a weekday. It’s hard to imaging how long it can be during holidays and weekends. But the cable ride was fun! It was a long ride longer than ones we tried in the past. It went up and down on towers a couple of times making my fear of heights felt. Haha. The best part is that it didn’t have additional fee and you can choose to solo your own cable car.
There are also themed sections where you can take pictures like old China town (see above). We also watched the fountain show before exiting the gates. It’s unique and colorful, definitely a must-watch.
Watch out for our Day 2 Itinerary: Peak Tran and Disneyland, Day 3 Itinerary: Macau