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HONG KONG, THE CITY OF LIGHTS

Following the 5-days holiday in Macau, we have been looking forward to visit Hong Kong. After all, both are the Special Administration Region (SAR) of China and are merely a 2-hour ferry ride away from each other, we thought we are in for another idly experience away from the hustle and bustle Singapore.

But Hong Kong is way different from the tranquility of Macau. We are surprise that although it is just a placing behind Singapore on the list of most densely populated area (Official estimates Dec 2011), Hong Kong seem more packed than our Garden city.  Renowned shopping belts like Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, and Causeway Bay feels like squeezing into a Singapore’s MRT train during peak hour, anytime of the day. We could not be at ease even when having our meals as everyone, including the stall holders seem eager to rush us.

Fortunately, unlike the almost deforested Singapore, there are about 40% of Hong Kong’s land remained untouched and are preserved as country parks. Therefore, there are still many places, one of which is the popular Lantau island, where we could proceed at a slower pace.

Our 5-days trip is more than sufficient to cover the many tourist locations in Hong Kong.  But this is the City of Lights; many locations are filled with different activities by night.  If you wanted to fully experience Hong Kong, it would probably take a month.  In case you are planning to visit this SAR and only have that few days, you could consider the following “City-hopping” itinerary:

(Note: It is more convenient traveling to sighting locations if you are staying in the hotels within walking distance from the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR)

DAY 1
Morning – Arrive in Hong Kong early and head towards your hotel to deposit your luggage. Then, proceed to experience Hong Kong’s “dim sum” culture at Tim Ho Wan, the Dim Sum Specialists located somewhere near Sham Shui Po MTR.

Afternoon – Visit the Fuk Wing Street Day market.  This may be a relatively unknown street market but it is filled with many novelty stalls and eateries.

Evening – Visit the Women’s Street and Temple Street.  Both streets should be able to fill your evening till late. But in case you have some energy left, you may want to visit the Langham Place shopping mall and Sogo Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui). Along the way to these shopping malls, do check out the curry fish ball at LKK, somewhere opposite the Parklane Shopping mall.

DAY 2
Morning – Visit the Giant Buddha at the Lantau Island and have vegetarian lunch at the Po Lin Monastery.

Afternoon to evening – Visit the Disneyland Hong Kong. You should be busy mingling with favourite cartoon characters till evening. If you are hungry and looking for supper, you may consider the Mei Wai Huen located near Tsim Sha Tsui MTR.

DAY 3
Morning – Shopping at Hong Kong’s shopping district. We recommend that you check out the Times Square and the huge book store in Hysan Place at Causeway Bay.

Afternoon – Visit The Peak and Madam Tussauds museum.

Evening – Night out in Lan Kwai Fong

DAY 4
Morning to Afternoon – Visit the Aberdeen fishing village, Repulse Bay and Stanley market. On the return route, do check out the iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant.

Evening – Shopping at the mega malls, Elements and Harbour City near to Tsim Sha Tsui MTR.

DAY 5
Morning to Afternoon – Breakfast at the Lan Fong Yuen near Central MTR. Thereafter, check out the interesting but tiring upslope terrain of Central before settling for the roasted goose lunch at Yi Lok.

Afternoon to evening – This is your final chance to get souvenirs and pastries home. In case you do not have the slightest idea of what to get, you may want to consider the renowned pastries at Honolulu coffee cake shop at Wan Chai MTR.

Late evening – Wrap up the Hong Kong trip with the marvel of the Symphony of Lights at the Avenue of Stars near Tsim Sha Tsui MTR.  The display last for about 10 minutes and commenced every evening at 8p.m.  Then it is time to head for the airport and Home sweet Home.

You could reach most locations in Hong Kong with its sophisticated transport system. Nevetheless, there will still be lots of walking (seriously a lot) when you transit between the MTR stations. Moreover, there are many interesting narrow lanes and corners, which could only be uncovered by foot. Therefore, do remember to bring your most comfortable walking shoe. We are totally drained by day 2 and are still clueless how we have survived the next 3 days. Anyway, we gathered that it may be a long time to come before we recuperate enough to challenge the city again.

To those who may be fitter than us, wish you an enjoyable time in Hong Kong, the City of lights!

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