Thursday, March 26, 2009

6 Days 5 Nights at Hong Kong

Day 1, 17 March 09 *Departure: KLIA,MH72 @ 9.15am, Arrival: HKIA @ 12.55 noon. *Bought Octopus Card @ Airport Express Line Customer Service Counter (HKD7 service charge applied if return within 3 months). Basic adult @ HKD150 (100 face value, 50 refundable deposit), children @ HKD70. All balance refundable. Enjoy cheaper MTR and other rides with Octopus Card. Most importantly, it is much more convenient than using cash. *Bought tickets for Ocean Park and Madame Tussauds at China Travel Service located near to Airport Express Line Counter. Ocean Park: A @ HKD179, C @ HKD 91. Madam T: A @ HKD120, C @ HKD65. (Do buy your 'weekdays' Disneyland tickets too, no offer for weekends) *Took bus A21 @ HKD 33 (child @ 50% rate). Alighted at stop #9 Yau Ma Tei (40 mins). With your back facing the bus stop, turn right, the first lane on your right is Waterloo Road. *3pm: Checked in to Cityview, Kowloon. Bought it last minute with www.expedia.com @ USD221.64/3nights, Standard Room (rate=3.82). Upgraded to Premier Room, FOC! Conveniently located to local food, shopping and Yau Ma Tei MTR (2 mins), 5 mins to Ladies St, Temple St and Sai Yong Choi St. *5.30pm: Departed to visit 'The Peak' + 'Madame Tussauds. Alighted at MTR Admiralty, took the tram up., no queue with octopus card!). *7.15pm: Dinner at Peak Cafe Deco, window seat (reservation made) Shop 1, Level 1 & 2, Peak Galleria. The BBQ Ribs were very good. Children had some fun at the play corner. *8.00pm: Symphony Of Lights (14 mins)

Day 2, 18 March 09 *Ocean Park (not recommended for children under 8 years old, exhausting walk., and children may not be tall enough to take many rides) *Alighted at Admiralty MTR, took 'Ocean Park' bus.

Day 3, 19 March 09 (initial plan) *Macau by Star Ferry *Alight at MTR TST, exit A Kowloon Park, 5 mins walk towards Harbour City, pass through Harbour City, 3rd floor (latest ferry back to Kowloon = 8pm) *Lunch/dinner at Sweet Dynasty located opposite Harbour City (Dim Sum + Wanton Noodles) *Take FOC shuttle to casino *Down the slope at 'Kai Suen Men', left to the circle fountain, must try 'Ginger Tan ,Milk', look for Pork Rib Pau (Chu Pa Pau) too

: ) Day 3 changed, children needed more rest. Visited Ladies St, Sai Yong Choi St for shopping (Esprit, Levi's, Adidas, Giordano...). Tried local food + swimming. During our stay at Cityview, we have tried:

*Shi Liu Shan. Delicious dessert especially the mango pudding. Children love the fruits ball ball. The one located near Stanford Hotel is more spacious. 5 mins walk. (There is one around 3 mins walk). *Restaurant San Kee. Delicious fish/crab congee, beef noodles. Located just across the road. Visited by a few famous HK Star. *Restaurant Hao Cai. Cheap and authentic dim sum. 4 mins walk. *Restaurant Luen Fat. Try the roast duck/chicken. Good and inexpensive. 3 mins walk.

Day 4, 20 March 09 *10am: Heading to Novotel Citygate., bought with http://www.agoda.com/ at USD229.11 /2nights (rate=3.82) . Standard Room with FOC extra bed. Very nice hotel and super convenient to Disneyland (3mins to MTR) and Tian Ta Buddha (5mins to cable car). Adjacent to Citygate Mall, for food and shopping (branded outlets). *1/2 day Tian Ta Buddha. Cable car round trip adult @ HKD86.40, children @ HKS43.2 (after 10% discount., entitled with proof of Ocean Park ticket) *Took vegetarian food @ HKD120 (2A+2C). Don't miss the very very delicious Tau Fu Fa ... shiiirrrrp!

Day 5, 21 March 09 *MTR to Disneyland (Must visit) *Fireworks @ 7.30pm, MUST, MUST, MUST! *We took most of the rides and shows. Witnessed the beautiful and spectacular fireworks.

Day 6, 22 March 09 *Shopping @ Citygate Mall. *12 noon:Took FOC shutte to airport *Departure: HKIA, MH73 @ 2.35pm, Arrival: KLIA @ 6.20pm *Bought Godiva chocolate @ HKIA : )

@ Citygate, food court (Food Republic). Don't miss the wanton noodle. For good dim sum, try Federal palace.

Try maxim bakery, located in some of the MTRs. Just try try try, eat eat eat...!

Tips: For online hotel booking, NO specific site offering the best deal. The price differ from the choice of hotel, date and even the date of booking. Check out famous sites like http://www.booking.com/ , http://www.agoda.com/ , http://www.expedia.com/ , http://www.hoteltravel.com/ .

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