The weather in Hong Kong on our visit wasn’t the best. Although Day 1 blessed us with sunny but cool weather, day 2 and 3 gave us more rain than we would like on any vacation. Our itinerary for the last two days wasn’t too jam-packed. Day 2 will be spent in Ocean Park and then at night check out the Ladies Night Market and day 3 was sort of a free day. We were going to meet up with relatives in Hong Kong, hopefully have time to check out The Peak, go around Mong Kok and have time to go around the Tsim Sha Tsui area for some exploration ending with the Symphony of Lights Show by the Avenue of the Stars. Check out the bottom of this post for a downloadable PDF file of the itinerary we tried to follow on our Hong Kong trip.
Day 2 started on a high note. The weather was cloudy but it wasn’t raining. We were going to Ocean Park today and didn’t have much else planned til the night time so we had plenty of time. No hurries! Similar to Hong Kong Disneyland, food in Ocean Park can get pretty expensive, so we ate a heavy breakfast and thought that we’d get something light to snack on when we get to Ocean Park and have dinner back in the Tsim Sha Tsui area after.
Getting to Ocean Park from the guest house we stayed in was easy. We took the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui to Admiralty and got out at Exit B. You will actually see arrows pointing to where the station is for the Ocean Park Express, (Hong Kong is very tourist-friendly!) so when in doubt, follow the arrows. From the Admiralty Bus Terminal, take the Ocean Park Express. The bus ride will take about 30-45 minutes.
Having just come from Disneyland the day before, it was easy to compare Ocean Park with Disneyland. The short of it: they are not the same. But, I bet you already knew that. Disneyland has this more magical vibe to it. Ocean Park, not so much. That’s not to say Ocean Park isn’t great. It is. My sisters and I love animals and that was a huge plus. We stayed way too long in the Panda exhibit. It was feeding time. One panda ate his heart’s content, the other, as you can see in the picture above, was resting. It’s odd how we can watch a panda just lay there and not get bored. We also went around the other animal displays and watched the dolphin show. Make sure to check Ocean Park’s website for the schedules and updated ticketing prices and information. Ocean Park is not all about animals. It’s a theme park loaded with rides to thrill. Plus it is huge! You can even take a train or a cable car across a mountain to get to the other side.
We would’ve ridden all the coasters on the park, unfortunately, it started to rain very heavily mid afternoon and it did not let out. By around 5 pm, the rain still poured, so we knew that it was time to give up and head back.
Day 3 was another cloudy day. The day started with light showers. This was not boding well for us. We were supposed to meet with our relatives around lunch time. They will pick us up at the Fortress Hill station. I said this on my original post. I love Hong Kong’s train system. It is really truly efficient. I suggest checking out the MTR Journey planner page for information on how long it would take you from point A to B and how much it would cost, if you’re a bit time and budget conscious like me. I digress. After lunch with the family, our cousin offered to drive us to The Peak, we agreed.
The drive to the Peak is very scenic. The Peak is actually Victoria Peak, which is a mountain in Hong Kong. It offers some of the best views of Central, Kowloon and Victoria Harbor. We drove up the mountain, and when we were high enough, you would already get a hint of what more of a view is to come. Even with the cloudy day, it was still quite a sight. My cousin said that it is even better at night, with the city lit up.
If When I go back, I’d follow his advice. I already saw hints of this on our way from the airport to Tsim Sha Tsui and I knew he’d be right.
After checking out the view, our cousin asked us if we wanted to see the beach. He said that Stanley beach is less than an hour away. Now, this was something unplanned, but a welcome addition to our trip. I love how scenic these drives are. We are clearly going away from the city. What replaced the buildings were views of the mountains and the sea. The weather by this time was a little sunny.
The beach was packed and it was difficult to get a parking space. The beach was actually not what I expected. The sand was fine and cream colored. If I was dressed for the beach, I would’ve plopped myself on the sand and just stayed there til the sun set.
We drove back to the city after the short visit to the beach. My cousin dropped us off at the Fortress Hill station and from here, we decided to see what Mong Kok has to offer. It was not even 5PM when we got to Mong Kok. Mong Kok is a crowded place filled with electronic shops and restaurants. This is also where you alight if you want to visit the Ladies Market.
We stayed at Mong Kok til around 6 PM, after which we rode the train back to Tsim Sha Tsui, where we had dinner. By 7 PM, we went back inside the Tsim Sha Tsui station and walked til we found exit J. The walk will take about 5-10 minutes depending on your pace. Exit J will take you to the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade, also where the Avenue of the Stars is located. There’s actually a lot of interesting architecture here, so it will also be a fun walk during the day, but we were here for one thing: the Symphony of Lights show.
We got to the Avenue of the Stars pretty early, so we had time to check out the stars that lined up the walk and the view. A lot of people crowded around the known stars like Jackie Chan and Bruce Li. It can get pretty crowded, too, so I suggest securing a good spot about 30 minutes before the show starts.
After the show, my sisters and I headed back to the guest house. It was our last night in Hong Kong. What a fun three days we had! Will I go back? Yes, definitely.
(This is another retro post. This trip took place April 25-29, 2012.)
Download a PDF copy of our itinerary here: MLA HK Itin Final