Friday, December 29, 2017

Hong Kong Day Tour

Hong Kong is a multi-faceted city packed with endless activities and sights to explore. With limited days, we had to keep track of destination and make sure each hour counts. Mind the rush hour concerns- MTR is possibly overflowing with people during these times, usually around 6-8AM, and 5-7PM. Taxis will probably be hard to catch as most of them head home to switch with another driver. We decided to take the ferry both times, and took the Big Bus Tour package. The tour allows for travellers to hop-on and hop-off directly, or across tourist spots, even the ones without nearby MTR stations. It's more practical. Like if you're going to Aberdeen from Central, it would take about 20-minutes by Big Bus. Via public bus, it would take 1 to 1.5hr, because of the 40-50 stops.
HK has developed so much. I've only been here 3x and while so many things remain the same, the overall vibe of this new HK is impressively cultural yet curious. The Brit influence is still evident, but adopted cleverly into Chinese flair.
Don't miss the Nan Lian Gardens, next to the Chi Lin Nunnery. Entries are free for both, opens at 7AM. Via MTR, alight at Diamond Hill Station, Exit C2.
Cross the Victoria Harbour to catch the Symphony of Lights. It plays every night 8PM. But don't make it your priority.
The Ngong Ping 360 Tour would need about half a day to accomplish. If you're staying at Kowloon or Central, travel time to Tung Chung via MTR is about an hour. Plus queueing at the cable cars may also take time.

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