I stayed in Macau for almost one year and it has been my advantage to visit Hong Kong repeatedly. My first visit was on October 5, a day before my birthday. Im doing this every year as a vow to myself “to travel somewhere i haven’t been before.” No one influence me to do this b’coz that is what i really wanna do.
Macau is the neighbor of Hong Kong, the most convenient way to travel between the two sister SARs is by taking ferry-operated by two different companies TurboJet (4 sailings daily/approximately 55 minutes.) and CotaiJet (35 sailings daily/approximately 1 hr) the ticket price is depending on time. i paid 170 mop (noon time) and i went back the next night around 10 pm the ticket price was 200 hkd.
WHY HONG KONG?
because Hong Kong is Asia’s business capital, one of the most modern, green and high-tech city in Asia second to Japan. It has 7,827 tall buildings in 1,053 square kilometers and become #1 spot Best City Skylines in The World. Truly a world class city where the old skylines are being demolished each year. Hong Kong’s economy is characterized by free trade, low taxation and minimum government intervention so good place for the shoppers. Hong Kong also called Special Autonomous Region of People’s Republic of China ruled by Chinese communist party but have their own government.
Hongkongers feels awkward if they are referred as Chinese rather than Hongkongers because the main land does not enjoy the high degree of cultural freedom as Hong Kong does.
October 5, 2015 i arrived in Hong Kong exactly 3:20 pm at the Ferry Central Terminal and directly to my hotel accommodation located in Tsim Sha Tsui where surrounded by shopping malls, street markets and some tourist spots. This place also known as the paradise of shoppers, and the leading road here is Nathan Road. So, if you have plan to visit Hong Kong you should not miss this place.
Tsim Sha Tsui major attractions:
kowloon Clock Tower-the only one remnant of the original site of the former kowloon station on the kowloon-canton Railway and also classified as a declare monument in 1990 and Hong Kong Land mark.
Avenue of Stars-one of Hong Kong’s most spectacular walks and tribute to Hong kong’s movie icons designed according to the Holly Wood.
ChungKing Mansion-Instantly recognizable by the touts collected outside, pitching everything from cheap meals and cheap accommodation. It’s a run-down mass of shops, restaurants, offices, laundromats and guesthouses packed tightly together in one 17 storey tall building. Originally, Chungking Mansions was the accommodation block of choice for new arrivals from India, Pakistan and Africa.
Cultural Center-Multipurpose performance facility in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Located at Salisbury Road.
Ports and Destinations
- Pier#2 going to Ma wan (park Island)
- Pier#3 going to Lantau Island
- Pier#4 going to Lamma Island
- Pier#6 going to Mui Wo
- Pier#7 going to Tsim Sha Tsui
From Pier #7 I boarded a ferry going to Tsim Sha Tsui. inside the pier near entrance gate you will find old token machines , there are two options the lower deck and upper deck. For the lower deck i inserted hk$2 for single trip.
1. Tsim Sha Tsui to Central
2. Tsim Sha Tsui to Wan Chai
these services across Victoria Harbor operated daily from 6:30/7:30 weekend till 10:30/11:30 pm weekend with interval time of 6-20 minutes and 8-10 minutes journey enough for you to take some selfie or pictures of harbor and the skylines.
Upper-Deck Monday-Friday Weekend
Adult 2.5 hkd 3.4 hkd
Child (3-12 yrs) 1.5 hkd 2.1 hkd
Adult 2 hkd 2.8 hkd
Child (3-12 yrs) 1.5 hkd 2.1 hkd
Ferries are effective ways of transportation between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. just remember that Hong Kong are divided into four regions, Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New territories, and the Outlying Island.
Hong Kong Island
- Wan chai
- Causeway bay
- Western district
- Tsim sha tsui
- Yoi ma tei
- Lamma island
- Chung chau island
- Peng chau island.
Useful Numbers: Star Ferry 24 hrs hotline +852 2367 7065. Customer Service hotline +852 2815 6063
Most of the tourist attractions are located in Hong Kong Island. You can get the most tourist area’s of the city by MTR except if you are going to Stanley Market or Ocean Park, you need to take bus or taxi if you want.
Victoria Peak is one of the famous tourist attractions and the highest point on Hon Kong Island. The ride is quite steep and it climbs up to 396 meters above sea level and it has served Hong Kong, quietly witnessing 120 years of the city’s changes.
The lower terminus is located on Garden Road which you can get there by taking bus no. 15, from Central Pier no.8 or walk from MTR Central Station Exit J2. Bus no. 15 from Exchange Square Central or from Pier no. 5. If you are in Tin Hau take bus no. 15B and lastly Mini Bus no. 1 from City Hall, Central going to the Peak.
The Upper Terminus is located below the Peak Tower Shopping Mall Complex. Opening schedule of Peak Tram and Peak Tower is from 7 am till midnight from Monday to Sunday and 10 am to 11 pm from Monday to Friday and during the public holidays.
Stanley Market is located in the southern part of Hong Kong Island and one of the most visited street markets. it takes 45 to 50 minute bus ride away from Central.
How to get to Stanley
From Exchange Square Bus Terminus (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit D) take bus number 6,6A, 6X or 260. Fare varies from HK7.90-HK10.40 depending on which bus you take. if your are in a hurry better for you to take Taxi (120hkd) just 15 km away from Central
Operating Hours: 7 days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m
Ngong Ping 360 cable car is one of Hong Kong’s must-see attractions located on Lantau Island, owned by MTR Corporation. The cable car journey starts from Tung Chung Terminal (connected to MTR Tung Chung Station). The 25-35 minutes journey was visually spectacular ride.
HOW TO GET TO NGONGPING 360?
it is just 2 min. Walk from Tung Chung Station exit B to cable car terminal.
From Hong Kong Island take Bus no. E21, E22, and E23
Kowloon-E31, E32, E33, E34, E41 and E42
BY TAXI- The estimated fare is 280 hkd from Tsim Sha Tsu and it takes 35 minutes journey.
The last time i was here on july 2015 and i paid 130hkd for the standard cable car and I boarded a Bus from Lantau Village going down to MTR.
Ngong Ping 360 is my favorite attraction because it caters different and unsual experience to the visitors and the ambiance of the Nature has a big impact to me, from cable car to village from big buddha to temple, eveything was perfect and worth it, that’s what i can say.