Hong Kong Guide

Hong Kong has always been one of my favorite places to visit. Everything about this city never ceases to amazed me. From the grand buildings, skyscrapers, parks & nature, amusements & non-stop Shopping! This little city is divided into Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and the New Territory. Kowloon reminds me of your old china town, several markets and unlimited shopping malls. Hong Kong island is the area where hk is famous at… tall buildings, double deck buses, trams and ofcourse your unlimited HIGH-END shopping malls. New Territories is the laid back side. Nature, parks, mountains, fishing village… old towns. A complete serenity that can linger for a lifetime.

What to see? I’ve travelled this city for 4x already. Can be categorized as one of my fav. Every trip is memorable and there’s always something to explore and experience. And each visit has its fair share of secret, something so intriguing that kept me coming back for more. I will list down all the places i’ve been and discovered… and see why HK is my stress reliever. dividerlouise a. Avenue Of Stars – It houses the famous Bruce Lee monument, Hand imprints by famous Celebrities and panoramic view of Hong Kong island’s Skyscrapers through Victoria Harbour.

Location: Take MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui Exit J, follow Pedestrian tunnel towards NEW WORLD CENTRE mall then exit.

Entrance Fee: Free

Website: www.avenueofstars.com.hk

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b. Symphony Of Lights – Light Show around Victoria Harbour. Usually starts at 8 PM

Location: Along Victoria Harbour, Avenue of Stars Kowloon Side

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c. Clock Tower & Museums

Location: Avenue of Stars near Star Ferry

Website: http://hk.art.museum

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d. The Peak – houses Madamme Tussauds Wax Museum, and Panoramic view of Hong Kong Island at the top Location: Peak Bus 15C outside Star Ferry – Central Pier 8 (if coming from Kowloon Side / Avenue of Stars

From http://www.hongkongextras.com

BUS 15 TO THE PEAK – Citybus service 15 (fare HK$9.80) from Central Ferry Piers 5 (Cheung Chau Pier)* and 6 (Mui Wo / Peng Chau Ferry Pier, adjacent to Star Ferry Pier)* provides a scenic journey to The Peak and terminates at the bus station under the Peak Galleria adjacent to the Peak Tower and Upper Peak Tram Terminus. From the upper deck there are spectacular views over Wan Chai, Central and across the harbour to Kowloon as the bus climbs the twisting Stubbs Road up to The Peak. This bus can also be boarded at Exchange Square Bus Station and on Connaught Road outside City Hall, Queensway in Admiralty and Queens Road East in Wan Chai. The service operates from every 7/15 minutes daily from 06-15 to 00-15 and the journey takes about 40 minutes. *Note – Up until 10-00 daily all services commence at Exchange Square Bus Station. From 10-00 until 00-15 services commence at Central Ferry Pier 5. On Sundays and Public Holidays only the following additional service operates to The Peak; Citybus 15B (fare HK$9.60) from Tin Hau MTR Station Bus Terminus via Causeway Bay and Stubbs Road. Frequency every 20 minutes from 12-00 to 19-00. Journey time approx 30 minutes.

Entrance Fee:

Peak Tram Sky Pass (The Peak Tram & Sky Terrace 428)
Return Single
Adult HK$ 80 HK$ 68
Child (aged 3 – 11) Senior (aged 65 or above) HK$ 39 HK$ 32
Single and Return Peak Tram Tickets is also available.
Peak Tram Tickets
Return Single
Adult HK$ 40 HK$ 28
Child (aged 3 – 11) Senior (aged 65 or above) HK$ 18 HK$ 11

Website: www.thepeak.com.hk

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Madamme Tussauds: Entrance Fee

Ticket Gate Price Online Price
Adult HK$240 HK$192
Child (aged 3 – 11) HK$170 HK$136
Senior (65 or above) HK$170 HK$136

*Combos & promos can be found at the website

Website: http://www.madametussauds.com/hongkong

e. Po Lin Monastery – The biggest Buddha in HK is located here.

Location: Take MTR  to Tung Chung Station exit C. Walk a little until you reach the Cable Car Terminal. Alternatively, you can take the bus 23 near the Cable Car Terminal.

Entrance Fee: Free / For promotional Ngong Ping tours and Cable Car rates can be found at the website below Website: http://www.np360.com.hk/en

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f. HongKong Disneyland – As the saying goes, “Your journey to HK is ain’t complete without visiting the Happiest Place on Earth”. The first time, i visited the home of Mickey, it was sort of like an Amazing Race itinerary. In the morning we did Po Lin Monastery, Citygate and then we went to Disney in the afternoon, just in time for the parade which will starts at 3 PM. No opportunity to even have a decent pic with my darling Pooh or even ride Cinderella’s Carousel. Lol. So from then on, i promised myself to visit again until i get tired of seeing Mickey & Minnie’s faces or stop feeling like a princess.

Location: Take MTR to Disneyland Resort line

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Entrance Fee: HK$ 450 adult / HK$ 100 elder

Website: http://www.hongkongdisneyland.com

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g. HongKong Ocean Park – Probably 2x or 3x bigger than HK Disneyland. It’s located in the mountainous part of HK.

Location: MTR to Admiralty Station. Then outside, take Citybus 629

Entrance Fee: HK$ 320 adult / HK$ 160 child

Website: http://www.oceanpark.com.hk

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h. Nanlian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery – It’s nature in the middle of a bustling city.

Location: MTR to Diamond Hill exit C2, then follow the signs

Entrance Fee: Free

Website: http://www.nanliangarden.org

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i.  Snoopy World – It’s a tiny world full of Snoopy and Peanut characters

Location: MTR to Shatin Station exit A. Inside New Town Plaza, Level 3 Podium

Entrance Fee: Free

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j. Ten Thousand Buddhas – Full of cultural artifacts about Buddhism. A must see!

Location: MTR to Shatin Station exit B.

From Shatin Station Exit B, Turn Left (following the pedestrian Ramp), Upon Reaching the end of the path, Turn Right, at the end Turn Left again towards Home Center / IKEA. As you reach the Home Center, cross the pedestrian lane (now at Pau Tau St.). Turn left going to Shatin Government Bldg. Upon reaching the building, turn Right at Sheung Wo Chu St. Then walk at the side of the building. 

At the end of the Road (you will notice fences), you will see a yellow sign pointing to 10,000 buddhas. Then turn Left, we will see 2 paths, go to the RIGHT side path. From there you can see the beginning of the trail.

 Entrance Fee: Free

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 Where to shop?

One of the reasons why i keep on coming back to Hong Kong is because i’m a SUCKER for shopping! Call me impulsive, but Shopping brings out the best in me. 🙂 For me, a place without shopping mall is like a mountain with no trees. Boring, deserted and sad. So, i will list down some shopping areas, by category or by the brand itself.

a. Horizon Plaza – Your ideal outlet store for Everything and Anything luxury. It houses designer brands like Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Christian Louboutin, Lane Crawford (a large luxury shop in HK), etc.

Shopping Finds: Once bought a Marc Jacobs headset for 1500 pesos, Marc Jacobs wallet for 2k and Dr. Martens brogues for 2700 🙂 🙂 🙂

Location: Take MTR to Central Exit A, then take bus 90 or M590 (Exchange Square Bus Terminal) to Ap Lei Chau Terminal (last stop) then walk on your right towards Horizon Plaza. Landmark is the Sea.

Directory:

  • TREE – Floor 28

  • MAX MARA – Floor 27

  • MARNI – Floor 27

  • LANE CRAWFORD – Floor 25

  • BLUEBELL – Floor 24

  • SIFT cupcakes – Floor 22

  • RALPH LAUREN – Floor 22

  • POMPEI – Floor 22

  • ARMANI – Floor 22

  • JOYCE WAREHOUSE – Floor 21

  • ALDO – Floor 19

  • FAIRTON LABELS – Floor 19

  • INSIDE – Floor 12

  • WHISKERS & PAWS – Floor 10

  • I.T OUTLET – Floor 5

  • TEQUILA KOLA – Floor 1

b. City Gate Outlet Mall – Another good outlet store. From mid-range brands to luxury names, such as Coach, Kate Spade, Armani, Giordano, Esprit, Quiksilver, Nike, Adidas etc.

Shopping Finds: Roxy bags from 800 php – 1k, Nike Rubber Shoes for 1500 php, Kate Spade at 20 – 30 % off, Giordano shirts from 80 php etc.

Location: Take MTR to Tung Chung Station exit C

c. New Town Plaza

Location: Take MTR to Shatin exit A

Directory:

  • PHO 24 – Level 1 Phase 1

  • Uniqlo – Level 2 Phase 1

  • Desigual – Level 3 Phase 1

  • Victoria’s Secret – Level 3 Phase 1

  • Kate Spade – Level 3 Phase 1

  • Marc by Marc Jacobs – Level 3 Phase 1

  • Zara – Level 3 Phase 1

  • H&M – Level 4 Phase 1

  • Melissa – Level 4 Phase 1

  • Cath Kidston – Level 4 Phase 1

  • Cafe de Coral – Level 4 Phase 1

  • Quiksilver = Level 5 Phase 1

  • Skin Food – Level 3 Phase 3

  • Benefit – Level 3 Phase 3

d. Harbour City Location: Take MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui exit A. In Canton Road near Haiphong road DSC_0655 DSC_0644

Directory:

  • FRED PERRY – Level 3 Ocean Terminal

  • LUSH – Level 3 Ocean Terminal

  • HAVAIANAS – Level 3 Ocean Terminal

  • ROXY – Level 3 Ocean Terminal

  • Y-3 – Level 3 Ocean Terminal

  • ANNA SUI – Level 3 Ocean Terminal

  • HAVAIANAS – Level 3 Ocean Terminal

  • DR. MARTENS – Level 3 Ocean Terminal

  • TOY R US – Ground Ocean Terminal

  • FACES – Level 2 Ocean Terminal

  • ADIDAS – Level 2 Ocean Terminal

  • MUNSINGWEAR – Level 2 Ocean Terminal

  • TORY BURCH – Level 1 Ocean Centre

  • JIMMY CHOO – Level 1 Ocean Centre

  • KATE SPADE – Level 2 Ocean Centre

  • UNIQLO – Level 3 Gateway Arcade

  • CHRISTIAN AUDIGIER – Level 2 Gateway Arcade

  • ONITSUKA TIGER – Level 2 Gateway Arcade

  • ADIDAS STELLA McCARTNEY – Level 2 Gateway Arcade

  • BEN SHERMAN – Level 2 Gateway Arcade

  • MARC by MARC JACOBS – Ground Gateway Arcade

  • CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN – Ground Gateway Arcade

e. Causeway Bay Tour – If there’s one area in HK that has an unlimited variety of Shopping, probably this is the place to beat.

Location: Take MTR to Causeway Bay

Directory:

  • ROXY & QUIKSILVER – MTR exit B (Trolley & Bag)

  • TIME SQUARE (Etude House, Fred Perry, Agnes B Cafe)

  • CITY SUPER (Biscoff Cookie Butter, Speculoos Cookie Butter, KitKat)

  • SASA & BONJOUR (shop for cosmetics)

  • KOI KEI Bakery – Ground Floor Pak Sha Road (infront of Lee Garden Road)

  • APPLE STORE

  • FOREVER 21 Store

  • CATH KIDSTON – G/F Hysan Avenue (near Lee Gardens)

  • SOGO – MTR exit D2

  • VIVIENNE TAM SALE SHOP – Park Lane Plaza

  • ISLAND BEVERLY – near MTR exit E

  • IKEA – MTR exit E, cross the street towards Parklane Hotel (upper basement)

  • SKIN FOOD

  • UNIQLO – near Time Square, Lee Theater Plaza, opposite T.S

f. Mongkok – For bargain clothes, Night Markets, bazaars & Souvenirs. There’s also a Giordano, Sasa & Esprit outlet stores here.

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Location: Take MTR to Mongkok Station

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 Where to stay?

There are several hotels, hostels or inn in HK that can suit your budget. Ideal locations are in Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok. Though, it really doesn’t matter since the transport system of HK is very efficient, just avoid booking in areas that are not accessible by bus and MTR. As much as possible make sure that MTR is just a stone away to save time, energy and to save your feet from drowning.

The first time i landed in HK, me and my friend stayed at YMCA International House Hotel (now known as Cityview Hotel) located in Yau Ma Tei.

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  • BUS:  If coming from the airport, you may take CitiBus A21 outside. Alight at the Bus Stop # 9.
  • MTR: If coming from the airport, You can take the Airport Express train, then alight at Hong Kong station. Walk your way through, until you reach the Red Line, take the train Central station to Yau Ma Tei.
  • Alternatively , to save money… You may take S1 bus just outside the airport (on the arrival hall, you will see signs of buses going to the city. Take that route, from there, you’ll see the bus terminals). S1 bus will take you to Citygate Outlet mall (the last stop, then will loop again to the same route), take the MTR just beside the mall Tung Chung Station – orange line, alight at Lai King station, then transfer to Red Line to Yau Ma Tei.

Verdict

a. Location: ☺☺☺☺☺

b. Value for Money: ☺☺☺

c. Cleanliness: ☺☺☺

My 2nd and 3rd time, a friend recommended Causeway Bay Inn, a hostel type of accommodation. It is located at the heart of Causeway Bay, the shopping mecca of Hong kong island. This Inn is rated #1 BB/inn at Trip advisor, stone-away from Times Square and 2 mins walk from the MTR. Sounds fun right? For shopping sucker like me, causeway bay inn’s location is absolutely fantastic!

  • BUS: From the airport, you may take Citibus A11 outside. Alight at the bus stop of Wan Chai Fire station at Hennessy Road, from there walk at the opposite direction of the bus. Landmark is Chow Tai Fook at the opposite side of the street. Cross the street, and walk at Percival street. After passing by the Clock tower of Times Square Mall, you will see a street food stall and Milan station store. The entrance to the building is just beside Milan Station. It’s a large steel gate with number lock outside. Causeway bay Inn is located at the 2nd floor beside an Indian restaurant.
  • MTR: From the airport, take the Airport Express train, alight at Hong Kong station. From there, you need to transfer to blue line (you can see the signs everywhere pointing you to the right direction). Take the train Central station to Causeway Bay exit A. Upon exiting you will find your way outside the Times Square, look for the street food store, 1 min away from the station. Milan station and the steel gate.
  • Again to save money, take S1 bus from the airport to Citygate Outlet Mall. Take the train Tung Chung Station – orange line to Hong Kong Station, then transfer to Blue line, Central station to Causeway Bay exit A.
  • Tip: Hong Kong station to Blue line or Red line is quite a longggggg walk, Exercise is good for the heart as the saying goes, but with a heavy backpack and a big luggage??? It’s a different story right? 😆😆☺ So to avoid this, you may follow this direction instead. From Tung Chung Station, alight at Lai King Station, then transfer to Red Line towards admiralty. From Admiralty station, you’ll need to transfer to Blue line (which is about 10 steps away from the red line 😉) towards Causeway bay exit A.

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Verdict a

Location: ☺☺☺☺☺

b. Value for Money: ☺☺☺☺☺

c. Cleanliness: ☺☺☺☺

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