Watergius's Journal

The world as I see it

cheap yet expensive vacation – Hong Kong (part 2)

Saturday-Sunday, October 5th-6th 2013

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After almost 3,5 hours up in the sky, we finally landed in Hong Kong International Airport. Stepped out the plane, big, modern, and crowded airport were waiting for us.

Took a while for us lining next to immigration counter because the numbers of people that were coming to Hong Kong. But then, we finally got our turn and in a matter of few minutes we were officially entered Hong Kong. horee..

If you are a tourist and you are visiting Hong Kong for less than 3 consecutive days, then I would suggest you to buy Airport Express Travel Pass. This is a card just like Octopus Card (or e-money that you can use for many purposes, including transportation). But the difference is, it can only be used for MRT and few others transportation. And also, this pass comes with few packages option. The package that we chose is for 220 HK$; with 100 HK$ is used for Airport Express (or express train from Airport to the city), and the rest is for unlimited ride of MRT, LRT, and some buses for those 3 days. Not only that, from that 120 HK$ left, 50 HK$ can be refund if you are not needing that card anymore.

airport to Hong Kong

airport to Hong Kong

Arrived in Hong Kong station, we decided to take free shuttle bus to take us to our hotel. There are many buses with many destination there. Just read the sign and ask people, and you will get in the right bus.

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Two hours before 6 pm we were somewhere around Causeway Bay station. We were looking for our friends because we had plan to go together to Disney Land. As we walked around looking for the road where they will stay, familiar language was almost everywhere. I think this Causeway Bay area is the area where Indonesian people mostly concentrate. And it’s also supported by the fact that Indonesian consulate is in that area. So, if you are Indonesian and you want to feel somewhere like home, feel free to visit this area.

somewhere around Causeway Bay

somewhere around Causeway Bay

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Causeway Bay to Disney Land took around 1 hour. With transportation system so well organized, you won’t get lost even though you can not read any cantonese… Then, after change train lines twice, we finally stepped our feet into Hong Kong Disneyland.

welcome to disney land

welcome to Disney Land

When we were there, the theme was “Haunted Halloween 2013”. This theme will last until the end of the month and during this season the park will open till 11 pm, which is excellent by the way..

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Entered the park you will amazed with the lighting, decorations, costumes, and the fact that you actually there that night. Every where you see, your eyes will landed on things that attract you. Not only that thing has Halloween “taste” on it, but having live and grow up with Disney movie, everything will look familiar and interesting, as if you were in
Disney movie your self.

As we walked further inside the park, we were welcomed by these guys…

we were welcomed by them.. - photo by Ian

one..two..three.. act scary!!.. – photo by Ian

Then, not long after that, we were entertained by the parade…

don't miss the parade

ssttttttt

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It’s almost 11 and we were so exhausted. It’s time to go home. But, before we left, we decided to try the carousel and you want to know a big surprise, that was my first time ride one.. yeay..

carousel..

carousel..

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The next morning we decided to visit Ngong Ping Village. You can reach it by taking MRT (same line with MRT that goes to Disney Land) and then continued by cable car. At the cable car station, you can choose which packages to buy. What we bought was 360 Sky-Land-Sea Day Pass, which mean you can use the cable car (sky), free buses from Ngong Ping to Tai-O (land), and free boat tour around Tai-O (sea).

view from the cable car

view from the cable car

view from Tai-O bot excursion

view from Tai-O bot excursion

When visited Tai-O village and did the boat excursion, I asked my self, what people (tourist) want to see from fisherman village like this?  I mean, this place can be found almost anywhere near coastline in Indonesia…. But hey, maybe the fact that this village is in Hong Kong, where every thing is skyline and modern, make people curious and want to feel something different. But again, that’s just a thought.

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The main reason for did those travelings was to attend our good friend’s wedding, Dominic Chan. That’s why, late afternoon after we came back from Ngong Ping, we showered, dressed up, and headed to Grand Harbour Hong Kong to congratulate him as well as saying hello after almost 10 months did not see each other.

congratulation Dom&Kat - photo from Denli

congratulation Dom&Kat – photo from Denli

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