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Hi Travel Buddies,

If you can recall, we wrote about the Ocean Park attractions at the summit last month.

We took the Ocean Express Train from the summit to the waterfront after lunch.

Our first stop was Giant Panda Habitat, it was napping time for the panda, so we saw the sleepy panda :P.

We went on to the Goldfish Treasures, Panda Village and finally, Gator Marsh where you get to see the endangered chinese aligator.

The next big highlight of the day was the visit to Aqua City, a brand new attraction which was newly opened in January 2011, brings the world-class Grand Aquarium featuring 5,000 fish from 400 species and Symbio, the world’s first 360-degree water screen show.  The exterior of the Grand Aquarium is grand enough to make a statement.  The futuristic egg-shaped structure is made up of 244 trapezoid glass panels and ranks the world’s 9th largest aquarium.

We were very impressed by the jaw-dropping scene created by beautiful sights of scalloped hammered sharks, cownose rays, eagle rays and many other species swimming over our heads in the massive aquarium surrounded around us.

There is a Neptune Restaurant located within the Grand Aquarium.  If you feel weird tucking in fish and chips in an aquarium, you can order western food 😛

We ended our day at the Bird show at Emperors of the Sky.  It was an entertaining bird show that you learned about the different bird species.

How to go Ocean Park?
Take Citybus route 629 at Admiralty MTR Station or Central Pier No.7 directly to the Park entrance.

Admission Fees: Adult HK$250 Child (aged 3-11) HK$125
Free entry: Children below 3 or Elderly age 65 or above with Hong Kong Identity Card

Click below to enlarge the Ocean Park Attractions Map.

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Hi Travel Buddies,

We went to Ocean Park in Hong Kong on the second day of Chinese New Year.

We purchased our tickets at HK$250 each from our hotel Concerige Desk.  Our hotel offered direct shuttle bus to Ocean Park.  The ride took only 15 minutes and it costs us only HK$10 each.

We arrived the park around 10am and as expected, the park was already very crowded with visitors.

In the Ocean Park, there are attractions at the waterfront, at the bottom of the summit and at the summit.  We decided to take the Summit Cable Car to start touring the attractions at the summit first as we expected most of the visitors will start from the bottom of the summit, so the trick is to go against the traffic to beat the traffic! 🙂

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Hi Travel Buddies,

Now that NATAS Travel Fair is over soon, we can start sharing about our travel experiences again! 🙂

Remember we mentioned we went to Citygate Outlets Mall on our first day of arrival in Hong Kong?  Citygate Outlets Mall is the only outlet shopping mall in Hong Kong located at Lantau island.  You can find more than 80 international brands which offer 30 to 70% year round.

To name a few of the well known brands include:
Coach Factory, Burberry, Armani, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Espirit, Guess, Kate Spade, Levi’s, Polo Ralph, Addidas, Nike, New Balance, Samsonite, Timberland….

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Hi Travel Buddies,

Do you know that Hong Kong is surrounded by more than 260 outlying islands? Some of these islands offer great hiking trails and natural landscapes for the adventurous travellers who want to do something different in a day or two in Hong Kong.

We shall look at 3 of the most popular and accessible islands in this post.

1. Lantau – Hong Kong’s largest island
Some of the Hong Kong’s most famous attractions are found in Lantau.  To name a few:

* Giant Buddha/Po Lin Monastery/The Wisdom Path – World’s tallest, outdoor seated bronze Buddha (34 metres high).  Visitors can climb the 268 steps to take a closer look at the Buddha statue and its surrounding views.  You can also enjoy a vegetarian lunch at The Po Lin Monastery, set on the 520-metre high Ngong Ping plateau.  Take a short walk from the Monastery to the Tea Garden and follow the hiking trail for about 15 minutes, you will see the Wisdom Path, an outdoor replica of the centuries old Heart Sutra.
How to go?  Take ferry from Central Pier 6 (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit E1) to Mui Wo, then take bus 2 OR take MTR to Tung Chung Station Exit B and take bus 23 from Tung Chung Town Centre OR take Ngong Ping Cable Car.

* Lantau Peak – second highest peak (934 metres) in Hong Kong after Mo Shan (957 metres) in New Territories.  On a clear day, hikers can seee  Macau and Zhuhai from the summit.  Lonely Planet recommended to spend the night at SG Davis Hostel if you wish to do the hike.  Many climbers start the hike very early to the summit for lovely sunrise views.

* Ngong Ping 360 – Take the 25-minute cable car ride (5.7 km) from Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal to Ngong Ping village offers paranomic views of North Lantau and the South China Sea.  You can also enjoy great shopping and dining at this culturally-themed village.
Opening Hours: Weekdays 10am to 6pm; Weekends and Public Holidays 9am to 6.30pm.  Prices: Round trip HKD107, Single trip: HKD74, other combo packages also available.
How to go?  MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B and walk 5 minutes to the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal

* Tai O Fishing Village – often distinguished by th stilt houses on the waterfront, offers many picturesque spots for great photos taking.  You can also find a couple of temples and monasteries.
How to go?  Take ferry from Central Pier 6 (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit E1 to Mui Wo, Lantau Island, then take bus 1 OR MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B and then take bus 11 from Tung Chung town centre.

* Mui Wo – the gateway to Lantau for visitors arrving by ferry.  If you have the time, you can check out the Silvermine Bay Beach, hiking trails to Silvermine Waterfall, en route to waterfall, you will pass the local Man Mo temple.
How to go?  Take ferry from Central Pier 6 (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit E1 to Mui Wo, Lantau Island OR MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B and then take bus 3M from Tung Chung Town Centre Bus Terminus.

* SkyPlaza/SkyCity – If you have time before departure or upon arrival, you can visit the SkyPlaza in Terminal 2 of Hong Kong International Airport.  Besides more than 100 retail and dining outlets, check out the various entertainment options offered: 4D Extreme Screen Theatre, Asia Hollywood, Aviation Discovery Centre and i-Sports interactive game centre.  You can also take a shuttle bus and arrive in just a few minutes to the SkyCity Nine Eagles Golf Course.
How to go?  MTR Airport Station or Airbus

* AsiaWorld-Expo – Just one MTR stop away from the Airport Station, it houses some of Hong Kong’s biggest entertainment events and it also has the largest indoor seated venue in Hong Kong.
How to go?  MTR Asia World-Expo Station or Airbuses.

* Hong Kong Disneyland – Opened since 2005, the park is divided into 4 major themes: Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Adventureland and Tomorrowland.
Read related post: Hong Kong Disneyland Special Offers
How to go?  MTR Disneyland Resort Station.  Journey times from Central/Kowloon/Tsing Yi Stations are 10/21/24 minutes.

2. Cheung Chau Island – thriving fishing community and fishing boats 
A popular island favoured by day-trippers especially during weekends.  The island has a few nice beaches and you can walk or rent a bicycle to go around sightseeing temples, traditional chinese houses and do not forget to check out the Cheung Po Tsai Cave.
Cheung Chau also famous for its week-long colourful Taoist Festival – Bun’s Festival, normally takes place around late April or early May.
How to go?  Take ferry from Central Pier 5 (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit E1)

3. Lamma Island – 3rd largest island in Hong Kong
Famous for its open-air seafood restaurants at Sok Kwu Wan, golden beaches and great hiking spots.  Ying Shue Wan is the bigger village than Sok Kwu Wan, where you can find western restaurants, pubs and handicraft shops.  Sham Wan is a beautiful bay, located between the 2 villages, the only site where the Hong Kong’s endangered green turtles nest during June to October.
How to go?  Take ferry to Yung Shue Wan or Sok Kwu Wan (about 30-minute ride) from Central Pier 4 (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit E1)

This is the last series of our post on Hong Kong at a glance.  With so many places and things to do, we are spoilt for choices to decide how to spend our 5-day trip! 😛

Read related post:
1) Hong Kong at a glance – Hong Kong Island
2) Hong Kong at a glance – Kowloon
3) Hong Kong at a glance – New Territories
4) About Hong Kong and Macau

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Hi Travel Buddies,

Beyond the hustle and bustle of vibrant city life in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, New Territories offers some of the most breathtaking landscapes and rural beauty to nature lovers.

* Ma Wan Park Noah’s Ark – The world’s only full-replica of Noah’s Ark.  A great place for family to visit.
How to go?  Take ferry to Park Island at Central Pier 2 (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit E1) or Tsuen Wan Ferry Pier (MTR Tsuen Wan West Station Exit D).

* City Art Square – a place to display world-class art pieces.
How to go?  MTR Sha Tin Station Exit A, walk towards Sha Tin Town Hall.

* Ching Chung Koon (Tuen Mun) – a peaceful Taoist temple, contains many treasures, including lanterns from Beijing Imperial Palace.
How to go?  MTR Siu Hong Station, take taxi or light rail 505 to Ching Chung Station.

* Ping Shan Heritage Trail (Yuen Long) – this km-long trail unveils some of the most interesting historical buildings in the Yuen Long District.
How to go?  MTR Tin Shui Wai Station Exit E.

* Mai Po Wetlands (Yuen Long) – a place for much bird-watching activities, with more than 360 species of birds have been recorded, best time to visit is Spring and Autumn.
How to go?  Take Bus 76 to MTR Sheung Shui Station to Mai Po Village and walk to WWF HK carpark for 20 minutes.

* Tai Fu Tai (Yuen Long) – one of the most beautifully decorated buildings in New Territories, built in the 19th century by a scholar who was bestowed the title Tai Fu by the Qing Emperor.
How to go?  MTR Sheung Shui Station, take bus 76K and alight at San Tin near post office.  Walk 5-10 minutes to Tai Fu Tai.

* Tsing Ma Bridge – the world’s longest road-and-rail suspension bridge (2.2km).  The Lantau Link View Point and Visitors Centre provide the best views.
How to go?  From MTR Tsing Yi Station Exit A1, take taxi or green minibus 308M.

* Fung Ying Seen Koon (Fanling) – a Taoist designed temple with distinctive orange double roof, located on a hillside overlooking the New Territories town of Fanling.
How to go?  MTR Fanling Station.

* Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail (Fanling) – following the trail will take walkers to see 11- century-old villages and watchtowers.
How to go?  MTR Fanling Station, take green minibus 54K or taxi to Lung Yeuk Tau, and alight at Shung Him Tong.

* Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree/Tin Hau Temple (Tai Po) – a favourite place for locals to make their wishes.  The nearby Tin Hau Temple was built during the Qing dynasty.
How to go?  MTR Tai Wo Station and take taxi.

* Sai Kung Town/Sai Kung Promenade – a famous spot for seafood and wonderful views out over the bay to offshore islands.
How to go?  MTR Hang Hau Station Exit B1 and take green minibus 101M or MTR Choi Hung Staton Exit C2 and take green minibus 1A to the Sai Kung town terminus.

* Hong Kong Wetland Park – Visitors can explore this 60-hectare Wetland Reserves without disturbing the environment.
How to go?  MTR Tin Shui Wan Station Exit E, change to Light Rail 705 or 706 and get off at Wetland Park Station.

Read related post: 1) Hong Kong at a glance – Hong Kong Island 2) Hong Kong at a glance – Kowloon 3) About Hong Kong and Macau 4) Hong Kong Disneyland Special Offers

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