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Monday, November 28, 2011

Hong Kong: Best Places to Visit

I'll share to you the Best Places Must See and Visit in Hong Kong with your family. Five days for us is truly an amazing and unforgettable experience in Hong Kong. For you whether if it is five days , three days or less, you can still visit all of this wonderful places, just plan your itineraries ahead and keep updated on the attractions and latest park schedules before you go to Hong Kong. For our trip, I have planned this five months ago and finalized my itineraries a week before our flight and its worth it.

Hong Kong Ocean Park

The park features thrill rides as well as superb aquarium exhibits and performances by various sea animals. My favorite is the Sea of Dreams at the Ocean Theater where my daughter and I loved this talented star "the Sea Lion" which will truly entertain the whole family.

The expansive park is separated by a mountain into two areas called The Summit which features exciting rides like the Abyss, 360 view deck of the Ocean Park Tower, The Dragon, Crazy Galleon, Eagle, the Rain Forest, and the Mine Train. 

The other park is called The Waterfront which features various aqua marine exhibits in the Aqua City Lagoon, theaters, and the Panda Village. 

Hong Kong Ocean Parks will truly make the whole family enjoy in a fantastic voyage with the 2 types of transport system, the Cable car where you could see magnificent view of Hong Kong Island.

And the Ocean Express which is the latest quick, smooth, thrilling and fun way of travel.

There's a new exciting thrill that just recently opened last December 9 at The Summit of the Ocean Park, feel the rush of adrenalin at Thrill Mountain with five new exciting rides in a carnival atmosphere that will surely knock your socks off.

Hong Kong Disneyland

This park invites visitors into the legendary fairytale kingdom that celebrates the spirit of fantasy, the world of tomorrow, and a forever-young sense of adventure. 

Meet your favorite Disney Characters who pop up anywhere in the Park

and sing along with them in the Broadway-style musicals like The Golden Mickeys and the Festival of the Lion King

Nothing will complete your Hong Kong Disneyland experience without the grand fireworks display at the Sleeping Beauty Castle.

There's a new additional attraction in Disneyland which is part of the major theme park expansion project scheduled to complete until 2013. The Toy Story Land that just opened this November 18 that includes a whirling roller coaster named Slinky Dog Spin, Toy Soldier Parachute Drop in which visitors plunge from a 25-meter tower, and a U-shaped RC race track ride.

Other two new theme areas for completion are The Mystic Point that will open in 2012 and Grizzly Gulch in 2013.

The Peak

At first never miss the excitement riding the 45 degree train at the Classic Peak Tram which takes just minutes to go from ground level to 373 meters above sea level. It's so steep that the buildings you pass look like they're leaning! Whether you're going up or coming down, you'll love this trip. 

Check out the best views of Hong Kong skyline with the unforgettable view of world famous Victoria Harbour, Kowloon, towering skyscrapers and green hillsides from the different spots such as the Lugard Road Lookout, Lions View Point Pavilion, the viewing terrace at the Peak Galleria, and the Peak Tower Sky Terrace.

There's also a wide range of shops and restaurants offering fabulous views over Victoria Harbour. You can also try riding in a Bus No 15 at the Exchange Square Bus Terminus (MTR Hong Kong Station exit D) which will take you to a more thrilling ride specially when you are at the upper deck.

Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

Another must see at the Peak which featuring waxworks of different types of characters such as Hollywood Stars, Cultural Figures, Sports Stars, Pop Stars, Royalty, World Leaders, Fashion Icon, and Kung Fu Stars like Jacky Chan and Bruce Lee.

Ngong Ping 360

Start your Ngong Ping experience with a stunning cable car ride that offers sensational views of North Lantau, the Chek Lap Kok airport, and the South China Sea whether on a Crystal Cabin or Standard Cabin.

This 45 minutes ride from the Tung Chung MTR Stations to the Ngong Ping Village is truly a breath taking experience, just expect a long queue morning till afternoon because this place is truly the first choice of most visitors arriving at Hong Kong which is closely to the airport. Most visitors leave their baggage at the paid baggage locker at the Citygate Shopping Mall.

Giant Buddha and Po Lin Monastery

After riding the Ngong Ping Cable, go straight to the world's tallest, outdoor seated, bronze Buddha sits serenely atop Ngong Ping plateau amid spectacular mountain scenery. Tian Tan Buddha symbolizes the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion.

Tai O Fishing Village

After visiting the Giant Buddha, take a ride at bus 21 at the Ngong Ping bus terminus and make your day trip in Lantau Island complete by dining in a row of local restaurants or eatery's to have a taste of cook fresh sea foods, even buy dried sea foods of all types, or just visit the Tanka Village or known as Tai O Fishing Village to see the rare example of a chinese stilt-house community in spite of vast development and high rise buildings in Hong Kong. Most tourist visit this place just to see the pink dolphins, but we did not know about it until we came back at Ngong Ping.

There are mobile applications available for your iphones or android phones that you can download for free like Discover HK-AR, Discover HK-City Walks, mtrip Travel Guide, Open Rice, and MTR Ride which are all very helpful and very informative, it also have detailed maps, bus routes, and MTR maps.

Free wifi is available in all city buses, malls, restaurants, and government buildings around Hong Kong. So take a look first on the web before stepping off the bus.