Travel Diaries: Hongkong ~ My First Backpacking Trip – II

Hongkong is praised as ‘A bright pearl in the orient’. As a tourist destination in the world it is acclaimed as ‘shoppers paradise’ and ‘gourmets city’. And is one of the most densely inhabited regions on the earth.

The transport system is great and very systematic too. This City’s transport system offers very safe and comfortable rides. You’ll never miss your destination as there are markers and pointers everywhere and all exits are duly marked to guide your travel. It is an expensive city but it is worth it. Food is cheap but hotels are expensive. There are so many good places to go and even if we stay there for a couple of weeks there, we can’t visit all those places which we wanted to visit. At night there is always life at the harbor.

You can leave Hong Kong, but it will never leave you.

You can leave Hong Kong, but it will never leave you.

The Hong Kong Star Ferry is one of the most unique things to do while traveling in Hong Kong. It is basically a short 10 minute ferry ride that takes you across the Victoria Harbour between Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island side.

The Hong Kong Star Ferry is one of the most unique things to do while traveling in Hong Kong. It is basically a short 10 minute ferry ride that takes you across the Victoria Harbour between Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island side.

Take the Star Ferry atleast once, do it from the Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon side to get to Hong Kong Island at night around 8PM. This way you will see the magnificent view of the skyscrapers in Central and Wanchai. Every night at 8PM there is also a light show called “A Symphony of Lights”. It is a show of dancing lights and music coming from buildings and skyscrapers. You will get a close up look of the light show on the Star Ferry plus a unique boating experience at night.

Take the Star Ferry atleast once, do it from the Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon side to get to Hong Kong Island at night around 8PM. This way you will see the magnificent view of the skyscrapers in Central and Wanchai. Every night at 8PM there is also a light show called “A Symphony of Lights”. It is a show of dancing lights and music coming from buildings and skyscrapers. You will get a close up look of the light show on the Star Ferry plus a unique boating experience at night.

The cost of the Star Ferry ride from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central is only HKD $2 during weekdays and HKD $3.40 for weekends and holidays. The Star Ferry runs from 7:20 AM to 10:30 PM daily. We did it in the day time. It looks more spectacular during night time.

The cost of the Star Ferry ride from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central is only HKD $2 during weekdays and HKD $3.40 for weekends and holidays. The Star Ferry runs from 7:20 AM to 10:30 PM daily.
We did it in the day time. It looks more spectacular during night time.

Skyscrapers! Unhealthy ugly giants! To live and work as close as to the land is a blessing! Remember, you are not a cloud! Come down and live on the ground! -Mehmet Murat ildan.

Skyscrapers! Unhealthy ugly giants! To live and work as close as to the land is a blessing! Remember, you are not a cloud! Come down and live on the ground! -Mehmet Murat ildan.

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This enigmatic city of skyscrapers, ancient traditions and heavenly food will fascinate, whether it’s your first visit or your 50th.

Hong kong MTR system is very efficient and is the best way to go around in Hong Kong as this is a subway and there is no traffic. MTR is a good way around Hong kong especially for tourists like us since most public bus drivers in hong kong don't speak english. and the Taxi's charge high rates of HKD $ 18.50 for the first two kilometers and HKD $ 1 for each 1 minute in traffic or every 200 meter increments. Taking an MTR helps us in time and money management(especially for budget travellers)

Hong kong MTR system is very efficient and is the best way to go around in Hong Kong as this is a subway and there is no traffic. MTR is a good way around Hong kong especially for tourists like us since most public bus drivers in hong kong don’t speak english. and the Taxi’s charge high rates of HKD $ 18.50 for the first two kilometers and HKD $ 1 for each 1 minute in traffic or every 200 meter increments. Taking an MTR helps us in time and money management(especially for budget travellers)

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Graffiti Competitions… Was impressed by their dedication. They were even doing it in Rain.

 

In order to save some money, we vacated our room and spent a whole night on the Victoria harbor while walking and talking. Luckily we met a bunch of travellers who are just like us. Our conversations  killed the night. Meeting new people is the best part of travelling. Do you agree with me?

In order to save some money, we vacated our room and spent a whole night on the Victoria harbor while walking and talking. Luckily we met a bunch of travellers who are just like us. Our conversations killed the night. Meeting new people is the best part of travelling. Do you agree with me?

Avenue of stars is located on Victoria Harbor waterfront in Tsim sha tsui. It honours celebrities of Hongkong. This is a Bruce Lee Statue.

Avenue of stars is located on Victoria Harbor waterfront in Tsim sha tsui. It honours celebrities of Hongkong. This is a Statue of Bruce Lee.

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Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. -Mary Ritter Beard

 

Top 7 Tips from my perspective:

    1. Star Ferry: Take the Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui because there is not much to see facing the Kowloon side if you begin the trip from Central or Wanchai.
    2. Budget Hotels: If you are looking for budget hotels go to chungking mansions and mirador mansions in near Tsimsha Tsui in Kowloon.
    3. Get an ‘Octopus Card’: For a $50HKD deposit and an initial $100 HKD load, you are all set to ride the rails on a comprehensive public transport system that includes ferries, buses and trains. At the end of your trip, you return the card and get back the $50 HKD deposit and any unused money loaded on the card.
    4. Foods: Don’t miss ‘Dimsum’. There’s a chain of restaurants called “DimDimSum” where it is cheap and tasty.Don’t miss Blooming teas & Tibetan Vegetarian meals near the Ngong Ping tourist village on Lantau Island.
    5. Visa on Arrival: For all those Indian Citizens there’s a free 14days visa on arrival. If you have  your passport with minimum of Six months validity and the most important is your original confirmed return Air ticket showing exit from Hongkong , within fourteen days .
    6. Don’t miss these attractions Victoria peak, Tiantan Buddha statue, Disneyland, Ocean park, Arts & science museum, Stanley Market(High-quality souvenirs), Temple street Night market, Ladies market(cheap souvenirs), Ozone bar (Ritz-Carlton hotel), on the 118th floor is the highest bar in the world and has spectacular views and the most important is Symphony of lights which is held at 8:00pm every night.
    7. Learning Cantonese: Last but not least learning the local dialect might help you especially when speaking with taxi drivers because they don’t speak much English. As with any country you go to, the people really appreciate it when you speak a little of the local language. Let’s Learn 3 words here 1.Hello=Nei ho 1. How are you?= Nei hou ma? Thank you=M̀h’gōi
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20 thoughts on “Travel Diaries: Hongkong ~ My First Backpacking Trip – II

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  2. I must admit, I could not at first focus to read the text. Your images just blew me way. The perspective on the first one drew me in. It speaks to the enormity of life and our little place in it. All the photos were wonderful but the first one, I really enjoyed. It is just beautiful. I enjoy reading your blog.

    • Thank you!! And I too love the first picture! I’m so happy to find some one like me. Stay tuned! Lot more interesting posts on my travels, cultures, thoughts, health tips and historical temples are yet to come. Hope you enjoy them reading too. 🙂

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