Hong Kong 香港 Day 1

SengkangBabies were in Hong Kong last September for a 6D5N vacation. Read our itinerary to discover where we have been running around in Hong Kong.

Mickey (poster) welcomed us at the airport. Disney’s magical anticipation sets in when we realised Disneyland is only 15 min away from airport.

We have so many options to travel from the airport to the city. Be it train, coach or taxis, everything is easily accessible.

We took a coach and reach our hotel at Jordan MTR station in 40min. Most buses in Hong Kong are double-deckers, passengers enjoy seamless connectivity and timely arrivals.

If you are holidaying in Hong Kong, we recommend you to get the Optopus card, and Mobile prepaid card. We can use the Optopus card for everything from transport to convenience stores, and top-up can be done at 7-11 stores anywhere.

Along the bus route, we see countless public skyscrappers, very tall and compact. The endless stream of buses, neon signboards in the evening and food food food ! The streets are buzzing with people and activities.

By the time we have our lunch, it was almost 2pm already. Tim Sum (点心) is just next door to our Hotel Shamrock 新乐 🙂

Char Siew Bao 叉烧包, Siew Mai ,Egg tart 蛋挞 tuck in. We felt the price was reasonable, and we love the pastries.

Bon Appetit

Shamrock hotel is at Jordan MTR station, and we explore our neighbourhood.

We can even walk 20min to Star Ferry Pier (天星码头), or take a 10 min bus ride.

A ferry ride allows you to see Hong Kong’s skyline on both sides of the harbour.

Ferries offer an alternative to bridge Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀) and HongKong Island across Victoria Harbour (維多利亞港).

Over at Central, we head to Stanley Road to locate our fatty goose leg. The goose leg taste nice, but we thought the shop owners were very rude. We recommend you try your luck with another Goose outlet 🙂

Most of the iconic skyscrappers are on Hong Kong Island, we will share more famous WanChai (湾仔) buildings on Day 2. When night falls, the harbourfront skyline is mesmerising.

We took the MTR from Central back to Jordan. If you think Singapore MRT is packed, wait till you ride Hong Kong’s MTR 🙂

We are impressed with HK’s integrated and seamless transport network, from MTR, to Buses to Ferries and Trams. But if you are lugging a 29″ luggage to airport, please avoid peak hours.

Click for their MTR map below.

Back to our Hotel Shamrock, our room came with two queen size beds and daily breakfast, daily rate SGD300.

Tips
1) Accommodation in Hong Kong is not known to be cheap, but we chose a central-location. Tripadvisor review.

2) Food wise, try everything, Food are generally more delectable and expensive than Singapore, one meal is about $6 to $10SGD. You can find a cafe at every corner.

3) At the airport 7-11 store, grab your prepaid sim card.
a) ChinaMobile 60HKD package allows you to stay “online”.
b) You have to dial a number (193 193) to activate the service.
c) Deduct 38HKD to subscribe for the 7days data plan (they come in 1 or 7 days configuration)

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More travel tips and information are available below :
–> Do pop by our HongKong holiday albums for more fun photos
–> Discover Hongkong Tourism site (we love the diy map, as it shows us the proximity of our venues)

Our 6D5N itinerary.. do come back for more updates.
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–> Our 6D5N summary

Day 1 – Dim Sum, Ferry, Goose
Day 2 – Doraemon!, Tram, Ladies Street
Day 3 – Ocean Park
Day 4 – Buddha, ThePeak and Madam Tussauds
Day 5 – Street food, Disneyland !
Day 6 – Breakfast with Mickey, DisneyLand (part ii)

All photos from Day 1 to 6 are available on our fanpage.

Hong Kong family itinerary – Bloggers’ review

1999, Daddy can still remember his delicious mango pudding from a decade ago.
Daddy and Mummy came to Hongkong (香港) 13 years ago, and SengkangBabies were not manufactured yet.

Our kids will be shopping and eating and enjoying themselves (we hope) this Sep holidays. Daddy ask a few friends to share the happening spots in Hong Kong (HK).

Daddy would like to show the kids why Ocean Park is still happening, even though it was constructed in 1977 !

–> If CheekieMunkies love it, we should too 🙂

Be it shopping in the malls or in the famous Temple or Ladies’ streets, some degree of bargaining helps.

–> We have printed Ai Sakura’s instruction menu :p

When we arrive 13 years ago, the airport was brand new !
Who would have thought a cable car (Ngong Ping 360) would be constructed to reach Buddha?

–> Kelvin (nivlek) and family likes see-through cable-car thrills !

Why did Mickey and Minnie follow Disneyland to Lantau, which is a remote island?

We heard Toy Story has invaded the island too !

–> Listen to Daphne (MotherInc) and Edmund (EdUnloaded) tell us why Disney is a dreamland, where kids (and sometimes adults) live their dREAmS !!

Talking about remote, a Rockstar told Daddy there is a happening wetland_park deep inside New Territories !

–> Aileen’s kids (RaisingRockStar) love the idea of outdoor edutainment.

Did we mention our friend Mr Goose is also waiting for us?
Beef noodles, por-loh (pineapple) Bun, Daddy is salivating already.

Daddy’s No 1 list on the itinerary is actually a Robot cat, who is only supposed to arrive in the year 2112!

–> Yes, Grace (Working with Grace) told us Hong Kong is celebrating Doraemon’s birth 100 years before ! Click for Doraemon Fanpage.

If you have spare energy, climb The Peak and visit Madam Tussaud‘s residence. We can hug Lady GaGa, and say hello to the other famous Mr Lee (MM). If weather permits, we hope to catch the magnificent “Hong Kong and Kowloon skylines” flanking Victoria Harbour.

Thanks to our blogger friends, we can already anticipate the FUN awaiting us in Hong Kong ! Thank you for sharing your photos and magical experiences 🙂

If you need more HK tips, discover http://www.discoverhongkong.com
In case the travel bug has bitten you, do drop by SengkangBabies’ travelling tales 🙂

**updated 2012 Sep 14 – our 6d5N itinerary is up
–> http://sengkangbabies.com/holiday/hong-kong-family-itinerary/