Hong Kong Day 2 – Doraemon and Ladies Street

It was a coincidence that Hong Kong was celebrating Doraemon’s (小叮噹) birthday, 100 years before it’s birth. We heard there were 100 Doramon waiting for us at Harbour City yeah !

Look at Boon Xin’s smile, Doraremon has not only captured her attention, but generations across Asia.

After breakfast, we took a bus to Star Ferry Terminal again.

At Harbour City (海港城), we saw 100 Doraemon models on parade ! Step through the Timezone door, and relive our childhood dreams.

Long queues have formed from photo enthusiasts. In fact queues were long throughout the exhibition period 🙂

Thanks to Harbour City’s organisers, we manage to lay our hands on some funky 100-years-old souvenirs.

Do drop by our Day2 HK album for more Doraemon portraits and toys.

We bid Doraemon and Da Xiong (大雄) good bye 🙁

The next item on our itinerary was to pop over to Hong Kong Island and enjoy some Tram rides, unfortunately Boon Kang lost his backpack! Mummy and Boon Xin end up going to the bus HQ to retrieve the backpack, while Daddy brought the boys across Victoria harbour.

Love the fluffy clouds, and reflections off the skyscrapers’ glass walls.

We have not really been on a tram ride before, and it was fun to see the Trams share the same road as other vehicles. From the map, we know the Trams ply along the coast at Hong Kong Island, and it cost only HKD 2.30 flat !

Do take note you can only mount the Tram from the rear, and climb up the narrow steps to the top deck. Please remind kids not to stretch their hands out of the window, as trams and double-decker buses pass each other within one metre !

We can actually hear the wheels grinding on the road tracks, and we spend almost 30min on our Fun tram ride 🙂

You can learn more about Tram 电车 history from wiki.

Next stop, Wan Chai (湾仔). Some of Hong Kong’s iconic buildings like HSBC bank and Lippo are all situated in this area.

Macdonald is always easy to settle kid’s meal. Daddy is too lazy to look for more “nutritious” food. You must try the delicious pork burger 🙂

After french fries, we proceeded to take some iconic photos.

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, we remember Jackie Chan chasing villian Daniel Wu on the rooftop (新警察故事)! A lot of PRC tourists were here to look at the flame, symbolizing Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule.

Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀) as seen from Hong Kong Island. The tall building on the left is the Sky100.

We walk along the coastline until we hit Wan Chai ferry terminal.

We took a Ferry back to Tsim Tsha Tsui.

We finally caught up with Mummy, and we had our lunch at Crystal Jade Harbour City. Fried rice is the easiest choice to make everyone happy.

Harbour city is actually a mega mall, with over 400 shops. Ladies and kids will be happy to shop within. We even notice a shop with two doors, separately for adult and child.

We caught up with our Sengkang neighbours (Heng family) at the arcade 🙂

Anyone craving for desserts? In Hong Kong, you will find dessert stalls every few streets, day and night. Kids will love the sweet mango pudding. 許留山 (Lau Hui Shan) is one of the franchises.

Dinner back at our hotel. Most of us are tired from one full day of walking. We need to recharge before the last stop 🙂

Next stop, Mongkok MTR. Ladies Street (女人街) is one of the recommended streets for Tourists. You can find a lot of souvenirs and food along the back streets.

Do not bargain, unless you are interested in the merchandise. Do not expect tip top service from the stall owners. You will likely suffer a barrage of criticisms in Cantonese, if they detect you as insincere :p

Night snacks anyone? The Zhu Chang Fen (猪肠粉) looks tandalising. Daddy was actually looking out for the pushcart fishballs, as seen in Hong Kong dramas. We end up with bubble tea to quench our thirst.

When night falls, Hong Kong never sleeps. Do pop by our Day 2 album for more Doraemon photos.

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 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.

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.