To maximize our overseas trip every time, we make sure that it’s thoroughly planned from the hour of arrival to the minute we bid a pleasant goodbye to the land. And this was how we lived through our very tight Hong Kong tour itinerary in the last week of July 2014. The result? Swollen and very tired feet; nonetheless, happy faces. ๐Ÿ˜€ This was a trip we booked a year ago, with my family and friends, and was arranged by Happy Sun Travel and Tours, Inc.

5 Tourist Spots We Have Visited in Hong Kong

1. Avenue of the Stars

Two whole days were all we had to cover the prime tourist spots in Hong Kong. Our adventure kicked off at about 8AM last Monday with the first stop: Avenue of the Stars, where the view of the Hong Kong skyline can be immensely seen and appreciated. It’s a great vantage point for those who know several celebrities of Hong Kong. For others like us who are not really familiar with the country’s film industry, seeing the life-size statue of Bruce Lee and the hand prints of Jackie Chan and Jet Li was enough.

Avenue of the Stars in Hong Kong has a wonderful backdrop (even in broad daylight). Our tour guide just suggested that we go back there, if time allows, to take a quick stroll at night as it’s when all the lights of the skyscrapers are turned on. I’ve seen some pictures of it before and I think it’s similar to the view of tall buildings you see when you’re standing from Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay in Singapore.

We had lots of photo-ops and the experience might had been better if there were not so many other tourists around (because we had to wait until there’s minimal “extras” in the frame).

2. Hong Kong Jewellery Shop

Not far away from Avenue of the Stars, our tour bus driver took us to the Hong Kong Jewellery Shop next. It’s the oldest jewelry store and the most popular one for selling good-quality diamonds and all sorts of jewelry (including rings, bracelets, necklaces, watches, bangles, anklets, etc.) at reasonable prices.

Before heading on to the store area, we attended a short briefing where we learned about the origins of the products they haveโ€”ruby, diamonds, jade, gold, pearls and other colorful rhinestones. The staff showed us famous personalities like Manny Pacquiao and Isko Moreno who have bought the latest of their award-winning feng shui designs that are blessed by the temple and believed to transform luck and produce harmony in life.

The staff also taught us how to choose which one to buy. When faced with several designs, clap your hand to each piece and bring it to your ear to listen to the sound of the rotating fan in the pendant. The one with the loudest sound, by virtue of feng shui masters’ advice, would be most suitable/best for you.

Because I’m not as superstitious as most Chinese in my circle, I nonchalantly disregarded the meaning and looked at the “fan” feng shui designs merely as designs of the jewelry pieces, and I did not like them at all. Thus, no matter how hard the staff tried in convincing us to buy (lifetime guarantee and exchangeable), they were not successful. :mrgreen:

In other case, I got a crystal apple pendant with silver chain necklace for myself and my sister. It’s a classic design also featured by the Hong Kong Jewellery Store. It’s an absolutely gorgeous apple-shaped crystal adorned with a dazzling silver leaf. My childhood friend also bought one so we’ll look like trios when we wear the same necklace at the same time. ๐Ÿ˜›

3. Aberdeen Fishing Village

The Aberdeen Fishing Village is said to be one of the earliest settlements of Chinese people and now it represents the old Hong Kong. With boats abound, we toured this “over-hyped attraction” via a round-trip boat ride called sampan (junk fisherman boat) that cost us HKD 60 per person in less than half an hour.

I thought we were going somewhere or hopping off and on the boat but after a while, we realized that we were only going around and taking pictures of the old boats and ones under maintenance was the only activity we could do. Too boring. ๐Ÿ™

It’s a waste of time to see the rubbish-filled harbor because we’re already used to seeing a similar sight back home (we live close to the Pasig River). Also, it’s a waste of money to ride the sampan because the boats are viewable even from the outside. The tourist guide reminded us to “try to enjoy anyway.”

There’s a floating restaurant in Aberdeen named Jumbo, which offers food with CRAZY jumbo prices. Our tourist guide told us that three pieces of har gow (shrimp dumplings) cost HKD 50. That’s thrice the price of har gow sold in regular restaurants in downtown Hong Kong!

4. Hong Kong Ocean Park

I’ve heard rumors that the Manila Ocean Park is way better now with its modernized and improvised facilities than Hong Kong Ocean Park. With that in my bubble thought, I looked forward to visiting HK to see if it was true. Lo and behold, Manila Ocean Park is nothing compared to the size and attraction centers in Hong Kong Ocean Park! ๐Ÿ˜†

This world-class theme park is so large that we have not had the chance toย get toย every part, watch allย shows and try all rides. At least, we had completed the activities we desired to accomplish. We rode the cable car to The Summit, rode the Ocean Express (speedy train) back to The Waterfront, watched the dolphin show, tried one ride (The Rapids), ate at the Old Hong Kong Street food stalls, take pictures everywhere, shopped for souvenir items and spent our remaining time queuing for our turn then actually enjoying the darkest depths of the ocean floor in the Grand Aquarium.

Our Day 1 packaged tour itinerary ended at 6:30PM. We reached Tsim Sha Tsui after an hour and had dinner at Yuen Kee Restaurantย before shopping. Tsim Sha Tsui (or TST) is a shopping haven like the Orchard Road of Singapore or Ginza in Japan.

5. Hong Kong Disneyland

Disneyland was the main reason for my excitement, anticipation and eagerness to fly to Hong Kong. It’s a wonderful and magical place with activities for all ages: Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Mainstreet, Toy Story Land, and Grizzly Gulch. Lines for the rides were on average 45-60 minute wait, so we had only tried two rides: Toy Story Land’s Slinky Dog and Grizzly Gulch’s Grizzly mountain mine cars.

Chinese mainlanders were just about everywhere, estimating to 90% of the crowd. It almost seemed that the place is catered for them. We braved the hot summer sun, stayed patient with poking nuisance of umbrellas and experienced being kids again. My advice is to try and go there in the cooler months and definitely out of holiday time.

The highlights for me were the Disney characters parade at 3:30PM and the spectacular fireworks show at the end just before the park closed at 9PM. I was so happy that I almost cried seeing my Disney friends. All in all, it was a whole day of fun and pleasure. Indeed, Disneyland brings everyday magic, magic every day! ๐Ÿ˜›

(Read about our lunch at Crystal Lotus Restaurant inside Disneyland Hotel here.)

Wrap Up

This is the end of my trip report. Two days was nowhere near enough time to see everything that we wanted to in Hong Kong. But as someone else had said, two days is better than nothing. Anyway, we have survived rushing through exploring its main attractions without wasting any of our precious time. We worked out the most efficient ways of getting from one place to another. Hong Kong is a small city yet we barelyย scratched a large part of its surface. We have to be back someday soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you been to Hong Kong? If yes, which places to eat and tour do you recommend? Feel free to comment down below! ๐Ÿ˜€

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108 Responses

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hong Kong is a great city to visit when you want to experience first-class everything in Asia. As it’s rated as a first-world country, you can find vibrant culture featuring a unique fusion of east-meets-west sort of thing.

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  1. Dawn

    The fishing village looks amazing. I’d love to visit Hong Kong. There’s so much to see there.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I agree. Hong Kong is among Asia’s leading travel destinations offering a multitude of great experiences within a single trip. I think a week’s time would suffice to visit its famous landmarks and also get to shopping centers and the best local dining places.

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  2. Rachel Raston

    It looks like you had an amazing time even if it was only for two days. I would love to go visit Hong Kong especially after seeing some of the places you visited. It looks beautiful.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, Rachel. Yes, we definitely had an amazing time while we were there. I just hoped that we could extend our stay a bit more to sample more of its local cuisine (and then compare to Chinese-Cantonese food served here in the Philippines). ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah, we did so. We were also especially amazed with the huge infrastructure and tall buildings surrounding all over the city. Truly, Hong Kong is short of space so they are maximizing their land capacity by establishing tall everything with highly tantalizing prices.

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  3. Joyful Gifts by Julie

    Wow you did all of that in 2 days. It looks like so much fun! Disney is fun no matter where you are in the world! Glad you had such a good time with your friends.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup. I could have never thought of spending this HK tour with anyone else than my family and these close friends. ๐Ÿ˜› They were such fun and jolly company throughout!

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  4. R U S S

    I’m coming back to Hong Kong this year. Except for Disneyland and shopping, I have vague memories of the place. I was just a little girl the last time I was there.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Oh I think most people who have been to Hong Kong (or to any country, for that matter) would have vague memories of their stay in foreign lands when they were kids. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you would have better memories this time as you get to capture them by camera and by blogging!

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  5. Paula Parker

    What a blast you are having. I would love to go to Hong Kong, so exotic. I love the jewelry shop!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha be careful of the sales staff in the jewelry shop as they would bug you until you buy a piece of jewelry they are selling. Call me obnoxious if you want, but my patience wears thin fast when salespeople aren’t tired of repeating the same things over and over again convincing me to buy stuff I don’t want and I don’t need. Ugh. ๐Ÿ˜›

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  6. Mrs. Mashed Up

    I love all the pictures, but the fishing village especially. And I did not know Hong Kong had a Disneyland. Funny, “Disney” looks like “Disney” no matter what. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Whaha Hong Kong Disneyland has been there for years! It was opened on September 12, 2005. If you’re going to HK, it’s good to visit Disneyland once and experience being a kid once more. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Sure, we did. Realistically, I know that I don’t prefer going back to foreign countries I had already been to. I would rather spend time and money elsewhere new to my sight. However, Hong Kong may be an exception since it’s close to the Philippines and we haven’t been to more restaurants/dining places I want to try.

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  7. Bonnie @ wemake7

    Looks like you had a great time even though you only had 2 days to visit all of it. Would love to visit there someday.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      While time was limited, we had fun and pleasure anyway. Lesson learned is that we should not choose to fly red eye or catch a late-night flight so we can experience touring around the country more during daytime or the mid noon and also not choose to depart in the morning. We could have added more days to this HK trip!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup, that was what I was aiming for – share our experience and letting this post be a guide to anyone who plans to travel to Hong Kong without a solid itinerary yet. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you find this useful.

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  8. EdZee

    I worked in Hong Kong in mid-1980s when most of the tourist spots you mentioned were not yet around. I hope I could visit back the area soon. Wish me luck!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Ed! Good luck to you! That’s an advantage to already know most of the places there. With the convenient MTR, I’m sure it would be easy for you to roam around Hong Kong just like in the old days. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. papaleng

    Nice photos.. My wife visited Hong Kong and she bragged about her experience sa mga places na ito. Hope next year makapunta rin dyan.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Wintertime is at the end of the year, if I’m not mistaken. ๐Ÿ™‚ Check out great rates at promo fares of flights to Hong Kong scheduled December.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, Fernando! This Hong Kong trip had put a little hurt on my wallet but I didn’t feel guilty at all because I know we deserved all the fun we got. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. mindy

    OHHH i miss Hong Kong!!! I was there with my little family last Feb (i think you read some of my travel entry, didn’t you?) and you’re right, Disneyland at cooler temp was heavenly! I too almost cried at Disneyland (WTH), i guess it brings out the happy children inside of us haha. Since we made up our own itinerary, we ended up to absolutely different places than yours except for Disneyland and Ocean Park. Would love to come back to HK ASAP… And oh, i like to buy the same items with my BFFs and wear them together (we often joke that we’re like orphanage kids with our uniform stuffs)!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, I remember reading your post about HK trip! ๐Ÿ™‚ We booked this flight because of the one-peso fare of Cebu Pacific, without knowing what the temperature there will be at the time of our stay. Whaha it was great that you went on your own as we had to follow the scheduled itinerary of our tourist guide (which was okay as first-time travelers here). The last thing we wanted was to be lost somewhere we couldn’t be found! ๐Ÿ˜† I guess wearing the same stuff was just normal when we were kids.

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  11. Sumi Go | The Purple Doll

    I haven’t been to Hong Kong yet so it’s really nice to see the tourist spots you and your family have visited. I’m planning for a trip to Hong Kong some time next year though, and Avenue of the Stars, Ocean Park and Disney Land are part of the itinerary! ๐Ÿ™‚ If time will permit, we’d love to visit Ngong Ping 360 and The Peak, and maybe go on a quick trip to Macau.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Ohhh! ๐Ÿ™‚ We wanted to also visit Macau for a day trip but because my mom holds a Taiwanese passport, she has to pay additional fee to process her visa to Macau (and to every country outside the Philippines). Sometime soon, I hope she gets her nationality to be converted to Filipino so she can stay free from those hassles. Yup, those three tourists spots you picked are highly recommended!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who didn’t know. ๐Ÿ™‚ Aside from HK and Japan, Philippines (we heard) is also building up our very own Disneyland. Watch out!

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  12. Rebecca Swenor

    Looks like you had a wonderful two days. It looks like you had fun playing with the toys too. The fireworks are always the best part I believe.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      The Disney characters parade was the best for me. The fireworks lasted for only 10 minutes and the presentation wasn’t as good or anywhere good as the pyromusical firework competition we have yearly at SM Mall of Asia in the Philippines.

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  13. Karen

    Wonderful family pictures all over HK! Glad to see everyone had a fantastic time. The places you visited are must see places and when you go back then time to try others. My recommendation would be hike or bike Lamma Island or Lantau Island or go to Macau or Shenzen. There’s also Victoria Peak and partying at Lan Kwai Fong.

    And what about shopping? I feel each train stop has some form of tiangge!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thank you very much for the recommendations, Karen! I appreciate it. We were almost heading to Victoria Peak after Abderdeen Fishing Village but we had lack of time. Shopping is everywhere? I have to prepare lots of pocket money next time then! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  14. Marielle Altenor

    Avenue of the Stars is like the LA Hollywood Boulevard where they have the pavement with stars! I’m putting Hong Kong on my list of must visit places!!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, that’s correct! We only know a few celebrities so we also didn’t spend a lot of time reading through the rest of the stars’ names and hand prints. Oh you better put it on your travel bucket list. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hong Kong is easy to navigate but you still have to prepare for your itineraries before going. Check out the signature attractions and I suggest you visit HK when there are timely wonderful festivals going on.

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  15. Ashley Nicholas

    My brother will be going to China this semester, so I’ll have to share this post with him! Thank you so much for the great tips and recommendations!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup. Hong Kong is essentially Asia’s world city, a dynamic yet compact one, filled with fantastic sights both at day and night time. Feel the pulse of the modern, cosmopolitan center when you’re there. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  16. Jessica Peeling

    Wow, looks like you had an amazing time! I would totally visit that floating restaurant and Disneyland ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Nice to hear that you have the urge to visit Jumbo. ๐Ÿ™‚ Haha, as I said, expect high prices of food. In other case, Disneyland for sure will be you happiness!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, Sandy. I have more photos in my Facebook album however the access is only limited to friends. ๐Ÿ˜› HK will leave you with memorable impressions of a city you might always want to call your own. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. Ann Bacciaglia

    I have never been to Hong Kong but it looks like a fantastic place to visit. Thanks for sharing. I had no idea that was a Disney Land there.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      You’re welcome, Ann! It’s good to visit Disneyland in Hong Kong although those who have experience Disneyland in Paris often have negative comments on this one as it’s small.

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  18. Franc Ramon

    Two days doing visiting all these places is amazing enough. I had 5 days and I just went to the trail and the rest is relaxation because I’ve been able to visit most of the attractions already.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Awww good for you! We wanted to go to the local market, some of the temples, museums, more shopping centers and restaurants. Too bad we could not because of time. You must have had a great stay anyhow because the trail was your main purpose of visit. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  19. Kath Rivera

    Been to Hong Kong twice but I we didn’t visit The Avenue of the Stars and Hong Kong Jewelry. Planning to go back there soon and will definitely visit both.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Nice! There are many souvenirs for sale on both locations. You can either go to Avenue of the Stars at daytime just like we did or at night as you will get to see the buildings lighted on a side of the Victoria Harbour.

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  20. Dianne Salonga

    Hoping to visit Hong Kong someday! The first stop will be Disneyland ๐Ÿ™‚ Second will be Hong Kong Ocean Park. Will save money ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Sure! A trip to Hong Kong would not be as fun without more money to spend because everything is expensive here (well, more expensive than same items in the Philippines except for some jewelry, electronics and branded bags).

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      • Joahna

        Hi! I just want to ask how many hours did you spend for the day tour? And if you can still remember, what time did you leave for Ocean Park and how many minutes before we can arrive there? And how many hours did you even stay there? I am actually planning our itinerary for our free time. But since hotel check in is still at 2pm, so I don’t know how to squeeze in the places which are not included in our package. I’m torn between Victoria Peak and Ocean Park. Huhu.

      • Rochkirstin Santos

        We spent all afternoon to night in Ocean Park. If I remember correctly, it was about past lunch time when we got there and left at around 7:30PM-8PM. If you’re coming with kids, I think you should really spend time exploring inside Ocean Park. Victoria Peak is good to visit if you want to buy souvenirs.

  21. jane

    i am so dying to go in disneyland haha and ocean park hahaa a looks so fun there

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  22. Fernando Lachica

    I’ve been to HongKong before just for training purpose of our company and really enjoyed the train ride. Even for a week, I just couldn’t roam around. You’re very lucky indeed.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      You’re lucky as well because I believe your trip was charged to the company and you have tried riding their trains (while we never got the chance to). ๐Ÿ˜€ We will make sure to experience MTR next time!

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  23. papaleng

    Itโ€™s a waste of time to see the rubbish-filled harbor because weโ€™re already used to seeing a similar sight back home (we live close to the Pasig River). Also, itโ€™s a waste of money to ride the sampan because the boats are viewable even from the outside. The tourist guide reminded us to โ€œtry to enjoy anyway.โ€ Trulala. My wife said it too. Ang baho raw ng water . Another more, There so plenty of clothes lines sa mga houses sa HK. Parang Pinas lang daw.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Ahh we have not been to that part of the city to see where most of the residential places are. Oh well, every country I guess has that area that’s not good to see for tourists. I also heard that the Abderdeen Fishing Village will be gone in a few years; it disappear with more reclamation work.

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  24. Rosey

    The floating restaurant is cool (even if the prices are not). ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’d love to visit Disney in Hong Kong. The pictures are so nice, perfect weather for nice, bright backgrounds!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha yes, there’s a lot of maintenance and men put to work to run the floating restaurant. Jumbo is listed as a prominent restaurant in Hong Kong. The weather was too hot but a sunny day during travel is always better than a rainy day.

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  25. michele d

    Love all your destinations. Specially Disney Hong Kong. Looks different from the one in Orlando.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      It’s interesting to know how Disneyland Hong Kong compares to the other Disneylands in other parts of the world. Regardless, I bet it’s still the favorite place on earth especially for kids.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah. Disneyland attractions, they say, are a bit dated now and the management should work on upgrading their facilities soon. Also, adding in more characters and performance would be great.

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    […] I wasn’t only excited to go to Hong Kong Disneyland for the theme parks’ attractions and rides. Of course, as a foodie, I was over-the-top thrilled for the highlight…and you guessed it rightโ€”food! Seeing cute pictures of Disney Character Dim Sum Lunch Set being served at Crystal Lotus Restaurant (Disneyland Hotel, Hong Kong) ๅคงๅถผๅฑฑ้ฆ™ๆธฏ่ฟชๅฃซๅฐผๆจ‚ๅœ’้…’ๅบ— made me want to pack my bag and travel to Hong Kong right away! (Read the rest of our activities in Hong Kong and two-day trip itinerary here.) […]

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      It would be a better experience (ideal, even) if we could go to a number of boats just to have our pictures taken. But nope, all we did was stay and look around.

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  27. Alysia

    That avenue of starts looks fantastic! I wouldn’t want to pay those prices at Jumbo though :S Was the food great at least?

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Oh sorry, we haven’t tried the food at Jumbo because we weren’t given the chance to even drop by at the restaurant. I hated the boating experience at the Aberdeen Fishing Village. It was, as I mentioned, boring.

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  28. Algene

    Hong Kong is one of the easy-to-go places these days and shame on me kasi until now, I haven’t been to this place ๐Ÿ™‚ I missed my HK trip last year because of some school stuff but I’m planning to visit it by 2015. Hopefully matuloy ang acad shift ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, will check this post again by that time para may guide ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup, Hong Kong is only like 1 hour 40 minutes away from the Philippines. It’s relatively closer — than say Malaysia, Singapore and other neighboring Asian countries. Don’t know about the acad shift but good luck on that one. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you also have a blast there! Thanks for the visit.

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  30. Hainrihi

    I bookmarked this because so I can have a guide when I go to Hong Kong. I love it ๐Ÿ˜€ Hopefully, one day, I can go here ๐Ÿ˜€

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  31. Badet Siazon | The Misis Chronicles

    This is why I don’t like joining some travel packages, it’s a mandatory thing that they bring you to jewelry/souvenir shops. We joined one on our 1st trip to HK, they even sold to us souvenir photos in plates for 100 HKD, lol.

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  32. Jojo Vito

    I love these places, except that on our last visit we were not able to visit this jewelry store. My sisters were dying to see the jewelries but we don’t have time anymore and they have no choice because I am the navigator.Lol

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha great job being the navigator! ๐Ÿ™‚ The jewelry store may seem a paradise only for those who are fond of accessories and those who like investing in unique pieces.

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