Finally, another month passed by just for another entry! Okay, this is about our last trip to Hong Kong last January. Macam biasa cerita mix malay-english;).
HK is a 4 hours journey from Malaysia. The customs and baggage collection were smooth at the airport. English signages were everywhere and airport staffs were very helpful telling us where to go. The Airport Express Train which will bring you the city is right outside the arrival hall. Hong Kong’s subway lines are superb; connecting all the main areas consists of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories. You can buy their Octopus Card (similar like Touch N Go in Malaysia) and any unused values at the end of your trip can be refunded at the stations or airport. Trains are punctual and although the stations were always crowded, there was no pushing when the train arrived pheww…
As AE just turned 4yrs old, we think it is just nice age for Disneyland. Well, of course the parents pun excited. I’ve been to the one in LA and Florida but I don’t mind going to another one:). Well, Disneyland Hong Kong is much smaller scale in comparison to other Disneyland, but I think it is just nice for AE’s age.
We got the Disneyland ticket online prior the trip. We took around 1 hour to reach the park from our hotel (which was located in Soho area) via MTR. They have this cute Disney train connection. If you want to avoid too much traveling, there have two hotels near the Disneyland Park, which apparently was fully-booked during my traveling period. So if you are aiming for that, do book early.
To save time (and energy!), it is recommended for you to study the park’s map prior visit, so that you know locations of the main attractions in the park in accordance to your family’s interest. AE is very into Buzz Lighyear and we were on that 4 times!!! *sakit leher weh tembak alien*.
A few rides offer ‘fastpass’, so that also can help you manage your time. Check out the show times, too. AE loves the Lion King show so much we watched it twice! Do wear comfortable shoes and it is good to arrive there as soon as the gate opens to avoid the long que.
Well, one thing the park is missing is the characters – there aren’t many of them. But AE is not into that though (although muka dia nampak excited kejap nampak Belle from Beauty & the Beast hihi). Tapi firework die sangat marvelous okeh, Florida pun kalah. Sangat wajib tunggu and tengok. Lebih kurang macam cerita Kungfu Panda 2 haha.
Facility wise, the toilets are clean and there have water coolers so you can refill your bottles. All staffs speak fluent English and very friendly. Food price is as per expectations (a.k.a mahal taraf theme park) and there is also a halal restaurant to cater for the Muslim.
The next day we went to Ocean Park, located at Aberdeen. Although it is not accessible via MTR yet (under construction), it is very easy to go there via citybus Route 629, which runs daily from the Admiralty MTR Station. The park is divided into two areas namely i) the Waterfront and ii) the Summit. The two sections are connected by 1.5km cable car system and train. AE sangat suka cable train kalau boleh nak naik banyak2 kali huhu…The sceneries during the ride were breathtaking – ocean and mountains and also the Hong Kong city all in one.
I think the Waterfront mainly cater for younger kids. It has large aquarium, panda sanctuary (the panda was sleeping while we were there) and smaller rides like merry-go-round and choo choo train. Meanwhile the Summit has a lot of adrenaline kind of rides. Take note most rides at the Summit require kids to be 122cm tall; AE was disappointed he cannot go to one of the river-kind rides (mcm kat sunway lagoon). There were also dolphins and bird shows, but the bird show was narrated in Chinese language. In comparison to Disneyland, the park is less clean but we managed. There is a big playground at the Waterfront, and AE was so into that. (mcm lah kat Malaysia takde playground – kids will be kids I supposed).
Sightseeing the Hong Kong city was smooth with the well connected subways. You can also hop on the ferry to go across with a minimal charge, which can be paid using the Octopus card. Hong Kong is famous with its skylines, which is said to be one of the world’s best skylines. On our last night there, we managed to watch the “Symphony of Lights” show from the Avenue of Stars. The show involved 40 buildings on both sides of the harbor performing synchronized laser beams and colored lights. AE imagined the buildings were shooting each other! I think it is amazing that they perform this show every night, which lasts for about 15 minutes.
The weather was perfect (18-21 Celcius) while we were there. Ala2 spring gitu. So jalan2 takde lah peluh ketiak hihi. Kesimpulannya memang best, AE keeps on asking when we are going there again. Some pictures to summarize our joy:)