It was nearly 9am when we left Hongkong International Airport with an MTR Airport Express Travel Pass at hand. With little instructions obtained, we found our way to the city proper. That early, I enjoyed the tourist-friendly Hongkong as we made several transfers and did several turns on foot but managed our way to the hostel at the busy district of Tsim Sha Tsui.
It was 10am after we dropped off our luggage… With no minute wasted we’re on our shoes for our Hongkong Tour. Despite being just two of us, both girls and first-timers in Hongkong, we felt no worries about being lost. Don’t know why but the homey air of being safe and secured swayed our way.
First off was Ngong Ping Village in Lantau Island. The view on our way to the Island was already amazing… After we exited MTR’s Tung Chung Station, the sight of Food Republic which reminded so much of Singapore drew us near.
During lunch we were contemplating between a cable ride or a bus ride to Ngong Ping Village. The bus won as my friend’s height-fearing woe kicked in.
We strolled Ngong Ping Village, from the wishing shrine to the giant statue to the monastery and the sight of monks generated a sanctified feel.
Walking with Buddha.
Walking with Buddha.
Po Lin Monastery
Tan Tian Buddha Statue
We wanted so much to walk by the Wisdom Path but the heat of the setting sun held our trod. Instead, we found ourselves towards the bus station.
There are many attractions in the village but my personal favorite… by the arch going to the monastery…. It was all mine at that time.
With ample time left, we decided to pass by Hongkong Disneyland. We paddled the wave of kids and young-at-heart making their way in and out the park. With both us not a ride enthusiast, watching mickey afloat the water spurting from the whale’s blow hole was all we did. I know there's a next time for Disney, maybe with the kiddos along.
Before we knew it, we were lying on our small bed stretching our toiled bodies… We agreed for a quick nap prior to barging the night market. Lol… it was past nine when we regained our might. Still, we tried our luck – first at the Ladies Night Market only to discover that it closes at 11pm. Then to Temple Street which closes at the same time. With a few loots at hand, we ended our day with a savory beef noodle soup before we called it off.
For an easy guide around Hongkong, visit the map section of China Highlights website.
Travel Date: September 2012