Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hoopla @ HongKong

Hongkong, Live It, Love It.

One year of our wedding and along with it 2009 - roller coaster year was  wrapped up with a vacation to this beautiful island of Hong Kong. The entire place was beautifully decorated with lights, flowers, Christmas Trees and what not! The pleasant climate added to the  pleasure. 

Own the Octopus. It spreads its tentacles to let you in the trains(MTR), buses, trams and ferry. Pull the dollars in your pocket while in a taxi. :). Octopus is a pre paid card used to make payment for all modes of public transport in Hong Kong.

The vast rail network  connects the islands and major places.The bus, tram and taxi service will help you move along further to reach your destinations. The ferry however is mostly between  the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong kong Mainland. The other major island being Lantau. 

Before we left Singapore, we(Harish) googled to narrow down on a few destinations, charted out an itinerary, booked the tickets and the rooms for stay.

After a  hassle free 4 hour travel we reached the Hong Kong International airport, one of the biggest and busiest on the Lantau Island.
Our first stop was the Disneyland

Disneyland has every possible space interspersed with Mickey. Its Mickey Everywhere.Be it chairs, the arm rest of the chairs, tables or towels. 

Micky is in the air at Disneyland Resort.  A  Mickey dancing on a water fountain welcomed us.At midday, a parade comes along, where all the Disney characters come to life, dance along during the parade. Beautiful music and an artificial snowfall adds to the magic.A day full of  lovely attractions closes with the grand display of  fireworks. And in between all these, we get to see more of the Disney cartoons in life moving freely, cheering our moods and spirits.

The worlds tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha, is to be reached by an awe-inspiring 25 minute cable car ride the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. Panoramic views of the island, the airport and the trekking path during the journey was a refreshing sight while moving from Tung Chung Town Centre to the Tian Tan Buddha Statue. The Giant Buddha gazes serenly on the Po Lin Monastery  close by, which offers a tasty Chinese style vegetarian meal at a very reasonable price.

While the northern side of Hong Kong Island has the shopping, entertainment and commercial districts, the southern side has a collection of beaches, cafes and markets. Repulse Bay, Deep Water Bay, Stanley Market and Ocean Park are few of the attractions. Ocean Park which has a three storey aquarium(underwater world) is by far the biggest in the world. Panda habitat and the jelly fish spectacular are the other two places one must visit. A lot of fun rides and games cheers up the spirit of the visitors.For the foodies, there are restaurants serving you delicious dishes.

Spot the Panda below!

The Peak Tram is a major attraction and The Peak offers one of the best night views in the night, the amazing view of the Hong Kong skyline brightened up with the lights. 
Madamme Tussads wax museum is the other attraction for visitors to the Peak.

Kowloon area, is famous for its shopping, eating and cultural attractions highly comparable to the Hong Kong Island Indian restaurants, Bombay Dreams and Gaylord restaurant. The food is tasty and reasonably priced, but the expensive real estate makes the place look a little overpacked. 
Hong Kong also has the world's largest rail and road suspension bridge- Tsing Ma Suspension bridge.
Below is an apartment building in front of Repulse Bay constructed in the form of a wave, with anaperture, probably with respect to some reference of feng shui.

Major brands have set up shops there making it a shoppers paradise. A Hong Kong night starts with Symphony of lights. A sound and light laser show explained well at the link provided.

The Hong Kong Experiece. Live It. Love It. Relish it.

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