My family had been waiting to visit Hong Kong for a long time, but did not really have the chance to go. The dream to visit Hong Kong came true when my dad was about to retire from his Government Bank Job. Since we had not been to abroad before, we figured that it would be a one of a kind trip. Indeed it was.😀
Hong Kong is a busy, small, crowded, fast-paced multi-culture city packed with soaring skyscrapers , thick smog, endless noodle stands, and wild nights out. It was astounding for people like us who are not used to crowded places. And, with so much to do here, one can scratch one’s head about where to start. Since we were there only for three days, we visited the city’s most popular tourist attractions.
We stayed in Regal Oriental Hotel at Kowloon City. It is a 4 star hotel and is in a very good location within walking distance of Nathan Road, harbor front, Star Ferry, shopping arcades & restaurants. Check in process was fast and hassle-free.
Day 1: Peak Tram and Madame Tussauds
After resting for an hour, we headed off to ride the Peak Tram.
This tram takes you to the top of the Peak, Hong Kong Island’s largest mountain, at 1,700 feet. You ride a funicular to the top where you enjoy spectacular 180-degree views of the skyscrapers of Victoria Harbor, Kowloon, and the surrounding hills. It’s the best view of the city.
After having a wonderful ride we went to Madame Tussauds and clicked us some cheesy pics with celebrity wax statues.💓
Day 2: Ocean Park
The next morning, we had a nice breakfast at hotel and headed off to Ocean Park.
Ocean Park is perhaps one of the most sought after places to visit. It is a landmark for decades, Ocean Park Hong Kong is a destination for locals and tourists alike, whether you’re with kids or not.
As tiring as it may seem to cover the entire site of Ocean Park Hong Kong on foot, the sites to see and the endless fun you’ll have, will make you totally forget about tiring legs.
Traverse the Arctic and Antarctic in just one day. Begin your journey on the Arctic Blast and meet the iconic polar friends including penguins (Remember “Happy Feet”, guys!), spotted seals, northern sea lions and snowy owls.
The Grand Aquarium here is one huge attraction where you have the chance to get up close with roughly 5,000 fishes in over (get this!) 400 species. Whether you’re fond of marine life or not, you won’t regret dropping by the Grand Aquarium.
Sadly 😞 we didn’t get a chance to ride the cable car due to huge queue lined up, but we had a great time at Ocean Park.
Prepare yourself mentally and muster enough patience as you encounter long queues in some areas.Ladies, please wear flat shoes or rubber shoes. Believe me, you’ll be thankful you did. Also keep water handy as it gets quite tiring.
Day 3: Disneyland Resort..Yeiiiii
Hong Kong Disneyland is located in Lantau island. It is the smallest park of Disney. The park consists of seven themed areas: Main Street U.S.A., Fantasy land, Adventure land, Tomorrow land, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land.
It is a magical place where adults become kids again. I must tell you it is the happiest place on earth where dreams turn into reality. We felt disengaged from the real world as we entered into a world of fairy tales.😍
To reach the main entrance of Hong Kong Disneyland, we had to walk through a huge park featuring a surfing Mickey Mouse fountain as its centerpiece. Around the fountain, crowds of people gathered, all eager to have their photo taken.
Main Street, U.S.A
Walking in, the first themed area you will come across is the Main Street, U.S.A. which starts from the park entrance all the way to Sleeping Beauty Castle, the gateway to Fantasy land. This is also where the magical experience starts. Unlike the other themed areas, there are no rides or any major attractions at the Main Street. The entire street is lined with numerous souvenir stores, cafe and restaurants.
Character-meet-and-greets are one of the main attraction of Disneyland and queues generally tend to build up really fast. Disney characters can be found throughout the park, mainly on the Main Street. We headed straight to the character-meet-and-greets near the entrance immediately after the gates open.
Right at the entrance of the park, you will find Mickey and Minnie and it was nearly impossible not to notice the enormous line that formed around the meet-and-greet. We were actually very surprised how long the queue has gotten even though we entered the park right at the moment the park opened. The queue for Mickey and Minnie meet and greet was just unbearably too long and we did not want to waste our time waiting.😞
However I got a chance to meet Pooh, Goofy & Disney Princesses where Goofy got way too swayed up with me that he started dancing with me. Happy Me.😍
At the end of the Main Street is the Central Plaza of the park with entryways to Tomorrow land, Adventure land and ,through Sleeping Beauty Castle, to Fantasy land. We decided to take the right turn and head to the Tomorrow land first.