Things to do when you are in Hong Kong

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.
Tip:
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.😍
Tomorrow land

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.

Tomorrow land is the optimistic vision of the future. Attractions in this area include Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, Astro Blasters, Autopia, Stitch Encounter. All the attractions featured in this area are related to space travels or anything futuristic.
Adventure land
Features jungle themed adventures, Hong Kong Disneyland’s Adventure land is the biggest among all Disney land park.
Designed to resemble the remote jungles of Asia and Africa, Adventure land features a large island area surrounded by a river. Top attractions were Jungle river cruise and Tarzan’s Tree House.
Toy Story Land
Located behind Fantasy land, you will the Toy Story Land, a themed area that is based on the hugely popular Disney, Pixar film series, Toy Story.
Fantasy land
In the center of park, you will find the Sleeping Beauty Castle. With blue tower roofs and light pink concrete walls, Hong Kong Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle is an exact replica of the original Disneyland Anaheim’s castle.
 Mystic Manor
Mystic Manor is a Haunted Mansion style attraction featuring an incredible dark ride where we were transported to the mysterious world of Lord Henry, an eccentric traveler who travels around the world collecting unusual antiques with his mischievous monkey, Albert.
Grizzly Gulch
Walking pass the Mystic Manor,  we reached the Grizzly Gulch themed area next.
Set amidst the mountains and woods, Grizzly Gulch is an abandoned mining town complete with gushing geysers.
Every night, the castle serves as a focal point for the breathtaking Disney in the stars fireworks show.
Just 30 minutes before the fireworks show, we started reserving our spots. We were told by our tour guide that the best spot to view the fireworks is from the Main Street Railroad Station, It was a nice spot as it was not crowded with people.
As soon as the fireworks ended, everyone begins to make their way back to entrance of the park. If you are hoping to make a quick exit, I would suggest that you stay near to the entrance at the Main Street like us. 😊
Tip:
Even though, we had a magical and unforgettable experience at Disneyland. I would recommend anyone to spend a day or two at Disneyland, especially when you are traveling with kids. This is an one-of-a-kind attraction that is sure to delight both adults and kids!
Though impossible to condense a city so vast into a three-day itinerary, this list can help you experience the most of Hong Kong in a short period of time.
Happy vacations Guys! 😊

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