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Hong Kong: Victoria Peak: Gives you a wonderful peek into the city of lights

Victoria peak is the highest point in Hong Kong. It is located in Hong Kong Island. It is a good place to visit, not only because you can get a good view of the city but you can see there the Madamme Tussaud’s attraction and you can also do some “wild” shopping up there.

Here comes the Tram! 🙂

You can go here using the Tram (which literally goes in a 90 degree slope) Tip: Find a good seat, standing will give you no justice! It is not like the usual subway!!! (I tried, so heed my advice, it is tiring keeping your balance). The line is really long and some pesky travelers with tour guides have their priority in the entrance, so they can get in first, so people who went there independently will always be pushed back and lining for it will take you a great deal of your time.

You can also get here by BUS. Which I don’t suggest!!! No way!! I won’t advise you to go here using the bus if you are traveling in 4s or 5s. It will take you 1-2 hours to get into the peak. The travel time is too long since there are a lot of bus stops and a lot of people riding it too. Take note that Victoria Peak is also a residential place, so some of the people are dropping off every 5 minutes. The route is also winding… so if you end up standing upright instead of sitting comfortably… you will just experience a roller coaster ride (If you want then you can go!) and you might just puke after.

If you are traveling by 3s or 5s, better to take the taxi, it will only cost you $10 USD per way. The ride will take less than 20 minutes.

The Shopping Mall inside The Peak

The goods sold there are cheap, so if you plan to buy souvenirs, then it is a good place to buy. It is also safe since actually it is a mall with high security and such. The mall structure is shaped like a bird…. a hawk maybe?? anyway.. I’ve also been here 3 times already in 3 different season.. the most unforgettable was during my 2nd visit.. when it was winter and it was very very cold! I got chills and I stayed frozen for sometime there! So, if you wanna visit the Sky Terrace (the balcony on the uppermost level of The Peak), I suggest that you go there not during winter, you might just froze to death (especially if you are not used to this kind of weather).

You can buy ticket in the airport, since it is much more cheaper. You can buy in china travel service hong kong booth in the airport and they offer discounts and packages –> I mentioned this in my previous post (How to save money in HK)

Inside Madamme Tussaud’s is one hell of an experience! It was really beautiful out there! The wax figures are really look-alikes of the real deal. It is really copied to perfection. It is somehow scary since the eyes of the wax figures looks really real —as if it is looking directly at you.. Anyway, a visit here, somehow makes your dream come true since it is hard to have your pictures taken with your favorite Hollywood actors or actresses… or it is really impossible to do so for world-known geniuses (Einstein) and well-known politicians (Hitler).

Me…with Chairman Mao??? This is a rare chance to post my pic here, so remember my face okay? hahaha!
My Sister in Law and Pres. Obama 🙂

The wax museum has a lot to offer! And you will go crazy taking pictures with your favorite ones. Anyway, don’t go there during the night since a lot of tour groups go there during the period. Maybe a visit in the afternoon is better.

If you want to know what they have to offer…they have Hollywood actors/actresses, to name a few, they have Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman etc. Singers like Madonna and Lady Gaga(this is part of their new collection) and the Beatles (even Michael Jackson!), and they also have Chinese pop singers there. Chinese actors like Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, Andy Lau. Political Figures such as President Obama, President Bush, etc., and world known people such as Einstein…. And they also have athletes…. There’s a lot more… this is only to name a few…. there’s a lot more! Just come and visit!

I’ve been here 2 times, and it never did it disappoint me. The time and the money is worth it! This is one good place to visit in HK!!!

The Sky Terrace is so-so. Although it gives you a nice top-down view of HK, strolling in Avenue of stars during the night is better than paying a view which is readily available for you.

Well, a visit in the Victoria Peak is well-worth it!

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Hong Kong: Ocean Park, a thrilling experience

OCEAN PARK HONG KONG

I’ve been here 3 times already and I’ve never tried all of their rides–sorry, but I’m scared!– the rides are good for adults but they also have attractions for kids–especially the aquarium and the dolphin show. So it is really worth visiting.

The rides goes extreme like revolving 360 degrees, etc. and also there are a lot of roller coasters. I think there are 2 rollercoaters and another 1 is currently being finished the last time I came to HK.

Ocean Park has 2 entrances. One is the main and the other is what they call the “back door”. The latter has the longest escalators I’ve ever seen! The escalators traverses the mountain slope. It’s long and steep. It is better not to look down when you are riding this. since you might get dizzy (like me… 😦

Longest escalator I’ve seen (so far..)

The 1st rollercoaster I saw was the one near the side of the mountain. You will get a nice view of the ocean, and also if unfortunately your cart is derailed, you will land directly in the sea (kidding! but if it really does, then at least you will be found in the ocean! there are more chances of surviving!)

Although this rollercoaster doesn’t have loops unlike the other one, it has steep slopes where you will be falling effortlessly down to the ground. I rode this one three times! It was really interesting! I shouted a lot! The 1st time I rode this was when I’m with my brother and sister-in-law. I thought that there are only 2 slopes since that is the only thing you can see.. the thing we didn’t know is that right after you ride the cart, there is already a big steep slope waiting for you. The very first slope was the steepest and I was really not expecting it! I thought my Soul had left my body the moment the train slammed straight to the ground. I just shouted the whole time… that is why when I went down, I can barely walk! anyway, that was a cool 1st experience! The 2nd and 3rd is just fine.. I just want to know what my friends would look like (hoping that they will be totally scared as me!) after that rebellious stunt!

Rollercoaster 1
Ocean Park’s ocean.. this will also be the one to meet you once there is malfunction on the roller coaster above!

The 2nd rollercoaster is near the food stalls, for my first ride here, was during my visit with friends, which is my 3rd time in Ocean Park. They told me to go, which I abide since I’m quite adventurous in spirit (remember the word quite). You can see that there is only 1 loop… but when you are already there…when you are doing the action.. you will realize that you will be able to loop 3 times… one after the other. The other 2 loops are hidden somewhere! and believe me… I had a hell of an experience (I almost puked!)

My friends and I also rode the log ride, where you will ride a log and there is a steep slope where you will be dumped furiously by gravity. At first, you will be climbing up the mountain slope and then you will be sliding down the steep slope that they prepared for your fun and exciting day! Anyway, I got wet when we rode this thing. Nonetheless, it was fun!

One you should not miss is the cable car ride! Of course, you will not be able to get to the other side of the attraction if you aren’t going to ride this. My first experience in riding a cable car was also here. It was fun, but honestly, I’m quite scared when I’m riding it, especially when the cable cars hit the tower/posts, it makes the cable car move a lot, nonetheless I enjoyed the beautiful view!’

Cable Car to get to the other side (actually, there is a train which you can ride) but taking the cable car is way better!

Moreover, there are also things for kids, such as Panda and Bird Sanctuary. This was the 1st time I saw a Panda… and it was eating his favorite bamboo! It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!!!

So huge yet adorable panda!

And they also have fish aquariums which is really huge (bigger and better than the one in Sentosa). The aquarium is near the theater (dolphin and sea lion show).

The dolphin show is cute… though watching it a couple of times, you will know that it is scripted! anyway, it was fun!

The dolphins while doing their stunt! So adorable!!!

Anyway, if you will ask if Ocean Park or Disneyland, I’ll say first–> BOTH, since they both have their own charm. but if you don’t have the budget and the time, Go for Ocean Park.. It is bigger, more exciting (as there are a lot of extreme rides) and that it is a jack of all trades since it is both for adults and for children.However, it is only until 5pm so there are no fireworks like disneyland–> but who cares about fireworks if you want excitement

Going here is easy, you can ride the 629 bus from Admiralty station –> it will go directly to ocean park.

Food are not allowed inside, they are checking it but I don’t know why they did not check my bag full of chips and water! And I saw some families carrying a picnic bag with them and eating in one of the comfy tables provided by Ocean Park. In terms of food, Ocean Park is much more cheaper than Disneyland, as it has a lot of food stalls everywhere (not only hotdog stalls). they even have McDonalds inside.

And… don’t go here when it is summer in HK, IT IS REALLY HOT, unless you love the sun. go for it. One of my visits in May, I ended up going under a tree near to the eating area and stayed there for awhile. I suggest going here in winter so you will enjoy it better since there is no sweaty, tiring feeling when you are under the sun

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