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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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May 2011: My Hong Kong Escapade: An Introduction

Hong Kong is a place where most Filipinos would dream to go because it is near, and not only that, it is also the most publicized place to visit in Asia. Moreover, families flock the place because of their children who are “Mickey Mouse” fans. and there is no VISA required. Filipinos are granted 14 days to stay in HK for free!

Moreover, If you will notice the travel agencies that are offering international tours, You will see that Hong Kong is the most cheapest and had the most promos whole year round. That is why, a lot of Filipinos would like to go to Hong Kong. It is the jump-off point for would-be travelers. This is where wanderers like me (who were touched with the wander fairy) will start to love the art of traveling!

Anyway, for me, this was the 1st country I visited abroad. And from my August 2009 Hong Kong escapade I opened my eyes to traveling. So as a tribute to this loving place, I want to make some posts about it.

In this series that I’m about to start, I’m going to include my previous experiences during my last 2 trips in Hong Kong and Macau.

INTRODUCTION FOR MY 3RD TRIP IN HONG KONG:

Well, I’ve been to Hong Kong thrice already, and the recent one was last May 2011. I was always with my family during my previous trips but now, instead of my family, I’m with my Law school friends.

The date of my recent trip to HK was May 8-10, 2011, so we are planning to stay in Hong Kong for three days. Our flight schedule is 6:00 in the morning going to Hong Kong and 9:00 pm going back to Manila. But take note, that I just arrived in Manila from Seoul (May 8, 2011, by 1 am), so I was already dead tired from my Seoul trip that I almost decided not to pursue this Hong Kong trip.

Anyway, I’m the promoter of this Hong Kong escapade since I was the one who saw another Big Sale in Cebu Pacific. So, when I saw this sale, I called my law school friends and told them about this, and unusually, they said  “GO!” I was so excited that I didn’t think that I might be too tired from my Seoul adventure. Anyway, The roundtrip ticket that we bought costs only P2800.00 or $65 USD only.

We stayed in one of the apartments in Hong Kong, it is located in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island. I found this place in Airbnb (this is a website for home or apartment owners to rent out their places when there is no one to use it). We rented out the place of Ms. Jennifer Wong, we paid using Airbnb.

Honestly, I really don’t want to pursue this trip anymore since I was really tired, but I have no choice but to continue, since my friends already had set their mind that I will be their tour guide.

We went to see the laser lights in Avenue of Stars.

We enjoyed ourselves in Ocean Park

We crossed mountains to visit the Giant Buddha

We shopped our hearts out in a Factory Mall Outlet near the airport

After this trip, I was really tired and only had a day to rest before my most awaited China Escapade! I will write more details of each of the things we did during this trip and my other experiences from my previous trips to HK.