We were so excited for this Hong Kong trip that we’ve been longing for and started packing since a week ago 🙂 Based on weather forecast, the temperature during this time of the year in Hong Kong is between 18-26 degree Celsius. We weren’t sure of how cold/hot it would be (well at least cooler than the HOT Singapore), so we brought some extra long sleeve shirts and cardigan just in case it’s cooler than expected. But oh well, in fact it’s actually hotter than we expected! Let’s kick start of our detailed Hong Kong trip itinerary 🙂
Hong Kong Trip Itinerary Day 1
Kam Wah Café
Flower Market & Bird garden
For Kee Restaurant
Yat Lok Roast Goose
Tai Cheong Bakery
HK Day 1 – Before flying
For this Hong Kong trip, we’ve chosen to fly with Cathay Pacific – the largest airline of Hong Kong due to the cheap airfares of the UOB credit card promotion and of course, they are one of the safest airlines in the world. We bought our tickets when Jetstar also had a 1-for-1 promotion. We chose the S$470 Cathay Pacific’s tickets over the S$332 Jetstar.
Our flight was at 1:15am. We made the decision to go for a night flight so that we can have a full day ahead to play there. But later we realized this was actually a big mistake 🙁 I’ll explain the reason later.
HK Day 1 – On the flight
If you’re flying with Cathay Pacific, remember to do an early check-in online and choose your seat, as soon as the website opens for check-in (normally is 48 hours earlier). Because most of the seats will soon be taken in minutes! We didn’t manage to get the seats of the same row when we checked-in a few hours after it opened. But luckily there was a kind soul who was willing to exchange his seat with us so that we could sit together 🙂
HK Day 1 – Reach in Hong Kong
The flight took approximately 3 hours 50 mins so we landed around 5 a.m. Upon clearing immigration, the first thing we did was to buy octopus cards and a sim card at the airport. The octopus card can be obtained at the airport MTR station ticket office. The sim card is a Hong Kong tourist discover sim card, can be purchased @HK$118 at any 7-eleven convenient store. It includes 5 GB data, HK$48 value and unlimited local calls for 8 days. More than enough to last for the whole Hong Kong trip 🙂
In Hong Kong, the Octopus card is a MUST HAVE when you’re taking public transports and it’s also a means of payment! So please get an octopus card as soon as you reach Hong Kong if you’re on a free and easy Hong Kong trip. It’s like the EZ-Link card in Singapore. The octopus card is accepted as a mode of payment in certain places like 7-eleven.
Since we had already exchanged sufficient HKD cash so we didn’t need to exchange anymore. If you need to exchange for HKD, you can do it at the airport as soon as you reach Hong Kong.
HK Day 1 – From Airport to Hotel
We took the City Flyer bus A21 at airport bus terminal by using the octopus card to our hotel – Hotel Rainbow Hong Kong. See airport bus services available and airport express train info HERE!
HK Day 1 – Hotel Review
Hotel Rainbow is the place where we’re going to spend our 6 nights here. We had done extensive research on the hotels in Hong Kong, and Hotel Rainbow turns out to be our first choice for this Hong Kong Trip 🙂 The hotel is nicely located near Jordan MTR station, which is very convenient for us. We paid $136 per night booking through Journeyful after deducting the rewards discount. Given the prime location and the standard of the hotel room, this price is ridiculously cheap.
More details on hotel room will be shown later!
HK Day 1 – Breakfast
Since we arrived early, we left our luggage there and went exploring. The first place we went is of course, somewhere to satisfy our cravings!! On Day 1’s morning, we decided to drop by the famous Kam Wah Cafe by bus for our first breakfast of this Hong Kong trip 🙂 For the review of the cafe, see Kam Wah Cafe 金華冰廳.
HK Day 1 – Morning exploring
After breakfast, we took a bus to the Flower Market & Bird Garden @ Yuen Po St nearby to walk around before we could collect our Disneyland tickets from the travel agency which opens after 10 a.m.
The flower market is basically an area with endless rows of flower shops. The florists are selling fresh flowers at very cheap prices.
At the bird garden, there are a lot of shops selling birds and some bird lovers were seen bringing along their birds in cages for bird watching with friends.
HK Day 1 – Tickets collection
After visiting those two places and doing some exploring near that area, we took a bus from there to Mong Kok to collect the tickets that we’ve purchased from a local travel agency (丁丁旅游) via Taobao months ago before our Hong Kong trip. The tickets that we bought from them are:
- Disneyland entry tickets – S$78 each (normal price S$90)
- Disneyland food vouchers (lunch+dinner+popcorn/ice-cream) – S$48 each (normal price ~S$60)
- Madam Tussauds entry tickets(include return peak tram tickets) – S$33.50 each (normal price S$51)
It is highly recommended to purchase these tickets from a travel agency because they are usually cheaper than the normal prices and you won’t need to get stuck in the long queue to buy the tickets at the attractions. It is a waste of time as some queues may be very long! As for the food voucher for Disneyland, you’ll find it quite worth it when you see the prices on the food menus there. No outside food or drinks allowed in Disneyland.
Day 1 Lunch
We then left there and went to the lunch place by bus. I have to say that the public buses in Hong Kong are actually idiot proof. There are displays on all buses for updated information of upcoming stops as the buses move. We took a lot of buses throughout this Hong Kong trip 🙂 Our lunch for today is at a restaurant named For Kee, which is well known of their pork chop rice! See food review on For Kee 科記咖啡餐室!
HK Day 1 – Central walk around
It was still quite early after we had lunch, we went to Central (中环) for sight seeing! We went to see the HSBC building, the Former Legislative Council Building and St John’s Cathedral.
The reason why I said we had made a mistake on the night flight earlier, is because we didn’t get enough rest and were so tired that we really needed to go back to hotel for a rest after this, as we could only check-in after 2 p.m. So after spending some time at the Cathedral, we took a bus back to our hotel near Jordan.
HK Day 1 – Hotel room tour
Finally!!! We were back at the hotel and going to have a good rest before leaving for The Victoria Peak. Here’s how our hotel room looks like 🙂
We’re pretty satisfied with the room as given the price and the location, the room size is considered big and most importantly, the toilet is very clean!! (That’s what most matters to me :P) Furthermore, by booking the hotel room using Journeyful, we managed to get a free upgrade from Superior double room to a Deluxe double room! Remember to get your rooms booked earlier to enjoy cheaper rates 🙂 Even though they are only a 2-star hotel, the rooms and service standard they offered score more than that. Breakfast was included but we didn’t even visit the restaurant once. Why? Because the main reason we’re here is to taste all the good food out there in Hong Kong! So no comment on the restaurant here.
HK Day 1 – The Victoria Peak Tram
After a short rest, we set off to The Victoria Peak! From the hotel we took MTR from Jordan station to Central station, from Central MTR we took a public bus to the Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus. There are several buses going to the Peak tram station. Alternatively, there’s shuttle service available or you can simply walk for 15 minutes there. See The Peak official website for more information.
The Tram ticket booth always has a long queue, especially on weekends. So please plan your Hong Kong trip wisely to avoid these time wasting queues! We chose to come on a weekday to avoid the crowd. Luckily we had our tickets purchased in advance so we just have to go straight to take the tram 🙂
I have long heard that the queue to the Peak tram is crazy especially on weekends. But luckily we didn’t see the insane queue today, we’re able to board the second tram. But due to some engineering work that caused a delay in the tram operation, we waited for about half an hour to board the tram.
Try to sit on the right hand side when going up to The Peak to see the magnificent view along the way
I would highly recommend to take the tram up to The Peak instead of taking bus because of the view and also the fun experience as the tram is moving upwards in 45 degrees! It feels like taking some sort of thrilling ride in a theme park but people of all ages get to enjoy the ride 🙂 If you don’t get to sit on the right side to see this view, fret not. After you went up to the Peak, there will be chances to enjoy this magnificent scenery up there 🙂
HK Day 1 – Madam Tussauds
After getting off the tram, we walked through rows of shops and booths selling souvenirs and arrived at the Madam Tussauds wax museum.
We took less than one hour to visit Madam Tussauds as we were running a little bit late here. As we wanted to go to The Peak view spot before sunset. There are a lot of Hong Kong, Chinese, Korean and Hollywoods famous stars as well as some famous political leaders and other wax figures in Madam Tussauds wax museum. We took tons of photos inside 😛 Here are some of them:
I must say the wax figures are really well made and they look very much alike to the real persons.
HK Day 1 – The Peak Circle Trail
After visiting the Madam Tussauds, we went out from the mall and looked for The Peak Circle Trail for the bird’s-eye view of the city. Most people would go to The Sky Terrace 428 for the view but there’s actually another spot at The Peak Circle Trail which may have even better view, less crowded and… it’s FREE of charge! 🙂
To get to The Peak Circle Trail from Madam Tussauds, exit the Peak Tram Upper Terminus which is together with the mall and The Sky Terrace. Upon exiting you should be greeted with a large open space:
Walk towards that small house with a red roof that you can see at the right of the picture above.
Walk down the road towards your right and you should see the following scene:
This is the best spot for the breathtaking view! No regrets after 20-30 mins of trekking to reach this spot, totally worth the effort! But such a pity that the weather was a bit misty that day, the view wasn’t as clear. Initially we wanted to stay there after sunset to have a peek on the night view there (must be awesome!). But too bad it started drizzling. Worried that the rain might become heavier we had to walk back down to find shelter 🙁
HK Day 1 – Tram at the Upper Terminus
From there we walked back to the tram at the Upper Terminus to go down from Victoria Peak, since we have tickets for both ways. Alternatively, you can choose to take bus down.
The queue at the upper terminus is much shorter than the lower terminus, many have chosen to go down by bus I think. Well I would recommend going down with tram again because this time, it is travelling backwards!! Imagine yourself in a tram travelling backwards at 45 degrees, I felt like I was travelling on a mini roller coaster! So~~ fun!
In Hong Kong, the sunset timing in November was around 5.45 p.m. The view from the photo above was taken around 6.15 p.m. So if you want to catch both the day and night views at The Peak, be early!
HK Day 1 – Dinner and Supper
From the lower terminus tram station, we walked for about 15 mins to our dinner place — Yat Lok Roast Goose! See more on Yat Lok Roast Goose 一樂燒鵝!
After we had the satisfying dinner, we went for the most famous egg tart in town — Tai Cheong Bakery to buy our supper! Yummy~ This egg tart is one of my most anticipated food in this Hong Kong trip:) See the review on the egg tarts Tai Cheong Bakery 泰昌餅家!
After that, we took a taxi from Central (where Tai Cheong bakery is) back to our hotel in Jordan, because we’re both too tired to walk for public transport 😛 Normally the taxi fares in Hong Kong is quite affordable, but due to the toll fee from Hong Kong Island back to Kowloon is a bit expensive (HK$55), the ride from Central to Jordan cost us HK$162. A bit expensive but totally worth it because we’re super exhausted inside out 😛
Next, see our Hong Kong Trip Day 2 adventures! 🙂