Hong Kong Travel

Lost in Hong Kong: Day 1 – The Peak, Madame Tussauds, Sky Terrace 428

The Peak Madame Tussauds Sky Terrace 428; Richel Goes Places

Finally gotten around to blogging my Hong Kong trip. I decided to divide it into seven installments. First one is my Hong Kong: Culture Shock post that went up last week and this is the second one, obviously. I called it my ‘Lost in Hong Kong’ series because we literally got lost and went off in circles a lot of times. The future posts will include the 3 other days we spent in HK, review of the guest house we stayed in, our entire itinerary, and how you can do it all under PHP20K – inclusive of plane tickets and travel tax (wink wink nudge nudge).

PS. You’ll be hearing the names Yuna, Irish, and Sydney a lot in my future posts as they are the ones with me in this trip. 🙂

The Delayed Flight

NAIA Terminal 3; Richel Goes Places

Waiting game at NAIA Terminal 3. AirAsia’s kind enough to give us snacks as we wait.

For the first time in forever, I was the last one to arrive at the airport within our group; I’m not the type to be late but in my defense, they were so excited they’re already there before 6. Our flight’s at 9:55 AM and we were planning to meet up at 6:30 AM. BUT! I haven’t even arrived before Yuna texted me that our flight is delayed for two hours! Talk about messing up our Day 1 itinerary – which were planned to a T. After paying the airport fee (PHP1620) and checking in, we pretty much just ate and chatted while passing time.

Arrival

Hong Kong International Airport; Richel Goes Places

If it weren’t for the signs (in English!), we would have lost our way. Honest.

First off, Hong Kong International Airport is huge. We had to ride a train to get to the immigration area – which was pretty cool. We passed through immigration without a hitch and in very efficient time. We changed some PH money to HKD just so we can buy the Octopus card and a sim card. Exchange rate’s pretty low here so I recommend to just change to how much you needed.

Octopus card is worth HKD150 (HKD100 is the balance and HKD50 is refunded when you return the card) and it is used pretty much everywhere in Hong Kong. You can use it on the MTR, buses, and even some stores. You can also reload it in every 7-Eleven station. It’s a must.

We bought a sim at the airport for HKD80. Using around HKD40 dollars of its credits, you’ll get 1.5G of internet for five days and you can use the other balance to make calls or texts. We basically took advantage of this and was hotspot-ing our whole stay. This helped us keep in touch with our loved ones back in Manila and post updates on social media. If you follow me on Twitter, you can see that I was tweeting every hour or so. Hahaha!

Cosmic Guest House

Cosmic Guest House; Richel Goes Places

Candid shot of Irish while waiting for the elevator.

After getting the initial shock of the cold weather in Hong Kong (16 degrees, y’all), we rode the A21 bus to get to our hostel, Cosmic Guest House. It took around an hour. Once we arrived, we paid our balance, checked in, and bought discounted 3-in-1 The Peak package tickets (HKD260; original was HKD273) from the reception of the hostel. We also scored a pretty good deal in a money exchange stall on the Mirador Mansion (where the hostel is located). I will be writing a more detailed blog post for my review of the hostel soon.

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram; Richel Goes Places

This is what /half/ of the line looks like. It actually goes around to the streets. [x]

The Peak Tram; Richel Goes Places (2)

This is what the tram looks like. [x]

We were supposed to ride the Star Ferry after we finished checking in but since our flight was delayed, we headed straight to the Peak tram. During our walk towards the Peak tram, we were looking for any restaurant or fast food since we were hungry as heck. This was around 7 PM now and we haven’t had lunch yet. :((

We didn’t find any but we did find the line for the Peak tram. Hungry and squished, we waited in a crowded line for about an hour before we got our turn to ride it. Lucky we got seats! We forgot our hunger when the tram moves up. Best to be seated on the right side of the tram while going up. In this position, you can clearly see Hong Kong’s skyline getting smaller as you get higher. We were awed with the view.

Also, we found a restaurant just after we got off the tram! I ordered some porkchop rice meal that costs HKD65. Expensive, but I was hungry. I didn’t finished half of it ‘cause like I said, their servings are huge!

Peak tram is open from 7AM-10PM (10AM on weekdays). Tram arrives every 10 minutes or so.

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds; Richel Goes Places (2)

When Johnny Depp was too cool for us.

Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is part of the renowned chain of wax museums founded by Marie Tussaud of France and houses nearly 100 wax figures of internationally known personalities. It was impressive to see the wax figures in person and especially if you looked into the details. Some of them looks like the real deal! It’s also located just inside The Peak and you’ll see it before heading to Sky Terrace 428 so we decided to go here first.

Madame Tussauds; Richel Goes Places (2)

I don’t need we need to visit a wax museum to have this kind of shots. LOL.

Madame Tussauds; Richel Goes Places (2)

Queen Jolie. So classy. I cannot.

Madame Tussauds; Richel Goes Places (9)

Seriously, Shakepeare? A love story with almost everyone dying in a span of three days? Seriously?

Madame Tussauds; Richel Goes Places (8)

“Doesn’t have a point of view / Knows not where he’s going to / Isn’t he a bit like you and me?”

Madame Tussauds; Richel Goes Places (13)

Pop icons Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga.

Madame Tussauds; Richel Goes Places (12)

Actual photo op we’ll do with the British Queen.

Madame Tussauds; Richel Goes Places (13)

Marilyn Monroe-ing our way with the photoshoots.

We took a lot of wacky shots that’ll do most of the talking. Most notable wax figure of the night (for us) was of Robert Pattinson. On which we spent more than 10 minutes looking at him and posing (hugging, among other things…) with him. Seriously, looking at him made us blush. I can’t imagine what will happen if we ever see him in person. (Probably get a restraining order – HAHAHA.)

Madame Tussauds; Richel Goes Places (7)

Taking selfies with the main baes. These are the most ‘decent’ poses we took. HAHAHA!

Madame Tussauds is open from 10AM – 10 PM daily.

Sky Terrace 428

The Peak; Richel Goes Places

Hong Kong, you look so amazing from up here. I can just imagine how you’d look during the day.

An hour before closing, we made our way to Sky Terrace 428. It is the highest 360° viewing platform in Hong Kong. Honestly, the cold didn’t even bother me when I was up here. I felt like I was on top of the world! You can see all of Hong Kong from up here and it didn’t even matter that it was almost midnight, the skylines were all lit up and enchanting.

The Peak; Richel Goes Places

Photo with beh. Lo-quality iPhone pictures are the best we could up with. No one brought a camera, haha.

Shortly after taking in the view with our eyes, we started taking pictures. It was hard at first since there’s no light and we were only using iPhones so we came up with this ‘brilliant’ idea to use one iPhone as our ‘main light’ so we can see our face and the other as the ‘main camera’. It worked, though. And a lot of Hong Kongers ended up copying our trick. You’re welcome, guys! 😉

Sky Terrace 428 is open from 8AM – 11PM (10 AM for weekdays).

That’s basically it for Day 1! Aside from a creepy experience we had in a 7-Eleven shop before heading back to the hostel, everything went fine for the rest of the night. We got home around 1AM-ish and tried to get as much rest as we can before we start off Day 2.

Would you like to visit The Peak?

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Jeini Relova
    March 10, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Haha. Did I just sang when I read the part where you arrived at the airport. Haha. Anyway, wow. The place really looks so nice. I love the part where you rode a cable car. And also the part where you get to see wax versions of some of the famous Hollywood stars. <3

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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 11, 2016 at 9:43 AM

      Omg why? Hahaha! What cable car? You mean the one on my Day 2 post or the tram? Lol. I loved our visit at Madame Tussauds, too! I’m planning to visit the Singapore branch so I can have a picture with Taylor Swift. <3

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    Lea
    March 8, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    I’ve always wanted to go travelling, but I’m really intimidated by the thought of it to be honest. Looking at your blog inspires me to go out of my comfort zone and just travel while I’m young and able. Hopefully this year goes well for me and facing my fears 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 9, 2016 at 11:06 AM

      Hi Lea! I’ve never really have those fears but I think travelling with people you trust will make you feel more comfortable with it. 🙂 And I think it’s best to travel while young since we don’t have that much responsibility yet, haha. Thanks for dropping by my blog!

      And, oh, are you thevampiredrinkscoke from Tumblr? I used to read that blog when I was blogging on Tumblr. 😀

  • Reply
    jhanzey
    March 7, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Ahh! I hope I could go to HK myself! 🙂 Looking forward for your next posts!!!

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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 7, 2016 at 8:53 PM

      I hope you could! It’s only two hours away! 😀

  • Reply
    garlandgirl
    March 7, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Beautiful photos! the sky terrace looks so unbelievably amazing! And your madam Tussauds photos cracked me up.
    I saw on your instagram you went to Disney Land so I’m really looking forward to your next blog post
    xx
    Lizzie | Garland Girl

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 7, 2016 at 4:57 PM

      Thanks! I only posted our “decent” Madame Tussauds photos so we’ll still have our dignity! HAHAHA! My Disneyland post will be on Day 3. Hope you’ll be back to read it. xx

  • Reply
    Melai ツ (@melaidoodles)
    March 6, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Beautiful photos! Hong Kong was the first international country I traveled to, also with my best girl! 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 6, 2016 at 8:52 PM

      Hong Kong is the first out of country trip with my girlies and it’s a very good choice! <3

  • Reply
    rae tashman (@lovefromberlin)
    March 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    These photos are amazing and it seems like you guys are already having so much fun! I have never been to HK before, but I would love to visit one day. Can’t wait for more photos and updates from your travels!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 6, 2016 at 8:18 PM

      It was loads of fun! Thanks for dropping by my blog, Rae! I’ll be posting Day 2 soon. 🙂

  • Reply
    Tara
    March 6, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Wow! What an adventure! I’ve never been to Hong Kong, but now you’re making me want to LOL. The wax museum and the Sky Terrace all reminds me of DLI 63 Building in Seoul, but unlike the Sky Terrace, the 63 Building is an enclosed building to view the Seoul skyline. But that place also has a small wax museum, which is nothing like what you’ve seen! Your experience is way better 🙂 Thanks for sharing about your first day in Hong Kong!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 6, 2016 at 7:29 PM

      Go to Hong Kong! You won’t regret it, haha! Aw, really? I’m adding that to my South Korea itinerary then! I love seeing skylines!

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    Dianne
    March 6, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    I heard a lot of delayed flights recently, making it as a normal thing these days. LOL! Anyway, glad that you were able to land safely. I’ll wait for the overall travel expenses! I can remember having a crush on Robert during Harry Potter days. haha! I was still a kid back then, well not soo kid anymore.

    Me and my friends would do that camera trick too!! It’s a pretty good improvise! I’m wondering why no one brought a camera! I mean, that’s an amazing trip! I just couldn’t imagine not bringing a camera! haha!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 6, 2016 at 3:18 PM

      Good thing our return flight wasn’t delayed! We all have morning shifts the next day, hahaha! Over-all travel expenses was only around 17K – without the souvenir shopping. Still drafting that post up, lol. I liked Robert during Twilight, no shame. He was hot! HAAHAHHAA.

      Not one of us thought about it and no one really owns a digicam. I have a camera but it’s as bulky as a DLSR and I just can’t imagine lugging that around Disney so we made do with our phones! Hahaha! Only night shots are blurry so we really didn’t mind. LOL.

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    Leta (@TheNerdyMeBlog)
    March 6, 2016 at 2:31 AM

    That looks like such a great place to visit! If I ever end up in Hong Kong I will be sure to visit The Peak. Also, some of those wax figures look so realistic! I would have died if I saw Johnny Depp, he’s the bae! 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 6, 2016 at 8:05 AM

      I’ve read that if you can only visit one place in Hong Kong, it should be the Peak! I think it’ll look better during the morning but the lights during nighttime are worth a peek, too! Johnny Depp’s wax figure does look realistic. Bae. <3

  • Reply
    Anne
    March 6, 2016 at 1:46 AM

    This looks like a lot of fun! OMG Madame Tussauds! I’ve always wanted to go to the London one though but Hong Kong still has its charms so why not? 🙂

    http://www.annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 6, 2016 at 8:07 AM

      I think the London branch has more wax figures? Haha. Hong Kong has a huge portion dedicated to famous Asian personalities tho. I don’t think the London branch has that. 🙂

  • Reply
    Dice
    March 5, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    wow! the peak is hella better at night! I see you really did everything for what’s it worth! I went there but didn’t do anything much besides walking, eating and buying personalized keychains.

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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 6, 2016 at 8:11 AM

      It was a nice place to be during the night. Perfect way to end our first day in Hong Kong! We didn’t get to explore the food options at The Peak since we already arrived around 9PM. Hahaha!

  • Reply
    Simona
    March 5, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Aww, looks like so much fun! Would love to visit Hong Kong one day! <3
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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 5, 2016 at 8:29 PM

      It was!! This is only a sneak peak of what Hong Kong has to offer! 🙂

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    Louise Ramos
    March 5, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Seems like a lot of fun going with a group of friends! Will be waiting for your other photo filled posts. Haha.
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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 5, 2016 at 3:41 PM

      Only wished one of us brought a camera! Hahaha!

  • Reply
    Bianca
    March 5, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Oh, how I miss Hong Kong. On my first visit there, we weren’t able to visit The Peak. I know, boo. Haha.

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 5, 2016 at 12:53 PM

      That’s too bad! Hopefully on your next one? The view’s amazing. 😉

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        Bianca
        March 5, 2016 at 1:47 PM

        I’ll surely be back. Hehe. 🙂 Post some more. 😀

        • Reply
          Richel V.
          March 5, 2016 at 2:09 PM

          My next few posts will be all about Hong Kong. Hope you’ll stick around for those! 🙂

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