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Lost in Hong Kong: Day 2 – Wong Tai Sin Temple, Ocean Park

Hong Kong Day 2; Richel Goes Places

Crazy things happen when you’re in another country. Like, say, when Yuna woke up at 6 AM because that girl always sleeps in until at least 10 AM on a weekend. Then again, all of us were awake (and shivering) by 6:00 AM and ready to face the day. The first challenge of the day? Showering. When you’re from a country where the weather is either slightly cold, hot, hotter, or hottest, you’ll be faced with tough decisions when it’s 15 degrees out. Like, if you’re even going to take a complete shower. The heater working gave us our answer but I was seriously considering to just forego it since just washing my hands on the sink pretty much made them feel like popsicles! Not even exaggerating.

After dressing up, we braved the Hong Kong weather and was pleasantly surprised when there were only few people out and about. We took advantage, of course, and end up taking photos of the almost deserted roads. A kind Filipina also offered to take a photo of us so that’s when we had our first decent group picture that’s not from a selfie stick. Hee hee. We had breakfast at a nearby McDonald’s afterwards before making our way to our first destination of the day, Wong Tai Sin Temple.

Wong Tai Sin Temple

Hong Kong Day 2; Richel Goes Places

Just behind the temples are buildings. Kind of remind me about the issue with PH own’s Luneta Park.

Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of the most well-known temples and tourist attraction in Hong Kong. It houses three different religion: Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. The temple also claim to ‘make every wish come true upon request’.

Hong Kong Day 2; Richel Goes Places

Getting in with the incense sticks. The place is packed!

When we visited, the place was packed with worshippers. They light incense sticks, go through the temple, kneel before the main altar, and make a wish before leaving the incense sticks upright in front of the main altar. I’ve researched that the sooner you do this, the sooner you’ll get good luck for the year. And yep, we did this along with the Hong Kongers. They didn’t seem to mind letting outsiders in.

Hong Kong Day 2; Richel Goes Places

Are lanterns all year round for them? I’m not sure.

Hong Kong Day 2; Richel Goes Places

Holla. The statue is smiling just like us.

Hong Kong Day 2; Richel Goes Places

Chinese crinkets. Souviners. Uhh, fung shui?

Hong Kong Day 2; Richel Goes Places

So many arches and everything looks so beautiful.

Hong Kong Day 2; Richel Goes Places

Beautiful things part 2!

Wong Tai Sin Temple is also famous for their fortune telling. I was tempted to ask for my fortune myself if it weren’t that expensive. They offer HKD40 for one aspect of your life (career, love life, death, etc.) I think I’ll stick to Quiapo…

Wong Tai Sin Temple is open from 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

Ocean Park

Hong Kong Day 2: Richel Goes Places

These.. sea creatures are the first to greet you to Hong Kong Ocean Park!

First thought upon entering Hong Kong Ocean Park: whoa, this place is huge! It’s divided into two sections: The Waterfront and The Summit and the two sections are literally separated by a mountain. You either have to ride a cable car or a train to go back and forth between the two parts! The Summit contains all the thrilling rides and carnival games. The Waterfront mostly contains the animal and shows – like the aquarium and panda center. I don’t recall what they were called, haha!

Hong Kong Day 2: Richel Goes Places

Mandatory cable car selfie.

Hong Kong Day 2: Richel Goes Places

This is what /half/ of the ride looks like. There’s more over that mountain.

As soon as we arrived, we took the cable car up to the Summit – which turned out to be a very good decision since a few hours later the cable car ride was stopped due to strong winds. The ride lasted around 15 minutes, I think. It was freezing cold but it was amazing to see from such heights. We stayed as long as we could in the Summit because the winds were just unforgiving. We rode around 5 roller coasters in all, before going back to the Waterfront.

I’ll let the photos do the rest of the story-telling.

Hong Kong Day 2: Richel Goes Places

More cable-car photo. Yissss.

Hong Kong Day 2: Richel Goes Places

You don’t have to close your eyes, Kuya! We know you’re Asian. LOL.

Hong Kong Day 2: Richel Goes Places

The Old Hong Kong Section in OP. Just inside is a glimpse of what Hong Kong looks like before.

Hong Kong Day 2: Richel Goes Places

As soon as we reached The Summit, goodbye good hair day!

Hong Kong Day 2: Richel Goes Places

Old Hong Kong part dos.

Hong Kong Day 2: Richel Goes Places

Adorable prizes.

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Adorable prizes part two. Look at that cute kitty! I never win at these games. Smh.

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First ride of the day. Sydney backed out, that chicken! Hahaha!

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Candid selfie, Irish?

Hong Kong Day 2: Richel Goes Places

Overlooking Hong Kong from The Summit.

Hong Kong Day 2: Richel Goes Places

Mahangin ba sa labas, teh?

Hong Kong Day 2: Richel Goes Places

I never seem to know what to call these things. Arcades? Carnie games?

Hong Kong Day 2: Richel Goes Places

This ride will give you a whipsplash. Also, your skin will feel like ice after you’re done. Cold winds + going around it? Not good.

Hong Kong Day 2: Richel Goes Places

These escalators lead to the scary rides. 😉

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View from my favorite ride – The Mine Train.

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Dolphin says hi!

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Dolphin says bye!

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Another shot of Old Hong Kong!

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Just being weird with frienz.

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Me.. Well, I’m just tired. Hahaha! Can I take a nap here?

Hong Kong Day 2: Richel Goes Places

Hibernating panda. He’s just sleeping our entire visit!

Hong Kong Day 2: Richel Goes Places

This panda, on the other hand, doesn’t mind strutting in front of us.

Hong Kong Day 2: Richel Goes Places

Overview of Hong Kong Ocean Park: Part 1!

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Overview of Hong Kong Ocean Park: Part 2!

Hong Kong Day 2: Richel Goes Places

Overview of Hong Kong Ocean Park: Part 3!

Favorite thrilling rides: the Mine Train (feels like they’re throwing you off a cliff), The Flash (360 turns all the way), and Hair Raiser (loops, loops, and more loops!).

Ocean Park is open from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

By 6:00 PM, we admit defeat to cold weather and made our way to Central station to catch some dinner and roam around a bit. The restaurant we found via Google was not found on Central, lol. We ended up eating where a bunch of Filipinos are and got some much-needed noodles soup for HKD33. We also tried to find the famous egg tarts and also failed. See how good we are with directions? We even ended riding the Mid-Levels Escalators before deciding to just haul ass back to the hostel.

We got back around 9:30 PM with a slice of cake in anticipation for Sydney’s birthday celebration at 12:00AM. Guess who was still up until 12:00AM? Only the birthday girl! The rest of us were snoozing by that time. Happy birthday, Syd!

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Karen
    March 15, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    When we went to Hong Kong we weren’t able to visit Ocean Park cos we opt to visit Disneyland. *when kuripot strikes* Ocean Park has more thrilling rides than Disneyland Hong Kong but then when it comes to photo ops – I’ll go for Disneyland. Haha. We were supposed to visit HK again for our wedding anniversary but the luck was not on our side – no seat sale! So, Plan B was to visit other country than Hong Kong and we were able to book a promo flight.

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 15, 2016 at 10:56 AM

      Definitely! Disneyland is more pleasing to the eyes plus the shows brings out the Disney Princess in me! Haha! I’m actually looking for seat sales back to HK since my brothers got jealous of my trip, but, like you, I wasn’t able to get any even if AirAsia and CebuPac have piso fares. Sad. Haha. What country did you end up buying flights for? 🙂

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    Ochi Bernadas
    March 12, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    I haven’t been to HK but thanks for sharing this guide! Your photos at the Ocean Park looked particularly fun! Excited to go here next year!

    Ochi | Ochi In The City

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 12, 2016 at 12:21 PM

      You’re welcome, Ochi! Excited for your trip as well! It’ll be a blast! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jonine Garcia
    March 12, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Enjoyed reading this richel, i love all the pictures!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 12, 2016 at 9:04 AM

      Thanks, Jonine!! 🙂

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    Elizabeth
    March 11, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Aw this looks amazing!! The teacup plushies are so cute and I love your animal pictures, such a fun trip! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (doing follow for follow on bloglovin or instagram)

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 12, 2016 at 9:05 AM

      I know!!! One day I will win some stuffed toys but that day was not the day. Hahaha!

  • Reply
    Janine
    March 11, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Ahhh ang ganda talaga ng Hong Kong!!! Huhu. Kailan kaya ako makakapunta jan! Haha. Huhu

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 11, 2016 at 6:22 PM

      Winter this year until Jan-Feb next year! Hahaha! Punta na, Janine! Worth it. <3

  • Reply
    Nerdy Maria
    March 11, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    This looks like a lot of fun!! You are making me want to go to Hong Kong so bad with this series! I’m not a huge fan of rides, so you probably wouldn’t make me go to the Mine Trai, haha. Also! that panda is so cute!!! I love those animals! 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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      Richel V.
      March 11, 2016 at 6:07 PM

      Sydney (one of the friends I was with) didn’t ride any extreme rides but she had loads of fun! I guess the great view from the top will do that. The panda was extremely cute! So was watching the dolphin show off in front of us! I forgot to put up a photo of the red panda but that’s really cute, as well! You should visit HK sometime! 🙂

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    Vienna de francia
    March 11, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    oh what I’d do to see those Pandas right now!

    http://widdledreams.blogspot.com/

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 11, 2016 at 2:29 PM

      Me too! They were soooo cute!

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    Lindsey Elyse
    March 10, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    This looks like so much fun! I’ve only been to Disneyland in the US and in Canada we have a place called ‘Canada’s Wonderland’ which has a ton of great rides (and roller coasters!) I’m a big wimp though and I’d rather go to a petting zoo haha!
    Love the Pandas~

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

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      Richel V.
      March 11, 2016 at 9:51 AM

      Wish I could go to those places! I bet they’re bigger than any amusement parks I’ve been to and I’ve always loved extreme rides so! 🙂 I’ve never been to a petting zoo, though. Thinking of going to a sheep cafe in Korea instead! Haha!

  • Reply
    Elizabeth Angelia
    March 10, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Ooh, I love this entry Richel! 🙂

    http://www.elizabethangelia.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 11, 2016 at 9:50 AM

      Thank you, Elizabeth! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kaye
    March 10, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    I never actually wanted to go to Hong Kong, but been planning to go there lately. And seeing that there are places you can visit instead of the usual tourist spots like Disneyland is really making me want to go there sooner.

    Now what does this mean? ‘Make every wish come true upon request’? Aren’t wishes sort of like a request? Maybe I’m missing something out. Hahaha!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 11, 2016 at 9:53 AM

      Before I started researching for our itinerary, I thought the only thing Hong Kong offers is Disneyland and Ocean Park! Boo. There are many beautiful parks and temples though. We only got time to visit one of each but they are scattered all over the country! 🙂

      Maybe it’s lost in translation? Because that is a direct quote from their website! HAHAHA!

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    Trang Do
    March 10, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Great photos! Looks like you had an amazing trip!
    Hugs,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 10, 2016 at 3:01 PM

      Thank you! It was an amazing trip – the best one I took with my girl friends! 🙂

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    Sally.
    March 10, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    The view from the summit is amazing, I couldn’t believe how big Ocean Park was either. Especially compared to their Disneyland. I can’t wait visit Hong Kong again, there’s always so much to do there!

    Sally – DiagonSally

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 10, 2016 at 12:35 PM

      IKR? It was like Ocean Park was an island on its own! I think a whole day might not be enough to explore it on its own. I don’t think we even covered a half of the place. Need to come back ASAP! 🙂

  • Reply
    Dice
    March 9, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    this is crazy! and you’ve been more places than I do! Ocean Park was so far from where I was, but this summer, I will surely visit these places.

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 10, 2016 at 10:28 AM

      You mean places in Hong Kong? We wanted to explore of the country as much as we could so our itinerary was so jam-packed. We even ended up not going to two places on it because of the flight delay! Hahaha! Can’t wait to read all about your summer adventures!! 😉

  • Reply
    Trishna Patel
    March 9, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Hong Kong is absolutely stunning, I love the photography ♥

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 9, 2016 at 10:37 PM

      Thanks, Trishna! Thanks for dropping by my blog as well! 🙂

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