It’s official! My travel buddies and I are visiting Hong Kong in February 2016! After a really busy week and spontaneously flight bookings like this, my wander-ridden mind just can’t not google the top destinations for Hong Kong. I just have to know what possible places we will be going to next year! There’s actually a lot but they’re really scattered around the country. I have to shorten the list to my top 5 for now since I have to consider the fact that we will only be staying there for 4 days and 3 nights.
1. Hong Kong Disneyland. I’ve always been a Disney girl so Hong Kong Disneyland is first on the list! Also, as a Filipino, this is the most accessible thing we have to Disneyland Florida or Disneyland Paris so I’m not passing the opportunity up. I’ve read that Hong Kong Disneyland has 7 main sections – namely, Main Street USA, Fantasy Land, Tomorrow Land, Adventure Land, Toy Story Land, and Grizzly Gulch, and Mystic Point. Guess which one I’m excited about? All of them, of course! My friends and family members who have been to HK Disneyland also said that the shows in there are a must. I’ll be making sure to clear my phone for unlimited photo opportunity and a fully charged power bank once we go here!
2. Ocean Park. My friend told me that Ocean Park Hong Kong has the more extreme rides than HK Disneyland and I am all about extreme rides. There are said to be ride where you’ll feel like you’re falling off a cliff! I love it! Upon further research, I also found out that Ocean Park HK has koalas and giant pandas! Pandas! (I might just love Ocean Park HK more than HK Disneyland…)
3. The Peak. I’ve read that if you can only have one place to visit in Hong Kong, it should be The Peak. Up here, you can see Hong Kong’s skyline, and if you’re lucky, maybe a bit of China too! I have to admit that the photos from The Peak also reminds me of New York City and that is on top of my travel bucketlist so of course I have to go to The Peak!
4. Avenue of the Stars. Avenue of the Stars is said to be the Hong Kong version of LA’s Sunset Boulevard. Based on the photos I saw, there are concrete handprints and statues – perfect for photo ops! It also offers a view of Victoria Harbour and Central. We can also watch the nightly Symphony of Stars from the area. The best parts are all of these are free and the hostel we’ve been eyeing is a walking distance from the place!
5. Ngong Ping and the Giant Buddha. The Tian Tan Buddha is the largest outdoor sitting Buddha status in the world and is in many travel blogger’s bucketlist. I mean, sure, you have to climb up 260 steps but I’m positive that the view will be worth it. I also read that you can ride cable cars to reach the place – which I am very excited about!
Those are the ones in my Top 5 right now. You might have noticed that they’re mostly the “main attractions” in Hong Kong. My google search shows rare “hidden gems”. I mostly saw flea markets or actual markets on others’ “Top Things To Do in Hong Kong”. I’m planning to make this a budget-friendly trip so I’m saying no to those.
Fun Fact: We got our roundtrip tickets for only PHP2,200 each all-in through AirAsia’s sale. There are still a lot of tickets for January-March 2016 for as low as PHP1,400 roundtrip! If you’re planning to go to Hong Kong, go book your flights now!