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
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’.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!