Let me introduce you to another chapter in the Pink Tarha travel diary. This chapter is on a gem of the South East Asia subregion… the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Quite a mouthful for a place’s name but what the heck. Hong Kong might be a small region with a rather long title but it has lots of surprises for everyone. Filipinos love visiting Hong Kong for one primary reason, a reason which I would love to had shared with the other Pink Tarha ladies only if we have the same vacation dates: SHOPPING!
Hong Kong is the best country to start a wanderlust. It’s easily accessible via budget airlines, it’s near (only less than 2 hours away), and it’s very tourist-friendly. Their transportation system is very efficient and the city and connecting islands are clean and urbane. Exchange rate is HKD1=PHP6. Like in KSA, there are lots of Filipinos around to make you feel right at home. There might be a little language barrier but with English signs all around, Pinoys will surely do fine.
I was in Hong Kong days before the holiday with my sisters to discover their tourist areas. Turista mode! First up, the Ocean Park Hong Kong! (This is timely because I’ve just featured the Manila Ocean Park which was inspired by HK’s.) This is what I can say: Nalula ako sa Ocean Park Hong Kong (OPHK)!
Since we took a combination of the tram and the bus to go to Ocean Park, the start of the tour is at the Tai Shue Wan entrance leading to the Summit (Headland) area of the park. We’re beginning above! (Entrance fee is HKD250=PHP1500 per adult.)
After looking around, we decided to enter the aqua buildings which house diverse marine life.
At the Atoll Reef, the journey starts with a welcome from this very familiar fish:
Unlike Manila’s Ocean Park, the aquarium starts from the top and people descend stairs to see below the aquarium. It’s like going deeper into the ocean.
Take note of the shows in the Ocean Theater. You shouldn’t miss it for the world!
After a few hours in the Headland, we decided to go down to the Waterfront (Lowland) via the cable car. You should ride this one. This is the only thing worth the long wait in line. If you don’t want to wait, then head to the newly-opened Ocean Express Summit Station. The trains will take you down in 3 minutes flat.
If you have lots of time in the world, you can hike that concrete trail you see below. Kapagod naman yata yan ever!
The balloons will take you high in the air but it’s not the usual air balloons because they’re tied to the ground.
That pretty much sums up our Ocean Park. Of course, we didn’t leave without souvenirs! There are some stores around carrying lots and lots of key chains, mobile dangles, desk accessories and other trinkets.
There’s some handy toy vendo machines around too. Hay, the perils of choosing!
I highly recommend you go to Hong Kong Ocean Park. MOP is not match for this one. Well, that’s understandable. This park owns an island! It houses not only huge aquariums but lots of attractions, rides, restaurants, and shops too. There are lots of construction going on so it’ll be bigger and better in the near future. Its website is also very helpful. It’s teeming with information from how to get there to buying tickets online to what attractions and shows to enjoy… and a whole lot more!
More Hong Kong attractions on the next Hong Kong wanderlust entries. This place is surely the best starting point to begin a wanderlust in Asia.
Here’s to more travels for the Pink Tarha ladies this 2010! Soon, we’ll be having a category: Where in the world is this Pink Tarha lady? Lol. (Hindi naman masamang mangarap diba? 🙂
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