We got back from our Macau trip, drained and exhausted. For our last two days in Hong Kong, we decided to take it in, in a slower pace.
Ladies Night Market
For our fourth day in Hong Kong, we decided to get a few souvenirs for our family and friends here in the Philippines. The receptionist told us that the best time to visit the Ladies Market is when it just starts to open, which is around early afternoon.
When we got there, we were amazed that it was a full street and it ran for a few blocks. It was a hot and humid day and we were not in an explorer mood and we just wanted to get things done as fast as we could. We just bought a few key chains, magnets and T-shirts. After that, we headed straight back to our hostel to leave the gifts and rest for a bit.
Around late afternoon, we went to the Victoria Peak. The receptionist recommend us to take the bus to The Peak, instead of the tram, because there were a lot of things you can see and it’s way cheaper than taking the famous tram. By the way, it was double-decker! (AWESOME!)
The reception said it was easy to spot the bus going to The Peak but it took us about an hour and a lot of walking to figure out where it is. We even went as far as the Lower Terminus Victoria Peak Tram and found out that there’s a long line of people waiting to get tickets. Right that second, we knew we made a good decision not to take the tram. LOL. We found the bus for The Peak at the Exchange Square, just outside the Central Station.
When we arrived at the Peak, there’s actually two ways you can view the Hong Kong Skyline. It’s either you get inside the Peak Tower and get to the Sky Terrance 428 (entrance fee applies) or you get inside the Peak Galleria and head to the rooftop to get the same stunning view. The only difference is that the Sky Terrance 428 is higher than the rooftop of the Peak Galleria. It’s 428 m above sea level, hence the name Sky Terrance 428.
We arrived a little too early and stayed until we saw a glimpse of the symphony of lights.
On the way back to Hostel, we still took the bus because there was long line and the waiting time was an hour and a half for the tram.
Ocean Park Hong Kong
We spent our last full day at the Ocean Park Hong Kong. My brother is a huge fan of rollercoasters and anything exhilarating. He was truly thrilled that we got to visit the park. Ocean Park is an oceanarium and an amusement park. It features breathtaking rides (and views!) like Hair Raiser, the Mine Train (which was under maintenance, at that time) and the Dragon.
The summer heat was too strong, so we mostly spent our days inside air-conditioned areas like the Arctic Fox Den, the Shark Mystique, the Adventures in Australia, the Grand Aquarium, the North Pole Encounter, South Pole and Sea Jelly Spectacular, and the Panda Village.
The Park is separated by a large mountain into two areas, The Summit (Headland) and The Waterfront (Lowland). There are two ways to reach these areas, where the extreme rides are, it’s either taking the 30-minute cable car ride or taking their Ocean Express Train. We tried both ways but we would recommend taking the cable car ride for its stunning views.
I was already drained from walking around in the heat, it was only my brother who rode most of the rollercoaster. We went home just right before the amusement park closed.
It was one amazing birthday week spent with my brother. I couldn’t ask for a better company.
Cheers to more travel with you bro! ☺️