The non-disney part of our Hong Kong trip

Yesterday I wrote about our two days visiting Honk Kong Disneyland resort so today am I going to write all about the rest of the trip.

We stayed for three nights in the Hotel Icon, which is in Kowloon, across the water from Hong Kong’s famous skyline. We had two stunning rooms with connected doors – perfect as the kids could go to bed and we didn’t have to either sit in the dark or hide reading in the bathroom! Very nice hotel, definitely give it the thumbs up. The chocolate and macaroons on arrival helped!

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The first day we just wandered around and then went shopping, it ins’t always easy to find clothes that are to our tastes and in the right sizes here. Plus we stocked up on M&S goodies to bring back with us; we now have a fair few packets of Percy Pigs, Jaffa cakes, Bourbon cream biscuits, pickle, lemon curd and blackberry jam. Lunch was a packet of salt and vinegar crisps and a ham and cheese baguette (on unsweetened bread!) – pure heaven.

That evening we strolled along the Tsin Sha Tsui promenade, which gave us fantastic night views over Hong Kong harbour.

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The weather was brilliant on day two, but it was dry and we were hopeful that hte mist would clear, so we stuck with our original plan and headed over to Hong Kong island on the iconic Star Ferry.

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We got an open topped double decker bus to the Peak Tram terminal. There was a bit of a queue to get onto the tram, and Katrine turned into a tourist attraction – fortunately she is quite happy to go along with all the photos and hugs, Gregor on the other hand will allow one or two and then has had enough.

By the time we got to the top the mist had closed in, so no views out from on high. As it wasn’t actually raining we decided to walk down the back of the hill, towards Aberdeen harbour (which takes about 3 hours). The path down the hill was brilliant, very quiet – you really wouldn’t know you were so close to a major city.

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IMG_0264About half way down the rain started, gently at first and then a downpour, complete with thunder and lightening. We made a strategic decision that we didn’t need to go all the way to Aberdeen and cut off the trail at Chi Fu, where we were incredibly lucky to be at the right bus stop to get a small bus back into town.

(A small aside here, we got Octopus  cards when we were at the airport, which were fantastic, we could get on any bus, ferry, train without having to worry about change, or the fact we didn’t have a clue where we were going, any money left on the card and the deposit we got back at the airport on our way out.)

Day three we were booked onto the pink river dolphin tour, the tour was very good but luck wasn’t with us and we didn’t get to spot any of these wonderful, but unfortunately endangered, creatures. We did however enjoy the boat trip, though as you can see from the black clouds the rain didn’t stay away.

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The next two days were spent at Disney, so on to our last day in Hong Kong. Our flight didn’t leave until 2am (you can check your bags in at Hong Kong station so we didn’t have to lug them around all day) so we had the full day and our first day of sunshine!

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We spent some time looking round the maritime museum before heading up to the Hong Kong Park, where there is a large walk though avery.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandra Howells
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 15:53:35

    such amazing variety, makes me want to go one day soon.

    Reply

  2. Sandra
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 11:46:58

    I can understand your excitement about the unsweetened bread. Everything is sweet here too!

    Reply

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