This is again a very late post about our trip to Hong Kong last November. Ya…5 months late.
Anyway, the decision to Hong Kong was very much last minute. We got to know that another family was going to Hong Kong and probably going to Disneyland, so we thought we could let Yining join their kids there.
So, everything was planned and booked within days and few weeks later, we are on our way to Hong Kong on 9th November 2015.
|Waiting For Check In At 10+pm|
Yes. 10+ at night. We did something out of the norm this time. We are taking the midnight flight. This is something we would not do usually because of Yining. Kids can get difficult and unpredictable when they don’t get their rest. This time round, we thought we give it a try. She’s coming to 6 and we made provision to make sure that she gets her sleep. The flight is actually at 1:55am, so the check in time is 12 midnight. We were at the airport early because we don’t want to pull her out of her sleep. (Yining is usually asleep by 10pm latest)
|Succumbed to ZzzZzz Monster|
A little interesting episode happened at the airport while we waiting….her rocking tooth dropped out.
We arrived in Hong Kong at about 6:30am. Yining has gotten about 3 hours of sleep on the plane.
|Eyes cannot open|
We quickly settled our Octopus card from the counter at the airport to catch the bus that goes to our hotel at Mong Kok. Just a little side note. Usually the first thing we do when landed is to get a prepaid data SIM card. This time round, we didn’t have to get it because Yining’s Ah Yee has gotten it for us. And there’s a new interesting option in Hong Kong called the i-SIM which is FREE. More information on this i-SIM from my blog.
|Bus to Kowloon / Mong Kok / Tsim Sha Tsui|
This is bus station outside the airport. It’s just a short walk out. At 6+ in the morning, this is the other option besides taxi. The route is pretty comprehensive. So up to this point, we are already pretty comfortable. I think we can do more overnight flights with Yining next time.
Where we are staying
The whole bus ride was about 40 mins and we reached Nathan Road at about 7:20am and met up with Ah Yee. This A21 bus got us to a stop about 5 mins away from our hotel. We deposited our luggages at the hotel (check in’s at 3pm) and went for our first 茶餐厅 breakfast.
|Right opposite Eaton Hotel|
The original plan was to start our ‘chionging’ right after breakfast, but it was drizzling, so we adjourned to where Ah Yee was staying to wait for the weather to clear up.
Once the weather cleared up, we started our day. From Chung King Mansion, we can walk down all the way to a number of places. We wanted to go to Harbour City so we took a slow walk down towards Avenue of Stars en-route to Harbour City. The weather has cleared and the weather was fantastic.
|Yining’s eyes still cannot open|
Along the way, we came across this, another of Hong Kong’s icon.
|Yining and her 小阿姨 at The Peak|
So after we settled down at the hotel, 2 family embarked on the planned itinerary. The plan was to go to The Peak and then to Avenue of Star to see the Symphony of Lights light show.
The queue was moderate at the tram station. We chose to miss one tram to make sure the kids had seats.
|Queue at tram station|
There was mixed of amusement, amazement and apprehension from the kids. Now, like I said, we missed one tram thinking we could board ahead of others (and we were right in front) to get seats for the kids. Well, we were wrong. Let’s just say I had to muscle some people away from trampling on the kids. Lol!
It was good experience for Yining and friends to be on the tram. After which at The Peak, the weather was cold and breezy. I think it was around 16°C. My favourite kind of weather. Yining was wearing the thermal wear from Uniqolo + long sleeve T-shirt and a cardigan. That worked pretty well for her.