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Monday, 1 July 2013

A Tourist Guide Day 1 @ Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

The First Chapter of China begins. (I love Chinese Dumplings!) 

DAY 1 @ Hong Kong
0625 – Depart to Hong Kong
1025 – Arrival and Check-in
1200 – Lunch
1300 – 360 and Big Buddha
1900 – Dinner 
2200 - Rest

Our first stop, Hong Kong (香港 Heūng góng in Cantonese, meaning fragrant harbour) is a place with multiple personalities, as a result of being both Cantonese Chinese and under a more recent contemporary ex-British influence. 
Day 1 most important task. Take it easy and explore actual Hong Kong Life Style, i.e. location, life style, transport, etc. This will definitely helps in making your coming days much easier.

Getting around places in Hong Kong is easy. The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) links up almost all hot spots and places you would have interest to pay a visit. If the places you want to go does not have MTR access, you can easily catch a tram, bus or taxi. Hong Kong is quite a small place with high density.

To Travel is Easy with The Octopus card (八達通, Bat Dat Toong in Cantonese,) (Somehow I just love the word Bat Dat Toong). Provides instant electronic access to Hong Kong's public transport system. As the world's first contactless smart debit card, it can be tapped onto a reader to transfer fare from the passenger to the carrier. Those who are familiar with Singapore's eZ-Link card, London Underground's Oyster card, Chicago's Chicago card, Washington DC's SmarTrip card, Melbourne's myki card or Japan Railway's IC cards will quickly understand how to use the Octopus card. In addition to being used for all forms of public transport (except most of the red-top minibuses and taxis), Octopus is also accepted for payment in almost all convenience stores, restaurant chains like McDonald's and Cafe de Coral, many vending machines, all roadside parking and some car parks. Some housing estates and schools use the card for identification at entry. The Octopus card functionality can also come in the form of personalised cards, ornaments, keychains and watches which you can pre-order at octopuscards.com if you're interested.

There you go, a picture fo the Transportation Map of Hong Kong.

Our idea of Travelling China is to make sure that everything planned is as convenient as possible while able to experience their culture by heading over to a few places like  >>

Hong Kong > Macau > Zhuhai > Shen Zhen > Hong Kong

>> in pratically 8 Days and 7 Nights. 

So our first stop was Lan Tau Island (Tourist usually splits Hong Kong to this few main places such as Lantau Island, Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Territories). The reason why our first destinations was Lantau Island was because this Island houses the Airport, Big Buddha, Disneyland and direct boat transport to Macau which is our next destination! A perfect place to start our adventure. Looking at the map above, Lantau Island is at the bottom left corner.
If you are talking about staying comfortably with reasonable rates, i would recommend Royal View Hotel. Located in Tsuen Wan, one of the most frequent traffic district in Hong Kong, as well as the complimentary hotel shuttle bus service to and from Tsim Sha Tsui (in Hong Kong Island where you get all the shopping) and Tsuen Wan MTR Station.
You get an ensuite double bedroom, with working table and chair!
Well why do i even need the table and chair!
As a plus, a cosy sofa with living coffee table and TV. Of course, a mini kitchen with fridge, microwave, kettle, cups and utensils.
 A comfortable rooftop outdoor to chill!

 So is mom and dad enjoying China/Hong Kong?

We arrived later in the morning, so for today, is more about introducing Hong Kong, the accommodation, some short tour and the Dinner Spot in Tsuen Wan MTR Station where you can have a direct free shuttle bus from the hotel!

Our First Tour. Ngong Ping 360! It is destined to be one of Hong Kong's 'must see' tourist attractions on Lantau Island. Where we will stroll along Ngong Ping Village, is an impressive cultural themed village, incorporating two major attractions, including Walking with Buddha.
 I love the Cable Car ride. The view was astonishing

Just Love It. Stunning View!

Finally Reached the Village. Lets Stroll!


The Big Buddha!

A Must Come! 360!

Back to Tsuen Wan Station. Please look for this Restaurant. They served delicious roasted goose and ducks
Dinner Time!

  Duck, Beef and Lamb is my personal favourite food in China/Hong Kong. These beef and lamb you get here have a unique blend of natural flavour, you just don't get them in Malaysia.
And of course, I Love Chinese Dumplings!

 Time for bed tonight.

Please stay tune for our next destination. Disneyland!

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