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Emily Jablon: Daraius and I celebrated Christmas in Macau and Hong Kong with his family for ~8 days. It was our 1st time to Macau and Hong Kong and we were very excited to visit!
An Asian Holiday – Trip Report Index:
- Part 1 – Using Miles and Points to Get to India And Hong Kong
- Part 2 – Etihad Lounge in Washington, DC
- Part 3 – Using Miles for Two $8,000 First Class Seats to Mumbai, India
- Part 4 – By Air and Sea – Cathay First Class to Hong Kong, Ferry to Macau
- Part 5 – A Free Stay in a ~$360 Per Night Suite at the Grand Hyatt Macau
- Part 6 – A Surprise Trip to the Panda Pavilion, Street Entertainment, and a Historic Walking Tour
- Part 7 – Historic Sites, Street Food & a Show in Macau
- Part 8 – Egg Tarts & Other Delicacies in Macau
- Part 9 – Our Free Stay at the Conrad Hong Kong
- Part 10 – Spectacular View of Hong Kong From Victoria Peak & the Amazing Symphony of Lights
- Part 11 – Hong Kong Walking Tour of Shops, Flowers, and More
- Part 12 – The Best Gnocchi Emily’s Had in Her Entire Life and Other Meals in Hong Kong
- Part 13 – From Fine Dining to Food Stalls, Eating in Hong Kong
- Part 14 – Sipping Champagne in the Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, Hong Kong
- Part 15 – Cathay Pacific First Class from Hong Kong to the US
- Part 16 – Conclusion and Blog Giveaway
An Asian Holiday: Part 10 – Towering the Skyscrapers and other Fun Activities in Hong Kong – Part 1
These posts will cover some of the most popular sites in Hong Kong, including:
1. Victoria Peak
We went to Victoria Peak in the morning at around 10:00 am. We tried to go the day before at around 4:00 pm, but there was a 2 hour wait, so we didn’t go. The Victoria Peak tram station is a 10 minute walk from the Conrad Hong Kong!
This time, we only had to wait about 15 minutes.
We swiped our Octopus card and eliminated another 10 minute wait. We highly recommend getting an Octopus card from the MTR (subway station). You can use the Octopus card for the subway, busses, Star Ferry, Victoria’s Peak tram and even at small restaurants and convinces stores! It saves a lot of time not having to stand in line to buy tickets.
You have to pay a $50 Hong Kong dollar deposit (~$6.5) for the Octopus card in addition to the amount you load on the card.
The tram station had some interesting exhibits on the history of the tram, and I wanted to stay longer to learn about it.
The tram ride is only 8 minutes. Be sure to sit on the front right side of the tram for the best views.
And once you reach the top, you enter a shopping arcade, called the Peak Tower.
There are restaurants and small shops, and you have to take the escalators all the way up to reach the Sky Terrace 428.
You have to pay ~$4 to go to the Sky Terrace, but I thought it was worth it for the views.
We also went outside and walked about an hour on the Victoria Peak road, or Hong Kong Trail.
After about 20 minutes, there are a few lookout spots with some pretty views.
It’s easier to get a good picture at the Sky Terrace though, so I would go there too. Daraius preferred walking around for free outside, but the rest of
The walk was very pleasant. It’s very tropical and there are trees and plants everywhere. However, it’s difficult to see the city through all of the trees.
After seeing the views, we went to the bus stop to take the bus back down.
We took the bus
to the Star Ferry terminal. The bus was clearly marked.
Once we arrived at the terminal, we walked a short distance to another terminal, which had the Star Ferries.
2. The Star Ferry
The Star Ferry is a great, cheap way to see the skyline.
We again used our Octopus card for the journey. It costs 3.40 Hong Kong dollars or ~45 cents.
We waited just a few minutes for the ferry and then found some seats.
The views were very inspiring!
The city was stunning.
The ferry is slower than driving under Victoria Harbor through the Cross Harbor Tunnel, but the journey is much more charming!
Victoria Harbor is busy and full of ferries and boats.
The view was a bit hazy.
3. Symphony of Lights
After walking around a bit, we went back towards the pier to watch the Symphony of Lights. That evening, they had an English showing, but the only spoken words were to announce a little bit about the show and to announce the sponsors.
We got the same information (except the sponsors) from our guidebook. The show was free and lasted 13 minutes.
The lights and lasers are synchronized to the music. You can hear the music broadcast live on the waterfront, or tune in over the radio.
The city looked beautiful with all of the skyscrapers lit up!
The Symphony of Lights is the world’s largest permanent light and sound show.
4. Walk #1: The Central District
Hong Kong Park is located ~10 minutes walking distance from the Conrad Hong Kong.
The park is very lush and green, and has some pretty trails.
There’s a fountain to enjoy…
It was a great place to spend an afternoon…
…with lots of green space, surrounded by skyscrapers. The park also has an aviary, a conservatory, a sports center, playground, and various gardens.
After visiting Hong Kong Park, we went towards the Peak Tram Lower Terminus. The line was a 2.5 hour wait, so we decided to skip it and go the following morning.
Along the way was more beautiful architecture.
Our next stop was the Government House. We couldn’t get past the gates, but our camera lens could!
Next up was St. John’s Cathedral, which was inaugurated in 1849 and is the oldest ecclesiastical building in Hong Kong.
During World War 2, the cathedral was converted into a club for the Japanese, who occupied Hong Kong for ~4 years.
The HSBC building was the next site on our walk. I loved the modern architecture, which was designed by British architect Norman Foster. It’s Hong Kong’s largest bank.
Hong Kong is easy to get around with lots of options for public transportation. The trams, ferries, and buses are not very expensive.
Victoria Peak: Go in the morning to avoid lines, and use the Octopus card.
We enjoyed walking around different areas in Hong Kong. There’s a lot of unique architecture and historical buildings. And great food along the way.
Good thing we brought comfortable walking shoes, because there were more adventures on foot for us coming up!