Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 4 - Ocean Park

It was a gloomy morning, but we braved the drizzle to see what was in store for us at Hong Kong’s Ocean Park.

How to Get There?

From Golden Crown, ride the MTR at Tsim Sha Tsui station to Admiralty. Locate Exit B and hop on City Bus 629, which will bring you directly to Ocean Park.

Park Tickets

I purchased our tickets ahead of time from Ken of Golden Crown with a discounted rate, so no need to queue at the ticketing booth.

Check out the Ocean Park website for an updated ticket prices.

At the Park

Be sure to grab a map at the entrance of Ocean Park’s for easier navigation of the theme park (Chinese or English, whichever your preference is).

First on our agenda was to visit the Great Oceanarium. Honestly, I was quite disappointed with the giant aquarium; I was expecting a bigger one. Nevertheless, there are a lot of sea creatures that you may look at.






















The next thing we did was to visit the Pandas. An-an was the only one we saw, so we took advantage in taking photos.





Ocean Park is enormous; one whole day is not really enough to try out everything. It would be better to allot a whole day for this so that you don’t have to hurry from one point to another, plus you’ll get tired just going around the place. 

Be sure to check out my other Hong Kong DIY Series:
The Do It Yourself Hong Kong Experience
Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 1 - Welcome to HK and Avenue of the Stars
Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 2 - The Ngong Ping 360 Experience
Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 3 - The Peak and Star Ferry
Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 4 - Ocean Park
Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 5 - Disneyland

Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 3 - The Peak and Star Ferry

Since it was holy week when we were in Hong Kong and our third day falls on Good Friday, I already jot down a church that we could visit, which is the St Joseph Church in Central.

From Golden Crown, ride the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central.

It was hard to locate the church (Yep I was not able to fully research the directions), there were 2 pinays walking before us so I asked them for directions. Luckily, they are also headed to the same church. Hooray! Most of the church goers are Filipinos, they even have mass in Tagalog.

On a side note, the church is just a few steps away from the entrance of the Peak Terminus. So if you already know how to get there, just walk past the Terminus and the US Embassy and you’ll see the church.

We stayed for a while in the Church and after which we decided to explore the area. Since we’re already in the Peak Terminus and the line is not yet that long (maybe because it’s still early, around 9:30am) we decided to go to the Peak already.

There are different ways to reach the Peak:

Option 1: Ride the tram going to and from.
Option 2: Ride the tram going there and ride the bus on your way down.






I have already bought our round trip tickets for the tram so we already have no choice, before I knew that it’s better to ride the bus going down for an added tour of the place (I learned this from a fellow Pinoy, whom we met at the Peak, who is based in Hong Kong).











 



 

We did not bother buying the Sky Terrace and Madame Tussauds entrance tickets because my dad asked us if we wanted to go there or just use the money for shopping. Of course you know what I picked.

For a detailed list of prices, click here.



Riding the tram is an adventure; you’ll have a good view of Hong Kong Island while the tram is inclined. Be sure to sit on the right side of the tram for a better view.



We spent most of day at the Peak, we had lunch at Tsui Wah Restaurant.

There were quite a lot of shops that you can visit.


It was already afternoon when we decided to go back to Central and ride the Star Ferry going to Tsim Sha Tsui. There were quite a few bumps during our ferry ride, which made my mom decide not to pursue going to Macau. I must say that the Star Ferry is far cleaner than what we have back home, RORO vessels, though I was not able to check on the toilet.

Hong Kong Island to Kowloon by Ferry will take approximately 15 minutes, if I remember it correctly. We decided to walk a little around the harbour before going back to Golden Crown and calling it a day.





Be sure to check out my other Hong Kong DIY Series:
The Do It Yourself Hong Kong Experience
Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 1 - Welcome to HK and Avenue of the Stars
Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 2 - The Ngong Ping 360 Experience
Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 3 - The Peak and Star Ferry
Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 4 - Ocean Park
Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 5 - Disneyland

Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 2 - The Ngong Ping 360 Experience

I wanted to see the Giant Buddha so on our second day, we headed to the Ngong Ping Village to visit the famous landmark in Lantau Island. 

How to Get There from Golden Crown?

Take the MTR Tsuen Wan line from Tsim Sha Tsui to Lai King, at the interchanged station Lai King change trains going to Tung Chung. You'll easily spot the arrow pointing the station where the MTR is headed. 

Since it’s not yet holiday in HongKong, the MTR very much looks like a corporate jungle. Trust me you’ll learn how to walk fast with these Chinese people.



When you get to the Tung Chung station, find Exit B and you’ll see the huge Citygate outlet, walk past it and you’ll see the entrance for the Cable car and the bus terminus. 

Since it’s still early we opted to ride the bus going to Ngong Ping and ride the cable car on the way back. We bought a package ticket (bus + one way cable car ride) for HKD98. 

You can also use your octopus card to pay for the bus and just buy your cable car ticket when you get to Ngong Ping Village.





The bus ride going up the mountain is scenic; you’ll be able to get a good sight of Lantau Island. My dad even joked that it was the only time he saw a banana tree in our whole stay in Hong Kong.

After almost an hour bus ride, we finally arrived at the Ngong Ping Village. It is a beautiful place indeed, very far from the busy scene in the city.







We got the entrance to the Giant Buddha and Museum + Lunch package ticket and started to walk these steps.









After visiting the Giant Buddha, we explored Po Lin Monastery.















After eating our lunch, we wandered around Ngong Ping Village and had a little soda break at 7-eleven because we were tired already. 

I went to the Ngong Ping 360 counter to exchange our vouchers for the Cable Ride. 

There are actually two types of Cable Car in Ngong Ping 360, the Crystal Cabin (has a glass bottom) and the standard cabin. 

Since the Crystal Cabin is pricier and scarier (for me) we opt to choose the standard cabin.










I think it was almost a half an hour ride to enjoy the beauty of Lantau Island. My family and I really did enjoy it. We even have half-scared half-laugh out loud moments whenever we see that the cable car is descending from a very high point.

After the cable car experience, we went to the Citygate outlet to check out some stores. I’ve seen in Kat’s blog that she was able to purchase wedge crocs here. Sad to say there were no more wedges when we went.

I also went to the grocery and bought a 2L Coke which is in a cute petite bottle! I also love that Hong Kong tries to eliminate the use of plastic bags by using paper bags or letting their customer pays (HKD0.50/bag) for the plastic bag. This initiative will promote the use of eco bags instead. 

We also went to Mongkok after CityGate to explore the place. It’s filled with shops, shops and more shops! They say that the best place to get your gadget fix in Hongkong is in Mongkok, we checked out Fortress and I'm happy to say that the Sony Walkman that JM wanted retails cheaper here compared to Manila. We bought a black and a green walkman and a 32G iTouch.

My mom wanted to eat fresh fruits but the price here are way too high compared to Manila so we decided to just skip it (We were able to score some fruits at Northpoint though, will blog later).

With tired feet we return to Golden Crown and called it a day.

Be sure to check out my other Hong Kong DIY Series:

The Do It Yourself Hong Kong Experience
Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 1 - Welcome to HK and Avenue of the Stars
Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 2 - The Ngong Ping 360 Experience
Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 3 - The Peak and Star Ferry
Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 4 - Ocean Park
Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 5 - Disneyland