May 4, 2011

Hong Kong DIY Trip Part 1 - Welcome to HK and Avenue of the Stars

Thanks to Cebu Pacific’s Seat Sale, we were able to grab round trip tickets to Hong Kong for roughly Php4,000 per person. 

I was designated to come up with the itinerary and to scout for accommodation. 

The good news is that all you need to know about Hong Kong is already in PEX, GT and YouTube! 

I prepared our itinerary, maps, budget and packed our bags.

We took the first fly out from Manila, which is at 5:40am, so we headed for the airport around 3AM, Since it was holy week, there are a lot of waiting passengers in the airport. Our flight was even overbooked and Cebu Pacific offered a free round trip tickets to any destination and a confirmed booking to the next available Hong Kong flight for the person who would give up his seat. It was a good deal only if we were not following a tight schedule.

After arriving at the airport we instantly did the following:

1. Go to the check-in counter. Give itinerary and passport. Deposit check-in luggage.
2. Pay travel tax (You can also do this first).
3. Go back to check in counter, show travel tax receipt and get boarding tickets.
4. Pay terminal fee.
5. Go to the designated gate and wait for boarding.

After the 2 hour plane ride, we were greeted by the sunny Hong Kong airport and it was huge!




I immediately changed some dollars, got our passports stamped, got our luggage, bought octopus cards and ate breakfast at Burger King. 

This is it! We followed the signs going to the bus terminal and rode the A21 double decker. We rode on the 2nd floor of the bus for a better view of the city.





When we reached the famous Nathan Road, I am already alert because we might miss our stop (I think we did). 

We went down near Mirador Mansion and walked back to Golden Crown Court building. 

Anyway, the room was not yet ready because it was only 10am so we left our luggage and stroll around the area.

 
We walked down Nathan Road to go to Avenue of the Stars. The good thing is that the weather is still somehow cold compared to Manila so walking at noon was not really a problem.
Hello Avenue of the Stars! This place is the most popular in HongKong. Most of the people I know who already went here has a photo in front of Victoria Harbour. So it’s a mandatory photo op for me.



We went back to Golden Crown to rest a while.

While we were on the bus from the airport we saw a Yoshinoya branch so we decided to eat our lunch there, from Golden Crown we walked (big mistake! It was far!), 

I think it was in Yau Ma Tei already!!! The funny thing is the next day we discovered that there is a Yoshinoya branch on Cameron road which is a few steps away from Golden Crown. A big brain fart moment!

After eating we decided to explore the area before going back to the hostel to get a good night sleep.

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

The Do It Yourself Hong Kong Experience

8 comments:

  1. This is an awesome HK post! Please keep posting. I am taking down notes. Haha! Big help for me def coz I plan on traveling soon. Crossing my fingers for seat sales. :))

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  2. The photo you took while you were in the tunnel looks really nice.

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  3. We also stayed at Golden Crown last year. There is a Yoshinoya nearby. I love the generous servings of veggies in Yoshinoya compared to the ones in Manila. Did you check the mall at the back of Golden Crown?

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  4. @Yen Goodluck on your upcoming trip! I want seat sales too haha :)

    @ChewOnThis Thanks sis :D

    @Sirespeaks They have a different menu and its much broader :). What mall is that hehe? The One?

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