If I'm not wrong, the last family overseas trip was 3.5 years ago and the kids anticipated for this trip for a long long time. Going to Hong Kong Disneyland is one of their must go destination since they heard so much about it from their friends who had been there before.
Since June is summer in Hong Kong, we tried to travel light without bringing too many bulky items this time.
We bought tickets from the airport and took the train and shuttle bus to the nearest hotel near where we were staying.
If you were following my IG account, you might realised that I took quite a few pictures (#followmeto) with the help of my "model" to indicate where we were going (just for the fun of it) :P
Hong Kong still look exactly the same, no major changes to the streets and buildings.
On the 1st day, we wanted to go to The Peak to see the night view of Hong Kong. However, the plan was cancelled due to the overwhelming queue. I think there was some promotion going on, the length of the queue looked never ending. We decided not to tire the kids too much so that they could have ample of rest before we embarked to our next destination the next day.
In the end, we roamed the street in Yau Ma Tei area to do some shopping.
The children woke up super early on the 2nd day and took the special train to reach Disneyland. It's like a dream came true for them since they have been requesting to go there for so long.
Luckily the weather was not too bad, only rained slightly during lunch time and we continued to venture every part of the place after the rain stopped. We spent the whole day from opening till closing time. There was a tinge of sadness when the kids were told to go back to the hotel.
The next day, we took the cable car ride to Lantau Island.
While walking towards to the cable car, we were stopped by someone along the street who was selling cable car tickets. We were told the price of the tickets were cheaper and the queue was faster. We took the risk and bought tickets from him. True enough, we queued up at the express lane and changed our tickets at the ticketing counter.
We got on the cable car and was mesmerised by the scenery. The distance of the cable car ride was about 5.7km long which took about 25 minutes to reach the island. We spent about half a day there and by the time we were almost done with the sightseeing, the weather started to rain again. When we came back, we had our dinner at citygate outlets and never did I know that it was a place full of factory outlets. Which meant shopping time again for me right? hahaha!
We prayed for good health and good luck for the family.
The weather was very cooling that day and we felt like we were in air-conditioned place (a bit like Genting Highland). We climbed a total of 536 steps (to & fro) to reach The Big Buddha.
This is one of my favourite photos so far coz my family members (#followusto) were so spontaneous to play along with me during photo taking.
Along the way, people were selling soya beancurd cooked with mountain water. Of course we got to try to know right? so that we would know what's so different from those soya beancurd cooked with normal water right. I could not tell much difference, the only difference was it was very smooth......yums! Also, do expect to see a few cows roaming around the streets too :)
As for the food in Hong Kong, we tried to eat what the Hong Kong people were eating. We passed by this shop selling steamed milk and there were many different flavours of steamed milk. I ordered their original double boiled steam milk, similar to beancurd texture and the aroma of the milk was really strong and yummy.
Yee Shun Milk Company
513 Nathan Road
Yau Ma Tei
Breakfast was so so only, we dined at their local eateries and let the kids experienced what local Hong Kong was like.
We wanted to look for local dim sum place, no fancy restaurant, no Tim Ho Wan too. Using my half past six Cantonese, we managed to find this local seafood restaurant recommended by the locals that served dim sums that was patronised by mostly locals. Of course, do not expect tip top service there. Their waitresses (mostly seniors) are mostly loud speaking cantonese people and they do not serve the food gently on your table as well.
Ho Choi Seafood Restaurant
Of course, I was very touched by my family members who had planned a suprised birthday celebration in advance for me in Hong Kong. It was a very fruitful trip. The kids enjoyed themselves and they hope to go for another vacation next year. I pray that their wish will come true and we will work extra hard to save up more for our next overseas trip next time.