List of tourist attractions visited today:
- Madame Tussaud
- Victoria Peak Sky Terrace
- Ladies Market
After satisfied visiting Shenzhen yesterday, today we start walk around Hong Kong. Today i also had to move hostels from Tsim Sha Tsui to Hong Kong Island. Compared to Kowloon area, Hong Kong Island is slightly different. Kowloon area somewhat a little bit chaotic because there are too many people live there. Hong Kong Island look more modern and tidy with the buildings architecture. Having been promised to meet my friends at the hostel at 10 o’clock, i spend my morning time by stroll around Tsim Sha Tsui area. Because Avenue of The Star is very close to Tsim Sha Tsui, I was walk to go there.
The Avenue of Stars (Hongkong Walk of Fame)
The Avenue of Stars itself is a place beside the river that built based on America’s Hollywood Walk of Fame. This place is located in Victoria Harbour Waterfront in the area of Tsim Sha Tsui. This place gives awards to celebrities who have contributed to Hong Kong’s film industry. Less than 5 minutes walk from the hostel, i already arrived at Avenue of Star. This place is right behind SOGO Building. In the morning, this place was visited by not too many visitors. Night will be more visitors coming to this place. Since this spot is one of the best spot to see the laser show Symphony of The Light that always show every 8 o’clock night local time.
After sightsee and take pictures for a while, I returned to the hostel and check out. Next I went to the hostel where I plan to stay with friends for the next three days in Fortress Hill area, Hong Kong Island .
Move from Tsim Sha Tsui hostel to Fortress Hill hostel
From Tsim Sha Tsui to the Fortress Hill, i use MTR to move hostel. I use red line (Tsuen Wan Line ) and then moved to the blue line (Island Line) (Click the link if you want to see Hongkong MTR Map). Bring large suitcase in MTR was not as difficult as i imagined. Switching between line at MTR Hong Kong is very convenient. We do not have to walk too far to switch line in MRT. We finally arrived at Yesinn, the name of the inn we will stayed around 11 o’clock at noon. Because my friends have not arrived and we are only able to check in after 2 o’clock, then inevitably I had to wait there. Fortunately there is a lounge room that can be used to surf the internet while waiting in there. It’s turns out my friends from Shenzhen a little bit late, so i end up having to wait for 3 hours in there.
I finally can check in and enter the room at about 1:45 PM. After a short rest, we continue with our trip to the Victoria Peak
Go to Peak Tram station(Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus)
To get to Victoria Peak, we had to go to the Peak Tram station in Central area. Actually there are a variety of ways to go to the Peak Tram station from our hotel. But in the end we prefer to use MTR to save time. We take the blue line ( Island Line ) and get off at Central Exit station J2 .
Beside using MTR, you can also use:
Tram is one of the oldest transportation in Hongkong. The Ticket price only HK$ 2 no matter the distance rises. Tram is the most affordable transportation for sightseeing and Hongkong Island area, we can go to Central, Northpoint, Admiralty, even Victoria Park.
From Fortress Hill to Peak Tram station: Take the Tram from Fortress Hill, down at Murray Street station
Among the four means of transport available to the Peak Tram Station, use the bus was the one who can reach the nearest point to Peak Tram station.
From Fortress Hill toward the Peak Tram Station: Take bus No. 56 from Tin Chong Street, get off at Hong Kong Park
From Central MTR station Exit Gate, you have to walk about 10 minutes to Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus. Just follow the board sign on the road and follow the road uphill until you find the Peak Tram station.
Arriving at the Peak Tram station, we have to buy tickets to use Peak Tram. Since we’ve bought tickets in advance, then we immediately entered to line in the queue for the ride to Victoria Peak.
Peak Tram is a special tram lane road at up to 50 degrees uphill slope. Tram lane has been used since 1888 and is still in good condition.
For reference, here tickets are divided into three packages, namely:
- Tiket PP Peak Tram : HK$ 33 / person
- Paket Combo Tram + Museum : HK$ 170 / person
- Paket Combo Tram + Sky Terrace + Museum : HK$ 200 / person
Note: Sky Terrace is the sort of building on the highest point of The Peak where we can see the sights of Hong Kong from above covering an area of 360 degree.
Go to Victoria Peak using Peak Tram
Travel by this tram is quite thrilling, with a strong engine power uphill carrying dozens of passengers the speeds can reach to 40 km/hour. The trip takes about 10 minutes to reach Victoria Peak.
Stations in this cliff has been transformed into ‘official site’ to see Hong Kong from the top. This place is shaped like a saucer, there are dozens of shops selling souvenirs and restaurants as well. Arriving at upper station, we entered the Madame Tussauds wax museum first.
Take pictures with the stars at Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds wax museum is also located inside the cup-shaped building. In this museum you can take pictures with hundreds of world leaders, celebrities, singer, and athletes. Collection of wax statues like Jay Chou, Andy Lau, Lesley Cheung, until the Twins and Cecillia Cheung is the exclusive display here. Other world figures and celebrities on display practically the same as shown in Madame Tussauds London.
After take a photograph in Madame Tussauds for almost one hour, then we go to upper side of the building to sky terrace. From there we can see Hongkong scenery from above. The view from this high place is very beautiful, especially in the night. Bright fluorescent lights of several tall building makes Hong Kong deserves the nickname of “Pearl of East and jewel of The Orient“.
We then wait until 8 o’clock to watch Symphony of The Light from above (Sky Terrace). Unfortunately there are a lot of fog that covered the view. So i can’t see the laser clearly. After watch the laser, we then go back to the city. After discussed with my friends, we then decide to go to Ladies Market at Kowloon area.
Shopping Time at Ladies Market
From Peak Tram station, we back to Central MTR station to go to Ladies Market. We get off at Mong Kok Station, take the Exit D3, turn back, turn right, then we arrived at Tung Choi Street where there are a lot of street vendors lined the road better known as the Ladies Market. At Ladies Market you can find a variety of products like clothes, cosmetics, toys, home appliances, watches and DVDs.
After have a dinner and shopping for a while, we then go back to the hostel. When we go back to hostel, it’s already 11:30 pm. A really long trip for today…
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