Travel to Hongkong (Day 1) : From Tianjin to Hongkong via Shanghai
Finally this day have arrived. Unconsciously, my time to learn chinese language for a year already passed. Today i leaved Tianjin, the city where i lived for the last 10 months last year. Before i go back to Surabaya, Indonesia, I decided to travel again before returning home to Surabaya, Indonesia. The destination of travel i choose this time are Hongkong, Shenzhen and Macau. Departing from Tianjin at 6 am, I was escorted by snowfall. From my university to the airport (Tianjin Binhai International Airport) takes about 40 minutes by taxi. I use China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai Airlines) which the ticket i purchased from Expedia. For this trip, i choose a transit via Shanghai flight because of the price factor. Total price of the airline ticket from Tianjian to Hongkong (via Shanghai) just only RMB 1,180 (US$ 185.7) or about 1.7 million rupiah, compared to direct aircraft that can reach RMB 2,000. The plane left on time at 8:00 AM and arrived at Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 09:55. This airport building is really long. Just to move my baggage from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2, i must walked about almost 30 minutes.
After lunch and check in, we had to wait until 3:05 PM for the next flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong. This time we had to wait about 30 minutes because the delay of plane arrival. After traveling for two and a half hour, we finally arrived at Hong Kong International Airport.
Towards Hostel in Chungking Mansion, Tsim Sha Tsui
Arriving at Hong Kong Airport, the first thing I did was buy Octopus Card for HK $ 150 (Contents: HK $ 100, Deposit: HK $ 50).
Octopus Card is a type of card used as means of transportation payment in Hongkong (similar to EZ-Link in Singapore ). This card can be used to ride the MTR, trams, buses and ferries in Hong Kong. Unlike MRT cards in China, Octopus can also be used to buy goods at certain stores that accept payment by Octopus Card. This card will also can be refund at the time you want to leave Hong Kong later.
After purchasing the Octopus Card, I followed the instructions board to bus terminal. I decided to use the bus to the hostel where I stay because the costs is the cheapest (only about HK $ 33 only) compared the others. I bought a ticket at the ticket office near the bus stop. To go to Tsim Sha Tsui I use the bus A21 . Although must bring a very large suitcase, i feel quite comfortable.
I finally got off at Haiphong Road, Nathan Road . This station was very close to the building Chungking Mansion, where the hostel I was staying. I booked this hostel before through the website HostelWorld .
In addition to buses, there are actually two other ways that can be used to reach Tsim Sha Tsui:
Rates from Airport to the city ranges from HK $ 200-300. In the first 2 km charged at HK $ 15. Further fare is HK $ 1.40 per 0.2 km.
- Airport Express (MTR/train)
If you using Airport Express (subway), the charge is HK $ 90. It only takes about 20 minutes to reach Tsim Sha Tsui.
Arrived at the hostel, it’s already 8 o’clock over. I decided to take a rest for a while. After 30 minutes rest, i go searching for a food and walk around there. In front of my hostel area is the heart of Hong Kong city. The street right in front of the hostel is Nathan Road , the long road in Kowloon district that well known as shopping paradise, approximately like Orchard Road Singapore.
Because i feel a little tired, after a walk for a while I went back to the hostel and rest. I keep my stamina for tomorrow.
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