Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Magical Hong Kong 2017

If there is a place Sarah yearns to visit, it will be the Disneyland; and guess what, her wish came true last December, as we’ve brought her to the nearest one in Hong Kong.

We touched down and checked-in to our hotel at Sha Tin by noon. It was a wise choice – a clean hotel, professional staffs, punctual shuttle bus, spacious triple room and we have quality sleep during our 4D3N stay.

Hubby has come up with great itineraries, we done everything right for the trip except we’ve underestimated the cold weather conditions.

As we took a stroll to Snoopy World in the evening, the chilly breeze greeted us the moment we stepped out of hotel. Hubby and I were only in T-shirt with shorts so we sure got some strange stares from the locals.

It is “Disneyland” day and it turned out to be exactly what Sarah would have wish for!

It is Christmas season and we filled the fun day with meeting the Disney characters and enjoying various rides. The live musical stage show was also something special.

And their two parades were just awesome and exhilarating; speaking about parades, Sarah was even invited by the Disney crews to join in for the ‘Limbo’ game during daytime parade. What a lucky girl.

Of course, we’ve stayed till the climax of the night – the fireworks show! It was a spectacular symphony of lights, music and fireworks at it best. Those familiar movie scenes were projected onto the giant castle with all the classic Disney tunes, it was mesmerizing for Sarah. I bet this will etched into her memory for a long time to come.

We visited few other Hong Kong landmarks on third day. In the morning we walk through the Central area and riding on the iconic cliff railway, the Peak Tram, all the way to the Victoria Peak.

For those who grown up watching Hong Kong TV dramas, the view from here should be recognizable; and the restaurant we had lunch was kind enough to give us the window seat that boast unparallel view of Hong Kong skyline. The city looks so metropolitan from the top.

In another hand, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok feel so claustrophobia. We hunted for some souvenirs at the Ladies’ Street in the afternoon, before I tried out one of Hong Kong “notorious” street food - the Stinky Tofu.

I was hesitated at first but I summoned enough courage to had few bites; actually I just ate the crunchy skin then gave it a pass…I can’t handle the stench. At least I tried, right?

As night fall we are boarding the nostalgia Star Ferry for a night cruise. This is hubby’s personal favorite. The cruise was relaxing and we stepped out to the open decks to enjoy the sea breeze and a moment of tranquility; the view of illuminated city skyline at the Victoria Harbour was just magnificent.

We gave Avenue of Stars a miss as we already knew it’s under renovations.

The forth day is the day we say goodbye. Unlike previously, Sarah was unable to take a dip into the hotel pool before check-out as it was closed due to winter time.

Throughout the trip, from our casual observations we reckon that Hong Kong is a very walk-able city, and their public transport is super efficient. As for Hongkonger, yes, they walk fast and don’t smile a lot, but to be fair we haven’t met a rude one. Maybe it just our luck, or maybe due to the fact that we speak Cantonese so it make them less hostile.

I was also glad that beside the Stinky Tofu, we’ve tried few others local delicacies; who can forget the scrumptious dim sum breakfast, springy fish balls, authentic wanton noodle with prawn dumplings and the famous Sha Tin roast pigeon with chicken congee.

All in all, it was another unforgettable family outing; and for Sarah, her wish to spend a day at the so called “Happiest Place on Earth” had finally come true.

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