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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Travel | Hong Kong, China


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It's been just over a week since I got back from my travels and a round-up of my visit to Hong Kong is long overdue. My family is actually from Hong Kong, so I was incredibly excited to go back there because my last visit was 7 years ago. Visiting my mum's side of the family wasn't the only thing I was excited about on this trip. I wanted to be a tourist as well as a citizen by visiting the famous landmarks. I wanted to see, feel and breathe the city.

Throughout our stay in Hong Kong, we decided to stay in the Royal Park Hotel in Sha Tin. The hotel was really beautiful, rooms were comfortable and the service was genuinely great. Whether you needed help with your luggage or help to ring up the airline to find your mobile phone because you left it in the front seat pocket (yes, my mum did that), the employees at Royal Park Hotel were always happy to be at your service.

Our vacation to Hong Kong were actually split into two trips. We spent two nights there, then flew to Bali for 6 nights and then flew back to Hong Kong for two more nights. The first couple of days in Hong Kong consisted of exploring Sha Tin, visiting family in Sheung Shui and going 'yam cha' with them. For all those that are unsure on what 'yam cha' is, it is a Chinese culture where families get together around brunch or lunch time at a restaurant to chat, eat dim sums and drink Chinese tea.

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog
On our second half of our trip, we did more sightseeing around Hong Kong. We visited Lantau Island where the famous Big Buddha statue sits. We travelled to the island by the Ngong Ping cable cars, which was a 25 minute ride. The experience in the cable car was truly breathtaking as you get a full panorama view of the mountainous terrain of Lantau Island. When we arrived at Ngong Ping Village, there were many shops and restaurants to buy souvenirs and to dine at. To reach the large bronze Tian Tan Big Buddha, we had to climb up 268 steps. Very tiring but it was definitely worth it. The clear fresh air and the astonishing panoramic view of the island gave a sense of peace up there, which was an amazing feeling to take in. On the day we visited, there were very low clouds so when we reached the top, you could literally see and feel the clouds going by you. If you ever come to Hong Kong, you definitely need to visit Lantao Island by cable car and visit the Tian Tan Big Buddah.

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog ngong ping 360 lantau

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog ngong ping 360

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog ngong ping 360

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog ngong ping 360

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog ngong ping 360

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Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog ngong ping village

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Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog ngong ping egg waffles

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog ngong ping

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Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog ngong ping big buddha

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog ngong ping big buddha

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog ngong ping

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog ngong ping

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog ngong ping

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog ngong ping
Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok was the one place that I really wanted to visit because I wanted to shop the markets and eat street food. After purchasing numerous clothes and eating lots of food, we travelled to Tsim Sha Tsui to see the famous Hong Kong waterfront skyline. Whilst the Avenue of Stars are closed until 2018 for repair and improvement works, the exhibits were moved and displayed in the Garden of Stars. In there, you could see sculptures of Bruce Lee, singer Anita Mui and cartoon character McDull. You can also compare your hands to the 20 star handprint plaques, which includes famous Chinese movies stars like Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Chow Yun Fat.

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog mong kok fa yuen street

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog tsim sha tsui waterfront skyline

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog
For our last dinner in Hong Kong, we decided to dine at MeokBang Korean BBQ & Bar in Sha Tin where you can cook your own meats and seafood on the Korean grill in the middle of the table. It was a fun experience and the food was simply delicious. It was definitely a great place to have our farewell meal. Before we headed to the airport on our final day, we made a quick trip to Tai Po where we used to live when I was around three years old. Surprisingly, I still had memories living there at that age. So as soon as I stepped out of the Tai Po Market MTR station, I had numerous flashbacks of the town.

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog

Hong Kong travel diary blog vlog
Overall, I really had an amazing time in Hong Kong. I remember when I went to Hong Kong at 16 years old, I had a tremendous love for the city. Now after waiting nearly seven years to visit it again, I love it even more. It was great to see my family again and to see how developed Hong Kong has become. I also love how this trip felt like home and a holiday at the same time and I can't wait to come back again.

Have you been to Hong Kong before? x

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4 comments

  1. pictures look great
    my friend recent went to hong kong and loved every moment of her trip
    I can see why, it look beautiful

    http://bbdasaolu.blogspot.ie/

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    1. Thank you :) It really is beautiful there!

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  2. Hong Kong looks SO beautiful and I've always wanted to visit it. My mum always travels there and I am always so jealous when she does. I have to make it one of my bucket list to go there. All the places you've captured so beautifully and all that food looks so delicious, especially those drinks. I have to also mention that pig statue is absolutely adorable too! SO CUTE!

    Jennifer | Amour JNFR

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    1. P.S. I'll have to watch the video you uploaded right after I finish with blog reading! xx

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