Hong Kong

Who Went? 3yo, 9mo, Mum and Dad, Grandmother (“Nanny”). Mum attended a two-day conference.

Review: From my point of view it worked ok. Dad and Nanny seemed a little stressed a couple of times during the conference (moreso Dad) but I think it went alright there on the whole. The eldest would have been in heaven just riding the Hong Kong public transport system around all week – MTR, street trams, ferries, double-decker buses, mainline trains… and then as if that wasn’t enough there were cable cars and peak trams. He also could have sat next to the main aquarium at Ocean Park for another twenty-four hours or more (we cut him off at half a day). The youngest was suitably fascinated with everything. A simple, one-stop holiday in a big, modern city with all the conveniences, a wide range of foods, plus some quiet spots, too (and it has proper geography – unlike Singapore, in which the smallest elevation gets hailed as a “mountain”). A fully flexible itinerary which allowed for rest as required. Theme parks at the start of the trip helped with acclimatisation. The group was able to split up for certain periods to allow each adult a bit of a turn to concentrate on their own stuff.

Highlights: Ocean Park, Disneyland, Lantau Island, Victoria Peak, tram rides, fish street, bird street, museum, parks, MTR.

Challenges: Hong Kong is not 100% stroller friendly, although this didn’t worry us too much with our lightweight Maclaren Volo. The main downside was the price of the hotels. Next time we’ll book somewhere further away to reduce costs (or book earlier, ditto). Hong Kong is actually smaller and more efficient to get around than I was remembering.

Price Bracket: Expensive. Mainly due to the cost of hotels, although we did hit the pricey theme parks a bit, too. On the plus side, the airfares from Singapore didn’t hurt too much (although Nanny’s from Australia still did a bit).

Three Photos:

Actual geography, on Lantau Island.

Actual geography, on Lantau Island.

Mum explains the practicalities and legalities of importing fish to P, Mongkok.

Mum explains the practicalities and legalities of importing fish to P, Mongkok.

Taking a break and a snack by the harbour at sunset.

Taking a break and a snack by the harbour at sunset.

Itinerary:

Day One

  • Fly Singapore to Hong Kong, arrive in evening
  • Taxi to hotel, check in to two adjacent rooms – one double room for Mum, Dad and T, one twin room for Nanny and P
  • Put kids to bed
  • Mum stays in hotel to supervise kids, Dad goes on supermarket run to get stuff for breakfasts (cereal, milk, fruit) and snacks for day trips
  • Nanny arrives late from Brisbane
  • Overnight in hotel (Tsim Sha Tsui)

Day Two

  • Breakfast in hotel room
  • MTR and bus to Ocean Park
  • Ocean Park (whole day, including lunch and dinner)
  • Overnight at hotel

Day Three

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • MTR to Mongkok
  • Walk around Mongkok – fish street and bird street, lunch at local food stalls, markets, visit to a random park
  • MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui for evening walk including promenade, Avenue of Stars and Hong Kong Space Museum
  • Fast food for dinner (oh well)
  • Overnight at hotel

Day Four

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • MTR to Disneyland
  • Whole day including meals at Disneyland
  • Overnight at hotel

Day Five

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Hanging out at hotel, Nanny out shopping on own
  • MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui harbour area
  • Self-guided walking tour around Tsim Sha Tsui observing colonial buildings
  • Lunch at shopping mall
  • Ferry to Hong Kong Island
  • Part ways with Mum, who returned to Tsim Sha Tsui for conference, whilst Dad, Nanny and kids got lost, eventually found a small playground on a traffic island under a bridge which was possibly the most joyless playground in all of Hong Kong, then made their way back to Kowloon
  • Meet mum for picnic dinner at habourfront, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • MTR back to hotel for Dad, Nanny and kids, back to conference for Mum
  • Overnight at hotel

Day Six

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • MTR to harbour area and ferry to Hong Kong Island
  • Visit Edward Youde Aviary and adjacent park, especially children’s playground section
  • Picnic lunch from bakery
  • Mum parts to attend afternoon/evening conference in Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Dad, Nanny and kids enjoy Peak Tram to Victoria Peak (and back), rides on public trams around Hong Kong Island, and more playing in parks and playgrounds, before heading back to Tsim Sha Tsui by ferry to meet Mum for dinner
  • Fast food for dinner again (never mind)
  • Overnight at hotel

Day Seven

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Train to Lantau Island
  • Bus to Tai O fishing village for lunch and walk around
  • Bus and train back to Kowloon in afternoon
  • Sandwiches for dinner, harbourfront area Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Omnimax movie at Hong Kong Space Museum for mum and P in evening, Nanny, Dad and T return to hotel
  • Mum drops P at hotel with others, goes on evening walk
  • Overnight at hotel

Day Eight

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Pack bags
  • Taxi to airport
  • Mum, Nanny and kids fly HK to Singapore, arriving in the evening
  • Dad stays on for a few more days to do some work in Hong Kong
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