While my office mates will take delight in a fantastic adventure in Hong Kong Disneyland, me, Dayleen, and Amie (my friends based in Hong Kong) will bring me to other famous places in the city that I did not visit yet. I felt somewhat guilty because my team will miss this opportunity. But as has been said, Hong Kong is not complete without Disneyland so I want them to fully enjoy the rides and attractions in this theme park. Anyway, we will be visiting Macau on our third day and Lantau Island on our last day.
And so here we go for a non-stop foot navigation.
The Peak and Hong Kong Disneyland
I was so thankful today because the weather was good. After our worthy visit at The Peak, we head off to Disneyland. It was almost 11:00 am and as expected, the theme park was already crowded. The queue to the main entrance was long. Thanks to Klook for making everything fast and easy. I bid good-bye to my office mates when they got inside the theme park.
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
From Disneyland theme park we opted to ride a free shuttle bus in getting to Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. It was a five-minute trip only. As I stepped into this lavish Disney Resort hotel, I was mesmerized seeing the lobby with a charming Christmas tree, beautiful chandeliers, high ceiling, and a vibrant tile floor design.
We strolled around and saw how lovely the interiors of the hotel. A moment later, we sat on a grand sofa and enjoyed looking at the Christmas decors adorning the hotel. Indeed, we had a luxurious rest that I want to sleep. Hahaha!
When we went outdoors, I was in awe seeing the entire structure which was inspired by Victorian style, shrouded with elegance and sophistication. The hotel is fronting a garden maze in the shape of Mickey Mouse. It brought out the child delight in me finding my way out to the other end. Then we took a leisure walk in the nice pathway while looking at the peaceful South China Sea. Dayleen, Amie, and I were enjoying our happy photo ops.
Rooms are somewhat pricey but certainly, you can get a magical stay in the resort. Someday, when I get back, I will book a room here with my family to enjoy a unique experience.
After a fulfilling picture taking, we boarded the free shuttle bus again and went back to Disneyland Park to ride the MTR in getting to Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery.
How we get to Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery from Disneyland Resort through MTR station:
We boarded the Sunny Bay Station, alighted at Lai King-train interchange (Tung Chung Line), transferred to Prince Edward (Tsuen Wan Line), transferred to Kowloon Tong (Kwun Tong Line) then stopped at Sha Tin (East Rail Line). Distinctive Landmark is Grand Central Plaza).
* Grand Central Plaza *
But before we head on to our next destination, we ate a snack at Ikea Store at Grand Central Plaza. After we were satiated, we got out of the building and took a walk at Sheung Wo Che Road until we reached the signage in getting to Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery.
Location: 220 Pai Tau Village, Sha Tin, New Territories
Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
From Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery to Choi Hung Estate:
From Shatin MTR Station we alighted at Kowloon Tong (East Rail Line) then transferred to Kwon Lung Line and hopped out at Choi Hung Station. We took Exit C4 and turn left until we reached the Estate ground. There was a car park and we went up until we reached the court. Easy as that!
Choi Hung Estate
Old housing estates in Hong Kong are now part of the city’s tourist attractions and a popular subject for enthusiast photographers. Choi Hung Estate which is said to be one of the oldest public housing in the city had already made waves to tourists. What makes it famous?
Choi Hung Estate has a rainbow-colored high-rise building and a colorful basketball court perfect for Instagram worthy photos. It consists of 8 colors which the government had painted the building to lift the spirits of the residents there. When we got there, the courtyard was already packed with people that I can’t take a photo with no intervention. Anyway, the charming sight was enough to make my visit a delightful one.
“Choi Hung” by the way is a Chinese word which means rainbow. The estate was rewarded a silver medal in 1965 by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects Annual Awards. It is now managed by the Hong Kong Housing Authority.
The best time to visit is during weekdays and early morning so you can have a clean shot with no people in the foreground.
Address: Choi Hung Estate, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Next destination—->>> Nan Lian Garden, Chi Lin Nunnery, Wong Tai Sin Temples, and Tanzi Yunnan Rice Noodle Restaurant
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