Thanks for all the goody goody remarks for the Trip Report -Part 1.Hope this Part -2 also lives up to your expectations.. For anyone who wants to look up Part -1 ,pls click on the link below
Everyone goes for a city tour and like all other cities, HK also has several options. You can opt for a half day city tour which all hotels will arrange and you will be pushed into a a/c bus and it will take you to some of the major hotspots where u have a 15 minute time for a photo ops session,seeing around and then back on to the bus ..Or u can take a private tour in your own vehicle .A Merc van will take you to the city hotspots. The driver will be all courteous...there will be water bottles inside the car...There are walking tours also which is good...but there is a limit to walking and while you can completely see the area , it is going to be a small circle which you can cover unless of course you are a real walker ..I’ve gone through this all and all of the above have their good points also but we now have given up all these for the Hop on Hop Off Open Bus top tour...The advantages are you are on top of a double decker and a open one at that which takes you around the city and has 2-3 fixed routes .There are buses coming every 30 minutes on the same route. Each route would have some 15-20 stops and you can get off and see to your heart’s content and take the next bus which comes after 30 minutes or if you really want more time in that particular location then the bus after that ..Generally they have a one day Pass which entails the holder to hop on and off for the whole day for a fixed charge. What we do is go first time throughout the whole route covering all stops and come back to the starting point again. By that time we would have an overall look around the route and would have some idea on which stops to get off and have a look around .Then we go the same route again in the same bus and do the Hop on hop off route wherever we want...In one day we could cover the complete HK island and that too to our timings..
HK has 2 major bus companies operating .One is Big Bus Company and the other is Rickshaw sightseeing bus. Big Bus has signs everywhere .They operate on a higher radius but their charge is HK $ 320. We decided on the second operator which was Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus (mind you this is no rickshaw, it is also a double Decker) who had 2 routes...Heritage and Metropolis which basically covers only HK Island and not Kowloon. But they cover complete HK Island and that is a big area. Their one day pass came to just HKD 50 per adult and for a child it was HKD 25. Which meant 3 of us from morning to evening covered entire HK Island at HK $ 125 (from 10 AM to 6:45 PM). U can see their entire routes in the link below... We boarded the bus at Star Ferry and took the unlimited day pass inside the bus itself. Understand that you can board the bus at any point and take the unlimited day pass then there...All I can say is it’s a great way to discover HK city...and if you want to view the amazing skyscrapers there is no better way than a Open double Decker ...
Temple Street Night Market
WE were lucky that since we were staying in Jordan , the night market was a street away .anybody in HK can tell u about reaching there . It’s basically a night market which starts at around 6 pm and is on till 11pm or so .. T-shirts, knick knacks, keychains, children wear ,souvernir items etc which are normally found in most of the night markets in Thailand are available here also. Most of the shops have the same items which means if you see a item which the shop owner tells you is HKD 100 ..you can ask for this at HKD 40 and if the shop owner tells you to get lost ..you just go the next shop and ask the same item for HKD 45 and if the response is same there also ,go to the next one and quote HKD 50 .At some point you will get the same goods at the lowest bargains ..The market extends across the huge entrance ( there is a big entrance welcoming you to temple street ) Most people start from there but you can just follow the line of shops across the roads opposite which I found sells toys and stuff of a different kind ( u know what I mean ) and then some jade goods after that..At the other end of the temple street market is the food courts which are basically on the street..We tried once but was put off to the waste food also lying all round and smells ..Food is ok and you get the authentic Chinese food which is why the area is fully crowded
That’s all for Trip Report -2 and lemme cram whatever I have forgotten to put in the first 2 reports into Trip report -3 which includes Ocean Park and Ladies market in Mong kok.. and the most wonderful Gold fish market which was good ..ie if you like ornamental fish..