Discussion in 'Hong Kong Disneyland' started by PrincessInOz, Oct 26, 2011.
Settle in, folks.
Yup. I'm back.
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I have sooooooo many pictures!!!
Well get a move on! I need something to entertain me when I am not driving tomorrow!
I guess we can wait a couple of days until you feel better.
I'm working on it!
Fatt Chans of that happening!
Hong Kong no Phooey! The Yee’s have it...Time for my Hong Kong TR
Back home….get ready for the TR
Hong Kong! Asia’s world city….the pearl of the orient! The name Hong Kong in Cantonese means fragrant harbour. Located on the southern coast of China, along the South China Sea and the Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong has long been a mecca for the west to meet the east.
With a land mass of 426 square miles and a population of over 7 million people, Hong Kong is one of the most populated cities in the world. Now handed back to China, it is one of the two Special Administrative Regions (Macau being the other) managed under the “One Country, Two Systems” policy.
Never having been to Hong Kong before and with an airfare deal that I couldn’t resist, this little Aussie banana decided it was way past time to venture forth into the eastern roots that form my DNA. I planned a trip to cover 12 days in Hong Kong; and as I have found out, that was probably way too much time to spend in Hong Kong. However, given that I was sick (I have developed bronchitis) and spent most of the last 2 days in bed, the 12 days turned out to be a good time to have planned for.
This TR will comprise of a relatively chronological accounting of my time in Hong Kong. Genuinely, seriously….a world city by any definition (no phooey!).
It may be a long time in telling as I think I’ve returned with somewhere between 4000 – 5000 pictures…I don’t know for sure as I’m still downloading stuff! It will encompass Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong attractions, food and tourist life in general. I’m expecting it will be detailed, judging by the photos that I’ve reviewed so far. It will also fall away at day 9; as I spent the majority of days 10 – 12 in bed. There is food porn; not much by way of sweet stuff as the Chinese are not known for their desserts….suffice to say, I do not want to see another Chinese meal for a while. For.a.long.while.
I have added the TR to the PTR that I started for completeness sake. The quick links for the TR will be found in the second post of this thread.
Oh….and why do “the yee’s have it”? I think we found time to do most things twice (yee = two in Cantonese). Did I mention that this TR will be long in telling and detailed???
So….if I haven’t lost you by now, sit back, buckle in and enjoy the ride.
Okay, I am settled in my theater seat, and drink in hand and ready to read! Cant wait for the full fun to begin. Oh by the way, um you said you got extra seats on the flight home. You um, forgot to mention the parents.
My parents are also home safe and sound. No throwing mama (or father) from the train, bus...or plane.
Did she leave the parents in Hong Kong?
My parents love Hong Kong. This would not have been a problem for them. But they did come home with us.
On our way in a different direction
Departure day arrived!
You might recall that I had worked out that laundry could be a bit of problem in Hong Kong and that I had planned to take much more clothes than I would normally take on holiday. Despite that, I still managed to pack our clothes into two suitcases. The dark blue bag contained clothes for Disney (the first 3 4 days) and the red bag holds our clothes for Hong Kong. The carry-ons completed our luggage for this trip.
We had a 3 pm flight out, which meant that we could have a leisurely early morning without too much rushing. We would only need to swing by on-route to the airport to pick up my parents.
Thankfully, the morning panned out as planned and despite having four additional bags to add to our luggage, everything fitted into the boot or trunk of the car.
And because we were so early, we even beat the Qantas ground staff to the counter. They were not yet opened for check-in when we arrived. That left us time for lunch. My parents were intent on eating Asian, but I convinced them otherwise. This was my lunch
I didnt know it at the time, but it was to be my last focaccia and roast beef for the next fortnight. In hindsight, it was a good thing that I made everyone eat something similar than head to the noodle bar.
Check in was a breeze as I had checked us all in on-line last night. So, it really was just to check the bags and then head in past security and immigration. We had plenty of time to look at the duty-free, which as ever seemed expensive to me.
was on time but it was a full flight.
What would we do without in-flight entertainment (and not necessarily of the electronic kind)?
The flight, despite being uneventful, was interesting. The caravan of life on-board gave me hours of entertainment.
There was a party of 9 on-board
and they were joyously
loud. Entertaining at times and nothing that a headset couldnt fix. We were to see them at the Disneyland Resort and I was really glad that they had rooms in the opposite direction to where our rooms were.
The babys cry
A man hitting on a girl, spent the majority of the flight standing over her chair
.with his bahookie in my face! Headsets could not fix this at all!
Another man, not aging well, stands up and exposes his builders crack and hair to half the passengers. What is it about aging males and their need to fit into jeans two sizes too small for them?
.the constant ebb and flow of 15 or so passengers
unable to sit still.
Where would we be without in-flight entertainment?
Our flight path took us straight up the middle of Australia, near Uluru, past Darwin, over the Timor Sea, slightly left of Manila and then straight through to Hong Kong. It was very uneventful and thankfully took about 8.5 hours to complete; much less than the estimated 9.5 hours listed.
I missed seeing the Pacific Ocean but this was the start of a different adventure.
A train took us from our gate/terminal to the main complex. It was most efficient and seems to run a service every 3 minutes, even at 9 pm at night.
I was impressed by the cleanliness.
It took us about an hour to clear immigration in Hong Kong airport. The (relatively new) Hong Kong airport is located on Lantau Island, where Disney is. Based on my research, I had figured the best way for us to get to the Disney resort was by taxi. My only concern was whether we would fit in one taxi or whether we would need two. I asked at the information desk and the kind man assured me that all 5 of us would fit.
And so it was
the 5 of us and all our bags piled into one taxi and made our way to the Disney resort; all of 10 minutes away. I was too tired to take a picture that night but in order to secure our bags, the driver used bungy rope to hold the trunk/boot door down.
For those interested, there are about two or three different coloured taxis in Hong Kong. The one servicing Lantau Island is green.
The cost for the ride ended up at HK$126. Roughly $18 for the 5 of us.
We were now at Disney!
Hmm....interesting and entertaining flight. I would of said something about something being near me like that. No tv on the flight? Long flight give me something to knock me out.
Sounds so expensive dollars wise with a taxi. But 18 dollars is very doable. but yeah you made it!!! Its gonna get entertaining with you!
I enjoyed the entertainment details, very interesting flight.
Well it sounds like you had plenty to keep you "entertained" on the flight over. Can't wait to hear about Disney.
Glad you made it, was that $18 total or $18 per person?
When I think about flights, I remember when our College Concert Band flew to Europe. The Conductor flew over several days before so that he was not on the same flight with us. I remember that cocktails were complimentary. At some point the stewardess came over to our group (who had essentially turned the plane into a "bus tour") and handed over all the little bottles of alchohol saying, "This is what is left in the bar!"
I'm not sure anything could have been worse than that barring terrorist takeover!
Ooh can't wait to hear all about it! Sorry to hear you got sick, hope you're feeling better now.
Green= go, to Disney. Check!
Welcome Home PIO
Initial adventure sounds good. Had a chuckle about your plumbers crack view on the plane and imagining 5 people and their luggage squashing into that tiny taxi
So looking forward to the rest of your TP
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