Junk Ride - One of My World's To Do List!

Trip Start Apr 19, 2010
Trip End Apr 23, 2010

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dim sum
Woke up at 7am and left the hostel for breakfast at 7.30am. We asked the hostel worker who is a local, on where is one of the most delicious and nearest place from our hostel to eat dim sum.  He showed us the direction of the restaurant named Victoria Harbour which is located along Sai Yee Street. Let me know if you want me to show you the exact location.  The dim sum is really delicious and it's quite cheap. Please take note that the portion is huge (unlike here in Malaysia) so that you don't over order.

City Tram
MTR Route: Mongkok -> Central (Tsuen Wan Line), Central -> Sheung Wan (Island Line)

After that we checked out and we proceeded to go HK-Macau Ferry Terminal. The reason we go there is because we can store our luggage there first as we will be departing for Macau at night. We stored the luggage in a locker. Make sure you have enough coins as it only accept coins. First 2 hours are HKD$50, whilst subsequent 8 hours are another HKD$50.

From the Terminal, we wanted to go Victoria Peak. There are alot of transportation options but we opt to experience the antique double-decker city tram. It was very unique experience and would recommend to anybody to at least try once. The trams are only available at Hong Kong island. It runs through the city from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan.

Victoria Peak
We get off at Central MTR station, and walk underground the MTR station, exit at J2. From there we need to walk for another 10mins, about 500metres to the Lower Peak Tram Terminus. The walk can be quite tiring because it goes uphill. If you do not want to walk, from the station you can take bus no.15C. Whilst waiting for the Peak tram, there are some mini showcase that displays memorabilia of the Victoria Peak.

Wax Museum
After spending almost 30minutes taking photos, we proceeded to the lower level to go visiting the famed wax museum Madame Tussauds. There were many actors, actresses, singers, musicians, politicians, historical figures, sportsmen. You can take photos with all the wax statues with the exception of Jackie Chan and David Beckham. To snap photos with them, you need to pay, and it will be taken by the staff. We left Victoria Peak by public bus no.15C after getting off from the Peak tram. The bus stop at the last station near IFC shopping mall.

We walked from the station to the mall, which is then connected to the Mid-Level Escalators. Using the escalators, we went to downtown Central to have our lunch at a restaurant called Lan Fong Yuen. This restaurant is famous for its stoking 'nai cha' (milk tea), pork chop bun, and fried chicken noodle. It's very famous as it attracts both the locals and the tourists. We love it so much that we ordered 3 different types of noodles (all their specialties) and one pork chop bun. The taste are just heavenly.

Financial Center
After lunch, we walked to back to the International Financial Center (IFC) because we were going for the junk ride at public pier 9. Along the route we took photographs of the various size of offices and buildings.

Duk Ling

It has been my life-long dream to take the iconic junk ride. Wherever you see, postcards, stamps, money, fridge magnets, this junk is synonymous with Hong Kong. The junk that we took is called Duk Ling. There are only 2 days per week that the junk is operational, Thursday and Saturday. The time are 1.30pm and 3.30pm (Kowloon side) whilst 2.30pm and 4.30pm (Hong Kong island side). I was not sure where to get the ticket (because it was not mentioned at the website), I assumed we paid for the ticket when we hop on the junk. I was wrong. To buy the ticket for the Duk Ling junk ride, you need to go to any Hong Kong Tourism Center or at the Victoria Peak tram ticket counter - well that is according to a Dutch tourist that I happened to ask whilst she was waiting at the pier for the ride. The junk operator would not let us in initially, after much pleading, he finally let us in (for free!). The view from the junk is amazing, and no words in the world can describe. The ride took us round the Victoria Harbor, and finally back to Kowloon public pier - to the place where we started our Hong Kong journey - Arena of Stars.

MTR Route: Tsim Tsa Shui -> Central (Tsuen Wan Line), Central -> Sheung Wan (Island Line)

Along the way we took pictures of Hong Kong Museum of Art and the prestigious Peninsula hotel. We needed to go back to the HK-Macau pier, so from Victoria harbor, we walked back to the nearest MTR station Tsim Tsa Shui. we took the Tsuen Wan Line before changing to Island Line. From the Sheung Wan station, we exit at Shun Tak building exit where it is connected to the pier. We took our luggage at our locker (had to pay additional HKD$50 cause we exceeded the first 2 hours period) We proceeded to 3rd floor before purchasing tickets to Macau via Cotai Turbojet. It is operational 24/7 and the frequency of the super boat is every hour.After immigration checks, we proceeded to board the boat to Macau, bid farewell to Hong Kong.
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Audrey Choo on

I will be going to HK with my family in Nov so would appreciate if you can let me know where the dim sum shop is.
Also, what type of discounts did you get for Disneyland which came with the Octopus card? Was there a discount for Ocean Park as well?

joeljasmine on

As for the Octopus card, there are 10% or 20% discounts to Disneyland tickets, Ocean Park, Victoria Peak tram and Ngong Ping 360 cable car.

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