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29/09/2013

How much do you know star ferry of Hong Kong

1. star ferry

As much a part of HK as the red double decker is of London. The ferry plows the waters between HK Island and Kowloon throughout the day and night, leaving the moorings every few minutes, contributing to making the harbour the busiest in the world.

Surprisingly, there are only 12 ferries in service - but so frequent (and very short journeys), there seems a lot more. Between them they carry some 70,000 passengers a day!

Two piers on HK Island (houses some famous Hong Kong attractions) and two on Kowloon. The Central to Tsim Sha Tsui is the shortest and most popular, but Wan Chai (HKI) and Hung Hom (Kowloon) further to the east are also served.

Two levelled decking, with lower decking the cheapest. But top deck provides the views of those skylines...

2. Take a Ride on a Piece of History

26 million passengers make use of the Star Ferry to cross Victoria Harbour every year. Although there are four different routes the one from Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon to Central, Hong Kong Island is the route most often associated with the Star Ferry.

Before 1870 people had to use sampans to cross the harbour. In that year a single steam ferry started to run an irregular service. In 1888 the Kowloon Ferry Service started with the original vessel and two more – the Morning Star and Evening Star. The service was so popular it soon had 4 ferries all of which had names ending in ‘Star’. The business became the Star Ferry Company Limited in 1898. After some changes in fortune and surviving WWII the service now operates 12 ferries. Until 1972, when the harbour tunnel was built, Star Ferries were the main way to cross the harbour.

The Star Ferry is now an icon of Hong Kong (learn more via Hong Kong travel guide) and remains popular with locals and tourists alike. One of the best views you can get of the harbour and the famous skyline is from the ferry.

The trip from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central costs $2HK one way for the lower deck. Tokens can be purchased from vending machines at the piers.

3. The Star Ferry - Harbour Tour.

The star Ferry offers a harbor cruise that takes one hour to complete.

For a reasonable HK$40 you are provided with a modern ferry that is fully air-conditioned. This is a perfect way to get a fully narrated overview of the city for your Hong Kong tours, with a cold drink in hand from the bar.

The "Shining Star" ferry is a re-creation of the ferries that were common on Victoria Harbour during the 1920s and 1930’s.

There are also outside viewing areas at the bow and stern of the vessel for those who wish to enjoy the “outdoors” a little more!

4. The Star Ferry - between Kowloon and Hong Kong Is.

The Star Ferry was a quick trip that took us between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island in approx 5 minutes. Although views were excellent, with the massive skyscrapers dwarfing the container ships, ferries and other water craft, I was a little disappointed with the ferry ride as I thought the ride would go longer! (Just one of those things you picture in your head before traveling to a particular destination.)

Although the star ferry has 2 levels, first and second class, we paid for a second class ticket and sat in the first class seats. Nobody approached us and we simply enjoyed the breeze and the excellent views.

Hong Kong is a must-see for your China tour deals.

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28/09/2013

General Guide of Nanthan Road of Hong Kong

1. Nathan Road

It was my first Hong Kong travel.. I first need to decide where to stay. According to my search, I need to choose between Kowloon area and Hong Kong island.. Later I decided to stay at Kowloon area.. And when I was searching for tips about there, I have seen the pictures of Nathan Road..

It is definitely the most liveliest street at Hong Kong.. All shops are open till very late hours and people are all on the streets. Our hotel was just on the Nathan road, when we go out from the hotel it was the watch sellers attacking us.. "Copy watches, Do u wanna buy a rolex..etc".. As we are used to such insults, we have managed to clear the first raid..Just after some seconds it was now the tailors attack :).. "Do u wanna buy a suit for you,".. It was really funny, all those indians are handling the fake watch and Suit market..

Nathan Road is a wide avenue with heavy trafic, many shops, restaurants, bars and lively nightlife.. The shops in the street open at 9:00 am and after that till midnite the tendency never drops..

2. The well known Nathan Road

This famous Nathan Road, located at mainland Kowloon, is a must visit. Strolling down the road is a people watching activity. Other than that, as you'll notice, there is quite numbers of indians. As they involve more on money changer and other commercial business.

As Tsim Sha Tsui area well known as a shopping district, more local products and street shows, as well as the bright neon lights at night. As the area pack and crowd largely by immigrants it is advise and beware of pickpockets.

3. Shopping: Nathan Road and surrounds

If it's your cup of tea, there's plenty of shopping to be had. One area would be streets near Nathan Road on the Kowloon side.

Nathan Road and Jordan Street have all manners of shops.

Shanghai Street being near a temple has several stores selling buddhas and guanyins. On this road, you can buy anything you want after tired Hong Kong tour

The Mong Kok Computer Centre on Nelson Street has 3 floors of computing equiipment. And on nearby streets, there are street markets.

Near Ap Lu, you will find fabric stores, electronic stores and mobile phone stores.

4. Nathan Road and the night...

Nathan Road and the night market

Nathan road is an experience in itself, particularly at night after visiting Hong Kong attractions. It's safe enough, I think, but there are rows of seedy-looking electronics shops, which I think I'd discourage anyone from buying from. But there are legitimate shops too, like Timberland, for instance (which happens to be JUST as expensive as in the U.S.). There are karaoke bars, restaurants, men trying to sell you new suits ('NEW SUIT! YOU, NEW SUIT!'), men leading you off into alleys to take a look at their 'Rolexes' (here, I'd be wary of anyone leading you off, although we did - make sure you're with a sizeable group if you do this!!). There's the night market farther down on the left down an alley (as you're walking away from the harbor on Nathan). Ok, my best advice is to just wander and explore the different places around here. I spent a good amount of time here and still didn't see everything I could have.

5. Lady's Market in Kowloon

The Lady's Market is a great place for shopping, and just for seeing the wide range of goods available in Hong Kong. Definately worth a stroll through during daytime or evening.

Contain Hong Kong in your affordable China travel packages.

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27/09/2013

What visitors can do in Ocean Park of Hong Kong

1. FUN PLACE!

If I had to choose between Disneyland & Ocean Park (two famous Hong Kong scenic spots)...I'd go for Ocean Park! it's more value for the money and has something for everyone not just kids.

Ocean Park is mainly divided into two main attraction areas: the Waterfront and the Summit, which can be further divided into eight different attraction zones: Amazing Asian Animals, Aqua City, Whiskers Harbour, Marine World, Polar Adventure, Adventure Land, Thrill Mountain and the Rainforest. All these zones offer a wide array of exciting rides and animal exhibits.

It was my first time to see the Panda, the penguin and other exotic animals which is nice, the cable car ride was so cool and the view was breathtaking.

The only thing I didn't like is waiting for almost an hour for every ride but it's my fault for going on Saturday! so try to avoid going during weekends

How to get there by public transportation:
The Citybus Route 629 runs daily from Admiralty MTR Station or Central (Star Ferry). The bus fares are $10.6 for adults and $5.3 for children (aged 4-11).

2. OCEAN PARK

Hong Kong is well served by theme parks and Ocean Park and its competitor Hong Kong Disneyland compete for tourist's (and locals) precious time and money for Hong Kong tour packages. In my opinion Disneyland is just too small to compete with the sheer variety of things to see and do at Ocean Park, so if I only had enough time to go to one theme park, then Ocean Park is an easy choice for me at least. In March this year (2012) the newest attraction - OLD HONG KONG opened.

Costing HK$10 million to build, as the name suggests, Old Hong Kong is a nostalgic recreation of a Hong Kong street scene from the 1950's to 1970's. You will find yourself among once famous rickshaws, a replica of an early Hong Kong tram with rattan style seats, a mid 20th century Kowloon Motor Bus and a replica of the Star Ferry clock tower which chimes on the quarter hour. Tenement buildings called tong lau have been recreated to add just the right amount of authenticity to the streetscape. These narrow buildings still seen all over Hong Kong (learn more via Hong Kong travel guide) combine small shops on the ground floor with small residences above. As well as sights along the street there are smells and tastes with numerous dai pai dong food stalls offering a mouth watering selection of classic hawker food and a Kee Wah Bakery. Live character actors are part of the experience.

For thrillseekers Ocean Park has 27 rides to choose from including six new ones in the recently opened Thrill Mountain section. The most talked about is the Hair Raiser which is a floorless rollercoaster. If you are brave enough to go on it you will be hurled through multiple inversions, reaching 4.0G in acceleration and a top speed of 88 kilometres an hour while experiencing gut wrenching twists and turns all with your feet dangling in mid-air. Sounds like fun.....NOT!!!

There is a lot to see and do which requires plenty of walking so you do need a full day, taking into account that queueing is inevitable especially for the cable car which links the two main sections of the park. My tip is to drink plenty of water as you can get quite hot. For those who like to keep their feet on the ground Ocean Park also has lots of animal exhibits (the Giant Panda Adventure is my favourite) and there is a conservation marine life park with a wonderful Aquarium.

Because of its ongoing improvement strategies over the last few years Ocean Park has remodelled itself as a must see attraction for both tourists and locals. If you are thinking of spending Halloween there be aware that the park will be incredibly busy. I was told the park employs an extra 2,000 staff to cater for the crowds over the Halloween period.

There is a dedicated bus service to/from Ocean Park. Any 629 Citybus from outside the Lippo Centre in Admiralty or from Central Pier 7 at 9.45am, 10.05am, 10.25am, 10.45am, 11.45am, 12.45pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm and 3.45pm will take you to the Ocean Park Main Entrance. This bus also goes via the Exchange Square Bus Terminal.

From Ocean Park to Central Pier 7 buses depart at at noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. From Ocean Park to Exchange Square Bus Station, departures at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm.
So you should not miss the Ocean Park for your affordable China travel packages.

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