Day 1 â€“ Good things come to those who wait.
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I boarded a domestic flight to
1. By BUS, which is the most economical way at 33HKD, and stops at the a few bus points in
3. By TRAIN â€˘ or the Airport Express which is the fastest, and connects you to all the train stations in the entire
In the airport, there is a tourist information center at the arrival section where you can purchase the â€śOCTOPUS CARDâ€ť. It is a card at 150HK dollars, and allows you to board the train, ferry, and busses on the entire peninsula without the hassle of having to line up and purchase single journey tickets on every station/pier or carry around exact coins to pay when taking the bus. It is actually very convenient as you can even use it in paying for your food at McDonalds and or other convenient shops. The best thing about it? You get the fares cheaper than the usual as you would if getting single journey tickets, and the remaining value on the card is reimbursable when you would want to surrender it.
Taking the airport express can either take you to 3 stations, Hongkong, Central and
just a few meters away from the station. I was expecting it to be a modern/new building, and it was just the complete opposite. Although it was it a very good location at
I was entertained by the Chinese hostel owner who then informed me that the dorm room I am supposed to be in didnâ€™t have a single woman inside the 12-bed room.
Thirty minutes later, I was wandering on the Avenue of the Stars which was conveniently a kilometer or so walk from my hostel. The view of the Hongkong skyline was lovely. The skyscrapers looked well arranged on the hilly island making each of them visible from the Avenue. Lights of different colors laced the outline of buildings, each with its own unique design. Although it was almost , the avenue was packed with people, either just strolling and enjoying the view or busy picture-taking with the skyline in the background, and or with the hand imprints of Chinese stars on the floor. There were also several statues on the avenue strip. One of Bruce Lee in a fighting stance, and several other generic ones holding cinematography items. I was really starting to realize why locals and tourists alike love it here. Hongkong is a very vibrant, cosmopolitan city, and being on the avenue gives you a â€śrefreshingâ€ť feeling, with the bay, the island, and the modern skyscrapers all in harmony. The weather was very ideal too, at 17C, I strolled for another hour more before heading back to the hostel.