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good morning! The weather is perfect for the tour.

Actually it seems like we really have no choice since our schedule is too tight... By the time we arrived at the HK airport we looked at our map to search for the location where we'd meet our tour guide. Luckily we didn't get lost, we found our tour guide, his name's Henry. A hong kong local who speaks cantonese, knows a little tagalog and fluent in english. In fairness, his english is understandable unlike other tour guides we met there. Quite terrible we'd rather look at the map than listen to their explanation.. So he gave us our itineraries for the day, so he said in the afternoon he'll pick us up at the hotel and will be going to victoria's peak, wax museum and the night market. our original plan was disney and stay there until night time for the fireworks, but since we'd also like to see victoria's peak, he said that we could go to ocean park instead of disney.

welcome to hong kong
If we pick disney we cannot make it to victoria's peak because it is quite far and the disney tour wouldn't be complete without the fireworks show. So we discussed about it and decided to go to ocean park and victoria's peak.

We paid around HKD600+ for this optional tour, it's quite pricey compared if we'd tour it by ourselves, HKD100+ would be the difference. But it's a hassle-free tour especially for the first-timers in hong kong and for those who have a tight schedule. Then after it's all settled, he gave us our voucher, breakfast coupon and transferred us to our hotel.

Ocean Park Adventure

Let the amazing race begin!... We arrived at ocean park after lunch time, it was too hot.

photo ops with the cavemen
.. So we better bring bottled water along with us to keep us hydrated. Our tour guide gave us a map for our reference and discussed with us a few things, I was not really listening as I was excited to get inside and could hardly understand her english. Only thing I understand was that we should be at the same meeting place at exactly 5:00.

Ocean park is a huge park other parts of it are still under construction. It has two entrance gates by the way, (which is the reason why we got lost, and almost missed the tour bus). It has a lot of escalators, long escalators, good thing they have these so we don't have to climb up the stairs! We went into some dinosaur exhibits and took a few photos with the cavemen.

Here are the few rides we took at ocean park:
Dinosaur Exhibit (forgot the real title)
The Peak Tower (unsure about the name)
Cable Car (how can i forget this ride)
Panda
Jelly fish exhibit
Dolphin show at ocean park theatre (one chinese lady kept on pushing me, don't know why I was just standing there watching the show, some people just really don't have manners.

oh well, luckily i still got a chance to take a few good shots of the dolphins.)

I missed the mine train, don't think we'd be able to do that, we have to get to the meeting point.. We got to the entrance gate but noticed that it's quite different from the gate where we entered... And the fearful thing happened we were lost, we were at the entrance gate located at the other end of the park. It's too far from the meeting place if we'd walk and go back inside the park, even if we ride the cable car. So we asked the lady near the gate if there's easier and faster way to get to the other entrance gate, she said there's a free shuttle bus ride outside which could take us there for about 15 mins or ride a taxi. She didn't clearly tell us where exactly the bus is, so we roamed around under the scorching heat, we don't even know what it looks like or if it has any logo of ocean park or something.

view of the city from the Sky Terrace
.. My friend saw one double decker bus, and asked the driver if they offer free shuttle bus ride going to the other side of the park. Luckily, it's the bus we're looking for, but we're 10 minutes late... To make the long story short, we were able to catch up, the tourist guide waited for us and spotted us near the gate.

Victoria's Peak

We look wasted when we arrived at Victoria's Peak, but there's no stopping now. We got 3 more activities ride the peak tram, see the wax museum, view hong kong buildings in the sky terrace and eat/buy/roam around at night market. The peak tram was cool, it was a 10-12 minutes ride I think, and we were able to enjoy the view of the surroundings. At the wax museum, we saw different celebrities and well-known personalities like Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jacky Chan, Bruce Lee, Queen Elizabeth and other royalties, David Beckham, Muhammad Ali, Pres.

with Brad Pitt
Bush, Obama, Clinton, Michael Jackson, Elvis, etc. Sky Terrace was nice also, although we were not able to watch the symphony of lights because we had to be at the meeting point early. Then we ride the bus again going to the night market in Kowloon where we had our dinner and bought some souvenir items.

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thanks keith!
Posted on: Jul 29, 2010
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good morning! The weather is perfe…
good morning! The weather is perf…
welcome to hong kong
welcome to hong kong
photo ops with the cavemen
photo ops with the cavemen
view of the city from the Sky Terr…
view of the city from the Sky Ter…
with Brad Pitt
with Brad Pitt
excited?
excited?
inside the Airport train
inside the Airport train
travel with my friends
travel with my friends
the hong kong-like local
the hong kong-like local
yes i do look like a hong kong loc…
yes i do look like a hong kong lo…
mga turistas! we met a fellow kaba…
mga turistas! we met a fellow kab…
on our way to the hotel
on our way to the hotel
the bridge
the bridge
no traffic
no traffic
lego... buildings...
lego... buildings...
double decker bus
double decker bus
clean and green
clean and green
breakfast at the hotels cafe
breakfast at the hotel's cafe
were full and ready to go.(hotel…
we're full and ready to go.(hotel…
just chillin and waiting.. tour w…
just chillin' and waiting.. tour …
while waiting...
while waiting...
checking myself in the mirror
checking myself in the mirror
watching tv
watching tv
on our way to ocean park
on our way to ocean park
with the caveman
with the caveman
inside the dinosaurs exhibit
inside the dinosaurs exhibit
the caveman and the hippie
the caveman and the hippie
riding the longest escalator in Ho…
riding the longest escalator in H…
sweaty and wasted
sweaty and wasted
thats the mine train
that's the mine train
resting for a minute
resting for a minute
inside the jelly fish exhibit
inside the jelly fish exhibit
shadows
shadows
ocean park tower
ocean park tower
ocean theatre
ocean theatre
dolphin show (i took this photo)
dolphin show (i took this photo)
and this
and this
and this
and this
animals doing some tricks
animals doing some tricks
cable cars
cable cars
looks like bubbles
looks like bubbles
Panda
Panda
with the gold fish mascot
with the gold fish mascot
the peak tram
the peak tram
i was lucky to get a seat near the…
i was lucky to get a seat near th…
thats the sky terrace
that's the sky terrace
with Bruce Lee
with Bruce Lee
with Nicole Kidman
with Nicole Kidman
So how was your stay here in Hong…
"So how was your stay here in Hon…
Hey dude!
"Hey dude!"
Id like to introduce to all of y…
"I'd like to introduce to all of …
with the royals
with the royals
Princess Nicole (for 3 seconds)
Princess Nicole (for 3 seconds)
The next president?!
The next president?!
Sir, can you tell us how often do…
"Sir, can you tell us how often d…
Can we have dinner first before y…
"Can we have dinner first before …
with David Beckham
with David Beckham
Boxers!
Boxers!
~ But the kid is not my son ~ he…
~ "But the kid is not my son" ~ h…
with Elvis Presley
with Elvis Presley
~ I want nobody nobody but you!!!…
"~ I want nobody nobody but you!!…
replica of disneyland hong kong
replica of disneyland hong kong
Mickey, ill see you next time...
Mickey, i'll see you next time...
going up to the sky terrace
going up to the sky terrace
me and my friend at the sky terrace
me and my friend at the sky terrace
could hardly smile... (notice the …
could hardly smile... (notice the…
EA station -- where you can play E…
EA station -- where you can play …
At last ill be having my dinner..…
At last i'll be having my dinner.…
my bags and things
my bags and things
my bed
my bed
gotta rest for now, gotta recharge…
gotta rest for now, gotta recharg…