Ok, guys. This is the last post in my Hong Kong series.
We scheduled an 830pm flight out of Hong Kong so we practically had the whole day to explore and shop for last minute pasalubong. I love that our hotel room came with an option for late check out, so that really enabled us to make the most of our remaining time there.
First up on our agenda was a semi-late breakfast (Marco Polo has a wonderful buffet selection!), and then a trip to the Peak Tram. In all the times I’ve visited Hong Kong, I’ve never quite made it to this top tourist destination.
Getting there was pretty easy. We took the MTR and got off at Central Station, then walked uphill towards the Tram’s Lower Station. We actually got there just in time as lines were already starting to form (actually, I advise an early start if you plan on riding the tram. I think we were just lucky that day that the lines were not that long :))
The trams arrive every 10-12 mins. After about a 40 minute wait, we were able to get on board!
It was pretty cool riding this very traditional means of transportation. I didn’t feel all woozy even though we were climbing up to such an incredible sight, and the views of the harbor were truly breathtaking! A enjoyed it very much too!
When we finally got to the peak, we took a couple of minutes to look around and take pictures. We decided against going up to the observation deck as we felt we would practically be seeing the same thing, just with an unobstructed view.
If we had more time, I would have loved to go around the mall (apparently there was a Coach outlet there!). This time, however, we opted to head back down to Kowloon side so we could go back for some last minute purchases, and we could have lunch somewhere closer to our hotel. We got back just in time to do both. And that pretty much was how we ended our Hong Kong holiday– or so I thought!
Unfortunately, because of the bad weather in Manila, our 830pm flight was moved to 3am. When you are traveling with a child, 3am flights are practically impossible! I almost started to hyperventilate just thinking of waking up early and dragging my sleeping child to the airport. Such a hassle!
Instead, the hubby and I decided to spend the night in Hong Kong, and to re-book ourselves for a 9am flight going home. Sounds more reasonable, right? But expensive too! Hahaha! While we were lucky that there was an available room for us at the Marco Polo Gateway, we could no longer get a discounted rate because of the short notice. At that point, however, I didn’t really care anymore. I just wanted to get settled in, have some dinner, and get some rest!
Having an extra evening in Hong Kong, proved to be a blessing. First of all, we heard that some flights that departed were diverted to Clark, Pampanga because of the heavy rains in Manila. If that happened to us, I would probably be freaking out!!! We also heard that many passengers had difficulty getting cabs that evening because of the floods. Thank goodness we didn’t have to deal with that!
Instead, we were able to stay another night in a very comfortable room, and had dinner in a nice restaurant–BLT Burger–to celebrate the eve of the little one’s birthday. In all the years I lived in New York, I unfortunately never had the chance to try this restaurant out. Funny that I finally did– in Hong Kong! Hahaha!
Although the burger was nothing extremely special (we got The Stripper aka a burger without the bun), it was seasoned well, and you could tell the beef was of really good quality. And by that time, I was a bit tired of all the cantonese food we had eaten, so this was a welcome break and hit the spot–especially the french fries! Hahaha!
This trip to Hong Kong was a bit quick, and I have to admit, it was the first time that I actually felt bitin about our stay. Hopefully next time, we’ll be able to plan something longer–there is still so much to see and do!
It was a much needed vacay, though, and I’m glad we had the chance to leave Manila even for just a couple of days. While I honestly cannot say I feel rested and recharged, I think what’s more important is that I feel truly blessed.