Hong Kong

Destination, Hong Kong

Living the high life at Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Shangri-La Hotels has always been about luxury. Despite knowing that and after two previous stays in Singapore and Sydney, I was bowled over when I found out just how luxurious staying at the Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong can be.

Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong
Yay for paperless check-in!

The experience starts at check-in. I arrived at the hotel just past nine in the morning, way too early to be checking in at any hotel. I was just admiring the reception’s Wacom tablet, which they use for checking in guests, when I was told that I’m to head to the 56th floor, where Horizon Club Guests have an exclusive check-in.
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The magic continues at the Disneyland Hotel

There are two hotels in the Disneyland Resort: Disneyland Hollywood Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel. The first features an art deco architecture (with a not-so-hidden Mickey here and there) and has 1920’s feel. The Disneyland Hotel on the otherhand, is a Victorian splendor inside and out. The warm tones of the interior is matched by the warm reception of the staff that welcomes you to the hotel.

Disneyland Hotel
Disneyland Hotel

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Hong Kong, the second time around

Though this was my second trip to Hong Kong, I was eagerly looking forward to coming back and exploring the Special
Administrative Region. My last trip took me way off the beaten path, and this time, I’m eager to go where everyone goes. Cheapest way to get to the city Our flight arrived at 10am, still too early to check-in. Before exiting to the arrival hall, I inquired at the Visitor’s Center about the best way to go to South Pacific Hotel in Wan Chai without taking the train. I figured a 40-minute bus ride isn’t so bad if check-in isn’t until 2pm. Also, the HK$40 fare on the A11 bus was a far cry from the Airport Express’ HK$100 one-way ticket.

Hong Kong Airport Bus
Buying a ticket for the A11

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Day 3: Getting lost in Hong Kong Island and making my way to HKIA

I’ve put off writing this last installment to my three-day Hong Kong post series simply because there’s really nothing interesting to write about.

Back at my Couchsurfing host’s flat, we spent hours chatting about a lot of things, looking at our photos taken during the trip and drinking Belgian beer (well, them at least). We finally ended at 1am, and since I plan on leaving the flat early to explore Hong Kong Island on my own, I bade them goodbye.

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Sayuri and her new friends. The small plush toys were the Belgian’s travel gnome. The bear has a backpack that a friend of theirs hand made for them, which has the logo of Antwerp, their home city.

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Hong Kong Day 2: Tai Kok Tsui Temple Fair, Hiking the Wilson Trail and the Symphony of Lights

After much tossing and turning, I was finally able to sleep soundly around 4am. I awoke around 8am, wondering what time we would be heading out, and where we’ll go for breakfast. Vincent went out of his room around 9am, and by 10am, we were heading out his apartment.

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Mmm, roast. Never did get to try these though 🙁

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