First Time in Hong Kong
Replies: 38 - Last Post: Sep 2, 2012 12:10 PM Last Post By: ladyanne_abit
Aug 26, 2012 7:14 PM
Aug 27, 2012 2:49 AM
16I truly think Chinese New year is one of the best times to visit Hong Kong, as others say, get an Octopus Card first, and then;
The main/must do events in the CNY in HK are
1. 香港新春花車巡遊 , the decorated car march (I make up the term as I don’t know how it call in english) in the first day of CNY.
2. The firework in the second day of CNY
3. The horse racing in the third day of CNY / or you can taka trip to Macau
And go to Wong Tai Sin temple in the first day of CNY as well, it will be crowded, but if you like to feel the Chinese religion culture and atmosphere, it definitely won’t let you down.
Those things only take place in Chinese New Year every year. So if someone come to Hong Kong in this period, how could someone miss them ?
(yes, there are still horse racing , firework in the other days of the year and Wong Tai Sin temple still there all out the year, but which is much more distinctive in Chinese New Year, totally different atmosphere)
Edited by: WingKeung
Aug 27, 2012 5:31 AM
17According to Google Translator: 香港新春花車巡遊 in no. 16 is the Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade - I'm guessing this is the Hong Kong version of the Rose Parade.
Aug 27, 2012 3:44 PM
Aug 27, 2012 4:07 PM
19@PangJun and @WingKeung - thanks for the suggestions as well. I'm writing them down then we'll finalize everything. It's just a shame that we only have a little time for our trip to HK. I just want to maximize our time there and plan everything right.
Just a question for WingKeung... Sir, when you said on the 2nd day of CNY that's on the 11th right? Cause the 10th is the first day... I guess we'll miss the Fireworks then because we'll be heading back home morning of the 11th...
Just another question though... should i booked online and reserved the tickets for The Peak or just go there? I know it's CNY and I know it will be crowded for sure... I just dont want to take the risk and book only to find out we'll miss our booking due to un for seen events. I'm thinking like for the Oceanpark tickets to just get them on the day of our arrival thru 7-11 and have them for the next day... or do you have any ideas whether they sell the Oceanpark tickets in the airport as well?
Thanks for the help guys... really appreciate it!
Aug 27, 2012 5:03 PM
Aug 27, 2012 5:19 PM
21MTR - you can take luggage on the normal lines, but remember that the normal lines can get very crowded. However, the Tung Chung line is usually not so bad.
Most shops now remain open over CNY, except for smaller family owned shops and restaurants.
The first day of CNY will be 10 Feb 2013. The fireworks are on the evening of the 11 Feb 2013.
I would not book for the Peak (although expect it to be crowded, and for there to be a long queue for the peak tram). Maybe catching the bus (number 15) up would be a better idea.
Aug 27, 2012 5:23 PM
Aug 27, 2012 8:14 PM
23The bus is probably a safer bet and you can always see about taking the tram down after dinner as it's kind of nice to say it's one of those things you did in Hong Kong. You could go to the tram first and see how bad the lines are and then maybe just take a taxi to the peak if the line looks pretty bad.
I would however see about making reservations for your dinner well in advance of your arrival in HK. It looks like contact info is readily available, for example the phone for the Pearl restrauant in the Peak Tower is: Tel: (852) 2849 5123
Aug 27, 2012 11:44 PM
24For the OceanPark ticket, check this
For 香港新春花車巡遊Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade
It normally starts at 8PM at TST, you will find peoples start to gather and hold a spot along the parade route 1-2 hours before. So if you decide to go, try not to appear late, otherwise you may find yourself dissuaded from entering the route area by police (too many people already).
And yes It’s pity that you will miss the firework. I personally think HK firework (especially CNY) rank at least top 3 in the world’s firework show.
Hope you both enjoy the trip.
Aug 28, 2012 3:46 PM
25@PangJun - thanks for the tip! I guess we'll do just as what you've suggested. I don't want to waste time falling in line just to get a ticket so might as well take a taxi up the Peak.
Any ideas how much a taxi ride could cost all the way up to the Peak from the tram terminal below?
@WinKeung - I checked the OceanPark tickets but the dates for Feb 2013 is blocked out still... I guess they're not selling yet.
I was just thinking of getting a ticket on 7-11 a day before we decide to go. You think that's a good idea?
Thanks for the tips guys!
Aug 28, 2012 5:39 PM
26Taxi to the peak from Central would be around HK$100. I think it would be difficult to get a taxi from near the Peak tram in Admiralty.
Aug 28, 2012 6:10 PM
27Thanks for the heads up drumbrake!
I was checkning The Peak site and found a number of ways going to the top.
Contemplating on taking the bus or minibus then since it'll be cheaper than a taxi.
Anyway if I'm coming from OceanPark, what would you suggest do I do to get to the Peak?
Thanks for the help guys!
Aug 28, 2012 6:32 PM
28From Ocean Park, taxi is the only direct way. Price is similar - around HK$100. Otherwise, you have to head to Central first, and then change buses.
If you would like a little exercise, catch a bus heading towards Central via Pok Fu Lam, and get off at Pok Fu Lam reservoir. It is then a pleasant 45-60 minute walk (up hill) past a reservoir and through forest to the Peak. You have good views over the South China Sea as you walk up.
Aug 28, 2012 8:15 PM
As others already said, the Ocean Park is big, I don’t remember I have ever heard the ticket were sold out for the day, or fully booked… I think the chance is very slim even in holiday.
With the website said, you can also buy the ticket form “the Citybus Bus Route 629 Terminal (Mon to Fri before 3:00pm; Sat, Sun and Public Holiday before 4:00pm) near Admiralty MTR (exit B) “ .
Yes, many people will take bus 629 form Admiralty MTR to Ocean park, and there will be selling ticket too, if you’re going to take bus 629, then you can also buy ticket there.
I myself never tried buy ticket from 7-11, and I think it make no different whether buy 1 day advance or the day you go (especially if you’re going in the morning), as I said the chance is very very slim. However, if you still worry or want it to be sure, then do it in 7-11 also fine.
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