Day 1 in Hong Kong - Disneyland!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Figuring out how to go to Disneyland was pretty easy. The Tsim Sha Tsui subway station was just beside the Mirador Mansions so I just had to go there and learn how to use their train system. Subway system in Hong Kong is very similar to the Seoul Metro. You’d have to be really stupid to get lost after 5 minutes of staring at the train maps.

You’d have to go to the Central station of the Tsue Wan line then transfer to the line that goes to Disneyland. Yes, Disneyland has its own train and it’s kind of amazing. The windows were shaped like a Mickey Mouse logo and the interiors were all Disney-fied – from the bar handles to the small statues.

It was around 1PM and the sun was directly above us. The temperature in Hong Kong was probably 35 degrees Celsius.  Everyone was sweating profusely but for some reason, I wasn’t complaining. I went through each stall which were either a snack bar or a souvenir shop. Then I headed to the main attractions of the park.

I have to say I was a bit disappointed with Disneyland for two reasons: I felt that there was a lack of adventure rides and their park attendants were not very friendly!

The highlight of my visit was definitely the grand parade. I was soooooooo stoked to see Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Lightning Mcqueen in the flesh (Is that even the right thing to say?) and the other Disney characters were also great.

Just to let you know: This is how my day started: I went to work and got off early at 4am to go to the airport. While sitting at the passengers' waiting area, I was on a conference call with our client (though this time I was just a listener because of the noisy background). I waited for boarding time which started a couple of hours later. Then I arrived in Hong Kong, went to my hotel to drop off my stuff and headed to Disneyland.

In short - I had absolutely NO SLEEP!

However, it was a Friday night. I reckoned it would be the best time to check out the local bars. I saw a couple of nice restaurants at Knutsford Terraces and a few bars within the area. Nothing really appealed to me so the big loser in me just decided to head home and call it a day but not without grabbing a quick bite at McDonalds.

But just as I was ready to walk back into Mirador Mansions, I decided to check out nearby Giordano store. By golly, everything's on sale! I ended up maxing out my shopping budget on day 1! But I got a lot for what I paid for:

YES! Call me cheap! I only alloted HK$500 for shopping because a) I don't like shopping and b) I have a very limited budget. I will write a separate post on my expenses on this HK trip.

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