Published on March 22nd, 2011 | by Paz11
Due to my job change we haven’t gotten our work visas yet…not to worry they are in the process. However, Zeek only received a 30 day visa into China. You can apply for a Chinese visa in Hong Kong so…. Hong Kong here we come!
I have to let you know that our first trip from Hong Kong to Guangzhou was no fun. So we were a little nervous about going this time. We brought one carry-on size piece of luggage for all of us and we brought our Chinese Baby Bjorn to carry Abe around and of course the laptop so Zeek could work. No big pieces of luggage and no stroller. We were only going to be in Hong Kong for a few days.
How we got there was not as difficult as we thought it would be.We departed China from the Guangzhou East station (about 5 metro stops from our house). Each ticket cost us 160 RMB and we did not have to pay for the kids. You go through immigration & security as you leave China and board your train. This was a very smooth process. We stored our luggage over-head and were on our way to Hong Kong. It was only a 2 hour train ride. When you arrive in Hong Kong you go through immigration and security. Again, very easy and smooth. Get money out as soon as you arrive, Hong Kong has completely different money as China and remember a different conversion rate.
As we arrived the difference from China was amazing.Mostly because of all of the English we saw everywhere. Yes, considering Hong Kong use to belong to Britain everyone drives on the left and there is English galor. I have to admit after a month of struggling to communicate it was nice to be able to speak English and have the majority of people know what I am saying. hahaha FINALLY!
Our first day we had to spend some time at the Chinese consulate….don’t be jealous. Although it took us roughly 2 hours to get paperwork filled out and wait for our number, I have to say it wasn’t that bad. Lupita made friends with other children that were there with their parents and Abe ran around and had us chase him. (good little work-out)
Now for some fun!! We found a great book store where we were able to buy a really good Chinese (Mandarin)/English Dictionary. We explored the streets and then went back to the hotel to get a little rest. We had explored too long and we were all getting…okay we were crabby! We ordered a little room service (way too expensive) and some of us took a little nap.
Now for a night out on the town! We went to the light show. They have the show every night at 8 pm and it was AMAZING! Not to mention that it is free! We got there early and were able to take a few shots before the crowd arrived. I have to say that the view alone is incredible.
This great little pirate ship…or Agua Luna takes is another place that you can view the light show from. It is fully equipped with a full bar and a delicious dinner for you to enjoy. I am not sure how much this costs. However it is on my to-do list for my 30th birthday that will be this October.
In the morning we had to visit the consulate again and I had to get some paperwork done for my work visa. After a few hours of business we were off again on our adventure.
We had mastered Hong Kong’s Transit system; MTR. It is just as easy and clean as the tour guide says it is. However beware that it is BUSY, just like China there are people everywhere and they move quickly. But don’t be discouraged, stand off to the side and get your bearings. You are not being timed.
Lan Tao Islandwas our next destination. We took the MTR all the way there with only two transfers and it cost us around 64 Hong Kong Dollars. Once we got there we found lots of signs telling us where to go. It is a huge tourist area so they are prepared for the English speaking kind. Our next mode of transportation had to be the best so far……Cable Car.
This is a picture from our cable car. The kids loved it. It was 115 Hong Kong dollars for each of us. (did not pay for kids) Once our cable car dropped us off at the top of the mountain you find a cute little town. With lots of great restaurants and coffee. There was a Starbucks folks….and no I didn’t buy any.
Here is the great Buddha from half way up!
Here is a picture of the view once you reach the top.
There is a monastery where monks were praying. I have to admit one of the most beautiful sounds ever. You aren’t allowed to take pictures.
Lupita walked up all by herself. We were very proud. I would not have been able to carry her up anyways.
To finish the day off we got some Indian food.
We then hoped on the cable car, MTR, and then the train back to Guangzhou. We had a great time and saw a lot of amazing things in Hong Kong. We will be back soon.