Garden of Stars or Avenue of Stars?….Just the same, as Long as There’s Bruce Lee.

Early morning around 8 o’clock, I began to descend Chungking Mansions Building where I stayed for 3 days in Hong Kong. Hong Kong was crazy, I couldn’t see the morning sun because it was so tightly with skyscrapers. Streets were also full of people who passing by with their respective activities…..Very tight.

Nathan Road became a road name which I was most familiar with because I always passed it every morning, afternoon and night while in Hong Kong. That morning….Yes, Nathan Road again…. I turned left toward Salisbury Road. While looking at roadside shops, I hope to find a minimart soon to buy a cheap breakfast. Crazy indeed….Hong Kong transportation can be cheap, but food and hotel are expensive.

T-junction of Nathan Road and Salisbury Road.

Then arrived at T-junction of Middle Road and Salisbury Road, I found 7-Eleven minimart. Yes, that morning I ate a slice of Ham & Egg Sandwiches at a price of USD 1,40. Simply heated in a microwave, I could quickly enjoy it. It was just strange, cashier didn’t want to accept my HKD 100 paper money, she said it was old money….What?

Standing at the end of road while enjoying my smoky sandwiches, my chewing was interrupted by presence of a Japanese wanderer who was a little difficult to speak English and with his gadget showing a picture of an orange building with a wall clock on it. Oh that’s Hong Kong Clock Tower, I immediately understood…..I was clever right, Hahaha.

Me: “Do you want go there?”.

He: “Yes….Yes…”, Nodding and smiling.

Me: “Do you have a map?”.

He: “What…What…”, He didn’t understand.

Me: “Wait….Just wait”….I put my food on a sidewalk bench, I lowered my bag from my back, then I took a map which is a loyal tool for my trip. I knew that clock tower is located near Star Ferry Pier, maybe he wanted to cross towards Hong Kong Island. Yes, I found its location in map and then I put my compass on it….Okay, I knew

Me: “Hi Buddy, you just go through that road…You must across that road towards left side….Just walking straight for about 1 km. You will find it in the left side….Okay”…..I explained while pointing my fingers here and there because he didn’t understand English.

He: “Okay…okay, thank you very much”.

Me: “Arigatou Gozaimasu…..”. while bowing

He: “Oh…Oh, yea “, He smiled broadly and leaned forward. It seems like he is honored.

Finished in eating sandwiches, I immediately continued my journey along Salisbury Road….Opposite direction to a Japanese who ask to me earlier. Within 5 minutes, I arrived at a tunnel court with would direct me to Garden of Stars. Free…. no needed to spend money to entering this destination. Entering Garden of Stars Time Tunnel, I was treated to Hong Kong city stories from ancient era until now. Wow, the picture stories displayed along tunnel wall leave me stunned by the rapid development of Hong Kong….Cool.

Out of tunnel then I arrived in the vast Garden of Stars. Wahhhh…. those famous statues. The statue was being moved from its original place namely Avenue of Stars on a side of Victoria Harbor due to a renovation project.

Actually amused too, photos with that statues…. Hahaha. My far away journey just to took a photo with statues in Hong Kong….Wow.

Here were some Garden of Stars captures:

Mc Dull sculpture….the pig cartoon figure.
Sculpture of the legend….Bruce Lee.
Anita Mui sculpture.
Hong Kong Film Awards Sculpture.

Besides statues, I also found Star Handprint Plaques. Trying to touch Michelle Yeoh’s handprint …. Oh God, how cute is her hand ….I really like it.

Forgotten whose handprint is that?

At the end of park, I could find statues which depicting film activities in Hong Kong.

Lighting crew sculpture.
Sculpture of sound assistant.
Donny as cameraman.

Garden of Stars itself offers a breathtaking view of Victoria Harbor. Didn’t want to leave its charm, I decided to enjoy a cup of coffee and sit facing Victoria Harbor to enjoy the beauty of Hong Kong on that morning.

Victoria Harbour view….very beautiful.

How cool was my trip.…

Ferry from Hong Kong to Macao

My 48 hours adventure in Hong Kong must end.

Early morning, I packed my things. After filling my drinking bottle in hotel’s water dispenser, I had to fight with fully effort to wake the receptionist up who was snoring behind room curtain. Don’t you imagine how luxury of its reception desk….Because a hotel reception is only a small room with a hole interaction between guests and hotel receptionist with 1 square meter in size.

And his snoring was swallowed when he woke up because of the bell disturbance from me. I didn’t know if he was angrily muttering or maybe he was just shocked because of his Chinese idiom which I didn’t understand. While muttering, he tried to find an envelope filled with money in desk drawer to returning a room deposit money to me. Not bad, 100 Hong Kong Dollars.

Exiting Chungking Mansions in a still dark street, I walked fast enough to immediately enter Tsim Sha Tsui underground station which is located 100 meters from Chungking Mansions exit.

With Tsuen Wan Line MTR, I headed for Central Station then continued with Island Line MTR and stopped at Sheung Wan Station which is integrated with Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal.

Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal is a regular ferry port with route from Hong Kong-Macao Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong to Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal in Macao.

Within 16 minutes and a fare about USD 0.75, I arrived at Sheung Wan Station. I immediately headed to ticket counter to withdraw my Octopus Card deposit for about USD 6.50 stored in it. “The Octopus” duty to accompany me was completed because I was at ferry gate to leave Hong Kong.

Ferry departure schedule.
First time to ride a fast boat.

After buying a ferry ticket to Macao, the price was about USD 21.30, I immediately approached a money changer to exchange Hong Kong Dollar for Macao Dollar.

TurboJet ticket.

Not a long waiting, on exactly 08:00 hours, I began boarding to red speed boat. And a moment later, TurboJet ferry sailed towards Macao.

Ferry interior.
She was beautiful….Hahaha.

Sailing in middle of a light drizzle and continuing to swing across waves made me amazed watching waters of South China Sea. There wasn’t compliment of any food in this short cruise for 55 minutes. I just kept facing window to see amazing view outside ferry.

I was freezing.
Cool yes….

Giant pillars which supporting Macau-Taipa Bridge are a sign that ferry is moving closer to Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal. Macao has a very famous road upper the sea. And I could enjoy its beauty from other side. Even though in the end, I would pass that street later when I went to a famous Macao hotel and casino, The Venetian.

That is the bridge….
Anchoring at Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal, Macao.

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Tian Tan Buddha….Religious Fascination in Ngong Ping

Journey to Tian Tan Buddha

Me: “Is it a bus to Tung Chung Station, Sir

Driver: “Yes, Sir….It will go there”.

A short conversation in double decker S56 front door at bus shelter, Hong Kong International Airport. With that double-decker bus, I headed to Tung Chung Tempory Bus Terminus which is 250 meters northwest of Tung Chung MTR Station.

Sitting on bus lower deck, I continued to look out the window to find a direction sign to Citygate Outlets as the closest building to Tung Chung Station which was most easily seen because of its towering height.

30 minutes passed, I finally saw top of that shopping center. Made my heart a little calm because of I wasn’t lost. Bus slowly approached at Tung Chung Temporary Bus Terminus. Instantly, I could see bus no. 23 bus which was aiming to Ngong Ping. Didn’t rush to catch it, because I had to look for breakfast at Citygate Outlets.

Shopping center which is combined with offices and hotels.

In and out of several minimarkets in mall ground floor, I never found halal food. Returning to front plaza while sitting and observing around, until finally finding McDonald’s logo at end of mall. I entered in that fast food restaurant. A warm omlet burger and a cup of hot tea for USD 1,9 made me better prepared to explore Big Buddha.

Hong Kong MTR (Mass Transit Railway) logo.

A step later, I was getting ready at Tung Chung Temporary Bus Terminus and then queueing at Bus no.23 platform. Starting by swiping Octopus Card on automatic fare machine near driver, I finally began my journey to Tian Tan Buddha.

Bus no.23 interior which goes to Ngong Ping.

How about views during my trip using bus no. 23. Let’s took a peek!

That’s part of South China Sea.
Rode through Tung Chung Road.

35 minutes later.…

Me: “Hello, is it yours?“, I shouted to tour group while holding someone’s Immigration Clearance Arrangement which had fallen under bus seat.

One of them: “Oh, it isn’t” she said after reading and confirming that it wasn’t her name and her group mate.

Me: “Oh, Ok“. I handed that sheet over to bus driver, maybe someone would look for it later.

Bus No. 23.

That incident had closed my journey story heading Tian Tan Buddha.

Tian Tan Buddha and surrounding destinations

The first part which I went through was Ngong Ping Piazza. What were in Ngong Ping Piazza?, here it is:

Entering Ngong Ping Piazza front gate amazed me about this destination. Spacious, majestic and sacred.

Ngong Ping Piazza main gate or often called New Pau Lau.

After passing through gate, next part which you will pass is 122 meters Bodhi Path with 12 statues on left and right sides which are known as “The Twelve Divine Generals”.

The Twelve Divine Generals” are in form of 12 statues of Gods Generals as guardians of Tian Tan Buddha. These 12 Gods Generals also symbolize 12 Chinese zodiacs. The twelve were armed with certain weapons.

The General Indra, represents the time between 9-11 AM. Representing snake symbol in Chinese zodiac. Armed with a stick.
The General Makura, represents time between 5-7am. Representing rabbit symbol in Chinese zodiac. Armed with an ax.

After passing Bodhi Path, you will find another section called The Four Lotus Ponds (Di Tan). This part is usually used for religious ceremonies held by Po Lin Monastery.

In Tan is centre of Ngong Ping Piazza. Often dubbed as “The Alter of Earth”.
If you are lucky, you will be greeted by a cow which is free to roam around Ngong Ping Piazza.

OK, Ngong Piazza was finished……

Next part which I would going to was Tian Tan Buddha.

Tian Tan Buddha is one of the tallest Buddha statues in the world. Facing north and need to climb 268 stairs to be exactly reach it. From above you will also see 360-degree views of Lantau Island.

Come on …. Are you strong to climb or maybe don’t climbing up there?
360-degree view of Lantau Island awaits you if you success to climb those stairs.
Free if you are visiting outside from Tian Tan Buddha statue. But you have to pay if you want to go to bottom of Buddha statue.

Around of Tian Tan Buddha, you will find six Bodhisattva statues which look like they give different offerings for Tian Tan Buddha.

Here it is one of six Bodhisattvas statues.

Then how about form of Tian Tan Buddha. This is it:

Dashing standing with 34 meters in height.

Stepped down the stairs of Tian Tan Buddha then I immediately rushed to Wisdom Path.

What is Wisdom Path?

Yups … is a path that cuts through forest with views on either side in the form of inscriptions containing writings from Heart Sutra teachings and poured in large pieces of wooden boards. The Heart Sutra itself is highly respected among Confucius, Buddhists and Taoists. These 38 wooden planks are arranged so that forming number 8 pattern as a symbol of infinity.

Sign towards Wisdom Path.

This Wisdom Path is only 15-minute walking from Tian Tan Buddha..

Yuhuuuu….I reached the Wisdom Path.

Wisdom Path was finished…..Then, what else?

Yup….Let’s visited Ngong Ping Village.

Is this a really village, Donny?

Noooooo…..This is just a souvenir sales place. Hahaha. So surely, I won’t visit it for long time….

The last….There is another destination in Ngong Ping. Namely Po Lin Monastery. Sorry, guys, I couldn’t visit…. Swear, I was very tired. I hadn’t slept all night, because there wasn’t comfortable sleeping area at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila. Hopefully I can go to Hong Kong again and visit this monastery where monks gather and religious gatherings on an international scale held.

Bye Ngong Ping….Welcome Disneyland…..

Ladies Market….First Day Closing

My adventure in Hong Kong Disneyland ended….It was time to move to another destination.

I gave USD 19,5 to female staff at Hong Kong Taiwan Hotel reception desk. Washing my body at 32nd hour since my last shower in Manila was first thing I did after opening room door.

Indian halal fried rice stall on 1st floor saved me from hunger after a half day exploring Tian Tan Buddha and Hong Kong Disneyland on Lantau Island.

Little fast walking to Tsim Sha Tsui Station and fastly leaving Chungking Mansions Building which is my hostel location. Using Tsuen Wan Line MTR and switching to MTR Kwun Tong Line at Mong Kok station, I finally arrived at Lok Fu Station.

16-minutes train ride which reduced my Octopus Card balance about by USD 1,1. It was getting darker when I came out of Lok Fu Station at gate B. Damn, I was trapped in the darkness when going to Kowloon Walled City Park.

Didn’t want to linger for set direction, I asked an office employee’s woman who was rushing up Kowloon Green Minibus (Kowloon GMB) which is a reliable transportation in Kowloon City District.

Me: “Excuse me, mam!. Sorry for disturbing you. Can me know, which way towards Kowloon Walled City Park?”.

She: “Just walk straight through that street, You can find it in 1 km or you can use this GMB to go there”.

Me: “Oh, thank you mam. I prefer to walk towards there”. (not my way to take a bus for that distance)

Walking through in Junction Road, I was getting a little suspicious because road looked quiet and a little dark. But I never intended to cancel my search. After walking for 15 minutes, I arrived at Kowloon Walled City Park. True to my guess, the park was very quiet and dark disguised. The existence of several garden lights didn’t necessarily make it so bright because of park wide.

I just looked park from front yard. It was impossible to enter deeper areas, making me immediately leave this park.

Just a moment in front of park.

I returned to Lok Fu Station by walk. I intended to go to Ladies Market as closing trip on my first day in Hong Kong.

Do you know Ladies Market, right?

Sorry, this isn’t a market for selling women….Hahaha

Ladies Market is a 1 km street market which majority of stalls sell women’s goods and trinkets such as watches, cosmetics, souvenirs, clothes and some even sell underwear.

Taking Kwun Tong Line MTR. I headed to Mong Kok Station which is the closest stop to Ladies Market. Only 9 minutes and USD 0,75.

Exit from gate E2 in Mong Kok Station and continued along Nelson Street.

Actually, what are you doing, Donny?….Lack of initiative….Hahaha.

In second crossroad, I turned right. Finally I was greeted with Tung Choi Street situation which was very crowded. Full of billboards on each side of road.

Wow, this is Ladies Market, amazing….very busy market” I thought. Hmmh, I might go back too little bit late at night if I lost control.

Let’s buy….100 Dollars get 3“, I faintly heard my country’s language. Intrigued made me to looking for voice owner to really meet her. Oh, the seller is a Hong Kong citizen who seems to be fluent in Indonesian language.

Let’s buy souvenirs for bringing to Indonesia, sir“, She said. I broadly smiled. Somehow, She persuaded me, until USD 13 could come out of my wallet and then she packed 6 pieces of t-shirts titled “I Love HK” …. Ups, every where, women are champion in selling…..But, I still champion in bargaining….Hahaha.

Then, I spent more time to enjoy street food and also enjoyed a can of soft drink on a sidewalk bench. Eyes which are actually tired are invincible by drowsiness due to Ladies Market crowd. But, then time urged me to immediately went to hostel and I closed that night with an immeasurable impression about Hong Kong.

For 7 minutes, Tsuen Wan Line MTR took me to Tsim Sha Tsui Station where my hostel was. The cost was only USD 0,75..

Good night HK, see you tommorow.

….Zzzzzzz….

Stranded in Wan Chai District, Stuck in Lockhart Road.

Leaving Bank of China Tower in a slightly drizzling condition, I had to little bit run towards ‘Murray Road’ Tram Stop. I was getting ready to ride legendary transportation in Hong Kong i.e Ding Ding Tram. Trams which often appear in Hong Kong movies.

‘Murray Road’ Tram Stop.

Queensway Road situation which very busy because many private cars and a half-part of road was taken to parking many “asphalt finisher vehicles” didn’t reduce my enthusiasm to waiting for this tram.

5 minutes waiting, a blue tram arrived. I jumped into tram from back door and went straight to tram’s upper deck so I could freely enjoy street situation.

My destination was Victoria Park. Do you know Victoria Park, right? It is the biggest park on Hong Kong Island which is a usual gathering point for Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong.

I arrived in 35 minutes. After tapping my Octopus Card at fare machine located near driver, I immediately got off from front door. Tram rate is very cheap, only USD 0,30.

Got off at ‘Victoria Park’ Tram Stop located on Causeway Road.

Victoria Park was very close in front.

But on shortly time after got off from tram, it heavily rained again. I quickly ran to find shelter in front of shops in Causeway Road.

Looked like I had to cancel my visitation plan at Victoria Park. It was very heavy raining, I thought the park was definitely quiet too. I had to find other alternatives to using my time so that it wasn’t wasted in heavy rain.

I tried to find a direction sign which could direct me to the nearest MTR station. At underground station was definitely warmer and drier.

Yes, I saw a MTR logo which then directed me to Tin Hau MTR Station entrance gate. I decided to go to Hong Kong’s famous retail area i.e Causeway Bay area and would certainly stop at Causeway Bay Station. Rates around USD 0,6 with 6 minutes travel time.

Tin Hau MTR Station.

A clock showed 15:30 hours when I arrived at Causeway Bay. I decided to look for a diner while waiting for rain to stop. Sifting through many food stalls to avoid pork until I finally chose in a small stall in Jaffe Road.

Rice plus tofu-toge and chicken for USD 3,5.
That is a famous fast food stall in Causeway Bay area i.e Ying Heong Yuen.

Furthermore,

I headed to SOGO Mall….What were you doing, Donny?….Just for sightseeing. Walking around more than 30 minutes in a mall just to see expensive items. Well, This mall was similar with many malls in Jakarta.

SOGO Mall in Hennessy Road.

Out from mall, I stopped for a long time at one side of a large crossroad to observe Hong Kong residents activities who were super crowded.

Busy crossroad on Hennessy Road near Causeway Bay MTR Station.

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From Causeway Bay area then I moved to centre of Wan Chai District using tram. Going up from ‘Paterson Street’ Tram Stop and got off at ‘Swatow Street’ Tram Station. It only took 15 minutes and fare for about USD 0,30.

Towards Wan Chai District.

Got off at ‘Swatow Street’ Tram Station, I immediately realized whereabouts of a football stadium….Quite busy. Was there a football match?.

The stadium name is Southorn Playground and is located on Luard Road.

I approached and ventured to ask to security staff at stadium gate….and finally, I could enter into it….Free ticket also.

Hurry in and took a seat at benchs. It was a stadium which used to play soccer for local residents. But it was quite crowded too. Joining with local people activities and I didn’t feel like a tourist. I was also unclearly screaming during match….Hahaha….Crazy.

Southorn Playground flanked by Luard Road and Johnston Road.

Only watched a half time because I wanted to see Wan Chai nightlife.

Do You know Wan Chai District, right?

Wan Chai is centre of nightlife throughout Hong Kong. Besides being known as an area for backpackers to staying, there are several areas in Wan Chai which are known as red districts. So besides offering cheap accommodations, you will easily find bars and clubs here.

I tried to explore bars and clubs along Lockhart Road. And it is true, sexy women in minimal clothing passing by in and out of bars and clubs. Some of them brought by foreigners for money.

Ah, I worried to couldn’t control myself….Finally I headed to a junction in middle of Lockhart Road and stopped by in a street food stall which sold a variety of sea food satay which was grilled on the spot. Enough with USD 0,75, you could get delicious grilled food in Hong Kong’s cold night air.

Here it is the stall….”Ada Snack” is located at O’brien Road.

Started to eat a satay, several sexy women came and ate foods in same stall….Waow, nervous….Finally, I prefered to left away from there.

Fearing that I would miss an important performance, I decided to head for Victoria Harbor. I had to get there before 20:00 hours. Because it is the regular time for Symphony of Light to start. Took MTR from Wan Chai Station to Central Station. Fare is about USD 0,60 with 8 minutes travel time.

Wow, that band sang a cool song….But I didn’t understand Chinese language.

Cool buskers in a corridor which connecting Central MTR Station and Central Ferry Pier.

I ran to see them sang some songs and after that I headed to pier to cross to Victoria Harbor. Paying about USD 0,30, I arrived at Victoria Harbor in 12 minutes.

Taking a comfortable sitting position, then I waited for Symphony of Lights to began.

Very beautiful view.

Star Ferry towards The Hong Kong Observation Wheel

Dark clouds and fog which never thinned in that morning made the air wasn’t quickly warm. Be fidgety of coming rain which could flush Hong Kong any time and of course could cancel my crazy plans on second day.

The last shot at Garden of Stars before leaving it.

Walk through along Salisbury Road which is full of skyscraper building projects.

like streets in Jakarta….

Continuing to saw compass needle direction in right hand and a map in left hand, I continued to find Star Ferry Pier which I knew iw was in left side of my steps.

There are so many double deckers in Hong Kong. In Jakarta at that time there were only 10 units.

Yess, I saw a orange clock tower. That is Hong Kong Clock Tower which is a marker for existence of Star Ferry Pier. I immediately turned left away from busy Salisbury Road.

It was cool…. look like some clock towers in Europe.

Star Ferry Pier gate was visible in front.

Yes, that was…..

Let’s go to that building! Wow, beautiful scenery awaits behind him.

That green-white ship is Star Ferry which is referred to in this article.

You just needed to tap your Octopus Card for entering waiting room in Star Ferry Pier. Ferry fare is USD 0,4 and it would take me to Central Ferry Pier on other side with a distance about 1 km and within 12 minutes.

I was entering ferry waiting room.

No need to long waiting, a ferry came and entered me into it.

“Star Cruises” cruise ship….When do you board into a cruise ship?

12 minutes later, I arrived at Central Ferry Pier on Hong Kong Island.

Central Ferry Pier yard.

The Hong Kong Observation Wheel is a destination outside of my itinerary. The shape is interesting, like Singapore Flyer or London Eye (Ups….hahaha) which makes me reluctant to miss it.

The fare is USD 2,9.

Meanwhile, AIA Vitality Park below it was very crowded by Hong Kong residents on that Friday. Maybe, because they were getting ready to welcome a coming weekend. Young families with their “young children were very happy in playing in a park which was turned into a game and some drinks and food stalls around it.

Oh, beauty of Hong Kong.

“The Dashing” Bank of China Tower and “The Face Savior” Starbucks

“Bitter coffee suddenly became sweet….You was beautiful”.

Setelah 1,5 jam menikmati The Hong Kong Observation Wheel dan AIA Vitality Park di sekitar Central Ferry Pier, akhirnya Aku mulai menyeberangi Connaught Road Central menuju Bank of China Tower (BOC Tower).

Connaught Road Central which fluently.

It wasn’t difficult to find that famous tower. Because from a distance, the building with a distinctive triangle frame was visible. The fourth tallest building in Hong Kong.

Let’s go to entering BOC Tower.

Whattt….All men/women who entering and out of the building looked handsome, beautiful, fashionable in a tie and metrosexual style….I momentarily stopped hesitating and watched its main door from a distance. OMG….No one looked like backpacker or tourist who entering it.

Doubt…. Embarrassed….Nervous.

Going in or not?????

I would enter it…Step forward.

Ups, I canceled my steps…. stopped and turning back.

I must brave to entering it….Started to stepping again

Waited….Stop stepping….Bowed to thinking …. Scratching my head #lookeddramatic.

You are timid, Donny….Come from far away, when arrive in destination then you run away….You must embarrassed with your jargon, Donny“, the heart whispered to the brain.

Embarrassed, bro….Crumpled t-shirt, dirty trousers don’t be change for 4 days, cheap shoes from sidewalk store, and my bag shoulder strap is torn….I think, it will be many tourists there….Apparently it isn’t“, my brain defended.

Yes, Donny…Can we directly go to Victoria Park? … Many Indonesians gather there” the heart confirmed.

Well, right, what did I say….Come on go to Victoria Park while it isn’t late….” the brain began to ally with heart.

Finally,

“I am salesmen, it should not have shame in my face”, my mouth began to kick out my heart and brain.

executive man in tie and some blond haired expats strangely saw me when they entered building’s door. I smile as sweet as possible, hoping someone was interested in my exotic black skin….Hahaha.

Test….Test….Practiced smile before entering. The door is on my right.

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A few steps entering building, I stopped and stared at whole room…. Confidence…I looked for front desk location.

Yes….That, in the middle of room.

Me: “Can me ask?“….Oh, wrong question “Excuse me Miss, Can I get information about observation deck on 43th floor?

She: Ouch, smiling sweetly, “Hi sir, our observation deck was closed

Me: “Since when, Ms?“, My bad english, the important was she understood.

She : “It closed since May 2015, Sir”.

Me : “Oh Okay, Thanks you Ms”.

She : “You are welcome Sir. Happy journey in Hong Kong. Where are you come from?“.

Me : “I’m from Indonesia. Again, thank you for your kindness”……”Can me know where do you stay in Hong Kong?, I want to meet your parent”. #fictionquestion

Failed in got destination but feeling contented in overcoming my own fears, I turned to leave the building.

Suddenly….

Braaaarrrrrrrrrrr……..

Rain….Whatttt….What must I did?.

All office employee went back into lobby. Imagine!, one backpacker style in the middle of a lot of tie and suits….God.

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Okay….Okay….I looked around again.

Ahhhhaaaaa….That, Starbucks at left of room. With my confidence, I stepped to Starbucks. #rememberwallet

You aren’t the only man who has money?” I arrogantly muttered…..Hahaha, I was sorry (tonight, I didn’t eat because of starbucks).

There was a voice behind me….

Beautiful blonde: “Hello, do you queueing?“.

Me : “Oh No, I just seeing the menu. You can queue first”, God…..I too long thought to find the cheapest coffee prices in front of cashier.

Beautiful blonde : “Oh thank you, handsome”.

Me : “You are welcome, sweety”.

Finally ordered a long black coffee for USD 2.

Very Bitter….Just swallow it…… because of lots of style.

Just sat in a row of empty chairs so that other people weren’t uncomfortable with my existence.

Chairs was getting full because other people also drank coffee and waiting for the rain to stop. And my luck came.

Bitter coffee suddenly became sweet….looked like sprinkled with 5 spoons of sugar. Because of she sat in front of me….

Slow down drinking, Donny“, Satan began to whisper.

One sipping…..glancing……sipping again….then glancing again.

Instead of just being stunned, It was better if I asked.

Me : “Hi, Ms….Do you know WiFi password here?”

She : “I’m sorry, I’m using my own Wifi”, while smiling.

Me : “The hard hit” to me as free WiFi hunter….Hahaha.”Oh Ok, Thank you Ms”.

No longer glancing and no longer asking. Pretending to enjoy coffee which is actually very bitter…. #whilewhistling.

My silly adventure in the BOC Tower ended with quite a number of hooks and uppercuts….Sad.

Rain had stopped….It was time to headed for Victoria Park. I exited the building and lunging at soft drizzle which exposed my face.

Come on, using Ding Ding Tram!

10 Hong Kong’s Tourist Attractions in 48 Hours

Hong Kong is special administrative region of People’s Republic of China which was first region in East Asia I visited. I visited it in 2016.

How is my feeling at that time?…. Unspeakable, first time I go out of Southeast Asia and be special achievement at that time.

Why is that? … Flying to Hong Kong as soon as possible since becoming a traveler in 2011 is an easy matter. But that isn’t the essence, I am a combing traveler who visit one by one of region in a sequence and detail (so, you know my other strange habits now….crazy, don’t imitate!….Hahaha). So, here is it:

Before completing Southeast Asia exploration, I will make sure that I willn’t travel to East Asia.

Before completing East Asia exploration then I willn’t go to South Asia.

Similarly….Before completing South Asia exploration, I won’t step on Middle East region.

Already….enough, because I am on mission for completing Middle East exploration…. Do not ask me to write about Europe!….I don’t have experience yet about Europe exploration….Hahaha.

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Back about Hong Kong. Oh yes, my last post about Hong Kong on this blog is at following link:

https://travelingpersecond.com/2018/03/11/big-buddha-tian-tan-buddha-and-disneyland-hong-kong/

Well, In this article I will tell you what I visited while in Hong Kong. All unique incidents, I will tell you its details one by one after this article yes.…

Here are ten main destinations where I visited:

  1. Hong Kong International Airport.

First day on 7:13 hours

Do you know?. Last August 2019, Hong Kong International Airport was totally paralyzed because it was occupied by pro-democracy masses who rejected The Hong Kong Extradition Bill.

When I watched TV, I remembered when I landed at this airport on January 4, 2016. My memory was still strong, at that time without bathing for 24 hours, I boarded Cebu Pacific flight number 5J 108 from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila.

Look at my face…. Can you believe that I don’t take a bath for 24 hours?

Do you trust me more? that small backpack was the only backpack which I brought in traveling to Manila-Hong Kong-Macao-Shenzhen for 10 days. Look like playing to near cities, right?….Hahaha.

2. Tian Tan Buddha

First day on 10:13 hours

From airport, I didn’t directly go to hotel….It wasn’t luxury traveling. I moved towards Lantau Island (you need to know that Hong Kong consists of 3 main islands namely Lantau, Kowloon and Hong Kong).

Using S56 double-decker bus to Tung Chung Station and continue with bus no 23 to Tian Tan Buddha.`

If you go to Hong Kong, you must come here. Because this is the largest bronze statue in the world with a height of 34 meters and tangible as Sitting Buddha. It was built 26 years ago as a center for Buddhism activities in Hong Kong.

Not taking a shower for 24 hours….Still handsome….Hahaha, I am very confident.

3. Hong Kong Disneyland

First day on 13:37 hours

Don’t rush to move from Lantau Island, within 33 km range and 35 minutes travel time, you can visit Hong Kong Disneyland.

Likewise me, I left Tian Tan Buddha for Tung Chung Station again then took Tung Chung Line MTR (Mass Transit Railway) and changed to MTR Disneyland Resort Line at Sunny Bay Station to reached this destination.

Opened in 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland is the largest theme park in Hong Kong. Just prepare USD 74 to enter into it.

Upss….Belly button.

4. Kowloon Walled City Park

First day on 18:37 hours

Leaving Hong Kong Disneyland, I completed check-in process at Hong Kong Taiwan Hotel which located in 3rd floor Chungking Mansions Building. Hotel which costs USD 19,5 per night, is located on Nathan Road 36-44.

Finally found a halal food stall owned by Indian descent residents of on 1st floor. After a very late lunch, I headed for Kowloon Walled City Park which was built in a former of densely populated residential area with crime that was hard to eradicate by Hong Kong police.

Departed from Tsim Sha Tsui Station towards Lok Fu Station. From this station, you only need to walk about 1 km to Kowloon Walled City Park along Junction Road with 15 minutes travel time.

The park is quite dark at night.

5. Ladies Market

Fisrt day on 20:15 hours

From Lok Fu Station, I headed to Mong Kok Station for USD 0,7.

Ladies Market, located on Tung Choi Street, is a famous souvenir market in Hong Kong. You who are good at bargaining for goods must shop here. Me?….No, I was just sightseeing.

Ladies Market operating hours: 11:00 – 23:30.

6. Avenue of the Stars

Second day on 09:45 hours

Avenue of the stars is a 400-meter-long bridge plaza on north side of Victoria Harbor, made to resemble Hollywood’s “Walk of Fame,” built to celebrate the success of Hong Kong Film Industry. Decorated by statues of famous Hong Kong artists and film directors, their handprints and several sculptures which depicting filmmaking activities in Hong Kong.

When I arrived in Hong Kong, Avenue of Stars was undergoing renovation so that all statues were transported and exhibited in a park called Garden of Stars at Salisbury Road.

Since renovation have been completed at this time, all statues and handprints have been moved back to edge of Victoria Harbor. And of course, its location had better appearance.

Just need to walk from hotel where I stayed to go to Garden of Stars.

Ciaaaaaatttt……

7. The Hong Kong Observation Wheel dan AIA Vitality Park.

Second day on 11:20 hours

Located in front of Central Ferry Pier on Hong Kong Island. This 60 meter high ferris wheel has 42 gondolas as a medium of Hong Kong observation from a height. Just need to spend USD 3 to ride it

While AIA Vitality Park is directly below it. This park is commonly used for sports, concerts and festivals. When I was there, there was a festival to celebrating Christmas and New Year 2018 in this park.

8. Bank of China Tower

Second day on 12:45 hours.

Bank of China Tower is a famous landmark on Hong Kong Island. Because of its popularity, it was often made as souvenirs which were sold throughout Hong Kong.

BOC Tower is located on Garden Road and it’s headquarters Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited. With a height of 367 meters, making it as fourth tallest building in Hong Kong.

On 43rd floor, It has an observation deck which was originally opened for tourists so that they can see whole city from above. But unfortunately, when I arrived there, this facility was closed to public. Upss….I wasn’t lucky.

Then what did I do in the tower for 2 hours?….Read my post after this! ….Hahaha

That’s the tower….has typical triangular frame.

9. Wan Chai District

Second day on 17:30 hours

Upss….this is prostitution area….Oh, What are you doing, Donny!…. Hahaha.

Eittt, don’t get me wrong….Wan Chai is a backpacker area on Hong Kong Island. I am a good man….I wasn’t staying here (my hotel is in Kowloon Island)….I was just sightseeing here….Hohoho.

Yes….I initially mean to go to Victoria Park which is a gathering place for Indonesian migrant workers….Maybe, my face look like a migrant worker, so maybe they will give free food for my dinner….Hahaha.

I was too far from that park when I got off Ding Ding Tram….Because it was heavily raining and I couldn’t find the way to that park, then I stopped by for a moment at center of Wan Chai District where food prices were cheap….I was very hungry.

It was true….there were many pubs with super sexy women….I was very nervous….Hahaha.

Situation at Henessy Road, Wan Chai District

10. Symphony of Lights

Second day on 19:55 hours

Symponhy of Lights is a show of light and sound which emitted from 42 skyscraper buildings at Victoria Harbor. Leaving Wan Chai District, I stopped by here before returning to hotel. It was my last night in Hong Kong because on next day I would sail to Macao.

Then….Who has ever been a backpacker to Hong Kong?….Hahaha.

Garden of Stars atau Avenue of Stars?….Ah Sama Aja, Asal Ada Bruce Lee.

Pagi-pagi sekitar jam 8, aku mulai menuruni lantai Chungking Mansions Building yang menjadi tempat menginapku selama 3 hari di Hong Kong. Hong Kong memang gila, aku tak bisa melihat matahari pagi karena begitu rapatnya jajaran para pencakar langit itu. Jalanan juga penuh dengan warga yang lalu lalang dengan aktivitasnya masing-masing…..Puadettt bangeeettttt. Ingat dulu Hong Kong kena virus SARS?….Pantes lah, padat dan ga kena matahari. (Yeeee sok tahu lo Don, emang itu penyebabnya….Ngawur ih).

Nathan Road menjadi nama jalan yang paling kukenal karena selalu kulalui setiap pagi, siang dan malam selama di Hong Kong. Pagi itu….ya, Nathan Road lagi….Aku berbelok kekiri menuju Salisbury Road. Sambil melihat di pertokoan pinggir jalan, Aku berharap segera menemukan minimart untuk mencari sarapan murah. Gile emang….Transportasi Hong Kong boleh murah, tapi makan dan hotelnya gelo ratenya.

Pertigaan Nathan Road dan Salisbury Road.

Kemudian tiba tepat dipertigaan Middle Road dan Salisbury Road, aku menemukan 7-Eleven minimart. Yes, pagi itu aku memakan sekerat Ham & Egg Sandwiches dengan harga Rp. 19.000. Cukup dipanaskan di microwave, aku bisa dengan cepat menikmatinya. Hanya saja aneh, si kasir tak mau menerima lembaran 100 dolarku, Katanya itu uang lama….Waduh, ya mana guwe tahu kan nukernya di bilangan Blok M Jakarta. Lega, beberapa lembar 100 Dolar lamaku itu masih laku untuk top up Octopus Card di stasiun MTR.

Berdiri di ujung jalan sambil menikmati sandwichesku yang masih berasap, Kunyahanku diinterupsi dengan kehadiran seorang pengembara Jepang yang sedikit susah berbahasa Inggris dan dengan gadgetnya menunjukkan gambar bangunan berwarna orange dengan jam dinding di atasnya. Oh itu kan Hong Kong Clock Tower, Aku langsung faham….Cerdas kan guwe, siapa dulu donk….Donny!.

Aku: “Do you want go there?”.

Dia: “Yes….Yes…”, Ngangguk-ngangguk dan senyum.

Aku: “Do you have a map?”.

Dia: “What…What…”, Kayaknya ga faham.

Aku: “Wait….Just wait”….Kutaruh santapanku di bangku trotoar, kuturunkan tas dari punggungku, lalu kurogoh selembar peta yang merupakan teman setia perjalananku. Aku tahu itu adalah jam yang terletak di Star Ferry Pier, Mungkin dia mau menyeberang ke Hong Kong Island. Yes, kutemukan titiknya dan kutaruh kompas di atas mapku…..Okay, I know

Aku: “Hi Buddy, you just go through that road…You must across that road towards left side….Just walking straight for about 1 km. You will find it in the left side….Okay”…..Guwe jelasin sambil menunjukkan jari kesana kemari karena dia tak faham English kayaknya

Dia: “Okay…okay, thank you very much”.

Aku: “Arigatou Gozaimasu…..”. sambil membungkukkan badan

Dia: “Oh…Oh, yea “, Dia tersenyum lebar dan ikut membungkukkan badan. Sepertinya dia merasa tersanjung.

Selesai meyantap sandwiches, Aku segera melanjutkan perjalanan ku menyusuri Salisbury Road.….arah yang berlawanan dengan si Jepang tadi. Dalam 5 menit, Aku tiba di pelataran sebuah tunnel yang akan mengarahkanku ke Garden of Stars. Free….tak perlu mengeluarkan uang memasuki destinasi ini. Memasuki Garden of Stars Time Tunnel, Aku disuguhi cerita-cerita perjalanan kota Hong Kong dari zaman dahulu hingga sekarang. Wah, cerita bergambar yang dipajang di sepanjang dinding terowongan itu membuatku terpana akan pesatnya perkembangan Hong Kong….Keren.

Keluar dari terowongan maka tibalah Aku di luasnya Garden of Stars. Wahhhh….itu patung-patung terkenal itu. Patung itu sedang dipindahkan dari tempat asalnya yaitu Avenue of Stars di pinggiran Victoria Harbour karena proyek renovasi.

Sebetulnya geli juga sih, foto-foto bersama patung-patung itu….Hahaha. Jauh-jauh cuma foto sama patung….Wkwkwk.

Nih dia beberapa jepretan di Garden of Stars:

Sculpture Mc Dull….si tokoh babi kartun.
Sculpture sang legenda….Bruce Lee.
Sculpture Anita Mui.
Hong Kong Film Awards Sculpture.

Selain patung, Aku juga menemukan Star Handprint Plaques. Mencoba menyentuh handprint milik Michelle Yeoh….Ya Allah, imut banget sih tangannya….Keciiiilll mungilll bangett.

Lupa itu handprint milik siapa?.

Di ujung taman baru terlihat patung-patung yang menggambarkan kegiatan perfilman di Hong Kong.

Lighting crew sculpture.
Sculpture of sound assistant.
Donny as cameraman.

Garden of Stars sendiri menyuguhkan pemandangan Victoria Harbour yang sangat mempesona. Tak mau meninggalkan pesona itu, kuputuskan untuk menikmati secangkir kopi dan duduk menghadap Victoria Harbour untuk menikmati indahnya Hong Kong di pagi itu.

Victoria Harbour view….Indah banget.

Keren kan perjalananku……..

Ferry dari Hong Kong Ke Macau.

Petualanganku selama 48 jam di Hong Kong harus berakhir.

Pagi sekali, Aku sudah mengepak barang-barangku. Setelah mengisi botol minumku di water dispenser milik hotel, Aku harus berjuang sekuat tenaga untuk membangunkan sang resepsionis yang mendengkur di balik tirai ruangan. Jangan kaubayangkan mewahnya reception desk ya….Karena reception hotel hanya berupa ruangan bersekat kecil dengan lubang interaksi tamu dan empunya hotel seukuran 1 meter persegi.

Dan dengkuran itu pun tertelan ketika dia terbangun karena gangguan bel dariku. Entahlah dia bergumam marah atau mungkin hanya terkejut karena selorohan bahasa Chinanya yang tak kumengerti. Sambil terus bergumam, dia berusaha mencari amplop berisi uang di laci meja untuk mengembalikan uang deposit kamar kepadaku. Lumayan kan 100 Dolar Hong Kong.

Keluar Chungking Mansions dalam kondisi jalanan yang masih cukup gelap, Aku berjalan cukup cepat untuk sesegera mungkin memasuki stasiun bawah tanah Tsim Sha Tsui yang terletak 100 meter dari pintu keluar Chungking Mansions.

Dengan MRT Tsuen Wan Line, Aku menuju Central Station lalu berlanjut dengan MRT Island Line dan berhenti di Sheung Wan Station yang terintegrasi dengan Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal.

Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal adalah pelabuhan ferry reguler dengan rute Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal yang berada di Hong Kong dan Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal yang berada di Macau.

Dalam 16 menit dan tariff Rp. 10.500, Aku tiba di Sheung Wan Station. Aku segera menuju ke konter tiket untuk mencairkan deposit Octopus Cardku sebesar 50 Dolar Hong Kong yang tersimpan didalamnya. Tugas Si Octopus untuk menemaniku sudah selesai seiring keberadaanku yang berada tepat di gerbang ferry untuk meninggalkan Hong Kong.

Jadwal keberangkatan ferry.
Pertama kali naik kapal cepat.

Setelah membeli tiket Ferry menuju Macao dengan harga Rp. 288.000, Aku segera menghampiri money changer untuk menukar Hong Kong Dollar menjadi Macau Dollar.

Tiketnya.

Tak menungg lama, tepat pukul 08:00, Aku mulai boarding ke kapal cepat berwarna merah itu. Dan sekejap kemudian kapal merangsek menuju Macau.

Interior ferry.
Canteeeexxxxx kannnn….

Berlayar di tengah gerimis ringan dan terus berayun membelah ombak membuatku kagum mengamati perairan Laut China Selatan. Tak ada compliment makanan apapun dalam pelayaran singkat selama 55 menit ini. Aku hanya terus menghadap jendela untuk melihat pemandangan menakjubkan di luar kapal.

Kedinginan tauk.
Keren yaa….

Tiang-tiang raksasa penyangga Macau-Taipa Bridge itu menjadi pertanda bahwa kapal segera merapat ke Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal. Macau memang memiliki jalan diatas laut yang sangat terkenal itu. Dan Aku bisa menikmati keindahannya dari sisi lain. Walaupun pada akhirnya, Aku akan melewati jalanan itu nanti ketika menuju ke hotel sekaligus casino ternama di Macau yaitu Venetian.

Ntuh jembatannya….
Barlabuh di Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal, Macau.

Yuk….cari tiket ferrymu di 12Go di link berikut: https://12go.asia/?z=3283832