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.…

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.

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……..

Star Ferry menuju The Hong Kong Observation Wheel

Awan gelap dan kabut yang tak kunjung menipis di pagi itu membuat udara juga tak lekas pula menghangat. Was-was terhadap datangnya hujan yang bisa kapan saja mengguyur Hong Kong dan tentu bisa mengancam rencana gilaku di hari kedua.

Jepretan terakhir di Garden of Stars sebelum meninggalkannya.

Menyusuri Salisbury Road yang penuh dengan proyek pembangunan gedung bertingkat.

Kek jalanan Jakarta yak…

Terus melihat arah jarum kompas di tangan kanan dan map di tangan kiri, Aku terus melangkah untuk menemukan Star Ferry Pier yang Kutahu letaknya berada di sisi kiri arah jalanku.

Di Hong Kong banyak banget double decker kek gitu. Di Jakarta kala itu baru ada 10 biji.

Yess, Aku melihat menara jam warna orange. Itu adalah Hong Kong Clock Tower yang merupakan penanda bagi keberadaan Star Ferry Pier. Aku segera berbelok kekiri menjauhi sibuknya Salisbury Road.

Keren yo, Hong Kong Clock Tower itu….macam di Eropa.

Gerbang Star Ferry Pier sudah terlihat di depan.

Nah itu ntuh…..

Masuk yuk ke bangunan itu !. Wah pemandangan indah menanti di belakangnya.

Kapal hijau-putih itulah Star Ferry yang dimaksud dalam tulisan ini.

Hanya perlu men-tap Octopus Card yang kumiliki untuk memasuki raung tunggu Star Ferry Pier. Tarif ferry seharga Rp. 4.500 akan mengantarkanku menuju Central Ferry Pier di sisi seberang dengan jarak 1 km dan dalam waktu tempuh 12 menit.

Aku masuk ke ruang tunggu ferry.

Tak perlu menunggu lama, ferry pun datang dan masuklah Aku ke dalamnya.

Kapal pesiar Star Cruises….Kapan ya naik kapal pesiar?

12 menit kemudian, sampailah Aku di Central Ferry Pier di Hong Kong Island.

Pelataran Central Ferry Pier.

The Hong Kong Observation Wheel adalah destinasi di luar itineraryku. Bentuknya yang menarik mirip Singapore Flyer atau London Eye (Halah…maksain) membuatku enggan melewatkan wahanan ini.

Tarifnya Rp. 40.000.

Sementara AIA Vitality Park di bawahnya sangat ramai dikunjungi warga Hong Kong pada Jum’at itu. Mungkin karena mereka bersiap menyambut datangnya weekend. Keluarga muda bersama anak-anaknya yang masih kecil terlihat asyik bermain di taman yang di sulap menjadi wahana permainan dan beberapa beverages and food stall di sekitarnya.

Oh indahnya Hong Kong.

10 Destinasi Wisata Hong Kong dalam 48 Jam

Hong Kong merupakan daerah admistrasi khusus Republik Rakyat China yang menjadi wilayah pertama di Asia Timur yang Kukunjungi. Aku mengunjunginya pada tahun 2016.

Perasaanku waktu itu?….Tak terkatakan, pertama kali keluar Asia Tenggara adalah pencapaian prestisius kala itu.

Kenapa begitu?….Terbang ke Hong Kong sesegera mungkin sejak menjadi traveler pada 2011 adalah perkara mudah. Tapi bukan itu esensinya, Aku ini kan traveler penyisir yang mendatangi satu persatu kawasan dengan urut dan detail (tuh kan, Kamu jadi tahu kebiasaan anehku yang lain….orang gelo guwe mah, jangan ditiru!….Hahaha). Jadi begini….

Sebelum menuntaskan eksplorasi Asia Tenggara maka Kupastikan Aku tak akan menuju Asia Timur.

Sebelum menuntaskan eksplorasi Asia Timur maka Aku tak akan pergi ke Asia Selatan.

Sama….Sebelum tuntas Asia Selatan, Aku tak akan menginjak Timur Tengah.

Udah ye….segini dulu, karena Aku baru akan menuntaskan Timur Tengah….Jangan suruh nulis about Eropa!….Guwe belum punya bahan….Hahaha.

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Yuk kembali ke Hong Kong. Oh ya, tulisan terakhirku tentang Hong Kong di blog ini ada di link berikut:

https://travelingpersecond.com/2018/02/19/bigbuddha-dan-disneyland-hong-kong/

Nah, kali ini Aku akan menceritakan apa saja yang Kukunjungi selama di Hong Kong. Sedangkan kejadian-kejadian unik akan Kuceritakan detail satu-persatu setelah artikel ini ya….

Inilah sepuluh destinasi utama yang Kukunjungi:

  1. Hong Kong International Airport.

Hari pertama pukul 07:13

Tahu kan, Agustus lalu Hong Kong International Airport lumpuh total karena di duduki massa pro-demokrasi yang menolak RUU Ektradisi Hong Kong.

Ketika lihat TV, Aku jadi teringat kala mendarat di bandara ini pada 4 Januari 2016. Ingatanku masih kuat, waktu itu tanpa mandi selama 24 jam, Aku menaiki Cebu Pacific bernomor penerbangan 5J 108 dari Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila.

Lihat tampangku…Percaya kan ga mandi selama 24 jam?.

Lebih percaya lagi ga? tas seuprit itu adalah satu-satunya backpack yang kubawa klayapan ke Manila-Hong Kong-Macao-Shenzen selama 10 hari. Kayak main ke Depok aja kan?….Hahaha.

2. Tian Tan Buddha

Hari pertama pukul 10:13

Dari airport, Aku tak lantas menuju hostel….emang piknik-ers?. Aku bergerak menuju Lantau Island (Yang perlu Kamu tahu bahwa Hong Kong terdiri dari 3 pulau utama yaitu Lantau, Kowloon dan Hong Kong).

Naik double decker bus S56 menuju Tung Chung Station dan dilanjutkan dengan bus no 23 menuju Tian Tan Buddha. `

Kalau ke Hong Kong, Kamu wajib kesini ya. Karena ini adalah patung perunggu terbesar di dunia dengan tinggi 34 meter dan berwujud Buddha duduk. Dibangun 26 tahun silam sebagai pusat kegiatan Buddhisme di Hong Kong.

Gak mandi….tetep aja guanteng….Njiir, pede beud.

3. Hong Kong Disneyland

Hari pertama pukul 13:37

Jangan buru-buru berpindah dari Lantau Island, dalam jarak 33 km dan waktu tempuh 35 menit, Kamu bisa mengunjungi Hong Kong Disneyland.

Demikian pula diriku, meninggalkan Tian Tan Buddha menuju Tung Chung Station kembali kemudian naik MTR (Mass Transit Railway) Tung Chung Line dan berganti dengan MTR Disneyland Resort Line di Sunny Bay Station untuk mencapai tujuan.

Dibuka pada tahun 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland adalah theme park terbesar di Hong Kong. Siapkan saja Rp. 1.000.000 untuk masuk kedalamnya.

Aduh….udel.

4. Kowloon Walled City Park

Hari Pertama jam 18:37

Sepulang dari Hong Kong Disneyland, Aku menyelesaikan proses check-in di Hong Kong Taiwan Hotel yang terletak di Chungking Mansions Building lantai 3. Hotel seharga Rp 264.000 per malam itu terletak di Nathan Road 36-44.

Akhirnya menemukan kedai makanan halal milik warga Hong Kong keturunan India di lantai 1. Selepas lunch yang sangat terlambat itu, Aku menuju Kowloon Walled City Park yang dibangun di daerah bekas pemukiman padat penduduk dengan kriminalitas yang susah diberantas oleh kepolisian Hong Kong.

Bertolak Tsim Sha Tsui Station menuju Lok Fu Station. Dari stasiun ini, hanya perlu berjalan kaki sejauh 1 km menuju Kowloon Walled City Park menyusuri Junction Road dengan waktu tempuh 15 menit.

Taman cukup gelap di malam hari.

5. Ladies Market

Hari Pertama jam 20:15.

Dari Lok Fu Station, Aku menuju Mong Kok Station dengan tarif Rp. 9.000

Ladies Market yang terletak di Tung Choi Street merupakan tempat berbelanja souvenir terkenal di Hong Kong. Kamu yang jago menawar barang bolehlah berbelanja ke sini. Aku?….kagaklah, cuma lihat-lihat aja.

Jam operasioal Ladies Market: 11:00 – 23:30.

6. Avenue of the Stars

Hari kedua jam 09:45

Avenue of the stars adalah plaza jembatan sepanjang 400 meter di sisi utara Victoria Harbour yang dibuat mirip “Walk of Fame” nya Hollywood, dibangun untuk merayakan suksesnya Industri Perfilman Hong Kong. Dihiasi oleh patung para artis dan direktur film terkenal Hong Kong, cetakan telapak tangan (handprints) mereka serta patung-patung yang menggambarkan aktivitas pembuatan film di Hong Kong.

Saat Aku tiba di Hong Kong, Avenue of the Stars sedang mengalami renovasi sehingga semua patung diangkut dan dipamerkan di sebuah taman yang diberi nama Garden of Stars di bilangan Salisbury Road.

Karena renovasi sudah selesai saat ini, maka semua patung dan handprints sudah dipindahkan kembali ke tepian Victoria Harbour dan tentu penampakan lokasinya sudah lebih baik lagi.

Cukup berjalan kaki untuk dari hotel tempatku menginap untuk menuju Garden of Stars.

Ciaaaaaatttt…..hazedigggg.

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

Hari kedua pukul 11:20

Terletak di depan Central Ferry Pier di Hong Kong Island. Ferris wheel setinggi 60 meter ini memiliki 42 gondola sebagai media observasi Hong Kong dari ketinggian. Cukup merogoh kocek Rp 40.000 untuk menaikinya.

Sedangkan AIA Vitality Park berada tepat di bawahnya. Taman ini biasa digunakan untuk olah raga, konser dan festival. Saat Aku kesana memang sedang ada festival untuk menyambut Natal dan Tahun Baru 2018 di taman ini.

8. Bank of China Tower

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Bank of China Tower adalah landmark terkenal di Hong Kong Island. Saking terkenalnya sering dicetak sebagai souvenir yang dijual di seantero Hong Kong.

BOC Tower ini terletak Garden Road dan merupakan kantor pusat Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited. Dengan tinggi 367 meter menjadikannya sebagai bangunan tertinggi keempat di Hong Kong.

Di lantai 43 memiliki observation deck yang awalnya dibuka untuk turis sehingga bisa melihat seisi kota dari atas. Tetapi sayangnya, saat Aku tiba disana fasilitas ini sudah ditutup untuk umum. Beuh….nasib guwe kagak mujur emang.

Trus apa yang kulakukan di tower itu selama 2 jam an?….Baca tulisan setelah ini ya!….hahaha

Itu tuh towernya….khas berkerangka segitiga.

9. Wan Chai District

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Hadeuh…..ini mah daerah prostitusi…..dasar keparat kamu, Donny!….Hahaha.

Eittt, jangan salah ya….Wan Chai adalah salah satu backpacker area di Hong Kong Island. Guwe baik kan…. ga nginep dimari (hotelku kan di Kowloon Island)….atut….hohoho.

Ya gimana lagi….maksud hati menuju Victoria Park yang menjadi tempat berkumpulnya para TKI….Tampang guwe kan mirip TKI tuh….siapa tahu ada yang mau kasih makanan gratis buat jatah dinner guwe…..#ngarep

Gue kebablasan pas naik Ding Ding Tram….karena keburu hujan lebat dan gak mungkin nyari ntuh taman, maka mampir lah sebentar di pusat Wan Chai District yang harga makanannya murah-murah….Aku keburu dilanda kelaparan.

Bener ternyata….banyak pub-pub dengan wanita-wanita super sexy yang di gandeng para bule….lah guwe, gandengan ama sape?….hahaha.

Suasana di Henessy Road, Wan Chai District

10. Symphony of Lights

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Symponhy of Lights adalah pertunjukan cahaya dan suara yang dipancarkan dari 42 gedung pencakar langit di seberang Victoria Harbour. Sepulang dari Wan Chai District, Aku sempatkan mampir disini sebelum balik ke hotel. Saat itu adalah malam terakhirku di Hong Kong karena keesokan harinya Aku akan berlayar ke Macao.

Hayo….Siapa yang sudah pernah backpacker ke Hong Kong….Ngacung!.