In the blink of an eye, it’s the start of 2017! Happy New Year!
One thing that I really wanted to do in 2016 was to bring my family to travel. And in November 2016, we went to Hong Kong to do just that. The food was great and with no rain on the days we were there, it was a perfect time to explore the city.
This post take readers through what I learnt while on holiday in Hong Kong with my parents.
Stay near the MTR
Getting around using the MTR , trams and buses was extremely convenient with the Octopus card. When you first arrive at the airport, buy an Octopus card and take the airport express. Get the one with the round trip – it’s cheaper.
You’ll find yourself on the main MTR line at Hong Kong station. From there change to the appropriate line to get to your destination.It also a good idea to get the MTR app.
What you have to take note of is that there are many exits from the MTR with similar shops around. So do your own research to know which exit to come out from to save yourself unnecessary anguish and your parents unnecessary walking.
Additionally, it is worth noting that there is substantial walking even from one exit to the gantry. So take into account these distances for your hotels as you and your parents will be lugging your luggage during that walk on the first and last days of your holiday.
Here’s what I suggest: Stay near the MTR in Mongkok, Central or Tsim Sha Tsui as those were the few places I found myself at frequently. It helps too that much of the shopping and food can be found here as well.
Don’t find food, find seats
I’ll be the first to admit that Hong Kong has a lot of great food. You can have Dim Sum one moment, swing round to have that famous roast goose, cross a couple of blocks to get egg tarts and top it all off with fragrant egglets.
But here’s the problem, Hong Kong being quite hilly can make it difficult for your parents to navigate. Also, the GPS there can be woefully inaccurate. I know because I was there.
Here’s what I suggest instead: Find a cuisine your parents like, preferably in a sit-in restaurant and have the rest of the time exploring the streets around the area making sure to just chill in a cafe or in their Cha Chan Tengs.
Another thing to take note is to use the toilets in these Chan Tengs or Restaurants. Toilets are a scarce commodity in Hong Kong. You have been forewarned. =)
Book online, avoid weekends
Perhaps the greatest tip of all is to go on a weekday. The queue would be shorter and attractions that much more enjoyable.
If however you are not able to make it on a weekday, then do yourself a favour and book the tickets online if possible. For example, tickets for the Ngong Pin 360 cable car can be booked here. Booking online will help you save on queuing hours to get tickets at the booth. What is more, you are able to utilize promotions when booking online.
Here’s what I suggest: Book online when possible and avoid weekends.
With the correct mindset and adequate planning, you can make the most of your holiday in Hong Kong with your parents. In the end, it would be best if you have someone familiar take you around, even if it is for an hour or two.
Let me know in the comments if these tips helped you in organizing a trip with your parents to Hong Kong !