Million dollar fireworks are the highlight for 31st Dec evening. And I was all set to experience that; as I was travelling with my 10 months old kid and was staying in Kowloon Island, so going back to the hotel and coming back to harbour was a little difficult. Also, it is said that at 6:00 pm onward a few places will be closed and people will start taking their place at Harbourand Tsim Sha Sui. We decided to start a little late from the hotel so we didn’t need to return back to the hotel. Also, we will take the city tour by ‘Big Bus’ to cover all the mostly visited attractions.
Today, 31st December 2016; we started at 11:30 am from the hotel and took the MTR to Tsim Sha Sui, and had our lunch at MacDonald. Then we took the ferry to Harbour Ferry Terminal. It is also one of the main transport people use to cross the sea. It takes only 10 minutes to reach one place from another and ferry service is available every 10 minutes.
After reaching Harbour we tried to see if any last minute reservations can be made for a cruise to see fireworks. But, unfortunately, all the cruises were fully booked and one person offered us a standing place to see fireworks. Well, we thought about discussing it with each other before we buy that place. He offered us KH$ 200 per Adult.. After sometime we went back to buy that standing place and came to know that, that one also sold out :(.
BIG BUS CITY TOUR
Half a day already passed and then we brought the ‘Big Bus City Tour’. We took a small tour as tomorrow we will be going to visit ‘Macau’, so we have time only till 7:00 pm to complete today’s Big Bus City Tour which is one of the Must seen places in Hong Kong.
GOLDEN BAUHINIA SQUARE
Our First stop was Golden Square, It’s very beautiful and facing the ‘Wan Chai Waterfront’. This was presented by China’s Central Government in 1999. One of the highly visited places during city tours.
LAN KWAI FONG
Lan Kwai Fong is the best place to see nightlife. Night is always young here, there are many Bar’s, Mini Cafe’s and beautiful restaurants. It is a must visit place for party goers as this place offers western-style-restaurants, nightclubs and bars.
Hollywood Road is also known as Upper Lascar Raw and it is a must-see stop in the City Tour. This street is full of antique shops and an open-air market, this is one of the ideal places for picking up eclectic souvenirs and gifts.
Ladies street market is a famous street for anyone who visits Hong Kong. It is for fashion lovers and for bargainers-priced clothing, bags, toys, cosmetics and many more things.
MAN MO TEMPLE
Man Mo Temple is a picture-sue tribute to God. Man means ‘Literature’ and Mo means ‘God of War’
It is one the Famous stops in the City Bus Tour itinerary.
We had completed our Bus tour by 7:00 pm. Then, we looked for a place to sit and luckily found one empty bench. From 7:00 pm till 12:00 pm we were sitting there and enjoying the view of the harbor. From 8:00 pm onward people started taking their places and they were fully packed with their mats and dinner.
Then from 10:00 pm on-wards the place started getting packed and people started to stand and take their places. It was wonderful to wait for 12:00 am and everybody was enjoying themselves, kids were playing. Finally we reached the time to see the world famous ‘Fireworks’ show. I stood on my bench and enjoyed the entire 10 minutes fireworks show.
Just to mention that people say that from 6 pm onward you will not get a place to stand. But, seriously, this was not the situation. The place started packing after 10 pm only and before that people were coming and going. Also, it is said that you will not be able to reach the metro and it will be too packed. We easily reached the MTR..I am not denying the fact that, place was not crowded, but we got the metro easily. The only place we faced problem, taking a taxi to a hotel. It was 1:30 am and less taxis were coming and more people were hiring them.