Travelling is one of the things I love doing. It allows me to renew myself and have fun. After every travel I make I become a new person full of energy. Travelling also opens us to many possibilities. There is much opportunity to grow and expand our horizons. That’s why I try to make it to a point to travel out of Davao twice a year.
This year has been a great year so far coz’ I was able to hit my travel targets. My first travel destination was Boracay. It was a birthday present for myself. Then last month I went to Hongkong and Macau. I will tell you how I discovered, got lost and enjoyed Hongkong.
Discovering Hongkong was an unforgettable experience – to the point that coming home proved a little difficult. When we arrived at the airport we were filled with so much excitement and didn’t know what to do. We didn’t know the airport and had to follow the other passengers so that we could find the exit. We had to take the mini train to go to the other side of the airport and then met the immigration officers. We met fellow passengers who were also first timers in Hongkong. We found out that they would be staying in the same place then we decided to explore Hongkong together. 😀
Initially we planned of getting a package tour but decided not to coz’ it was too expensive. We thought that exploring Hongkong would be best experienced if we did it by ourselves. And yes we were right! It was a good thing that my friend did a little research about what we should do first. Which is purchase an Octopus card. Octopus card is your TICKET around Hongkong. You can use this to pay for MTRs, Buses and even 7/11.
After purchasing the card we headed to the bus station and we looked for the A21 bus to bring us to Chungking Mansions. Now, what is Chungking Mansions?
Chungking Mansions is a building located at 36-44 Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The building is well known as nearly the cheapest accommodation in Hong Kong. Though the building is supposedly residential, it is made up of many independent low-budget hotels, shops and other services. Chungking Mansions features guesthouses, curry restaurants, African bistros, clothing shops, sari stores, and foreign exchange offices. It often acts as a large gathering place for some of the ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, particularly South Asians (Indians, Nepalese, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans), Middle Eastern people, Nigerians, Europeans, Americans, and many other peoples of the world.
Travelling by bus enabled us to see the beauty of Hongkong. We were able to see what really Hongkong looks like. When we arrive at the Chungking Mansions we had a hard time looking for London Guest House. We were told that it would be on the 17th floor but we couldn’t find it in any 17th floor on four different blocks of Chunking Mansion. By the way, Chungking is divided into four blocks A,B,C & D. We found out that London guest House is in Block A and we had to climb the stairs from the 16th floor coz’ the elevator would only allow us until 16th Floor. On the way to the guest house was a bit disappointing. It was really messy and dirty but we were surprised when we got in to the guest house. It was actually clean and really nice. Our room has two beds (one big and a smaller one). It was small but it was worth the amount we paid which was around P6,000 (six thousand pesos) for four days and three nights. 😉
After checking in we started exploring Hongkong. When we got there, it was gloomy and cold. Winter was just starting but the weather was lovely. It was not so cold but I wanted a little sunshine that time. I think a little sunshine would have given our pictures different looks. 😉