Layovers can be boring or exciting. It depends on how you make the most out of it but most of the times, it surely depends if the Passport Control officers allow you to pass the gate without sacrificing a chicken to the travel gods. HAHA! My trip to Bulgaria was surely a long one and with the 12 hours layover in Hong Kong, it seems like forever! But all thanks to the visa-free policy, I had the chance to sight-see these Hong Kong attractions… or not.
Travel fails are always part of every adventure stories. I won’t be surprised if I chitchat another of those “lost in somewhere” stories in this blog because I know very well that I’m not good with directions. And while some of these misadventures are minimal, there are also one of those embarrassing and hard to move on experiences. Guess what? The same thing happened during my quick layover in Hong Kong. What was supposed to be a fruitful adventure turned out to be something… unexpected. To make the long story short, let’s just say that I got lost most of the time I was out, I had no internet connection to get me back on track, and none of the attractions that I wanted to see were nearby. Anyway, at the end of the day, I was still able to see these Hong Kong attractions for the first time and I think I still deserve a tap at the back for it.
Arriving at Hong Kong International Airport
I was already kicking even before the plane landed. I immediately connected to the airport’s wifi, checked-in in Facebook, and quickly looked for information how to get out from the airport. I almost forgot that I have a baggage to claim!
First time in Hong Kong? Here’s your general checklist upon arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport.
1. Filling up the Arrival Card
All non-residents are required to fill up the Arrival Card before going to the Passport Control. These will be given to you by the airport crew before your plane lands in Hong Kong. In cases where you lost or misplaced your Arrival Card, don’t worry, you can still get a copy before entering the Passport Control section. There’s a table in the middle of the hall where you can get Arrival Cards and fill them up there. It’s usually easy to see because of the crowd.
2. Clearing the Passport Control
Now that you have filled up the Arrival Card correctly, clearing the passport control is just quick and easy. Most of the time the officers are not talking so you just have to hand them your passport (out from the passport holder) and arrival card. Then, you’ll receive a small piece of paper which indicates how many days you’re allowed to stay in Hong Kong. Keep that paper with you all throughout your visit.
3. Claiming your baggage
If you checked-in a luggage then this is the next step for you. Otherwise, why bother waiting for nothing? HAHA! You can walk past the belts and exit.
If you have to claim your bag, just look for your flight number on the information screen in every belt. You can sit on the benches and enjoy the fast wifi connection at the airport while waiting. For my part, I was already busy familiarizing the location of the Hong Kong attractions that I want to see.
4. Exchanging currency
Many would say that the best place to exchange currency in Hong Kong is in Mongkong but since I’m not sure if I can go there, I decided to exchange my bills in the airport. (and thank God I didn’t risk)
5. Getting your way out
After getting your luggage and ensuring that you have cash, you are now ready to face Asia’s World City. So grab your map and prepare to sightsee and taste the best of Hong Kong.
Airport Express and Double-deck bus
I took the Airport Express from Hong Kong International Airport to Kowloon Station.
Trains are the cheapest and fastest way to travel from one city to the other. Also, these double-deck buses can also be spotted all over the city. Afraid that I might take the wrong bus and screw up again, I chose to walk and skip the bus.
Hong Kong’s skyscrapers
So as you can see, this is not the side which I was supposed to exit. I wonder what the other side looks like though. Will I be able to see more towering buildings like these?
I didn’t expect to see these lovely creatures at the park. I stayed the most with the flamingos because it was my first time to see such beauty. I can see that park-goers were also amused with them most especially the kids and kids at heart… like me!
Would be a nice place to take a break from the exhausting misadventure. Ice cream, please!
I’m not a comic fan but it was fun walking around the Avenue of Comic Stars. I have to admit, I don’t really know these comic figures but I think I saw them somewhere. I think…
Anyway, if you are a huge comic fan, I’m pretty sure you’ll be jumping around and will not miss a selfie with these life-size figures.
Avenue of Stars
Yes! I walked far enough to get here. I can’t imagine how tired I was already but I’m happy to be just in time for the sunset.
The popular Victoria Harbour right before my eyes! Originally, I planned on taking the ferry from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island and vice versa but then shit happened so I didn’t have the chance to. I just watched the stunning sunset among with other overwhelmed tourists. It was magical… not until I realized that I still have a plane to catch and I don’t know how to go back to the airport.
See you again, Hong Kong!
Never had the chance to enjoy these beautiful Hong Kong attractions but I will surely come back to make things right. If you like what you read, please don’t hesitate to share this with your friends. Also, a little repin will be appreciated!
So, which Hong Kong attractions can you recommend for my next visit? Comment down below!