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  • 10 Best Virtual Museum Tours In 2020

    The COVID-19 situation has placed some business on a halt, some may have even closed their doors. We have seen how entertainment centers, tourist attractions, zoos, and even museums were affected by this outbreak. There is no denying that technology has made life simpler, making us feel that the world is at our fingertips. As travel bans have been imposed all around the world, you may have heard about virtual traveling. Exploring the world at the comfort of your home might not give you the best experience but think about its convenience; you don't have to deal with the crowd! Even better, some of these tours are free! From the deepest part of the world to local zoos to historical and art museums; there's an abundance of virtual tours made available for you. Can't travel to visit these iconic museums? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are 10 best virtual museum tours you need to check out in 2020!  via GIPHY   1. The British Museum, London Image Credit: Ryan Stefan on Unsplash The British Museum in London was opened in 1759 and was the first national public museum in the world. You can learn about human histories and culture dated way back to over two million years.There are several ways for you to enjoy these historic artifacts. Explore the virtual museum tours through Google Street View. You can visit up to 60 over galleries like the Egyptian sculpture gallery and The World of Alexander. You can also view an infographic timeline of each artifact through History Connected. You can easily read through the facts or even listen to the audio made available. It is very informative and must not be missed by all history buffs! For those of you who had always dreamed of visiting this museum, this is your chance. And the best part is, it's free! Website 2. The Broad, Los Angeles Image Credit: Tu Tram Pham on UnsplashThe Broad in Los Angeles features contemporary art from the 1950s to the present. With almost 2,000 pieces of artwork, you can find collections from influential contemporary artists like Andy Warhol and Yayoi Kusama.Get inspired by the effort made by The Broad to bring this wonderful experience to you at home. Watch one of The Broad's famous installations, Yayoi Kasuma's Infinity Mirrored Room, over some lights and sounds environment. If you want to find activities you can do with the kids, get inspired through the family workshops at home series. It contains step-by-step tutorials that you can enjoy with your family. If you can't get over the Infinity Mirrored Room, then you can learn how to create one from one of the videos.Website 3. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Image Credit: Mitchell Luo on Unsplash National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, is one of the oldest museums to exist in the country. Founded in 1861, you can find artworks from both local and international artists, ranging from contemporary art, fashion, architecture, and dance.Fans of KAWS, you no longer have to feel disappointed about missing this exhibition. Now available via virtual tours, head down to the website to visit KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness exhibition. Other exhibitions you can visit virtually includes the 'Japanese Modernism' and 'Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines.' The latter exhibition is worth visiting as you can listen to the audio tour by the curator himself. Wonderful isn't it? Website 4. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul Image Credit: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art has established four museums in different venues; Gwacheon, Deoksugung, Seoul, and Cheongju. It is one of the most famous museums in Korea that showcases Korea's art and culture. The four museums are unique; each showcasing different aspects of art and culture in Korea but are geared towards a common goal which is to provide a rewarding cultural experience to visitors. You can find various artworks ranging from literature to calligraphy, architecture to design, and family-oriented space and children's museum.One of the ways you can enjoy a tour around the museum is through the official website. You can watch tour videos on Jonathan Borofsky's Singing Man or Kim Whanki's Two Moon. Meanwhile, on Google Art & Culture, you can view more collections from renowned artistes or even go on a virtual tour on all levels.Website 5. Musée d’Orsay, Paris Image Credit: Armand Khoury on Unsplash Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France, holds French artworks dated way back in 1848 to 1914. These artworks range from painting, sculpture, furniture, and photographs. Fans of impressionist will find solace in this museum, witnessing artworks from renowned painters like Monet and Van Gogh.As Musée d’Orsay used to be a railway station, you may catch a glimpse of its history through an online exhibition called From Station to the Renovated Musée d'Orsay. Apart from that, get inspired by the canvas painting and oil painting made available for you in Google Art & Culture. You can now enjoy the artworks from this exhibition in the comfort of your home!Website 6. China Paper Cutting Museum, Yangzhou Image Credit: China Paper Cutting Museum on Discover China  The China Paper Cutting Museum in Yangzhou holds a diverse collection of paper-cutting arts from around the country. With almost 400 pieces of artwork, its genre ranged from landscapes, birds and flowers, and plants, and insects. Paper-cutting art has always been important to Chinese folk culture. These delicate and detailed arts may leave you in awe and keep you inspired in many ways.You can view the artwork virtually from local artistes via the online exhibitions made available. If you wanna try making some paper cutting art, how about watching the online exhibition called 'The Art of Cutting Paper by Zhang Muli?' All you need is just a pair of scissors and some paper. Time to get crafty! Website 7. Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, Kyoto Image Credit: Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, also known as Fureaikan, features Kyoto's traditional crafts. With almost 500 collections ranging from Kimonos, lacquerwares, and textiles, there is always something to see and learn on Kyoto crafts.The traditional garment Kimono has always featured beautiful and intricate designs. Learn its history from the online exhibition, 'The Ancient History Making and Wearing a Kimono' and 'Historical Development of Kimono Pattern'. The beautiful textiles of a Kimono will leave you in awe, as you learn to appreciate them more given that the time and effort it takes to make the textiles can be excruciating. Website 8. Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Image Credit: The Singapore Art Museum The Singapore Art Museum is dedicated to contemporary art based in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Whether the museum is closed for major transformation or due to the COVID-19 situation, you can still visit the museum and view the exhibitions virtually. Singapore Art Museum has been an organizer for the Singapore Biennale in four different years. If you missed it, you may get the chance to view the last years' collections in the online exhibition 'Singapore Biennale 2019: Every Step in the Right Direction.' You can also go on a virtual walk in the museum and explore all levels that are made available.Website 9. National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung Image Credit: National Museum of Natural Science on Taichung Travel Net If you want to skip the art and history, or if you are just into nature and science, then this museum is for you! The National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung, Taiwan, covers exhibitions like astronomy, space science, and ecology. With over 50 permanent exhibitions to look out for, there is always something for everyone to learn from, be it adults or children.As one of the most visited museums in Taiwan, there shouldn't be a reason to skip this museum especially when you can visit it virtually!. Run through the 100 specimens of different departments; geology, botany, zoology, and anthropology in this online exhibition. You will never leave this virtual tour without learning something new, we promise! Website 10. Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei Image Credit: Fubon Art Foundation Fubon Art Foundation may be a little different from the rest of the museums on this list. Its aim is to promote art education and support art-based events. To incorporate art into one's lifestyle, it is not necessary to visit a museum or a gallery. Hence, "Very Fun Park" is established where people can experience art from the streets and alleyways in the city.Don't be sad if your trip to Taiwan is canceled, and you can't witness these awesome artworks. Now, you can navigate through the online galleries and view the various installations from different contemporary visual artists. The colorful and unique installations are interesting to look at; it makes you want to witness them in real life too!Website If you think that you can't experience new things without leaving your house, then you are wrong! This list of virtual museum tours will occupy your time, give you some inspiration, relax your mind, and perhaps, allow you to learn something new. If these museums piqued your interest, then you can include them in your itinerary the next time you are traveling!  via GIPHY...

  • Here Are 10 Best Family Road Trips In Malaysia

    Planning a family trip where everyone can enjoy themselves can be exciting but stressful as well. After Covid-19, it is expected that domestic travel will recover first. Why not use this time to plan for a road trip in Malaysia? Going on a road trip is a great way to bond and spend quality time with your family! Whether you are planning for a short weekend getaway or a vacation, Malaysia has so much to offer! Malaysia is ideal for family road trips as there are so many destinations that you can explore and enjoy with your family. Here are 10 best family road trips in Malaysia!  via GIPHYAlso Read: Here Is What Travel Will Look Like After Covid-19 1. Kota Tinggi to Desaru Image Credit: Kota Tinggi Waterfalls Resort It will take approximately 50 mins to drive down from Kota Tinggi to Desaru, hence making it an ideal short weekend getaway to enjoy with your family. Bring your family for a picnic and take a dip in the Kota Tinggi Waterfall. This spectacular view offers serenity, allowing us to relax and unwind. If you have more time to spare in Kota Tinggi, you can also visit the Kota Tinggi Firefly Park. Participate in outdoor studies with your family and get close to nature. This can be a fun yet enriching experience for the family! Image Credit: Desaru Fruit Farm More family-fun activities await you in Desaru. Drive down to Desaru Fruit Farm and learn how to grow various kinds of fruits. On top of that, you can even do a taste testing of the fruits you have picked. You can also bring the kids to feed the ostriches at the Desaru Ostrich Farm. My best pick will be the Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, which can be enjoyed by people of all ages - adults and kids alike.    2. Port Dickson to Malacca Image Credit: Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson This trip is another ideal short getaway that you can consider. Stay for a night in Port Dickson and the following day, you can drive down to Malacca in less than 1.5 hours. Port Dickson is the best place to relax and rewind. Book one of the water chalets available like Lexis Hibiscus and enjoy a night stay. Nothing can go wrong with spending quality with the family in a private pool. Image Credit: St. Paul's Church on Lonely Planet The following day, you can take a drive to Malacca. There are many historical sites that you can visit in Malacca, which is known for its rich history. Head down to A Famosa and walk up the small hill to reach St. Paul's Church. Image Credit: Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum There are also plenty of museums around the area that you can visit too, like Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum and the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum. If you happened to be in Klebang area, you must not miss the Klebang Original Coconut Shake! Nothing can beat teatime with some traditional Malay kuih (delicious!) and a cup of coconut shake topped with vanilla ice cream (yummy!). 3. Kuala Lumpur to Penang Image Credit: Wayne Chew on Unsplash No matter how long you are planning to stay in Kuala Lumpur, there are always things to see and do. It has become mandatory to take a trip to PETRONAS tower whenever one is in Kuala Lumpur. There are various things to see and do around the area like exploring Aquaria KLCC, visiting the aquarium, or shop at Suria KLCC. After spending some time sightseeing and shopping at Kuala Lumpur, continue your journey down the road for about 4 hours to reach a UNESCO heritage town, George Town in Penang. Image Credit: Dark Mansion More fun-filled activities await you in Penang. Visit Dark Mansion, a 3D trick art museum unlike the normal, because they glow in the dark! Your kids will definitely enjoy this, we promise!  Image Credit: Penang Hill on Facebook One of my best take in Penang will be Penang Hill. Ride up the funicular ride to enjoy breathtaking views, learn heritage and culture, and enjoy mother nature. Make sure to feast on their local delights like Char Kuay Teow and Assam Laksa. Penang houses some affordable cafes too so be sure to check that out with your family! 4. Ipoh to Cameron Highlands Image Credit: Old Town Ipoh on Lonely Planet  If you are looking for a lush greenery view on a trip, this road trip is made for you. The drive from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands takes about 2 hours. Firstly, wander down Old Town in Ipoh and discover the street arts and cute streets. You can also visit the city's gem such as Kellie's Castle and Birch Memorial Clock Tower. Once you're done exploring Ipoh's beautiful landmark and art, take a trip to Cameron Highlands. Image Credit: Strawberry Farms on visitmalaysia.info Meanwhile, at Cameron Highlands, you can bring your family out for some outdoor activities. Don't miss out on fun activities like strawberry picking in the strawberry farm, visiting the butterfly farm, and exploring the lavender garden. At the end of the day, spend some quality family time over steamboat in Cameron Highlands.  5. Johor Bahru to Mersing Image Credit: Legoland Malaysia on Facebook Our trip down to Johor Bahru will always be about the food or groceries on the usual days. How about a short getaway, let's say a 2-days 1-night trip with a detour to Mersing? In less than 2 hours drive, you can get to Mersing from Johor Bahru. Over at Johor Bahru, you can visit Legoland, a popular theme park that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Spend a day with your family here; enjoy the rides and attractions it has to offer.  Image Credit: Kishor on Unsplash After having some fun at Legoland, you can drive to Mersing. Mersing is all about the beautiful beaches and white sands. You can opt for snorkeling and island hopping in Mersing if your family is up for it. My best take in Mersing is to book a resort and enjoy a relaxing time at the beaches with your loved ones.  6. Sepang to Genting Highlands Image Credit: Sepang International Circuit  If you think that Sepang is only home to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you are wrong. There are some fun-filled activities that you can do with your family here. In less than a 2 hours drive, you can get to Genting Highlands and the fun continues. Sepang is known for its Formula One race circuit, but if you're not in Sepang to watch one, head down to Avani Gold Coast Resort. You may choose to stay a night here or visit the Extreme Park for some activities like Go-kart, archery, and ATV jungle trail. Image Credit: Resorts World Genting Next, take a 2-hour drive to Genting Highlands. Enjoy the rides and attractions at the outdoor theme park, which caters to both kids and adults. You might also want to check the indoor theme park and video game park. Hop on the Awana Skyway; you can enjoy the spectacular view from a distance together with your loved ones. 7. Kuantan to Kuala Terengganu Image Credit: The Sungai Pandan Waterfall on Hotel Grand Continental Kuantan For me, Kuantan is an underrated city. Not many tourists visit this beautiful destination. In less than a 3-hour drive from Kuantan, you can reach your destination, Kuala Terengganu. In Kuantan, you can find several beautiful waterfalls. In my opinion, Sungai Pandan Waterfall will be an ideal spot if you are on this road trip with young kids or the elderly. Make a trip to Kula Cakes to eat the local's favorite Mango Cheesecakes. This store should be in every cheesecake lovers' list as they serve other unique flavors as well. Image Credit: Terengganu State Museum on Malaysia.travel After all that fun, drive to Kuala Terengganu for a heritage tour. Visit the Terengganu State Museum to learn about the history and culture of this place. Don't forget to also visit Pantai Batu Burok to enjoy the scenic beach view. 8. Bukit Tinggi to Kuala Selangor Image Credit: Berjaya Hills on visitmalaysia.info Another two locations that are off the beaten track should be on your list if you want to have a unique experience. It takes a 1.5-hour drive to get you to Kuala Selangor from Bukit Tinggi. The Japanese Tea House in Bukit Tinggi, also known as Berjaya Hills, offers you a soulful retreat. Explore the French-themed Colmar Tropicale and the zen-inspired Japanese garden. The rabbit farm is a must-visit for families; you can play and feed the cute little furry friends. Image Credit: Mount Melawati on The Star Next, drive to Kuala Selangor which takes about 1.5 hours. You can hike up Mount Melawati with your family and learn more about the history behind this notable hill. Also, make time to visit the Kuala Selangor Nature Park and walk through the mangroves. You can spot various species of birds here too! You should also try the Cendol Bakar. The preparation of the gula Melaka in this cendol is different from those of the normal cendol out there. 9. Banting to Sekinchan Image Credit: Tadom Hill Resorts This trip is catered to you if you're bringing along pre-teen kids or older who are adventurous and love outdoor activities. It takes 2 hours to reach Sekinchan by car from Banting. First, enjoy various adrenaline attractions in Banting. Head down to Tadom Hill Resorts, where you can enjoy activities like ATV and water swings. If you want to try some paragliding, you can hike up Bukit Jugra. Otherwise, you can just enjoy the scenic view from the peak with your family. Next, take a 2-hour drive to Sekinchan. Expect to see the lush green field of paddy in Sekinchan as it is home to the Paddy Processing Factory. Don't forget to drop by any of the small businesses selling tropical fruits nearby. The juicy giant mangoes, soursops, and guavas can quench your thirst over the hot day (Yum!). 10. Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang Image Credit: Sosodikon Hill on Facebook Located in Sabah, both Kota Kinabalu and Kundasang offers you scenic locations with fresh mountain air. Just about a 2-hour drive, you can get from Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang. You don't always have to hike up Mount Kinabalu when you're in Kota Kinabalu. If you still want to enjoy some mountain views but don't want to break a sweat, visit Sosodikon Hill. Don't forget to visit the Asquare Kota Kinabalu, the first creative container night food market in Kota Kinabalu. You will be spoilt for choices with over 60 varieties of food to choose from different street vendors. Image Credit: Desa Dairy Farm on Facebook Next, take a 2-hour drive to Kundasang. You can visit Desa Dairy Farm in Kundasang with the kids and feed the calves and goats while enjoying some freshly made gelato. I'm sure your kids will enjoy this activity! Also Read: 10 Tips On How To Prepare For A Road Trip There you have it, the 10 best family road trips in Malaysia. So what are you waiting for? Start planning for your next road trip to Malaysia now! via GIPHY     ...

  • Things We Miss In Hong Kong

    Hong Kong is a vibrant city, with many attractions and iconic landmarks that lie in the city. There are many places to explore and appreciate here in Hong Kong. Its high rise buildings, local heritage, and the food are some of the many attractions that Hong Kong has to offer. However, due to the current unfavourable climate where travel is no longer possible, we may not be able to enjoy that just yet. As tourists, particularly those who have gone to Hong Kong at least once, here are the things that we will definitely miss in Hong Kong!  via GIPHY 1. Vibrant Neighbourhood Image Credit: Merlin Shaw on Unsplash  Hong Kong has a very distinct neighbourhood scene; certain housing estates in Hong Kong are well-known amongst celebrities, social influencers and tourists to get some of their best photos taken. The Choi Hung Estate is one such famous housing estates; the vibrant colours and the location of the place itself had definitely attracted tourists and photographers. It was said that having your picture taken there could make you feel that you’re at the centre of the world. Other popular estates include the Lok Wah estate and the Ping Shek Estate. These are definitely some of the famous tourist hotspots.  Image Credit: Michael Rivera  on Unsplash Other than these, we will also miss the high rise buildings with shops just below them that fill Hong Kong’s neighbourhood. Yik Cheong Building offers such aesthetics where housing units are situated in close proximity with each other and various shops are situated below these units. This offers a rare opportunity for tourists to enjoy the architecture of the neighbourhood. We will surely miss Hong Kong’s vibrant neighbourhoods that add to the uniqueness of Hong Kong.    2. Local Food  Image Credit: SJ Baren on Unsplash When you think of Hong Kong, surely you’ll think of their famous local food scene! Handmade Dim Sum, egg tarts, roasted duck rice, veal goulash (yum!) and many more. For the authentic taste and experience of these local delights, Hong Kong is the perfect place to go. Sure you can find some of these Hong Kong delicacies elsewhere but we will miss the authentic taste that you can get specially from Hong Kong. The taste of freshly made Halal veal goulash from Ma’s restaurant, the wide variety of Halal Dim Sum menu that you can choose from over at Islamic Centre Canteen or the egg tarts from Chrisly Bakery that just melts in your mouth (oh we miss them!).  We will also miss the experiences that come with getting some of our local Hong Kong food. I’m sure some of you have experienced queuing up for dim sum or the famous egg tarts, with the smell lingering in the air outside these shops.    3. Michelin Starred Halal Certified Food Image Credit: bady qb on Unsplash We will miss enjoying Halal Certified food with Michelin Stars. As a cosmopolitan city, Hong Kong offers a wide range of food from all over the world, including local food fused with Western ones. Thinking about the fine quality and savoury taste of some of the best Halal Certified food in Hong Kong makes us tourists hungry and yearning for them now.  Image Credit: Bombay Dreams on Facebook Bombay Dreams, an Indian restaurant, which has a Michelin Star awarded to them, is dedicated to serving some of the best cuisines that highlight the taste of Northern India. We will miss dining in at this restaurant, enjoying the ambience and company of those dining with us. Image Credit: Imperial Patisserie on Facebook Also, for those of us with a sweet tooth, we will miss going to this newly Halal certified bakery like Imperial Patisserie. This bakery, which is also awarded the Michelin Star, offers a variety of sweet treats like cookies, cakes, pastries, which tourists can choose from. The design of the bakery combines both the modern and traditional style to give off a nostalgic feel to customers. We will miss getting our sweet treats from this bakery either as gifts for our friends and family or for ourselves.    4. Trams in Hong Kong Image Credit: Ruel Del Jamorol on Unsplash The trams in Hong Kong, also known as the tramways, are popular modes of transportation amongst the tourists. This is mainly because the tramways cover a wide range of tourist spots so it will be easier for tourists to take a tour around Hong Kong. The tramways also provide a more affordable alternative to get around the city, with a good view of landscapes and iconic buildings all over Hong Kong. Not only that, it is convenient to use; passengers could easily buy the Octopus Card at any MTR station and use it to pay tram fares.  Image Credit: Photo by Chromatograph on Unsplash The tramways have had a long history in Hong Kong, it was one of the first few public transportations in Hong Kong, that had lasted from the British rule till now. Seeing it on the roads or directly taking it may bring nostalgia and fond memories. Riding the tramways will be missed as it reminds us of the beauty and unique feature of Hong Kong through iconic landmarks and buildings that we get to see while riding the tram.  5. The Cool Weather  Image Credit: John O'Nolan on Unsplash One of the things that we will miss in Hong Kong is the cool weather. Hong Kong’s weather from October to December is considered to be the most ideal as it is sunny and cool. It is highly recommended for tourists to visit Hong Kong during this period.  Looking back at the past when we were able to visit theme parks like Hong Kong Disneyland and take beautiful pictures at the Victoria Peak in this favourable cool weather, we definitely would love to return to Hong Kong to experience this feeling once again. 6. Hospitality In Hong Kong Image Credit: Big Dodzy on Unsplash Hong Kong is famous for being a tourist-friendly destination. Most of the locals in Hong Kong can speak English and they often offer their help to foreign tourists. There are also locals at train stations who never fail to offer help to tourists who face difficulty trying to get around the city.  Other than this, road and street signs can also be found in English, making it easier for tourists to manoeuvre their way in the city. We will miss this wonderful hospitality provided by the locals in Hong Kong in order to ensure that foreign tourists enjoy safe and comfortable travel.    7. Local Culture and Heritage  Image Credit: Hong Kong Museum of History Don’t you miss learning more about the local culture and heritage in Hong Kong? Because I do! Hong Kong offers various iconic landmarks, historical buildings and museums that show you an insight into Hong Kong’s rich history and culture.  The Hong Kong Museum of History features a wide range of exhibits and artefacts spread across 8 galleries. You can learn a lot about the culture and heritage of Hong Kong as this museum highlights the development of Hong Kong and showcases key events and actors that have played a major role in the development of Hong Kong.  There are also both Chinese and Colonial heritage sites that we could visit to know more about the history and culture of Hong Kong. We will miss museum-hopping and visiting famous cultural and heritage sites in Hong Kong.  There you have it, 7 things we will miss in Hong Kong. Even though we no longer have the luxury to travel due to the unfavourable situation we are in, we hope that you never forget all the fond memories you have spent in Hong Kong. Hopefully, when the situation is better, you will be able to relive some of these memories once again and even create newer ones by visiting other places in Hong Kong.  via GIPHY...

  • A Trip to The Highest Hill in Hong Kong: Victoria Peak

    It's nothing unfamiliar to hear about Victoria Peak when you are looking for tourist attractions in Hong Kong. Located in Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak is the highest mountain in Hong Kong, standing at 552 meters above sea level. Promising you a stunning view and diverse activities, it is no doubt that The Peak is one of the most popular tourist spots. As expected, popular spots will definitely attract crowds. Early morning is the quietest time, so heading to The Peak at this timing is ideal. The crowd will start to swarm in by late afternoon as people will head up to watch the light show. Of course, our advice is to avoid weekends and public holidays as it can get worst. But this doesn't mean that you should give The Peak a pass when you visit Hong Kong. Let us lay down for you the journey to The Peak the way you can enjoy the best! via GIPHY Transportation 1. The Peak Tram Image Credit: Victoria Peak The Peak Tram is the most recommended way to get to The Peak. Riding on one of the world's oldest funicular tram will give you an unforgettable experience. Apart from being the fastest way for you to reach The Peak, you can also enjoy the scenic view of the skyscrapers and Victoria Harbor. Don't be alarm by the steepness of the tram, making the buildings look tilted at an angle.Getting there: 13 minutes walk from Central Station to the Peak Tram lower terminus.Our take: A must ride for everyone going to The Peak and shouldn't be missed. We suggest that you take the Peak Tram going uphill. And if you manage to grab a seat onboard the tram, choose those on the right-hand side to get the best view. 2. Bus Image Credit: Igor Son on Unsplash The cheapest way to get to The Peak straight is by bus. It saves you all the walking to the Peak Tram lower terminus as you can ride the bus service from the MTR stations. Three bus services operate to and fro The Peak, one which operates only during the weekends and public holidays. Don't say we didn't warn you on the thrilling ride downhill.Getting there: Service x15 from MTR Admiralty station exit B. Service 15 from Central Pier 5. Service 15B from Wanchai Convention CenterOur take: The best way to travel back downhill to bring you back to the city area. Apart from beating the queue for the Peak Tram, you can also save time in walking from the lower terminus to the nearest MTR. 3. Minibus Image Credit: Yeo Khee on Unsplash Similar to the bus, a minibus is another cheapest way to get to The Peak. The only difference is the route taken by the minibus. There is only one service running to and fro The Peak.Getting there: Service 1 from Central (Two International Financial Center)Our take: An alternative return downhill. For a scenic bus ride, we would suggest taking the buses than a minibus. 4. Taxi Image Credit: Thomas Patrick on Unsplash Taxis are metered in Hong Kong and are relatively cheap. Riding a taxi to The Peak will give you comfort as it is air-conditioned and clean. A taxi ride will approximately cost you HKD100 (~SGD18) one way from Central.Getting there: Taxi in Hong Kong is readily available to be hailed down the street. You can also call for a taxi.Our take: If you are squeezing itinerary and want to skip the queue, grabbing a taxi will be ideal. Ticketing A ticket is needed if you will be riding the Peak Tram. You can purchase them at the lower terminus ticket booth. The disadvantage of getting your ticket here is the waiting time as the crowd can be unpredictable. Afterward, you will need to join the queue to ride the tram, which may or may not be shorter. A time-consuming method is to get your ticket online. Head down to the official website to purchase a ticket. You can also get the package ticket which enables you to enter Sky Terrace 428. However, you need to oblige to the timing that you have selected. Therefore, you will need to plan your itinerary thoroughly. Another alternative is to get your ticket from Klook. By purchasing your ticket at the site, you will get to skip the queue to ride the tram. This only applies on the ride way up. As a guide will be escorting you, you will need to follow the conditions accordingly. Klook also offers packages with activities for you to enjoy at a discounted price. Attractions 1. Sky Terrace 428 Image Credit: Robson Hatsukami Morgan on Unsplash Sky Terrace 428 is the highest viewing platform in Hong Kong, standing at 428 meters above sea level. It will swoon you off your feet with its 360 degrees panorama view of Hong Kong. Regardless of the timing of the day, you will be overwhelmed by the beauty.Dive into the history of Hong Kong, its culture and architecture by listening to the audio guide, "Hong Kong Sky Tour." It's available for free in 6 different languages.Both The Peak official website and also Klook offer package tickets to get to Sky Terrace 428. It's definitely a spot that shouldn't be miss when you're at The Peak. 2. Madame Tussauds Hong Kong Image Credit: Madame Tussauds Hong Kong  Madame Tussauds is no longer a foreign name as a tourist attraction. It is a wax museum featuring wax figures of famous and historical people as well as celebrities. Opened in 2000, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong featured nearly 100 wax figures. This museum is a perfect stop for you to get up close with celebrities and famous people. 3. Madness 3D Adventure Image Credit: Victoria Peak Something fun and free that you can do at The Peak is "Madness 3D Adventure." It features 3D artwork by local artists depicting famous Hong Kong scenes. There is a special shooting zone where you can get a professional photographer to capture the moment for you with a fee. 4. The Peak Galleria Image Credit: The Peak Galleria on Hang Lung Properties  The Peak Galleria is another shopping complex that is situated just opposite of the Peak Tower. At the time of writing this article, the shopping mall is still under renovation and is expected to reopen by Summer 2019.With the new opening of the Peak Galleria, visitors can expect to see more variety of shopping and entertainment. The highlight of the mall is the giant glass facade overlooking the hill, giving you another option of the scenic view. We also hope that the observatory deck is reopened as it provides the best view of Victoria Harbor. 5. Nature Walk Image Credit: Victoria Peak Surround yourself with the tranquility of nature surrounding Victoria Peak. There are several suggested walking trails that you can enjoy and the point of interest that you can see.Follow through the Mount Austin Road trail which will bring you through the exclusive residential of Mount Austin, Victoria Peak Garden, Mountain Lodge, and Mount Austin playground. This trail offers you scenic view despite the steep and narrow roads closer to the top. And if you feel a bit more adventurous, you can continue down to MTR Central Station. The whole journey is about 2.8km and will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete.Just walking distance from the Peak Tower, you will come across Lion's Pavilion. Offering you free 360 degrees lookout of Hong Kong skylines, no doubt this place will always be packed. Food There is no known Halal food available in Victoria Peak itself. Therefore, do plan the itinerary and get your meal in either Central or Wanchai area. If you need to perform your prayer, you can visit Jamia Mosque in Mid-Levels. Being the first mosque in Hong Kong, it's worth the visit and appreciating the architecture.   There you have it, all you need to know before going to Hong Kong's Victoria Peak. Have fun!  via GIPHY  ...

  • Unleash Your Inner Child At These 4 Hong Kong Attractions

    Hong Kong has a lot to offer when it comes to fun – there are many attractions to see and many experiences to have! Attractions are a major part of the Hong Kong itinerary and every tourist should tick it off their list of things to do when on the island. Hong Kong is home to some of the greatest and biggest attractions in Asia! With a multitude of rides and activities to choose from, you would be kept busy having the time of your life! So here are some of the finest attractions to unleash your inner child when in Hong Kong! via GIPHY   1. Hong Kong Disneyland Image Credit: Hong Kong Disneyland Who doesn’t love Disneyland?! And you don’t have to go all the way to the US to experience it when it’s just as good in Hong Kong especially with the East-West influences. Hong Kong Disneyland has 7 different lands that have their own attractions, rides and events. One of the main attractions at Main Street, USA is the Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad – a scenic train ride that takes you through all the lands and ends at Fantasyland. Another attraction is the Disney Paint the Night Parade. A 30-minute long pageant which is an amazing LED-lit fiesta of all the Disney characters having a good time to their famous songs. A must-do is a visit to the Royal Princess Garden, where you can take a photo with your favorite Disney Princess! A must-see attraction at Adventureland is the Festival of the Lion King, a spectacular retelling of the classic Disney animation. Take the Jungle River Cruise where you will come face to face with animatronics animals. The Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, which is a typical old-school roller coaster ride, is a must-try . Image Credit: Hong Kong Disneyland The major attraction at Mystic Point is the Mystic Manor – the Hong Kong Disneyland version of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion but with a unique story surrounding the antics of Lord Henry Mystic and his monkey companion, adorable characters and immersive experience with many surprises. Toy Story Land is full of fun, especially the RC Racer - a 27 meter half pipe with a car that rides up and down – intense and thrilling! Image Credit: Hong Kong Disneyland Fantasyland is truly magical. One of the main attractions is the Mickey and the Wondrous Book, which is probably the best show at Hong Kong Disneyland – the 30-minute spectacular brings together many beloved Disney characters dancing to amazing musical mashups. The Cinderella Carousel is a must for every guest, everyone has dreamed of getting on one these classic merry-go-rounds with the prancing horses and beautiful music. The best ride at Fantasyland has to be the Mad Hatter Tea Cups – giant, spinning teacups that will leave you dizzy but excited. Image Credit: Hong Kong Disneyland Head over to Tomorrowland for fun futuristic inspired attractions and rides. At Hyperspace Mountain is a rollercoaster ride dedicated for all you Star Wars fans, dodge blaster fire to the soundtrack of Star Wars playing in the background – nothing short of epic. The Iron Man Experience is the only Marvel ride not found at any other Disneyland – soar above the Hong Kong skyline with Iron Man on this epic 3D adventure. They also have a resort where you can book your stay at and have a one of kind experience in Disney themed rooms and suites! You can choose between the three hotels – for the adventurous souls there’s the Disney Explorer’s Lodge, if you want a little bit more elegance to your hotel experience choose to stay at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, and if you are a true movie buff who loves the magic of Hollywood, stay at Disney’s Hollywood Hotel! Getting there You can get to Hong Kong Disneyland via MTR trains, the route is scenic and the trains are a cheaper mode of transportation. You have to take the Tung Chung line to Sunny Bay Station, transfer to the Disneyland Resort Line and onto the Disney Train – the train is decorated with Disney themed memorabilia. Tickets Info A standard ticket cost for 1 or 2 days start at HK$639 for adults and children 12 and above. The 2-day fun package starts at HK$719, it comes along with a HK$30 discount voucher for merchandise and offers instant park access with a Disney e-ticket. (First visit must be on or before 31st December 2019). There is also a Disney Priority Ticket + One-Day Package Combo ticket starting at HK$938 and HK$838 – refer to the website for more info. Dining and Shopping There are 2 Halal-certified restaurants within the park – The Tahitian Terrace at Adventureland and Explorer’s Club Restaurant at Mystic Point. You can get Halal certified food available upon request at the following restaurants: Chef Mickey at Disney's Hollywood Hotel Studio Lounge at Disney's Hollywood Hotel Walt's Cafe at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel Dragon Wind at Disney Explorers Lodge World of Color Restaurant at Disney Explorers Lodge Room Service at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel Prayer Room facilities The park offers a Prayer room; you will find a designated prayer room next to the Explorer’s Club Restaurant. The room also offers great Wudhu facilities however a prayer mat is not provided so remember to pack your own. Address: Lantau Island, Hong KongOpening hours: 10:30am to 8:30pm Note! Timings for different attractions and rides may vary, so refer to their official website for more info. Website | Facebook | Instagram   2. Ocean Park Image Credit: Ocean Park on Facebook A sea life themed amusement park which has been putting smiles on faces since 1977, Ocean Park Hong Kong should be a staple on your list. A one-stop-shop for all, Ocean Park Hong Kong is an amusement park meets marine park meets oceanarium meets animal theme park all in one! It is also home to the famous Giant Pandas – Le Le and Ying Ying – now who doesn’t love Pandas? The theme park is 915,000 square meters – roughly 174 football fields. The amusement park has two main areas: The Waterfront and The Summit, there are 8 different themed zones dedicated to activities, shows, attractions, and rides. All the guests first head to The Waterfront since it is near the main entrance, however, if you really want to make full use of your day take a cable car or express train straight to The Summit. Image Credit: Ocean Park The Summit is where you will find the thrill rides and the Polar Adventure. Ocean Park is known to have crazy rides - the popular ones are the Hair Raiser, Raging River, The Rapids and The Flash. Another must-try when at The Summit is the Mine Train – a truly unique rollercoaster ride as it incorporates VR technology as well! If you are an extreme adrenaline junkie this ride is definitely for you! After all the adrenaline rush why not do something a bit more chill, literally – head over to the Polar Adventure attraction which houses animals from the North and South Poles, you will find penguins, seals, and many more creatures. If you would much rather get up close and personal with the animal rather than just looking at them through a glass you can take part in the Animal Encounter. Image Credit: Ocean Park After you are done exploring The Summit head over to The Waterfront, the main attractions here are the Giant Pandas, the Grand Aquarium and Old Hong Kong Street. The Grand Aquarium really is grand – with 5000 fish from 400 different species, you will definitely be left in awe at the variety available. Old Hong Kong Street by Kee Wah Bakery will transport you back in time to the 50s and 70s Hong Kong. Don’t forget to visit Le Le and Ying Ying, the park’s stars! You won’t be able to handle the absolute adorableness of the two pandas rolling and lazing about in their enclosure. To end your day head over to Aqua City where you can witness the world’s first 360 water screen show – Symbio! It is a nighttime show with lights, pyrotechnics, music and animation – it will be the perfect ending to an exciting day spent at Ocean Park Hong Kong. You can even book a stay at the Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel, located at the entrance of the park. Getting there You can take a local or cross-boundary bus and get off after going through the Aberdeen Tunnel, from there it’s just a short walk to the park. You can also take the Citybus route 629 which runs daily from Central Star Ferry every 20-60mins. You can also catch a train on the MTR to Ocean Park station via the South Island line – be sure to get your tourist Octopus Card first. If you have a car, there is no hassle whatsoever; you just need to get there and find a parking spot as the park offers parking facilities. Ticket Info You can purchase tickets at the gate or even do an online booking via their official website. Tickets are also available at 7-11 stores. The general admission ticket is priced at HK$498 for adults including children 12 and above, whilst the child ticket is priced at HK$249. If you don’t like standing in queues for long you can purchase the Ocean FasTrack (Standard) ticket which is priced at HK$280 for both children and adults – it allows priority access to 7 rides and attractions. There are two other FasTrack options: the Deluxe (HK$400) and Grand (HK$520). Dining and Shopping There are many dining options at Ocean Park Hong Kong, from cafes to restaurants you can choose from many. There are also many food kiosks scattered around the park, so if you want to snack on something while walking around – especially if you need to restore some glucose in your system after going on their rides. You can find Halal food at Cafe Ocean, Dive into A Float (at Marine World), Panda Cafe Food To Go (at Amazing Asian Animals), and the Popcorn Cart (at Aqua City). All the dishes served at these restaurants and kiosks have been certified by the Incorporated Trustees of the Islamic Community Fund of Hong Kong as stated on the official park website. There are also many souvenir shops in the park, so be sure to get something to remember your trip to the amusement park. Prayer room facilities Prayer rooms with Qibla indication are available, they can be found at the Guest Relations Offices situated at the main entrance and at Thrill Mountain at The Summit. Address: Aberdeen, Hong KongOpening hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00am – 7:00pm                             Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am – 9:00pm Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter   3. SuperPark Hong Kong Image Credit: SuperPark Hong Kong on Facebook An indoor sports park with a myriad of activities for everyone, you can really let loose and have fun! It is a Finnish chain and has many branches globally. Their main focus is fun – so it is the perfect place to really let your inner child come out to play! Image Credit: SuperPark Hong Kong on Facebook The park is divided into 3 sections – the Adventure, Game Arena, and the Freestyle Hall. Adventure area has many activities like the tube slide, flying fox and, even a peddle car track! The game arena is where all the fun is! With exciting games like Superball, Hotstepper, and super pinball – you can really work up a sweat and not get tired for hours because you will be so preoccupied with having fun! They even have a RoboKeeper as a football goalie! The Freestyle Hall is probably the best section at Superpark – because it has a trampoline platform! Who doesn’t love jumping around?! They also have an AI controlled punching bag SuperBoxer and 8 metre climbing walls at SuperClimb! Getting there You can take a MTR train from to Olympian City and from there it is only a 15 minute walk. You can take a bus that goes through any of these routes: 13D, 43C, 87B, 701/701S, 971, N23, E21, A21. The mini bus routes are: 46, 78, 70 Ticket Info Their ticket prices are based on the days you go to the park; check their ticket calendar on the official website to catch the dates and prices. Regular Tickets One day ticket: HK$180 After 6pm: HK$120 Super Day Tickets Morning mayhem (9am to 1pm): HK$180 Middle Session (1:30pm to 5:30pm): HK$210 After 6pm: HK$150 One day ticket: HK$ 250 Dining and Shopping They have one restaurant inside the park, however it is not Halal. Prayer Room facilities Unfortunately, they do not offer prayer room facilities so bring along your pocket prayer mats and prayer garments! Address: G/F One SilverSea, No 18 Hoi Fai Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong (near Olympian City)Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00am – 9:00pm                             Weekends, public and school holidays, 9:00am – 9:00pm Website | Facebook | Instagram 4. Noah’s Ark Image Credit: Noah's Ark on Facebook Noah’s Ark has biblical roots, however, you will find it in Hong Kong – not the actual Noah’s Ark but a theme park built around the concept of the story and even boasts a life-size replica of the Ark. Image Credit: Noah's Ark on Facebook Noah’s Ark is more educational than thrilling, so if you want a more relaxed experience this is perfect for you. The park is divided into 3 main sections – namely Noah’s Ark, Solar Tower and Nature Garden. Most of the parks focus is on animals and nature, so you will find a lot of live animals on display as well as some life-sized sculptures greeting you at the entrance. The Noah’s Ark is further sectioned into the Ark Garden, Ark Expo - houses one of the largest meteorites exhibited in Hong Kong, Adventureland is where you will find most of the fun as you can experience an obstacle course, whilst Ark Life Education House, Treasure House and e-Planet all offer interactive activities for children. Noah’s Ark also has a hotel where you can book your stay while visiting the theme park. The Solar Tower houses one of the largest professional vacuum solar telescopes within South East Asia which is open to the public. Solar Tower is mostly focused on science and technology and offers many interactive activities. The Nature Park is home to a variety of trees and greenery offering stunning sceneries which make for a great photo op. Address: 33 Pak Yan Rd, Ma Wan, Hong Kong Opening hours: The park operates from 10:00am to 6:00pm                             The Noah’s Ark Hotel and Resort operates 24 hours a day                             The Harvest Restaurant (10:00am to 9:30pm)                             The Nature Garden (8:00am to 6:00pm) Note! The last entry times vary between exhibits: Solar Tower: 5:00pm Nature garden: 5:00pm Ark Expo: 5:15pm Treasure house: 5:45pm Ark Garden: 5:45pm Getting there To get there you have to take a ferry from the Central Ferry Pier No. 2 and cross the Victoria Harbour to AMA Wan Island. The ferry ride will cost you around HK$27 and will take around 30 minutes. Ticket info You can purchase tickets at the gate or even do an online booking via their official website. The general admission ticket is priced at 198HK$ whilst the child and senior ticket are priced at HK$158. The ticket includes admission to all the attractions in the park except for Adventureland. Dining and shopping The park has two restaurants: the Harvest restaurant and Noah’s Kitchen. Harvest restaurant is more on the fancy side of the dining spectrum, they offer an international buffet. Noah’s Kitchen is more like a cafe with more focus on desserts and drinks. There is no information that states if the food served at the restaurants is Halal, however, you could always opt for vegetarian or seafood options. The Rainbow Gallery and Kid’s Deck are souvenir shops and offer soft toys, plushies and cute animal themed stationery. Prayer room facilities There is no known location at the park or the resort for prayer so be sure to bring along your pocket prayer mat and prayer garments :) Now you know which amusement/ theme parks to head to when in Hong Kong. It’s going to be a fun ride – so let loose and enjoy! Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter   There you have it, 4 Hong Kong attractions for you to unleash your inner child in Hong Kong! via GIPHY...



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