Budget-friendly activities in Hong Kong to add to your itinerary
MANILA, Philippines – One of the most exciting things to do during the start of the year is to plot out the important events, milestones, career plans, and travels in our calendar. It makes us look forward to each new day with vigor.
And what’s more exciting than annual family vacations? Taking vacations helps us relax, unwind, and escape from the demands of our busy lives. It could be a traditional visit to your parents’ hometown, a day of swimming with your cousins at your favorite resort, or that one grand out of the country trip with mom, dad, and the sibs.
However, traveling with the family, especially if there are little kids or elderly parents and grandparents, can be daunting sometimes. But with proper planning and by choosing the right destinations, family trips can be an unforgettable experience for all.
So it’s not surprising that in 2018, Hong Kong was the most visited by Filipinos. Hong Kong is only two hours away from Manila. And with its efficient transportation system and a wide range of activities and attractions available for travelers of all ages, it has become one of the most family- and budget-friendly places in Asia.
But Hong Kong is not just about Disneyland, Ocean Adventure and shopping in Mongkok, contrary to what it’s famously known for. There are so much more places to visit and activities that aren’t just family-friendly but budget-friendly, too.
Can you imagine putting yourself in Noah’s shoes? When you visit Noah’s Ark, you now can. Noah’s Ark boasts of having the world’s first full-scale replica of the vessel that saved Noah and the animals from the flood as described in the Book of Genesis. The full size replica of the elephants, giraffes, and other animals will make you feel like you’re witnessing this iconic biblical event.
It also features a Solar Tower where you can observe the sun’s surface activities in real time and watch 3D astronomy documentaries, and a Nature Garden where you can use a GPS to find and learn about more than 100 species of trees. And many more other attractions like the Fun Fun Gym, Adventureland, and Park Playground where you can flex your muscles and enjoy the outdoors.
A trip to Noah’s Ark is both a fun and educational activity for you and your kids.
For a more relaxing nature trip, take a walk along the different scenic routes of the Hong Kong Wetland Park – home to Hong Kong’s one-of-a-kind flora and fauna.
At Hong Kong Wetland Park, you’ll be able to experience a different side of the city – away from the crowded and busy shopping districts. You’ll be surrounded by the greenery of the reserve which is home to a diversity of wetland creatures.
The park’s goal is not just to showcase waterbirds and other wetland creatures but also to conserve and spread awareness on how the public can help in this conservation. You can learn more through guided tours, film showings and themed galleries.
A trip to Hong Kong isn’t complete without a visit to the majestic Big Buddha located at the Po Lin Monastery.
Feast your eyes on the lush gardens and other lifesize sculptures wherever you look. Don’t be overwhelmed by the several flights of stairs, though. You can enjoy the scenery even from the grounds. But if you’re up for the challenge, a breathtaking view is waiting for you at the top as you stand beside the Big Buddha as he looks over the people of Hong Kong.
Did you know that egg tarts are among the top five snacks in Hong Kong? And it’s for a reason. The aroma of this sweet and savory snack wafts from every corner of the street, inviting you to bite into its fresh and warm crumbly crust and soft center.
If you want to have a taste of the signature Hong Kong egg tart, head on over to Tai Cheong Bakery. This bakery that has been making these delicious egg tarts since 1954 is dubbed as the number one in all of Hong Kong. And since you’re here, get a hold of their Chinese donuts which are a must try, too!
Tai Tong Organic Farm
Here’s a bonding activity that you and your kids will forever remember. At Tai Tong Organic Farm, you can go strawberry-picking together, treating yourself a bite into these fresh fruits along the way.
You can also both get your hands dirty by trying to grow your own fruits and vegetables, go fishing, or feed farm animals – activities that you surely wouldn’t get a chance to do everyday.
Add all these new experiences to your itinerary and start exploring a different kind of Hong Kong. – Rappler.com
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