Sunday, April 13, 2014

Trip to Hong Kong 2013 - Part 7

So, after coming back from Macau, we went to stay at a boat in Aberdeen for about 2 days, just to get the real experience of the real Hong Kong as Aberdeen was one of the earliest settlement. Water trading was used the major transportation system throughout the area.

We took the water taxi to the floating boat. Please be aware that you should always be negotiating and come out with an agreeable price when you take these water taxis as they are really trying to charge as much as they can. We passed by the legendary floating restaurant in which a lot of famous movies was being filmed in there.

Since we're staying at the Aberdeen, it was just very close to Stanley and we can just catch the local bus from Aberdeen station. It was a super hot and humid day and we decided to hop off from the Repulse Bay stop and had a swim there. The water was murky but it was cooling enough for us to shed off excess heat. There were heaps of people there and there was this old guy in his 60 wearing nothing but a skimpy g-string showing off on the beach. It was definitely a culture shock for me given that I've been living in Australia for quite a long time and have never seen anyone this courageous.

Stanley reminds me of Batu Ferringgi minus the resorts. It is a very westernized town with a lot of pubs and cafe lining along the beach. I would recommend to go there during evening time as the light that shines onto the building as well as reflected from the water creates a beautiful yet calming experience.

The next day, we took the bus to Ocean Park. There isn't a direct route for the bus from Aberdeen to Ocean Park. You would need to ask the local and the bus driver to remind you to hop off the bus when its near the Ocean Park and walk over a fly-over and some small alleys (about 10 minutes) to get to the entrance of Ocean Park.

Ocean Park is amazing if you love all the thrilling rides as most of the roller coaster rides are built on the hillside. But going in summer time is a torture. 

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