Hong Kong Trip Day 3 : Ocean Park and New Year’s Eve Countdown!

Day 3 of our Hong Kong trip was very much memorable. It was New Year’s Eve Countdown at Victoria Harbour! Kate also made an arrangement for us to visit Ocean Park in the morning so that we could fully utilise the entire day.

We checked into New China Yan Yan Guest House at Chung King Mansion and found out that rooms in Hong Kong can be really small…

Our encounter with small hostel rooms in Hong Kong

 Small room at New China Yan Yan Guest House
Small room at New China Yan Yan Guest House

Normally, you would hear stories about how small hostel (not hotel) rooms in Hong Kong can get? Sometimes even as small as 8 square metres! But when we actually saw it, we were not that surprised (guess managing expectations help) and we were actually quite happy that it had an attached toilet with shower point as well as a TV.

Since the room was just a place for the night, we immediately left for our next destination, Ocean Park Hong Kong!

Ocean Park Hong Kong is still worth a visit

 Entrance to Ocean Park Hong Kong
Entrance to Ocean Park Hong Kong

You may be wondering that Ocean Park having opened more than 40 years ago, how good can it be right? We must say that it is still worth a visit! This is because, there is so much things to do and see for everyone in the family. From the youngest to the oldest.

For the young ones, there are dedicated play areas…

 Whiskers Harbour - Kids Amusement Park
Whiskers Harbour – Kids Amusement Park

Rides for the adventurous ones…

 Hair Raiser Roller Coaster
Hair Raiser Roller Coaster

Animals and shows for the older ones to enjoy!

 Acrobatics and Juggling acts at the Waterfront Plaza
Acrobatics and Juggling acts at the Waterfront Plaza

 Panda standing up and reaching for the shoots
Panda standing up and reaching for the shoots

 Bald Eagle showing the span of its wings
Bald Eagle showing the span of its wings

Unforgettable New Year’s Eve Countdown at Victoria Harbour Hong Kong

There are a few reasons why countdown at Victoria Harbour was really memorable for us…

1. The Cold. For one, we did not expect the weather to be so cold! We were relatively early that evening, having finished our dinner around 8 or 9pm. So we headed to a Hong Kong Cafe nearby to while the time away, have some food to keep us warm for the countdown. The good thing was that when we eventually reached the harbour, it was so crowded that we were kept warm! Check out the crowd!

 Crowd waiting for fireworks and countdown
Crowd waiting for fireworks and countdown

2. How to get a good spot. In order to get a good spot to watch the fireworks at Victoria Harbour, you should actually be there at about 8 or 9pm. We were able to still walk around these good viewing spots at about 9pm. So we thought we were able to get back to the same spot at the bridge at about 11pm. Little did we know that the bridge area was cordoned off due to the limit on the number of people allowed there! So if you really want a great spot, you should be ready with warm clothes, heat packs, tidbits and great company while waiting for the fireworks to start!

3. First Countdown with Kate in Hong Kong. Barring Melaka, this was the first time that Kate and I enjoyed a New Year’s Eve countdown overseas. Thanks for planning this wonderful trip! :)

Hong Kong Trip Day 3
Hong Kong Trip Day 3

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You have just finished a post on our 9 day trip to Hong Kong, Macau and Shen Zhen. Read on to find out more about our adventures during this trip!

Hong Kong Trip : Day 1
Hong Kong Trip Day 2 : The Attractions of Tsuen Wan
Hong Kong Trip Day 3 : Ocean Park and New Year’s Eve Countdown
Hong Kong Trip Day 4 – Side Trip to Macau
Hong Kong Trip Day 5 – Continuing Our Travels in Macao
Hong Kong Trip Day 6 – Rounding up Macao and Returning to HK
Day 7 Hong Kong Trip : Side Trip to Shen Zhen & Debunking Recommendations
Day 8 Hong Kong Trip : What we did in Central 中環 Hong Kong
Day 9 Hong Kong Trip : A Surprise Find at Lian Xiang Ju Dim Sum Restaurant

Hotels and Hostels We Stayed in Hong Kong

New Year’s Eve Countdown at Victoria Harbour Hong Kong
Ibis Hotel Hong Kong Central & Sheung Wan : For the Best Views of Victoria Harbour
L Hotel Nina Convention Centre Hong Kong : Great views over Tsuen Wan
Jordan Comfort Inn Review @ New Lucky House Hong Kong
New China Yan Yan Guest House at Chung King Mansion

Food and Dining in Hong Kong

3 Reasons Why You MUST Try Dim Sum in Hong Kong and Macao
The Minimalist Guide to Eating at Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong
A Classy Treat at Lei Garden International Finance Center Hong Kong
Mak Mun Kee 麦文记 Noodles Shop : Best Wanton and Beef Noodles in Hong Kong
Great Desserts at Australian Dairy Company Hong Kong! ( 澳洲牛奶公司)
Lan Fong Yuen Hong Kong : For a taste of traditional milk tea since 1952
Secret to Enjoying Hong Kong Cafes…
What a typical Hong Kong Cafe is like
Debunking Recommendations of DiscoverHongKong.com : What NOT to eat in Hong Kong

Attractions in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Central Mid Level Escalator : Longest Escalator Walkway System in the World
Avenue of Stars 星光大道 : Hong Kong’s Hollywood Walk of Fame
Ocean Park Hong Kong : Still worth a visit?
Temple Street 庙街 Hong Kong : First glimpse at Hong Kong’s Night Market
Where to shop in Hong Kong? Citygate Outlets Tung Chung!
Elements Shopping Mall at Kowloon Hong Kong
Only make a side trip from Hong Kong to Shen Zhen if…
21 Amazing Travel Experiences in Hong Kong

Hotels We Stayed in Macau

Hotel Royal Macau : Luxury at a Central Location
Regency Hotel Macau : A 5 Stars Hotel?

Attractions in Macau

Guia Fortress and Lighthouse Macao : An Elusive Fortress Found
Macao Maritime Museum : Great Price Good Exhibits
Historic Centre of Macao : Ruins of Saint Paul’s, Mount Fortress & More
Cotai Strip Macau : Games, Shows, Food and Entertainment
Taipa Village Macau : Houses Museum, Pork Buns, Portuguese Egg Tarts
Top 5 MUST DO Things in Macao : You have not been to Macao unless you have…

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