4 Days 3 Nights Hong Kong and Macau Sample Itinerary and Budget


HONG KONG and MACAU ACTUAL ITINERARY
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HONG KONG HARBOUR VIEW
Are you thinking of a perfect getaway?!?
I have compiled a concise and coherent guide on how to plan for a perfect vacation to HK and MACAU on a shoe string. However this only serve as a guide and any itinerary and budget allotment will still vary based on your preference and amount in your bank account.
DAY 1: HONG KONG
AGENDA: ARRIVAL, THE PEAK/SKY TERRACE, STAR FERRY, AVENUE OF STARS, VICTORIA HARBOUR
1:00 PM  Arrival in Hong Kong
3:00 PM Bus A21 to TST
4:00 PM Check in at hostel
6:00 PM Train from TST to Central
7:00 PM Lower Peak Tram terminus
8:00 PM SKY TERRACE
9:00 PM Bus 15 from The Peak to Star Ferry terminal
10:00 PM Avenue of Stars, TST and Victoria Harbour view
12:00 AM Back to Hostel
DAY 2: HONG KONG
AGENDA: NGONG PING 360, DISNEYLAND, MONGKOK
6:00 AM Wake Up
8:00 AM Breakfast in TST at Yoshinoya
9:00 AM NGONG PING 360 and Giant Buddha
12:00 PM Lunch at Citygates Outlet in Food Republic, Stroll around Citygates
1:30 PM Hong Kong Disneyland
9:40 PM Left Disneyland
11:00 PM Mongkok Night Market
12:00 AM Back to Hostel
DAY 3: HONG KONG
AGENDA: AVENUE OF STARS, NANLIAN GARDEN AND CHI LIN NUNNERY, HK OCEAN PARK, NIGHT MARKET, DING DING TRAM RIDE
6:00 AM WAKE UP
7:30 AM AVENUE OF STARS (MORNING VIEW)
8:30 AM Breakfast at Yoshinoya in TST
9:00 AM Back to Hostel (freshen up)
10:30 AM Nanlian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery
2:00 PM Hong Kong Ocean Park
8:30 PM Left Ocean Park
9:20 PM Back to Hostel (freshen up and charging time for gadgets)
10:20 PM Night Market, Food Trip, Bought Souvenirs, Ate a meal in Café de Coral
11:30 PM DING DING TRAM (Central to Tin Hau)
12:30 AM Back to Hostel
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MACAU HOTEL CASINO’S AT NIGHT
DAY 4: MACAU
AGENDA: FISHERMANS WHARF, VENETIAN HOTEL ,GALAXY HOTEL, CITY OF DREAMS, SENADO SQUARE, ST PAUL RUINS, MACAU MUSEUM, GRAND LISBOA, WYNN HOTEL
8:00 AM Ferry from HK to Macau
Hong Kong – Macau Ferry Terminal
Address: Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.
+852 2547 4386
How to get there: MTR Sheung Wan Station Exit D (3rd Flr Shun Tak centre) 
Operation hours: 06:00-22:00 (Shop 305N), 06:00-01:00
9:00 AM Arrival in Macau Ferry Terminal
9:40 AM Macau Fisherman’s Wharf
10:10 AM Take the shuttle to Venetian from Sands Hotel(lobby)
10:30 AM Deposit Luggage in Venetian Hotel West Lobby
10:40 AM Stroll around Venetian Hotel (Grand Canal, Casino)
12:00 PM Lunch at Venetian Hotel Food Court
1:00 PM Walk to Galaxy Hotel from the West Lobby of Venetian
1:15 PM Galaxy Hotel
2:00 PM City of Dreams
2:20 PM Dragon Show in City of Dreams
2:50 PM Hard Rock Hotel
3:15 PM Back to Venetian took the shuttle to Galaxy Hotel
3:20 PM Shuttle to San Ma Lo from Galaxy Hotel
3:40 PM Senado Square
4:00 PM St. Paul Ruins
4:20 PM Macau Museum and Guia Hill
5:00 PM Back to Senado Square (Beef Jerky free tasting and Macau Egg Tart Hunt)
6:00 PM Grand Lisboa Hotel
6:30 PM Wynn Hotel
7:00 PM Took the shuttle from Star World Hotel to Galaxy Hotel
7:20 PM Took the shuttle from Galaxy Hotel back to Venetian Hotel
7:30 PM Claimed baggage at West Lobby of Venetian
7:50 PM Took the shuttle from Venetian to Macau Airport
8:20 PM Check in
10:00 PM Flight from Macau to KL
HONG KONG and MACAU BUDGET RUNDOWN
images (1)BUDGET TIME

Now this is the most important part of planning the budgeting. It is the make or break part of the travel and planning. I have created a breakdown of the expenses I had from my 4 days and 3 nights HK and MACAU trip. I have divided the expenses into 6 categories namely (Airfare, Transportation, Food, Souvenirs and Extra expenses, Admission Tickets and Accommodation). All categories are as is except for the Food and Souvenirs as it is not the exact amount I spent but rather close estimation as I did not really jot down all expenses spent from the very last cent. You may notice that there is no category alloted for shopping, it is because I dont shop during my travel as It would impact my expenses and trying yo avoid too much stuff along with my big bacpack.

AIRFARE:

Round Trip Tickets Booked  via AIRSIA

KUALA LUMPUR-HONG KONG – 159.50 MYR = 394.47

MACAU-KUALA LUMPUR – 532 MOP = 530 HKD

NOTES: AIRASIA being the best low cost carrier in ASIA is something I can really recommend. Just make sure you plan things ahead, meaning book your flight tickets ahead of time so you can get the lowest price guaranteed. Always check the website for ongoing promotions. I booked my round trip tickets 4 months before the actual trip so it was really cheap.

ADMISSION TICKETS:

NGONG PING 360 (1 way crystal cabin/ 1 way standard cabin) – 190 HKD

Hong Kong Disneyland – 420 HKD

Hong Kong Ocean Park – 256 HKD

The Peak Tram and Sky Terrace – 90 HKD

Dragon Show in City of Dreams Hotel – 50 MOP/HKD 

NOTES: This part right here is something you can control and and decide based on your intuition. Here’s a tip, mostly tickets bought over the counter will cost more rather than if you buy it from retailers. I bought all my tickets at Chine Travel Services at the HK Airport, the booth is just located at the arrival area along with the other Travel Services Booths. There are also hostels/hotel which offer discounted tickets that is of you are staying at the place itself. For example a ticket price of Disneyland at CTS is 420 HKD compare to the price over the counter which is 450 HKD.

TRANSPORATION:

Octopus Card Initial Load – 150HKD

Octopus Card Reload  – 100 HKD

Ferry from HK to MACAU  – 172 HKD

NOTES: Buying the Octopus card is the most convenient and cheap way of getting around HK as the card can be use in train, tram, ferry, bus and even in 711 stores to buy goods. It is a reloadable card that you just have to swipe and go similar to the EZ CARD use in Singapore. The 50 HKD is refundable once you surrender the card before you leave HK. However the price of the ferry from HK to MACAU varies on the what day and what time of the day and also depending if it is for Turbo Jet which faster or Cotai Jet for a slightly cheaper price but may take more than an hour.

ADULT – Price HK$150 representing a deposit* of HK$50 and an initial stored value of HK$100

**REFUND OF DEPOSIT FOR ON-LOAN OCTOPUS CARD– the deposit (less any use of NEGATIVE VALUE**) plus any remaining unused value is refundable at any time by handing in the card at the Customer Service Centre at any MTR Station or ticket office. Visitors leaving Hong Kong by air can hand the card in and obtain a refund at the Airport Express Customer Service Counters in the Arrival Hall at Terminal 1 and on the Airport Express Arrival Platform at Terminal 2 of Hong Kong International Airport. There is a small administration charge of HK$9 which is deducted from the balance in respect of cards which are returned within three months of date of issue.

NEGATIVE VALUE – If the balance on the card is positive (HK$1 or above) but insufficient to cover the cost of the next transaction the card can incur a negative value of up to HK$35 which is recovered the next time the card is reloaded. The card cannot be used for any further transaction once a negative balance has accumulated until the card has been reloaded.

ACCOMODATION:

3 NIGHTS STAY AT URBAN PACK HOSTEL – 630 HKD (210HKD per day)

NOTES: There are various options on how you choose and decide for the place of your stay. Personally I dont really mind this much as for me you only get to sleep on the bed and the rest of the day you will be out exploring the place, but still all depends on your personality as some may find comfort and luxury as there priority. Popular websites like AGODA,AIRBNB,HOSTELWORD,HOSTELBOOKERS,ASIAROOMS and many others are some of the online booking sites you can choose from. Make sure you go through the ratings and reviews on the website and use it as your basis for deciding. Tripadvisor is also another travel site if wanna found out more of the reviews from people who rated the hotel/hostels.

SOUVENIRS:

REF MAGNET, KEYCHAIN -250 HKD

NOTES: Most of the time if I am not mistaken the cheap things to buy are available in night markets or sometimes malls. Try to avoid buying from a much touristy place as prices can go double from it’s original price.

FOOD:

HK and MACAU (Day 1-4) – 750 HKD

-40-50 HKD budget per meal

NOTES: Food is the last thing you should worry about HK and MACAU as there arel several options to choose from depending on your budget and taste. At most the budget for decent food ranges from 40-60 HKD which may sometimes be a complete meal. Amongst the list and known cheap eats in HK are Cafe de Coral, MX, Yoshinoya, Austalian Dairy, Mcdonads, Food Republic and restos and stalls you can find in side streets which has more authentic appeal for taste.

ESTIMATED GRAND TOTAL:

3982.47 HKD

22102.29 PHP

1610.29 MYR

FOREIGN EXCHANGE RATE:

1 MYR = 2.47 HKD

1 PHP = 0.18 HKD

1 MOP = 0.9662 HKD

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Happiest Place on Earth in Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland (Chinese: 香港迪士尼樂園) is located on reclaimed land in Penny’s BayLantau Island. It is the first theme park located inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and is owned and managed by the Hong Kong International Theme Parks

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WELCOME! WELCOME TO THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH

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MICKEY JUST LOVE TO SURF

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MICKEY HOLDER INSIDE THE DISNEYLAND TRAIN

It was just a dream for me but  here I am standing in the place known as the Happiest Place on Earth. Looking back with how my life and finances back home in Manila it is really close to impossible to plan for a perfect vacation in HK. Lets admit it that a normal average Filipino is just earning enough to get by on a day to day expenses and even though I work in a well known BPO it is still not enough not unless I spent my 13th pay for a vacation abroad but not until I started working here in KL.

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LOVELY COUPLE

On the 2nd day of my stay in HK the plan is to visit Ngong Ping early morning then head to Disneyland as this the most strategic itinerary cause both places is in Lantau Island. I kind of underestimated the time Disneyland can be finished up in maybe 6 or 7 hours but then again It is not. The park is so huge and packed with people from all sorts of ages but mostly Chinese. After Ngong Ping i grabbed some meal in City Gate Outlet as I saw Food Republic more of like food court in a Sossy way. I arrived in Disneyland Park past 1PM which I  regreted cause the time I arrived there are numerous people started flocking which is evident from the moment you take the Disneyland train. Good thing I already bought all my tickets from China Travel Services in HK Airport before I head to my hostel, here you can save atleast 10-40 HKD which really matters specially if you are on a budget.

The park consists of seven themed areas:

  • Main Street, U.S.A., designed to resemble an early 20th-century Midwest town;
    • Adventureland, featuring jungle-themed adventures;
    • Fantasyland, bringing to life characters and places from Disney’s movies for children;
    • Tomorrowland, an optimistic vision of the future.

    In 2011, a new themed area opened:

    In 2012, the park was expanded to 27.4 hectares (68 acres) and another new themed area opened:

    • Grizzly Gulch, reminiscing an abandoned mining town set amidst mountains and woods. Opened 14 July 2012.

    In 2013, the seventh themed land opened:

    • Mystic Point, heart of a dense, uncharted rain forest where supernatural events take place. Opened 17 May 2013.

    Throughout the park are ‘Hidden Mickeys‘, or representations of Mickey Mouse heads inserted subtly into the design of attractions and environmental decor.

    An elevated berm supports a narrow gauge railroad that circumnavigates the park

MAIN STREET U.S.A

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DISNEYLAND CASTLE

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DISNEYLAND CITY HALL

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TO HK DISNEYLAND RAILROAD

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TRAIN IS HERE!!!

I did managed to ride in this train as there were only less people lined up. And since I came a bit late I wasted no time and started trying all the rides and attractions with less people. The place is huge so I suggest you get some map available from the main entrance. Most of the rides I tried are the PAMBATA ones but nevertheless it was fun.The feeling is like you are in magical world everyone is just happy and the smiles are never ending.

MYSTIC POINT

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ENTRANCE DOOR OF MYSTIC MANOR

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MYSTIC MANOR

From what I heard this attraction is just new here and when i get here there numerous people lined up but I decided to go as the line queue fast. Here you can see Board Lord Henry’s Mystic Magneto-Electric Carriage to view his amazing collection of art and antiquities from around the world.

GRIZZLY GULCH

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BIG GRIZZLY MOUNTAIN RUNAWAY MINE CARS

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I still remember the feeling the time when I set foot in  Disneyland, it was SURREAL and something I cant explain but I was just happy to be here. It may sounds O.A but you really have to be there on that moment as it is not something that happens to you always.

ADVENTURELAND

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ENTRANCE TO DISNEY ADVENTURELAND

I had the chance to watch the Festival of the Lion King it is a colorful pageant of music and dance inspired by the celebrating Disney’s animated classic  “The Lion King”

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Credit to my dear friend: Niel del Rosario for allowing me to borrow some of her photos from there Disneyland trip.

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TARZAN’S TREEHOUSE

To get the tree house you will need to cross the Rivers of Adventure, apart from that you can also go and experience the Jungle River Cruise which is just on the same area.

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JUNGLE RIVER CRUISE

TOMORROWLAND

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ONLY DECENT PIC LEFT

Before even coming to Disneyland I have decided not to buy anything and grab any meals so I can save some, and good thing I brought some biscuits and some bar of chocolate with me and also never forget big bottle of water although there are potable waters you can drink for free inside the park so you can refill your bottle.

FANTASYLAND

Here you can have your photo taken with some of the famous Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie and since I am soloist so I just took a photo of them for remembrance. The time I went to Disneyland they have this halloween event going on so from the normal hours of operation of 10AM-9PM they will be closing at 11PM which is favorable for me as it gives me more chances of exploring the park. If you plan to visit Disneyland you may check there website for hours of operation and events happening all throughout the year. And since it is halloween there are various options to scare yourself from the typical scare house up to the notorious rides.

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This ride is really for kids but I saw oldies lining up so nakigaya rin ako. The music playing all throughout is “It’s a small world” and it has been sung and translated into different languages across the globe. You will hear the different version of the songs as the ride progresses.

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LAKAS LANG MAKABATA SA RIDES NA TO

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OF COURSE OUR VERY OWN FILIPINO VERSION

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TOY STORY LAND

I only made it to one ride here which is the Toy Solider Parachute Drop and even though I am god damn afraid of heights I survived and take note I have to fully convince myself that kids can do it so why can’t I? (talaga lang ahh). Too bad I am pressed with time so didn’t make it to  Slinky Dog  Spin ride which i find it interesting although it is really for kids.

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GIANT WOODY FROM TOY STORY WELCOMES ME

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THIS IS PART OF THE HALLOWEEN EVENT

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No Disney experience is complete without witnessing the amazing “Flights of Fantasy Parade” It is a parade led by Mickey’s airship followed by Disney Characters in the interactive sky-high celebration. During normal hours the parade starts at 3PM but since there is a Halloween event so the parade kicks in at 4PM. You have to manage your time with the rides for you to see the parade specially if it is weekends or holidays. I was lining up for Grave Academy  when I heard the announcement the parade is about to start and good thing the l was able to get in fast so the only hassle is finding your spot/place to stay to witness the parade as the side street has been occupied by early bird peeps.

FLIGHTS OF FANTASY PARADE

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SEE WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT

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PARADE HAS JUST STARTED

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It is indeed the “Happiest Place on Earth” and I seemed to forget all of my problems and stress back home. The parade is well choreographed and scored by a lively music which makes me wanna dance with the characters as they passed by the street. The theme park is nearing to the closing time and my feet is about to surrender  due to enormous walking, waiting and standing but I still have one last agenda to witness before leaving the place and that is the Fireworks Display. Because the theme park will close at 11pm so the fireworks is scheduled to happen at 9PM instead of the 8PM schedule during normal hours of operation. The fireworks is probably the most awaited show in Disneyland.

HK  DISNEYLAND FIREWORKS DISPLAY

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PHOTO CREDIT: NIEL DEL ROSARIO

The night ended up with a BANG!!! , and even though I am so freakin tired  with all the activities happened the whole day I left the place with a smile hoping someday i can go back there. I left past 9PM as I still need to go to Mongkok street for the night market and also not to mixed up with the huge crowd when everyone else goes home and it will be hard to get in the train.

HOW TO GET HERE: 

*From Tung Chung or any MTR station down at Sunny Bay Station

*Change train, ride the Disneyland Train to Disneyland Resort

HOURS OF OPERATION: NORMAL HOURS OF OPERATION 10AM-9PM (check website for upcoming events)

ADMISSION PRICE: 450HKD( ADULT)  320HKD(CHILD)

ADDICT NOTES:

*Plan your trip wisely and if possible try not to put Disneyland into a weekend or during holidays

*You can bring bottle of water and some snacks (there are water refill station inside)

*Check HK DISNEYLAND Website http://park.hongkongdisneyland.com/hkdl/en_US/home/home?name=HomePage for special promotions, hours of operation and maintenance.

*You can buy your ticket at CTS Booth in HK Airport for 420HKD the update price it is 30HKD less than the normal ticket price over the counter.

*For help with anything about HK and Disneyland you may visit the HK PEX FORUM http://www.pinoyexchange.com/forums/showthread.php?t=607496

Find your inner peace in NanLian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery

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LOVELY, ISN’T IT?!

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MTR STATION

On my last day in HK, I started bit early as I was trying to maximize the remaining hours of my stay in HK. Supposively the plan is to be at NanLian Garden at 8AM but due to some unforeseen circumstances I reached destination past 10AM which is already late as per my itinerary as I still have the HK OCEAN PARK after this. It was a bit of a walk once you stepped out of the Diamond Hill MTR station, chances of getting lost in finding the place is impossible as there are signs/directions how to get there.

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GARDENERS INSIDE NANLIAN GARDEN

In an attempt to capture portraits of local worker/people, I took some photos of them. Some of the workers who maintains the area are mostly OLDIES although I feel for them as it this point of there life they should just stay at home and just finish up the crochet.

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The time I as midst of working on my itinerary I did saw a picture of this place from a travel blog and I was awed and since then I promise myself I have to see this. Well to some it maybe just another landscape garden in the middle of HK but good thing I made the right decision of going here. I kindly enjoy the place as the moment you stepped inside it is like you are in a different dimension. Makes me want to learn YOGA and just sat down and feel the fresh air.

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WATERMILL

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And since I am in a real hurry I ended up spending 2 hours inside so I kinda failed to enjoy the place as much as I would like to. Started walking around and non stop photo ops under a unbearable heat of the sun and God knows how I perspire.

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 MY FAVORITE PART OF THE GARDEN

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PAGODA

The place is divided into 2 the NanLian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery and so after too much photos around NanLian, I headed to Chi Lin Nunnery which is few steps uphill. And Chi Lin is more of a monastery or perhaps I would say temple. There are parts inside Chi Lin where photography is prohibited and mind you someone is watching your every move. I remember this PASAWAY tourist who discretely took a photo of the Buddha and he was caught so he was asked to delete the photo.

IMG_1936WAY UP TO CHI LIN NUNNERY

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SINCE NO PHOTOGRAPHY KAYA OUTSIDE SHOT NALANG

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NOT SURE WHATCHAMACALLIT!

In my past travels I’ve seen enough temples and I swear there was a time I don’t want to look at a temple. Good thing it is my 1st time in a Chinese country so the Chinese temples are kinda new to me although I have seen some in Chinatown here in KL and SG.

POND WITHIN THE VICINITY OF CHI LIN NUNNERY

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THIS WAY!!

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ALONG THE FACADE

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INTRICATE DESIGN ON THE DOOR

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Overall the place is worth to visit specially if you want to get away from the noise and large crowd of the city.

HOW TO GET HERE: via MTR and get off from DIAMOND HILL MTR Station. Just follow the signs and in about 5 minutes walk you will reach the entrance of the Nan Lian Garden.

ADMISSION: Free

HOURS OF OPERATION: Daily from 7AM in the morning to 9PM at night.

ADDICT NOTES:

*Be here as early as 7am or 8am while the sunrise still bearable.

*Bring umbrella and water as the weather can be very unpredictable.

*Allot atleast 2 hours to enjoy the place.

*Best time of the day to go here is morning