Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hong Kong with Children - Hong Kong Park, The Peak, Tai Yuen Street (Toy Street), Calbee Plus

On our fourth day in Hong Kong in December 2016, we explored the northern part of Hong Kong Island. If you have been following our blog, you would know that I have an obsession on slides - I worked very hard on finding child-friendly accommodations with slides for our Taiwan trip, and playgrounds with long slides for our Okinawa (Japan) trip. However, when I did my homework on Hong Kong playgrounds, I was quite disappointed that I couldn't find any interesting ones, perhaps my expectation becomes higher after we visited the 90-metre long slide in Okinawa. Just a few weeks before our visit, I found that an interesting slide at Hong Kong Park was re-built and re-opened in November 2016! It was timely for us to try out the new slide!



In what ways was this slide interesting? There were transparent segments! One thing to take note when you are bringing your children there - remind them to bend their knees as they approach the bottom of the slide! Pei Pei forgot about it, and she slid so fast that I could not catch her at the bottom of the slide, and she fell on the floor. Fortunately, there was padding on the ground.

Other than the slide, there were other play areas and sand playground.




Well, while the playground was the main reason why we visited Hong Kong Park, I would say that Hong Kong Park is a great place to visit, because it offers a totally different feeling to the visitors in Hong Kong's urban setting. It was very relaxing to take a stroll in the park.


Getting to Hong Kong Park is very easy, just take MTR to Admiralty Station, from exit C1, go up the escalator next to the exit, walk across the overhead bridge to Pacific Place, follow the signs and go up the escalator, then cross a small road to reach there. 

After having fun in the playground, I noticed a sign "Peak Tram Lower Terminus", and realised that we were just a short distance away from it. Initially, I didn't plan to visit The Peak, because we experienced the horrible crowd N years ago before we have children. Out of curiosity, we walked towards Peak Tram Lower Terminus to take a look. It was a weekday 10+ a.m. when we were there, the queue was not very long! So we decided to have an impromptu visit to The Peak!


It was the children's first time taking the peak tram, they were amazed by the steepness of the slope as the peak tram travelled up and down the hill!

We were thankful that the weather was nice, the sky was quite clear.



It became more hazy after lunch, and when we took the peak tram back to Peak Tram Lower Terminus, it was very crowded!

We walked to Central MTR Station, and took MTR to the next station Wan Chai. We had 2 missions - to buy toys and eat Calbee freshly made potato chips!

To be honest, after visiting Sham Shui Po, I don't quite understand why Tai Yuen Street is called Toy Street, because there are only a few toy shops. What are the difference between the toys sold at Tai Yuen Street and Sham Shui Po? Those at Tai Yuen Street are mainly original, on the other hand, there are quite a lot of imitations at Sham Shui Po. Of course, it means that the toys at Tai Yuen Street are generally more expensive than those in Sham Shui Po. Anyway, some toys at Tai Yuen Street are still cheaper than those in Singapore!


Guess what, I bought a Tomica car, while the children bought nothing at all because those that caught their eyes exceeded the budget that we gave them.

Somehow we got lost for a short while when we were trying to locate Calbee Plus. It was actually a small part of Okashi Galleria, a chain shops that sell Japanese snacks.


At HKD45, the price was a bit steep for this original potato chips with chocolate sauce and soft ice-cream. The ice-cream was delicious!

Within a day, we experienced different aspects of Hong Kong!


Our Hong Kong Travelogue


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