Bus waiting to transport us to the airport terminal
After we cleared the immigration counter and collect our luggages, we looked for the Customer Service Counter. This is where the octopus card can be purchased.
Adult Octopus cards cost HK$150 with $100 face value plus $50 refundable deposit. A $7 service charge applies if the card is returned in less than 3 months. We looked for the bus station where we can board the bus to the hostel. Look for the sign for bus to city and the exit is located at the centre of the arrival hall and turn right and walk to the end is the bus station. We board bus A21 which heads to Mong Kok. It cost HK$33 ~ S$6.50 per person using Optus card. There are luggage racks for large luggages. We sit on the upper deck where there are good views. I feel that Singapore lacks in this as there is no airport bus for the visitors from the airport to town. Although there is Bus 36 but it's not convenient for the passengers if they have large luggages. Hong Kong and Taipei fare better in this.
The journey from the airport to Mongkok takes about 40min and we alighted at the 6th station. I followed the directions given when I booked the hostel. But I missed out one direction and we spent quite some time finding it. I have good direction sense and yet this time i failed. ><" Finally we found Sincere House, so so so happy.
The Penisula Hotel
The clock tower
View of Hong Kong Island
We board the Star Ferry to Central which cost HK$2.20 for the upper deck. The fare can be paid by Optus Card. The Optus Card is a very useful card which can used to pay MTR fare, bus fare, star ferry fare, tram fare, the peak tram fare, buy things in 7-11 etc.
The ferry journey is about 5 min from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central. There are 2 ferry routes from Tsim Sha Tsui, one to Central and the other one to Wan Chai.
Views from the Central Pier
TramsInside the tram Rally View from the tramThere are also lane reserved for bus in Hong KongHappy Valley RacecourseFree rental
We alight at the tram station where we board just now. Alas, there is no Bus 15 here so we walked back to the previous few tram station to board Bus 15. Bus 15 offers a scenic journey to The Peak and terminates at the bus station under the Peak Galleria. (Website: http://www.hongkongextras.com/scenic_bus.html) The fare is HK$9.80 ~ S$1.90 and the journey is ~ 40min. For better view, sit on the right side of the bus.
Night view of Central