On our first full day in Hong Kong, we decided to visit Hong Kong Disneyland. We had heard from a lot of people that the park was pretty small, and that's true, but it was just the right size for us with Sophie in tow. We took the subway out to the park and got there around 10:30. The subway has its own special Disney line, complete with Disney-themed trains.
|Mickey everywhere on the train to Disneyland.|
|On the carousel with Dada|
After lunch, we put Sophie in her rented stroller and walked her around until she fell asleep for about an hour.
|All this fun is exhausting!|
|Sophie meets the dancers from the Lilo and Stitch float.|
|Sophie loved Donald and quacked whenever she saw him.|
|No one is happier than a kid at Disneyland.|
We barely had the energy to get back to the hotel and get down a conveyor-belt sushi meal before we tumbled into bed, ready for day 3.
On day 3, we spent the morning on Hong Kong island, taking the famous Peak Tram up to the Peak for great views of the city. Sophie enjoyed all the escalators leading up to the viewing platform.
|The family on The Peak|
|Hong Kong? Yeah, been there, done that.|
Back at the bottom, we swung through gorgeous Hong Kong Park for a session on the fantastic playground and a brief walk through the aviary.
Back at the hotel, I took Sophie to the hotel restaurant for a disastrous lunch (not much was eaten, a great deal ended up on the floor, and there were tears), while Keegan headed to the spa for a massage and soak in the hot tub. I'm not sure who enjoyed their afternoon the most, as Sophie and I both got three-hour naps in.
In the evening, we tried went to the Temple Street Night Market, which we had heard was a must-see attraction. Well, I'm not sure what we missed because it was terrible! Stall after stall was filled with cheap plastic junk and tourist knick-knacks. Most of the people shopping there were clearly tourists. None of the food stalls looked remotely appetizing or toddler friendly, so we gave up pretty quickly and went back to the hotel area. We found a Chinese restaurant for dinner, but it was a bit late to eat, and we spent most of our energy trying to keep Sophie happy while we scarfed our food. We'll have to try authentic Chinese food again another time!
|Sophie had her own special bamboo booster seat at the Chinese restaurant.|
|Keegan and Sophie at the zoo|
Then we found the zoo playground and had our own fun playing.
In the evening we made a cardinal mistake in traveling with a toddler: we left waaay too late for dinner. We also seriously underestimated the crowds in the Mongkok area. The restaurant we were aiming for, a vegetarian dim sum place, was closed, and every other place we tried had a long wait to be seated.
|The bright lights and bustling streets of Hong Kong|
On Sunday morning, we headed back to the airport. The early afternoon flight was a good time for us to travel because Sophie fell asleep fairly quickly and slept for most of the trip. All in all, we were really happy with our relaxing vacation, and we felt pretty good about our first real tourist trip with a toddler. Now we have to plan the next one!