Journaling The Journey

Hong Kong – Country Parks

It has become a bit of a tradition for us to land in Hong Kong at the beginning of a given year. Flying in on Cathay Pacific business (50K points each from Toronto), we stayed our first night at the Hong Kong Sky City Marriott Hotel (which is right at the airport). The hotel was free since we signed up for the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Card giving us 75K sign up bonus points (with a minimum spend) + a night free valued up to 35K points. With Platinum membership we were upgraded to a suite , had free breakfast and access to the Lounge which serves food and drinks for free.

Hong Kong – Sha Tin Park

This time in Hong Kong we decided to visit the Sha Tin area (north west part of the island). It has a multitude of parks and beautiful boardwalks to visit and stroll including Ma On Shan Country Park (be ready for some uphill climbing and incredible vistas of the city and the jungle like park). Tai Mo Shan Country Park offers similar gorgeous views (after the payment of a strenuous uphill climb).

Rowing Club on Shing Mun River

For those interested in a less strenuous stroll, the Shing Mun River offers miles of lovely boardwalk lined with beautiful parks including the Sha Tin Park featuring gardens and lagoons filled with exotic flowers, turtles and coy fish.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum

The Hong Kong Heritage Museum (also on the Shing Mun River boardwalk) has free entry and features many different exhibitions. There are modern art displays, interactive wings and some exhibitions showing off Hong Kong’s antiquities with stunning pieces that are thousands of years old. There is a large children’s area and a wing dedicated to Bruce Lee which Rob thoroughly enjoyed.

Shing Mun River Boardwalk in the rain

While visiting the Sha Tin area we stayed at the Courtyard Hong Kong Sha Tin. This hotel is amazing – for only 12.5K points/night we were treated to a suite overlooking the river. Because of our Platinum status with Marriott we were able to visit the Lounge which served free food morning and night (with fantastic wine and beer available in the evenings). We also had a free breakfast in the main restaurant which we visited closer to lunch. Basically, staying at this hotel we had free food and drink day and night (and a suite) for the measly cost of 12.5K points per night. We will definitely be back!

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