Venice Of Hong Kong Tai O Fishing Village

Fishing Village

Fishing Village

In my last post Big Buddha The Altar Of Heaven I explained you how to visit the place from city center now this time I will tell you how to visit fishing village from big buddha. From big buddha, you can take bus number 21 to reach the fishing village.If you are coming directly from Tung Chung station then you can take bus number 11 directly heading toward Tai O bus terminus.From bus stand fishing village is just couple of steps away.On your first step out of the bus will give you a feeling of fish smell and you can see closely the life of fisherman.You will also get to know what they do in their routine life and what are their food and culture.

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This village is a home of tanka tribe who made their houses on stilts to make them socially connected to live their lives above water.At the entrance of fishing village you will find many people asking you for pink dolphin sightseeing but better to compare each company price and service standard before boarding any boat in hurry. There are 2 to 3 tour company which provide dolphin tour.If you are hungry you can go and visit street food which I love most of the time of my walk. There are small restaurants as well as some beautiful cafes.

There are two trails for entering the village, parallel to the both side of logged water area.First trail goes along the mountain with some steep hiking, but you will enjoy the view of sea shore. Second trail goes toward multiple temples in the village where you can see small concrete houses on the way and Chinese temple art as well as resting viewpoints to enjoy calm sea waves.This place is always awesome for photo shooters who want to capture fisherman lives on stilt houses and manually operated rope drawn ferry bridge which operated for over 80+ years.

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Vagabond Walk

Vagabond Walk

While coming back to city center do not forget to buy dry seafood from the market.The place is a charm for your eyes but might not good for your nose if you feel strong fishing smell.This village is a combination of human art and natural surrounding. If you are visiting hong kong you can see this place have completely different lifestyle from hustle and bustle from city center.I recommend this place for half day sightseeing with enjoying some walking trails as well as tasting seafood in street.Hope you enjoy this place let me know if you require any help or information about the place.

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Big Buddha The Altar Of Heaven Hong Kong

Big Buddha PC: Khuded Pravasi

Big Buddha PC: Khuded Pravasi

It was my graduation’s time Facebook viral big buddha photos, when I heard first time about big buddha.On that time I thought it’s in China but the thing is it’s in outer urban of Hong Kong. If you are in Hong Kong then this place deserve a must see in your itinerary for peace as well as panoramic scenery from the top. Its combination of modern sculpture art on 34 meters  high bronze statue of buddha and civil engineering.

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Hong Kong is very small country but enough attractions to visit for day trip as well as for couple of week. Big buddha is known as Tian Tan Buddha. If you are thinking to visit this place I will recommend a full day trip over there.

Transport: Big Buddha is outside of hong kong city center and your stop to reach Buddha is Ngong Ping Bus Terminus or cable car station. To reach this place first you have to come Tung Chung Station from Hong Kong city and then take either bus or cable car. More information about cable car transport fare and time table can be reached on official website Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car . If you are on tight budget and can not afford haftey price of cable car then you can use public transport, bus number is 23 from Tung Chung Town Centre with fare about 27 HKD and here is official website New Lantao Bus.

Note: My personal recommendation is that you can come by cable car while viewing beautiful scenery as its really wonderful route to see mountain as well as beaches at same time.

If you are coming by bus then you can see differences about residence structure of Hong kong city center and urban. On the way you will see many resorts and private villas while in city center there are skyscraper only, no single private houses, that might be because of expensive price or lack of land. Once you reach on top you can easily see statue. Just go ahead to see multiple small status symbolize of different Chinese dynasty sign. You can see two big gate and one monastery which is same in architect as of forbidden city in Beijing.

In middle of monastery and entrance point there is one elevated circle where people were doing prayer at particular point with facing Buddha statue. I did prayer with lineup to other fellows and click a photo in rapid fire. You can buy incense sticks if you want to pray or just for offering before entering monastery. In monastery you will see thousand Buddha engraved on wall and yes clicking photo is highly prohibited and you mind it.

Now get ready to count stairs to reach Buddha, after few minutes you are on the top and that will make you happy to see view of surroundings.In winter it’s too windy so difficult to stay long on top but autumn seems good. Outside of Buddha statue there are other small bronze status of pupil offering different things to buddha.Keep water bottle with you while you are climbing up as everything is a bit expansive on top even water.

Special Note: If you are interested to see inner structure of statue then you can buy lunch coupon before climbing the stairs, price is about 110 HKD and food is fully vegetarian.This coupon will allow you to visit basement of Buddha statue and see more information about place.

Once you are done with visiting buddha you can visit wisdom path which is a series of 38 wooden monuments containing some prayers using calligraphy. Next stop is Ngong Ping Village which is one stop solution for your food and for movie lovers there is small theater too.If you are having vegetarian companion like me there are two option one is subway veggie roll and another is Indian restaurant. You can also purchase some small souvenir items to create memory.

If your day still allowed you to have plenty of time you can try to visit Tai O Fishing Village and I am going to write post on that next week. So keep  visiting blog for new entries about all articles about my travel to Hong Kong. Upto that time enjoy my old posts.

Offering PC: Khuded Pravasi

Offering PC: Khuded Pravasi

Hong Kong Travel Visa

 

bird-eye-view

bird-eye-view

It took me long time to write my post after new year holiday, but from now I will keep continue writing weekly post. Today, I will give you update about Hong Kong visa rules and regulations.Hong Kong is always dream destination for all those people who love shopping and try to avoid language barrier that exists in south asian countries.We have been there few months back and feel its worth to visit Hong Kong for a week to enjoy sightseeing as well as shopping.If you are visiting Hong Kong before 23rd January 2017 then you need only Japan Residence Card  and a valid round trip ticket. Documents required to obtain Hong Kong Tourist Visa are shown below (Below requirements are based on Indian passport holder working in Japan).

1- Valid Japanese working visa or permanent residence permit.
2- Passport valid for at least six months before the date of arrival in Hong Kong.
3- Round trip ticket to Japan or the next country of destination (Print out or online copy).
4- Confirm hotel booking (Print out or online copy)
5- Tentative itinerary (Print out or online copy)

Note: If immigration will find your landing suspicious then THEY can call you for personal interview IN separate cabin in airport or ferry terminal, above documents will help you to answer clearly about your motive in Hong Kong.

Now you might be thinking why I have specified the date 23 January 2017 ?? New immigration rules are going to implement onward this date. As per immigration department, number of illegal immigrants are increasing day by day in Hong Kong, so they want to check all kind of documents before someone lands to shopping paradise Hong Kong. You can check your visa requirement for Hong Kong via clicking on Immigration department website. If you want to fill Pre-arrival Registration  form then visit application form link.

Special Note: The Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals will be implemented on 23 January 2017.  The online service for “Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals” is now opened. You can just fill the  form on above link before landing to Hong Kong

Enjoy the country, Enjoy the dim-sum, enjoy the relaxing time and Best of all it’s in Hong Kong 🙂

hong kong visa notice

hong kong visa notice

From Nomadic Yatri To Cookie Vagabond

Cookie Vagabond Cherry Blossom Tokyo

Cookie Vagabond Cherry Blossom Tokyo

Hey there, the companions of “Nomadic Yatri” 🙂 we have changed our blog name from “Nomadic Yatri ” to “Cookie Vagabond”. You must be thinking why suddenly this change, so the reason is,  the new name Cookie resemble the name of my travel crime partner, as her nickname is “Kuki” and  “Vagabond” is like “Jamesbond” and I like both of them.So I thought of introducing “Cookie Vagabond” .

The change in name is to distinct us from the crowd of other nomads and I personally like Vagabond and I hope you also like same. Now you can proudly say I am the follower of Vagabond “Cookie Vagabond” 😛

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Visa For Land Of The Rising Sun

Visa Stamp

Visa Stamp

Land of rising sun is always dream destination for most of the travellers. If you are thinking to visit Japan, then here I am giving you a complete information about visa before you are check-in into gateway of Japan.Many countries have visa weaver in Japan and you can check the list of countries here visa exempt list.You require following documents before moving to embassy or to authorize travel agent.

Coming as independent (Self arranged)

1-  Copy of passport with first and last page having bio data.

2- A completely filled visa application form.

3- Covering letter which will explain your purpose to visit as well as itinerary.

4- Photograph (2×2 inch but confirm with embassy)

5- Travel booking(arranged tour if there), Hotel and air ticket with itinerary.

6- Latest income tax return or Bank statement for 6 months (original one with passbook)

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Coming through guarantor (Visiting friends or family)

Documents from applicant-

Documents from applicants are same as I have explained above. You just need to cross verify with documents checklist in embassy homepage before submitting form.

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Documents from guarantor-

1- Invitation letter original.

2- List of visa applicants.

3- Letter of guarantee if inviter is paying your expense.

4- Copy of tax return/ certificate of deposit balance/certificate of income.

5- Copy of passport first and last page.

6- Residence card stating you visa type and expiry date.

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Special Note : Japanese embassy in Delhi is no more accepting direct application, you  have to submit visa application through travel agents while Chennai , Mumbai, Bangalore and other parts of India you can submit visa application directly to consultant as earlier.

Authorize travel agent: Currently in India there are only two travel agents.

1- Cox & Kings Global Services

2- Vfs Global

Embassy  URL (India) –  Japan Embassy

Visa Fee – 440 INR charged by embassy and service charge from travel agent is 600~650 INR.

Note: All the description presented here are based on Indian passport holder who visited Japan for 3 months. Visa rule changes time to time so keep looking on above websites for update.All the documents you can download from embassy website to avoid mismatch in format.

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Enter the hell , feel like heaven

Jigoku Meguri (Roughly called hells of Beppu) of beppu are center attraction point in Oita and attracts domestic as well as international visitors, all year around. These are basically hot-springs for viewing rather than bathing in it. You can find many natural hot spring(Onsen) in the city.Basically 6 hells are located in the same place known as Kannawa district and remaining 2 are in Shibaseki district which are 20 minutes away(2 Miles in distance) from each other.I have been there from Matsuyama and entered in the city through ferry on Oita port. As compared to Matsuyama or Tokyo city is not having enough local train network to move around city, so we preferred to take rental car and did one trip around the city.

Transport Note: Local train network is not strong but public buses are quite good and frequent. If you do not have driving license then do not hesitate to go ahead with public transport. You can book tour too via  tourist information centre at Beppu station.

Types of hell

1-Sea Hell (海地獄 ⇔ Umi Jigoku): This one is my favourite and is completely blue like ocean which make its name sea hell. This is my personal recommendation, you must visit this among all hells. There is a big pond near by entrance and have many lotuses with are of specific type namely Victoria. Victoria leaves are big enough to hold weight of small kid(You can see picture board with kids sitting on leaf). Do not forget to have look around greenhouse which has multiple variety of lotuses and orchids.

Umi Jigoku

Umi Jigoku

2-Shaven Head Hell (鬼石坊主地獄 ⇔ Oniishibozu Jigoku):  This name originated from the grey mud bubbles in pond which looks like head of a monk. If you are tired and want to give an extra time to this hell you can sit around the place and enjoy footbath next to it.

Oniishibozu Jigoku

Oniishibozu Jigoku

3-Cooking Pot Hell (かまど地獄 ⇔ Kamado Jigoku):  This hell is easy to identify with red color demon mascot on top. There are several smaller boiling ponds scattered here and there and again if you have time then enjoy footbath with eating onsen tamago(boiled egg direct from onsen water).

Kamado Jigoku

Kamado Jigoku

4- Demon Mountain Hell(鬼山地獄 ⇔ Oniyama Jigoku:  Place is well known as crocodile hell.It is home of many crocodiles and alligators.What I heard from the instructor is that temperature of this hell (Normal hot water) is perfect for their breeding conditions.This hell is bit scary due to giant crocodiles.

Oniyama Jigoku

Oniyama Jigoku

5- Mountain Hell (山地獄 ⇔ Yama Jigoku):  This is situated in hill and you may pass this hell as I personally feel it is less attractive than others, but if you love animals this is the place for you to enjoy small Zoo next to hell.

Yama Jigoku

Yama Jigoku

6- White Pond Hell (白池地獄 ⇔  Shirake Jigoku): Its names symbolizes white but it’s a kind of pale blue(or somewhere milky too) water pond with rocks in the middle of it. You can enjoy a little garden which is along the hell pond.

Shiraike Jigoku

Shiraike Jigoku

7-Blood Pond Hell (血の池地獄 ⇔ Chinoike Jigoku”:  This hell is located 2 miles away from above hells. Its name resemble the color of water and its complete dark red. The way I recommended you “Sea hell”,  I will recommend this one too and it’s worth to take bus ride or do self driving(15 minutes). At the exist of hell there is one souvenir shop where you can enjoy shopping for your beloved ones and buy something to make remember this place.

Chinoike Jigoku

Chinoike Jigoku

8-. Waterspout Hell (龍巻地獄 ⇔ Tatsumaki Jigoku): The last hell of your visit and it’s next to “Blood pond” hell. This hell has a geyser which erupts in every 30 minutes to the height around 50 meters.There is a place where you can sit with other people and wait for it show in every 30 minutes, so mind timing to visit this hell(Show and wait timings are written at the entrance).

Tatsumaki Jigoku

Tatsumaki Jigoku

Transport from Tokyo: You can use LCC Jet Star to Oita airport or you can use shinkansen upto hakata followed by local train to JR Beppu.

Official website: For more detail information you can visit official website of Jigoku Meguri

Fee and business hours: Each hell you can enjoy with the amount of 400¥ and if you are willing to visit all the hells then you can buy full package around 2000¥. All the hells are operating throughout the week from 08:00 to 17:00.

I had wonderful time in Oita and hope others will have same experience too, city is very beautiful and surrounded by multiple attraction around the city.

 

Special Note: Do not forget to visit Beppu beach sand bath, Lake shidaka ko and Beppu ropeway to surumi mountain to have panoramic view of the city.