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Best tips for taking great pictures at Hobbiton for your Instagram

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Buying the ticket

Get your ticket online, most likely, there will be no tickets available when you get there!

What is the best day to go to Hobbiton

If you wanna have the Hobbiton to yourself when buying your ticket, here is the bad news: All days are pretty well visited, days around holidays might be extra busy and we would try to avoid those. If you primary are looking forward to taking pictures for Instagram, go on a cloudy but not rainy day, you will have a nice even natural lighting.

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What is the best time to go to Hobbiton

Because we could not predict the clouds booking the tickets way in advance, we picked the last tour hoping for the sun to be less intense and harsh. It worked out pretty well, the first holes were pretty bride and contrasty, but the later holes were in the shadow.

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Coming out from Auckland to Hobbiton

We drow from Auckland with a stop in Hamilton for some second-hand shopping and at the organic blueberry farm to pick up some fresh blueberries for the week.

 

 

Hobbiton Movie SetWhat gear to bring to take good photos

The iPhone XS took amazingly great pictures, we wanted to take some awesome pictures of both of us so we brought our tripod, iPhone holder, and a remote control for the iPhone camera. Check out all my photo and video gear for this New Zealand trip is here.

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Big Buddha by Crystal Cabin

It’s a pretty popular tourist attraction in Hong Kong and we didn’t want to miss out on it. I was a little opposed to the trip at first, I didn’t want it to turn into a whole day event and I also didn’t want to hang out there in the brightest sun, no way to get a good picture. We took a cable car around 3 pm and went back around 6 pm and had the maximum fun for a not too substantial time investment.

Who is the Big Buddha?

Big Buddha is a part of the Po Lin Monastery, a huge Buddha statue on the Lantau Island a 25 min ride from Tung hung Town Center MTR station.

What is the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car?

Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery

How much is it to take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car?

It depends on the type of cabin you choose. You will get a discount if you preorder your ticket online beforehand. It is It is definitely recommended to buy the ticket online to skip the ticket line. There are 2 more lines though, the ticket redemption line and the waiting line for the cabin.

Is it worth to take the Crystal Cabin if you take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car?

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Going back

We went just in time to catch the last cabins around 6 pm. The lane for the crystal cabis was much shorter than the one for the standard cabin, so we were lucky to have the crystal cabin round trip ticket.

Big Buddha Hong Kong

Big Buddha Hong Kong

Big Buddha Hong Kong

Big Buddha Hong Kong

Big Buddha Hong Kong

Big Buddha Hong Kong

If you find the cabins too expensive, you can take a bus for far less, the bus 23 is around 20 HKD and will take 50min. Hiking is also an option and will take 3 h across the mountains. We didn’t try these options through this time, but hiking there is definitely on the list.

Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak in Hong Kong is one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong. It is a super nice trip into nature with a spectacular city view from the top. We spend a wonderful half day there and would love to share our experience so you’re all set up four your trip.

Victoria Peak Hong Kong

When to go to the Victoria Peak in Hongkong

Chose a clear good weather day. If it’s sunny, bring a head or an umbrella. The time is absolutely up to you, we went in the morning on a Saturday, but going there at the sunset would be undoubtedly amazing as well. Weekdays are less busy we were told.

Getting up the Victoria Peak

As suggested on all the sites and in vlogs, we went to the peak tram station. It was on a Saturday and the waiting line for a ticket was ridiculously long, we would have waited for 2 hours easily, so we decided to take a bus instead. If you wanna skip the ticket line you can pre-purchase the ticket for the next day online and avoid some part of the line. If you decide to go by bus, take the 15. At the tram stations, there was no 15 bus stop, at least not that we could spot it and we took the minibus 1 instead, it’s just up the bridge. Make sure to have 10 HKD in cash exactly or your Octopus card.

Platform

For a good view, you need to access the viewing platform. It’s not free, we bought the ticket, but we could just have paid for it after going up the escalators with the Octopus card.

Organic vegan Snacks

If you need some organic and vegan snacks, don’t waste your time looking around here, just walk up to the next Market Place, it’s 5 minutes and you can buy everything you need for your picknick in the Victoria Peak Garden.

Victoria Peak Garden

The walk up to the gardens is steep and takes 20-30 min, especially if you are carrying all the picknick food and drinks. We enjoyed our picknick up there and returned to the city by taking the stairs all the way down. Finding the path is pretty challenging, have your phone fully charged and have enough credit for wifi.

The walk down

Have your phone with wifi ready here to find your way down. The walk is long but

Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple

The oldest Tempel in Hong Kong worships among all other heavenly gods the King Emperor Man and Holy King Emperor Kwan. These human gods. Man, the Civil God, had the jurisdiction over the government officials. Kwan, the Martial God, was associated with righteousness and loyalty.

Man Mo Temple, 124-126 Hollywood Rd, Tai Ping Shan

Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple

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Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple

Hong Kong daily light Show

Show of lights happens every night at 8:00 p.m. The best location is the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. You can take a ferry from the pier, it’s really affordable and fast. Have your octopus card ready.

The show is not very spectacular though, but it’s free and a reason to go to Tsim Sha Tsui if you live on the Hong Kong Island. Visit the night market afterward.