Tips for Traveling to Hong Kong Disneyland with Kids

Two weeks after visiting the great grandparents in Shanghai and finally experiencing the magic at Shanghai Disneyland, we packed up our suitcases and 3 little ones, and flew to Hong Kong to visit my in-laws and more Disney magic at Hong Kong Disneyland!

This was my first time in Hong Kong, and boy was I surprised at just how densely populated but also really beautiful this island is! A little bit of history about Hong Kong – it is part of China but is governed separately, and it has its own economic system. Hong Kong was colonized by the British Empire for 100 years before it was returned to China in 1997. Because of that, a lot of people in Hong Kong speak English and Mandarin, while Cantonese is spoken by everyone.

TIPS for traveling with kids to Hong Kong Disneyland –

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Tips for traveling to Shanghai Disneyland with Kids

There are 6 Disney parks around the world if you didn’t know already – 2 are in the US, 3 are in Asia and 1 is in Europe –

  1. Walt Disney World (Orlando, Florida)
  2. Disneyland (Anaheim, California)
  3. Shanghai Disneyland (Shanghai, China)
  4. Hong Kong Disneyland (Hong Kong, China)
  5. Paris Disneyland (Paris, France)
  6. Tokyo Disneyland (Tokyo, Japan)
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Tips for Traveling to Charleston with Family

We recently traveled to Charleston, South Carolina for our Thanksgiving vacation. We were grateful my parents could come with (one of the many perks for being young parents – the grandparents are young too and can travel with and help out!), and we celebrated baby Warren turning 2! A lot of our friends asked why we picked Charleston over, say Disneyland, or a more popular tourist destination like New York City, Chicago or Seattle. Here are some of my reasons:

Cody and I at Boon Hall Plantation
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One Jetlagged Baby

This is what a jetlagged baby looks like in our house 🥺
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Jetlag is hard enough for me alone, throw in 3 kids who’re also trying to get over 13 hours of time difference…well I’m just grateful I’m a stay home mom and don’t have to get up at a certain time to work! 😆
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With advice from @thebucketlistfamilyand my international travel expert mommy friend @crystalmoimoi, we “drugged” our kids for the FIRST time ever with children’s melatonin, and I must say the tiny tablet worked rather well on my older two, who slept almost 9 hours straight on the international flight! The baby was too young to be fed one, so he is having a harder time trying to sleep, and we’ve been, yawn, playing with him at 1am because he is so awake at that time!
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Hoping a week is all we need to all get back to normal! If you have experience with how to get over jetlag faster please do share!

Real Chinese Food

One of the things I will miss so much going back to the states is authentic Chinese food! Once you have lived in China for a while like a local, you will know why Panda Express is NOT considered Chinese food (um you can’t even find fortune cookies in China!).
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Sharing a few of my favorite dishes! (I didn’t take enough pics, too busy eating 😆) Everything is always prepared beautifully and delectably, using fresh, local ingredients and seasoned to perfection. Some of my favorites include #桂花糖藕#十三香小龙虾#鸡头米炒虾仁#上汤小笼包,fruits like #杨梅#水蜜桃#山竹awwww I’m drooling! The only “gross” thing I really enjoy eating is frog legs, they are so good in Nanjing hotpot!

Traveling

All kids settled down, waiting for our plane to take off, and thinking back to our very first trip as a family of 5. I attempted to copy @thebucketlistfamily because it was also their first public family of 5 photo! I remember one of the podcasts I listened to talked about how no kids are born good travelers, they get better the more they travel! It’s so true. Now after so many adventures with them, I definitely have better expectations – EXPECT NOTHING and appreciate everything!!! 😆 Traveling is definitely more joyful this way!

Bookstore

Best part of today was getting to visit a local
bookstore while my kids attended art classes nearby. I am always overwhelmed by how little I know and how much there is to learn when I’m inside a bookstore. It is harder to find time to read now that I’m a mom times 3, but I also know that’s an excuse, because I’m totally capable of putting my phone down and use that time to read, right?! 🤓

Traveling in Suzhou

Currently traveling in Suzhou, a city you might’ve heard of from the book #crazyrichasians!? It’s dubbed “Venice of the East” 🛶 Half of Suzhou is very modern and advanced, where no one even carries around credit card anymore. While the other half preserves the quiet splendor from ancient dynasties. Both buzzing with well dressed (it’s rare to see T-shirt and shorts on the street) people coming and going, working hard to build families and chase dreams. Having lived in the US for most of my life and learning about China through the American lens, I’m always pleasantly surprised when I visit, at just how beautiful and peaceful China actually is. That’s the fun in traveling isn’t it, fresh new perspectives and a much deeper understanding of others’ cultures.