Off to Hong Kong in a few weeks

#1
Making my first trip to HK soon, working regrettably, but have some good time on my hands also.

Any suggestions for places to visit, eat etc?
 
#3
For the normal sights:

Take the furnicular(sp?) railway up Victoria Peak for stunning views of both Hong Kong and Kowloon

For food try breakfast in the Mandarin Oriental (eggs benedict is lovely)

For a luxury colonial take on accomodation the Penninsular is a nice hotel and the lobby resturaunt is amazing.

The Star Ferry is a great cheap way to enjoy the hustle and bustle across the river.

Stanley Market is great for J'Oakleys etc.

It has the ubiqutous Irish Bar with good beer and pub quiz if you get homesick!

Best of luck in HK and hope you enjoy it.
 
#4
I went to HK, and loved it. You can't go wrong using the underground, it's easy. I'd go back again.

Go to the peak, it's a must. Stanley Market is a good visit, but it takes a long time to get there. Also the mahoosive buddha (can't remember where it is?).

There's also a village that's built entirely on sticks, in a harbour. Can't remember where that is either, but not too far from the Buddha
 
#5
If you have time, try Shenzhen. Apart from having the largest collection of pretty young Chinese girls there is (girl-watching, for the use of) there's a lot to do. Theme parks, museums, a safari park and the shopping's pretty good if there's a memsahib to accommodate.
 
#6
johnnypaveway said:
For the normal sights:

Take the furnicular(sp?) railway up Victoria Peak for stunning views of both Hong Kong and Kowloon
Yes the peak tram is a must but I'd recommend (if you have the time) just taking a one way trip up, leaving the crowds by doing the short walk up to Victoria Peak Gardens where the views are even more stunning.

After that, either descend by bus (interesting and scenic twisting route) which brings you down to North Point; or even better, try walking down one of the foot paths-either to Aberdeen Harbour or Central.

Victoria Peak Gardens
 
#7
DOnt bring any luggage

buy all your gear out there

get fitted for your suit on the first day or two

and try the bar at the mandrin oriental its a great sports bar

and enjoy it
 
#8
Was out there when we had an empire. Last time in 1994. Get the MTR up to Sha Tin nice shopping centre & you can for a wee scamper up to see the Terrocota Army.

Go to the floating restuarants in Aberdeen (on the South side of the Island)

We also get the Jetfoil to Maucau which was interesting & nice. Shopping in Kowloon & the Nathan Road is good.

We were at Sek Kong in the New Terrorities and used get the cabs to fly us down to HMS Tamar at Weekends. Those were the days.

Enjoy & hope this link helps.

http://www.discoverhongkong.com/login.html
 
#9
Depending on what time of the year, try a horse race at either Happy Valley or Sha Tin.

Take a walk around the Mong Kok area of Kowloon; purely for the hustle of life there.

Big Buddha as alluded to earlier is on Lantau island.

Don't be afraid to walk off the street into some of the top hotels for a drink.

Wish I was back, have a good time.

Trahere.
 
#10
There is a huge amount to see and do in HK so you'd do well to buy a guide book. There is one series of guide books that tells you what to see if you have 1, 2, 3 etc days in the place. It'll guide you to the more popular and touristy places, but then there's a reason why they're popular!

Avoid the tat (Hard Rock Cafe etc) unless that's your cup of tea, but try to get yourself out to some of the less well-troden parts. Ie, not Central, Tsim Tsa Tsui etc. If you really have the time, try some of the Outlying Islands (but apparently they've built rather a large airport across one or two of them since I was there!)

I'd definitely recommend having a suit tailored, but get yourself measured up early doors. I faffed around trying to find the 'perfect' tailor and then ran out of time. Might be worth doing a little research before you go.

Have a good time. I'm very jealous.
 
#13
It's worth visiting but don't expect too much. And make sure you stay on Hong Kong island, if nothing else it means you won't have to travel too much than if you stay on the Kowloon side of things.
 
#14
Ord_Sgt said:
It's worth visiting but don't expect too much. And make sure you stay on Hong Kong island, if nothing else it means you won't have to travel too much than if you stay on the Kowloon side of things.
Tx OS and gents, that's my itinerary sorted: staying at the Royal Plaza on Kowloon. Not my choice but sounds generally easy access all round.
 
#15
Meant to say

go and see the big Buddah

and then take the cable car back

absolute heaven or nirvana or where ever Budaah's blokes go
 
#16
BoomShackerLacker said:
Ord_Sgt said:
It's worth visiting but don't expect too much. And make sure you stay on Hong Kong island, if nothing else it means you won't have to travel too much than if you stay on the Kowloon side of things.
Tx OS and gents, that's my itinerary sorted: staying at the Royal Plaza on Kowloon. Not my choice but sounds generally easy access all round.
Don't sweat, the public transport system in Hong Kong is both ridiculously easy to use (Mass Transit Railway) and cheap.
 
#17
Well well... what a fine destination gents.

Stayed at Royal Plaza which is vast hotel complex at Mong Kok East with superb chinese restaurant and wonderful chinese hospitality... strongly recommend... working nearby... sat up on the 19th floor watching the chinese kids playing football (badly) before school... not their natural game...

popped into Central and East Tsim Sha Tsui most mornings to mooch around... the Cultural Centre's Art Museum is stunning but especially their bookshop and acquired some heavyweight coffee table chinese art... up to the peak tram... botanical gardens... started walking old peak road... took the usual attitude of "I can walk there easy"... and ballbagged oneself as per usual... up SoHo on foot...

Ate like a Colonial Governor... the HK chinese are humoured, cheeky, fun, and damn impressive workers... will take the wife and kids next year...
 
#18
Really interesting tips, I may be out there soon and hope to follow them up as well.

How long would you reckon is a good holiday? I'm thinking about the time to get out there vs. expense of staying in what sounds like quite an expensive place, especially if its primarily orientated around shopping and the like.

Is there much to see and do on the outlying islands?

Good tip ref: the clothes, I imagine that going in late September entails sweating through everything you wear!

Charlie
 
#19
If going to Victoria Peak, I'd recommend going three times. Once each by Tram, bus and walking, returning the same way as the views and experience are different on the way back. There's not a great deal to see at the top to be honest, though a walk through Pok Fu Lam Country Park is quite pleasant.

The Big Buddha on Lantau is a must. I'm not sure how you get there now - it used to involve a ferry from Central to Mui Wo, another ferry to Tai O, then a long walk. But that was before Lantau was accessible by road.

Cheap clothes can be bought in Mong Kok (as can a lot of other stuff), which makes flying light an option if you're not troubled by wearing "disposable" quality clothes.

I was never really troubled by the humidity in HK, though it is very high. What you will notice is that there's a lot of tacked-on room cooler units on the side of apartment blocks which drip condensate onto the people in the street. It can rain quite a bit, though September is at the end of the rainy (and tornado) season.

If you're walking through Central during rain, there's no need to get very wet. Most of the pedestrian routes link between the office and commercial buildings so your journey could involve crossing several office foyers, but you'll stay dry.

Ocean Park is a fun place to visit. It's a big theme park near Aberdeen.
 

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#20
If there's Rugby on then the Devil's Advocate Pub is a good one.
Drinks in the Mandarin Oriental.
Star Ferry - agree with everybody else - worth doing.
Trip on the Peak Tram a must, great view.
Shopping on Hollywood Road for "antiques" and trinkets. The malls are all the same, seen one, seen em all but this place is good for general shopping of interesting bits and pieces. Chinese Objets d’Art 
GOD - Goods of Desire for Homewares. To be fair there isn't that much to do in Hong Kong except shop.
Worth going across the Border to Shenzhen to see that China is a bit of a dump, get your passport stamp and then come back.
 

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