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Hong Kong - Sudden first trip. Questions and Help!

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I've always wanted to go to Hong Kong and with the air fair from Los Angeles to Hong Kong via Cathay Airlines at only 693.00 I would love to take advantage of it. But I have to leave April 20 (returning April 28). So I do not have much time and I am not prepared. Of course I will be getting travel books etc. but I thought I'd ask a few questions first to help me make up my mind.

I have been to Europe many times so I am an experienced traveler. Do the majority of people there speak English in Hong Kong? I see most of the signage is in both languages? I see I can get from the airport into town via the metro with a transfer or two. Or would a taxi be better? (I will be traveling alone). I found a hotel - the Salisbury YMCA. Any problems with this hotel? Is there a problem getting money from the ATM machine at the airport? I usually do not get much money a head of time and get it when I arrive. Any special tips I need for my charge or ATM card?

I would also like to see small villages or get a real Chinese feeling instead of just skyscrapers. Any ideas there would help. I am a little confused about the time change. I believe they are 15 hours ahead of LA. So if I leave the evening of the 20th will I be arriving there on the 22nd? I know I don't need a Visa for Hong Kong but would I need one for any day trips I may take? I do not know how far inland Hong Kong proper is.

I have read recommendations of things to do. I am not a food or nightclub person but mostly a history and sightseeing person. Any help or suggestions would be welcome. I have to make my mind up in the next two days. Thank you ahead of time.

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