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Trip Report One week in Hong Kong on a budget

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Just back from one week in Hong Kong and my money went farther than what I expected. In fact, the one week cost me about $550 plus airfare.

When I arrived I caught the bus A11 at the airport to Causeway Bay to the Comfort Hostel. I shared a bed in an eight bed room. The hostel is located in the Fashion District. While this arrangement is not recommended if you are on your honeymoon, I met two teachers from the United States teaching English in China, two guys from Scotland traveling around the world, a business woman from Texas working in China and two young guys from Japan who were taking an English class in Hong Kong.

On day 1, I was up at 6:00 a.m. and at McDonald’s for breakfast. I saw the young girls dress up in ties and sweater vests and the boys in ties getting on the bus for school. I walked to the tram station and went up Victoria Peak, then caught the bus to the ferry station and went over to Kowloon. This was the only place where I was hassled to buy things.

On day 2, I was up at 6:00 a.m. and off to the ferry station. I spent the day on Lamma Island and treated myself to a nice lunch where one picks the fish in the tank. I spent the day hiking and took a nap on the beach.

On day 3, I purchased a Big Bus hop off and on pass. Personally, I thought the pass was overpriced, but it was good to learn some facts about Hong Kong like the fact that they have twice as many skyscrapers as New York City and than 90% of the people use public transportation. I went out to Stanley and purchased two polo shirts and three t-shirts. The weather was warmer than what I had planned for.

On day 4, I took the subway from Causeway Bay to Central Station and walked to the ferry terminal. I took the ferry over to Cheung Chau. I had a nice swim and a nice hike. Later that day I finish the Big Bus tour and took the Hong Kong at night tour. The lights of the city are incredible.

On day 5, I caught the ferry with two minutes to spare and was off to Lantau Island to see the Big Buddha. It was pretty foggy but I climbed the stairs. I took the 20 minute gondola back to the subway station and made a stop at the Hong Kong park.

On day 6, I caught the bus and went to Ocean World. This is a combined animal and ride park. I took some great photos and movies of the very active pandas. The park was not very crowded and the employees even offered to take my photo with the pandas.

I had purchased an economy ticket in W class with United and was able to get a free upgrade three weeks before each flight in Business Class. I was quite impressed with United Business Class. The flight attendants upstairs were both Asian and obviously, the pilots were not Continental pilots because the fasten seatbelt sign was off more than it was on.

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