A few more Hong Kong Questions

May 4th, 2004, 04:07 PM
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A few more Hong Kong Questions

I'm leaving Thursday morning for my first trip to Hong Kong and have a few questions
I need help with please.
First, what time does it get dark in Hong
Kong this time of year?
For my first few nights I am staying at the
Sheraton in Kowloon, which looks to be at
the harbour end of Nathan right across from
the ferry pier, and the last couple of nights
at the Mandarin Oriental on HK Island, directly across from the pier and the Airport Express Terminal. Would it be easier for me to take the Airport Express to HK Island and just take a ferry to Kowloon and walk across the street to the Sheraton or to take the Airport Express to Kowloon and look and wait for a hotel shuttle bus to the hotel?
And finally, the Weather Channel extended
forcast shows sun AND rain for the entire week I will be there (which with my luck I
wouldn't expect otherwise). Will these most likely just be scattered rain with some sun or is there a good chance it will rain ALOT? Thanks for any input.
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May 4th, 2004, 04:29 PM
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Weather.com also shows that sunset in HK today, May 5, is at 6:51 PM.

The bus to Kowloon and shuttle to the hotels was set up for the purpose of getting you from the airport to your Kowloon hotel.
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May 4th, 2004, 05:11 PM
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Thanks "Mr. Wonderful," your answers
were ALOT of help.
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the last time i ate breakfast at the M. Oriental, Fergie (former princess) was checking in with her children...i hope you have less luggage than she did...we stopped counting at 45 bags...

you may be so tired that you want to take a taxi directly to the hotel on the first day...forget the money...

bring a good umbrella and you will be all set...think sun!!!
the sheraton is a very good location as is the oriental...you will be pleased...

for a good dim sum breakfast/lunch go to the kowloon hotel which is near to the sheraton and directly in back of the peninsula and go to the restaurant in the basement...

there is a good atm in the wall of the sheraton (on its left side as i remember...)

the weather channel may tell you sun down time???

if you feel like italian, go to amaroni's little italy in wanchai...great meals...pub like place..Tel: 28918855...i have one of their pens here at my computer...we ate there twice the last visit in HK...
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The Airport Express station in Hong Kong is not that close to the Star Ferry, and the Star Ferry on Kowloon side is not that close to the Sheraton IF YOU HAVE LUGGAGE. [And the Mandarin Oriental isn't just across a street from the Airport Express station either. It's over a multi-lane highway and through the Exchange Square complex.]

The fastest way to get to Sheraton is by Airport Express to the Kowloon station and then take a taxi from there, instead of waiting for the shuttle bus.

The most direct way is by taxi (~HK$300), or by a hotel shuttle (~HK$120 each person).

Also direct, and the cheapest way is by the Cityflyer bus #A21. HK$33, and it has a stop on Nathan Road, one block from the Sheraton.

Anyways, if you can afford to stay at the Mandarin Oriental, you really shouldn't bother with any of the public transports. Taxi directly. Only about US$40 door to door, no waiting around.
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May 4th, 2004, 07:22 PM
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I agree with the previous posts.

If I were you, I would either take a taxi direct from airport to Sheraton. Or I will take the airport express to Kowloon Station and get a taxi from there. In any case, forget about going to HK and taking the ferry. It's a 15 minutes' walk from the ferry (Kowloon) to Sheraton and the streets are usually crowded with people.

It gets dark around 7 pm at this time of the year.

Regarding rain, it rains a bit during the day but not the whole day. So, don't worry.
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May 4th, 2004, 07:59 PM
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Oh, forgot to mention. From the Mandarin Oriental, you can also walk to the Airport Express station through the pedestrian tunnel between the Central MTR station and the HK station, instead of taking the bridges. It's still a pretty lengthy walk that people hate.

And I believe the Mandarin Oriental has its own fleet of Mercedes for hire. You may want to inquire their rate for an airport transfer.
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May 5th, 2004, 09:17 AM
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If I were you, I will go to Lai Kwai Fong in Central to see the nightlife which you can walk to there where you stayed in Mandarin Oriental Hotel...I stayed there before, their shampoo,...are all from hermes.
Hong Kong is divided into 3 parts, Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Territories. You want to shop for cheap stuff, go to Kowloon or NT side. You want to see the luxuries shop like LA Beverly Hills, go to HK island side.

If you have plenty of time, I will suggest you to take ferry to Lantau island as Hong Kong has lot of islands.

I lived in Hong Kong more than 25 years...so I pretty familiar that city and I love it!!
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