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laa Mar 6th, 2004 07:20 PM

Hong Kong Sightseeing
 
We are stopping over in Hong Kong for 2 nights. Arriving on a Sunday at 1pm and leaving the following Tuesday at 7.30pm.

This is the last part of a six week overseas trip.

What do you do in Hong Kong?

I must admit, I am only stopping over because of flight schedules etc. but want to make the best of every minute of our trip.

We are staying at the Park Lane in Causeway Bay. ( I am now also now looking into the best ways to/from the hotel to airport. )

Other than knowing nothing about Hong Kong, the only clue I can give is, we are not really 'shoppers'. Oh & that we are in our 30's travelling on our own.

Any Suggestions....
thanks.

TravelMaster Mar 6th, 2004 10:38 PM

Hi:

We were in Hong Kong for 3 nights in April 2002 & our travelogue is at http://travel.masterpiece-cs.com/

As for the easiest/quickest way to get to the Park Lane - the Airport Express high-speed train will get you to the 'Central Air Terminal' (~25min & leaves every 15 min) then from the 'Central Air Terminal' shuttle #2 gets you to the Park Lane, so total time would be under an hour (its $300hkd each, ~$40usd, for a return ticket on the Airport Express, shuttle to/from Park Lane, 3 day unlimited use pass for the subway, $20hzd for non-subway transit).

Hope this helps,

Z

SamH Mar 7th, 2004 05:39 AM

TravelMaster, thanks for the link. Hong Kong has made my short list of "Next Big Vacation" .
Although HK is a shopper's paradise, from what I've read, Im sure laa will find plenty to fill a short stay.

twotravel Mar 7th, 2004 06:51 AM

Hi, we have just returned from our Hong Kong trip, we had a fantastic time in Hong Kong, there is so much to see and do, check other threads on this site narrow your search to Hong Kong there has been some indepth ideas for sightseeing from Cicerone and Peter N-H. Lots of ideas on where to eat and what to see

rkkwan Mar 9th, 2004 06:03 PM

If you're going before 3/31, get the 2nd passenger discount on the Airport Express instead of the Tourist card. For HK$150, two people can travel one-way on the AE.

If you're on a budget, the Cityflyer airport bus #A11 stops just 2 blocks from the Parklane. Pretty convenient, at HK$40 each. Doesn't take much longer than the Airport Express with a bus shuttle, save you a transfer, and at just over half the cost.

For your brief visit, this is what I'd do:

Sunday afternoon after checking in at hotel - take the double-decker tram that goes along Hong Kong Island to the Central area. Not much going on there on a Sunday, but you can then take the Star Ferry across the harbor to Tsim Sha Tsui. Walk around, shop, eat, etc... And then take bus #2 or #6 at the Star Ferry up Nathan Road at night to visit either the Temple Street market or the "Ladies' Market" on Sai Yueng Choi St in Mong Kok. Both areas are close to the MTR trains, which you can take to get back to your hotel in Causeway Bay.

Monday - Go to Central again, and take the Peak Tram up to the Peak. It's a pretty unique cable car ride. Walk around the Peak - if the air quality isn't too bad, you should get a great vista. Take bus #15 down to the Junction of Stubbs Road, Tai Hang Road and Wong Nai Chung Gap Road, and switch to Bus #6 for Stanley. Cool bus ride to the South side of Hong Kong Island, pass Repulse Bay. From Stanley or Repulse Bay, there are mini-buses (16-seater) that can take you to Aberdeen, where there are floating restaurants, and seafood stalls, etc...

You should have a good idea about Hong Kong by then, and you can then decide what to do for Tuesday. There are numerous shops and restaurants near your hotel.

clevelandbrown Mar 12th, 2004 07:26 AM

We were there for eight days, but since you are there for a shorter time, I would not suggest you visit any of the other islands, which we enjoyed a lot.

We took the MRT to the Prince Edward Station in Kowloon, and walked down Flower Market Road; at the end of that is the bird market. Seeing all the flowers and birds and people was a really pleasant way to spend a half day, and free.

We went to Central on the Star ferry, then took the bus and tram to Victoria Peak, made a dinner reservation at Cafe Deco, then took a walk around the peak on Luggard road (about an hour walk), then had dinner and enjoyed the view as the sun set.

We also enjoyed watching the light show, from 2000 to 2020, as I recall, from an elevated walkway behind the Cultural Center next to the Kowloon Star Ferry terminal. You can see the show from just about anywhere, but from the walkway you can hear the music and narration (in Chinese) too.

Definitely ride the Star ferry. If you have time, the bus ride over the mountain to Stanley was very scenic, and Stanley has restaurants and a shopping area, but is quite touristy.

The airport is on Lantau Island, and there is a monastery with a large Buddha there that is popular. We also took the bus from the monastery to Tai O, a very picturesque and native fishing village. I'm not sure you would have enough time for that.

We found walking was not the best way to get around, because a lot of routes are blocked by limited access roads, but the taxis are relatively inexpensive, and the ferries and busses downright cheap.

laa Mar 14th, 2004 04:05 AM

Thanks for all the great info. I have just logged back onto this site but as a bit late right now, will take the time later to go into some of your suggestions. Gives me a great starting point considering I know nothing about HK. Incidently, my days visiting HK have already changed. We are now arriving on Monday night 5.30pm and leave Wednesday night 7.35pm. Any more suggestions always welcome !

SusanInToronto Mar 15th, 2004 02:57 PM

We also only have 2 days in Hong Kong. We'll be on our way back from Australia and I wanted something to break up the trip. So I'm keeping all these notes on what to do and see - we'll have to be well organized. I am wishing that we had arranged another night, but I only have so much time off work. Oh well, another trip!


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