rkkwan's upcoming trip to Hong Kong

Dec 19th, 2004, 06:15 PM
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rkkwan's upcoming trip to Hong Kong

I'll be in Hong Kong for about 10 days, from 12/25 to 1/4. I will try go places where I've never been recently, as listed below. But if you have some questions about Hong Kong (and Macau) that you can't find good updated answers here, you can put it in this thread and if I have time I'll do some explorations.

New places to go:
- Take the new KCR-West train to Kam Tin/Yuen Long/Tuen Mun.
- Try the new Tsimshatsui East station of the KCR-East line; will also check out the situation of the promenade along TST-East.
- Have tea in the Peninsula, wonton noodles at Mak Un Kee, and beef brisket flat noodles at Gau Kee.
- Try the Peak's Lookout restaurant; and have German food at King Ludwig's. [Went to the latter last time, but only for beer.]
- Eat at "L16" in Hong Kong park, as recommended by fodorite yk.
- Find the grave site of Wong Ka Kui, of the Hong Kong band "Beyond".
- Gamble at the new Sands Casino in Macau.

Old places that I haven't been in a while, but may go if have time:
- Cheung Chau.
- Lamma Island. If weather permits and I have time, I'll take ferry to Yung Shue Wan, hike across the island to Sok Kwu Wan, and then take a "kai do" back to Aberdeen.
- A few temples and "tao koons" in the New Territories like Man Fut Temple, Ching Chung Koon, etc...

Very exciting thing to do for the 1st time ever:
- Drive a car. A friend has offered me his M-B. Will try go up Fei Ngor Shan Road for the first time in years.

Other things that I'll report after I get back:
- Continental's EWR-HKG flight from the last row of the 777. [The "good" seats up front are gone, so I'm going to try the last row with 2-by-2 seating.] Too bad it's winter, as the majority of the polar trip will be under darkness.
- Cathay Pacific's service. I hardly ever take CX because of its higher price, but will fly HKG-NRT on my way back. Will see if it's still as good as people say.
- See how long it takes to transit from Narita Terminal 1 (CX) to the new Terminal 2 (CO)

Well, seems like it's going to be a busy 9 days for me. But again, if there's something you want to know or need to know, post it and I'll see if I can find the answer for you.
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Dec 19th, 2004, 07:20 PM
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Have u eaten before at a Home Kitchen? I posted on this earlier and if u haven't it is quite an experience...would highly reco this...pull up my earlier post if it interests you...
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Dec 19th, 2004, 07:31 PM
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hobbes - No, I've not tried it. My sister, yk, tried it during her recent trip to HK, and her experience was mixed. I'll see if any of my friends have recommendations, and will try it together. I understand the concept, but seriously don't think it's a "must do" for me, at least this time.
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Dec 19th, 2004, 08:54 PM
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I think which one you go to makes a difference - I've tried 3 and Da Ping Huo was definitely a cut above the others...agree re being more fin in a group! If you have done the chcolate buffet at the Sukhothai u may find high tea at the Pen a tad disappointing in terms of food...ambience is great though...I would add Hutong at One Peking to a list of must do restaurants - views are amazing both during the day and at night..have loads of fun!
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Dec 20th, 2004, 03:29 AM
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Best wishes for a trip that's fun, safe, and healthy, rkkwan.

The walk from the TST MTR station to the KCR TST East station is incredibly long, though they do have moving sidewalks for most of the route. I'd have to believe that it would be faster to do the walk outside, from the TST exit near the Pen straight down Middle Rd.

The work on the Promenade is finished from the Shangri-La up to the Museum. They've given it a movie motif, calling it "Avenue of the Stars" and including inlaid plaques to HK cinema stars (mimicking the Hollywood idea). I can't say that I was crazy about the result: they started with the best cityscape on the planet, so adding the movie stuff seems to me to be gilding the lily a bit.

Will be interested to hear your reports.
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Dec 20th, 2004, 07:42 AM
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you will like continentals flight...we did it a year or so ago when it was new...its efficeint and comfortable...i was on a B/A flight last week and noticed those seats at the rear...they looked good...may not recline for you?? can't remember....maybe they do??
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Dec 20th, 2004, 07:50 AM
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Have a good trip, rkkwan, and thank you again for all your help on my postings. I personally like the back row on Continental flights--the attendants stash the cups of water behind them!
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Dec 20th, 2004, 09:07 AM
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Thanks. I've been on CO's 777 before to Europe, but those flights were empty and I was sitting further to the front.

My parents have flown CO 98/99 many times, occassionally in BF, but usually 17D/F or 19D/F in coach with the extra legroom & no one between them (even when the flight is 99% full). Those were gone when I got my tickets, and since I'm pretty sure my flights (especially EWR-HKG) will be 100% full over the holidays, I decide to give the last row a try. [I don't have enough status to get row 16 or 32.]

Initially I got the aisle, 44B, but based on some "expert opinion", people may gather there in-flight to wait for the bathroom or just to stretch. So, an aisle seat isn't the best, plus I wouldn't be able to take advantage of the extra storage space for bags between the seat and the window. 44A, on the other hand, should be pretty good. Too bad it's winter, or else the vista of the arctic region should be very exciting.
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Dec 20th, 2004, 09:30 AM
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I just got the cheapest ticket to Hong Kong from Sydney through a student discount travel site called studentuniverse.com. i am so excited and will spend my eight days eating dim sum and drinking beer. Does anyone know of any new (within the last year or so) dim sum restaurants that have great and cheap food? i plan on meeting up with some friends, any new night clubs i should know about?

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Jan 5th, 2005, 09:31 AM
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Came back yesterday afternoon. Will start a new thread on my trip later today.

And since I spent most of my hours awake in Hong Kong eating, I'll start a seperate thread reporting on dining later today or tomorrow. I'll also start another thread in the "airlines" forum on CO's EWR-HKG and NRT-IAH longhauls, as well as CX's HKG-NRT shorthaul.
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Jan 5th, 2005, 09:44 AM
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look forward to it
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Jan 6th, 2005, 08:02 PM
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hobbes-

I just saw this thread, so I'll post my limited experience on the 1 & only "Home Kitchen" restaurant I went to on my recent HK trip (11/04).

My friends suggested this place called Plats (on Wellington Street in Central). It serves French cuisine, which I understand is unusual for "Home Kitchens" as they usually serve Chinese food.

There were 8 of us. I had no idea it was a 4-course prix fixe dinner. Unfortunately, I had dinner earlier that evening with my relatives, and I mainly went there to see my friends (and to order an appetizer or dessert). When I found out it was prix-fixe, I decided not to get it. If I remember correctly, the price was between $300-$400 HKD.

I couldn't tell you what was on the menu (there were choices for each course), except foie gras was one of the options for appetizer, and a frommage plate was an option for dessert (instead of sweets). I wish I could tell you more, but I was so full from my earlier dinner with my relatives that I could not even look at the menu without feeling nauseated!

My friends thought the food was good, but we haven't seen one another in such a long time that we were more interested in our conversation instead of the food.

The owner was a bit upset with us, because I was not the only one who did not order. Out of 8 of us, only 5 ordered the dinner. Since the restaurant only hosts 1 round of dinner each night, they lost revenue on 3 customers. I agree that they have every right to be upset with us. If we had known only a prix-fixe was available and with 3 of us not ordering, I'm sure we would have picked a different place instead.

Oh well...
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Jan 6th, 2005, 11:52 PM
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Thanks for that yk, I will def try Plats. We really enjoyed Da Ping Huo and the entire home kitchen exp so French cuisine will be something diff to do!
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Jan 7th, 2005, 08:06 AM
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My ongoing report of my HK/Macau trip is in this thread:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...7&tid=34550041

And my also ongoing report of my CO/CX flights is in this thread:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...6&tid=34549939

Sorry that progress is slow, as I am already back at work, and still suffering from jet lag. Will start my dining report soon.

But to recap my original posts, I:
- didn't eat at L16
- didn't eat at Peak's Lookout
- didn't eat at King Ludwig (though I did eat German knuckles and sausages somewhere else)
- didn't try any of the "home kitchens"

But my dining report should be fun, as I average over 4 meals a day, and except for hotel breakfast and one other eatery, never went to the same restaurant twice. So, that's like 25 different places I've dined at.

Stay tuned.
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