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golfingman Nov 27th, 2012 12:49 PM

Things to do in Kowloon in a 2 night 3 day stay
 
My wife and I will have a 2 night stopover in Kowloon on the way to Australia. We are late 60,s both quite agile, have never been to the East before. We would appreciate some advice on a programme on things to do to get the most out of site seeing for this short stay. We will arrive on the morning of 7th Jan and leave late evening on the 9th Jan and are staying in Langham Place. Thank you in anticipation.

Regards

tripplanner001 Nov 27th, 2012 01:33 PM

Hi,

I visited Hong Kong back in 2009 and also stayed at Langham Place. It's a nice hotel conveniently located above a shopping mall and more importantly, an MRT station (the Mong Kok stop). The MRT is an easy and inexpensive way to get around Hong Kong.

Hop on the MRT and head to Central. This is the commercial heart of HK. Have a wander around, see the buildings, and then head for the tramway that will take you up Victoria Peak, where you'll get fabulous views of the city skyline as well as the surrounding hills. If you're inclined, there are several nice trails around the peak.

Also make sure you take a ride on the Star Ferry going between Kowloon and HK Island. It will give you a different perspective of the city - the raison d'etre of why the city exists.

There is so much to see and do in HK and 2 nights is a very short visit. Let us know what your interests are and we would be able to give you some more guidance.

rkkwan Nov 27th, 2012 06:34 PM

You can do any thing you want, anywhere in Hong Kong. Browse through a guide book or search on this forum for layover and short stay ideas in Hong Kong.

Kowloon is just one area of HK. You are not limited to Kowloon at all. You should have used Hong Kong instead of Kowloon in your title and first sentence.

golfingman Nov 28th, 2012 09:09 AM

Thank you for your comment and advice re the title.

sf7307 Nov 28th, 2012 10:01 AM

We stayed in Kowloon (4 nights - 3-1/2 days) last year. Here's what we did with our time:

HONG KONG

Hong Kong Day 1

Got up around 8:15. Went to Starbucks for free WiFi so I could call DD. Took Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island ($5 HKD for both of us) Walked about 8 miles (possibly not exaggerating ) all over Central -- including Sheung Wan, Li Yuen Street East and West (junky market stuff), mid-level escalator, Hollywood Road (antiques - really), Man Mo Temple (fantastic - loads of people burning incense and paper), Lok Cha Tea Shop, Upper Lascar Road (Cat Street) - lots of junk/secondhand stores Soho, Western Market, Victoria Peak (by tram), lunch at a local busy dim sum place. At the peak, we had tea and shared a piece of marble cake at Pacific Coffee (of which there may be more than Starbuck’s). Walked by well-known buildings such as Jardine House, Bank of China Tower, HSBC, Central Plaza, Legislative Council Building, Governor’s Mansion, Bonham Strand, Deveoux Road West, IFC Mall.Had a drink and a nice chat with the bartenders at Bourbon Street, then dinner at Café de Paris next door.
Took Star Ferry "home" ($5 HKD). Got back a little after 10.
Cold at the peak, not warm, but not as bad “down low”.

Hong Kong Day 2 - all day in Kowloon -- all the markets -- Ladies Market, Bird Market, Jade Market, Flower Market, wet market. Lunch at Aberdeen. Ice cream at Gelare - fabulous. Went back to Hong Kong Island for dinner - pretty unexceptional salad, pizza and pasta. The town is overrun with people there for the Rugby 7s.

Hong Kong Day 3 - took bus 260 to Stanley. Wow, the bus was amazing. Seemed new, exceptionally clean, and the route through Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Repulse Bay and Stanley is fantastic. Wandered the market, had a nice lunch at Ocean something on the water. Bought some scarves at the market. Back in town, took the ferry back to Kowloon. Ate dinner on Knutsford Terrace. Couldn't decide where, finally picked an Australian bar - pretty bad. Walked back.

Travel day. Had decided to take the Airport Express shuttle and Airport Express. Had scouted out where/how to pick up the shuttle the night before. Came within 5-10 minutes. Chatted with a nice couple from Boston (he had been in Vietnam illegally during the 70s ("peace movement") and got arrested and kicked out). At Kowloon Airport Express Station, so easy - bought our train tickets (we knew to get the "group of two" - best price at $140 HKD for 2 people traveling one way). Then we could check in and dump our bags - amazing setup, still don't know how it works. Train smooth as ever. Airport is phenomenal -- looks like the international terminal at SFO but about 10 times the size.

golfingman Nov 30th, 2012 12:48 PM

Hi sf7307

Thanks you very much for your detailed report. This gives us some excellent ideas for our couple of days.

Once again many thanks

Norman

golfingman Nov 30th, 2012 12:53 PM

Hi Tripplanner001

Thank you very much for your comments. I will most certainly visit Victoria Peak and
use the Star ferry.

Regards
Norman


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