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A May 2000 trip to Hong Kong by Harry Potter

Star Ferry crossing Photo, Hong Kong, China More Photos
Quote: We only had 2 days during a stopover to Thailand to explore this exciting city often compared to having the same pace as New York, so in a NY minute or a Hong Kong instant, we hit several great spots on Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.

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Star Ferry crossing Photo, Hong Kong, China
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The spectacular views from Victoria Peak both during the day and the night, trying to figure out how to get down from the top of the world's longest escalator, shopping in the retail stores and local market places on Nathan Road in Kowloon, negotiating in Stanley Market for pearls and pashmina scarves, acting like we were actually guests at the plush Peninsula Hotel and swimming in its regal pool, private boat ride in the harbor and visit to the Jumbo Floating RestaurantQuick Tips: Take the short but memorable Star Ferry from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island then take a bus to the Peak Tram station and for the climax, take the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak for the incredible views of the city and ...Read More

The Salisbury YMCA of Hong Kong

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Hotel | "Salisbury YMCA"

The Salisbury YMCA of Hong Kong Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Like London, it is difficult to find an inexpensive place to stay in an expensive city. Our research beforehand led us to find the best deal at the Salisbury YMCA. This is not a typical YMCA as found in the US, but a large facility with over 300 rooms and over 60 suites plus many recreational activities. The hotel and our room proved to be quite adequate for the price especially with our location immediately next door to the 5 star Peninsula Hotel. The Salisbury YMCA does a good job of catering to the foreign traveler on a budget and also offers additional services such as laundry, dry cleaning, business needs, room service, and a hair salon. There is a free shuttle service to the hotel from the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2002

The Salisbury YMCA of Hong Kong
41 Salisbury Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong
(852) 2268-7000

Peninsula Hotel

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Peninsula Hotel Photo, Hong Kong, China
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At over $400 per night, this ultraluxurious hotel was not in our budget, so we didn't actually have a room here, yet we ate, drank and swam here. Because it was situated right next door to the Salisbury YMCA where we WERE staying, we took advantage of the proximity to visit several times. The prix fixe breakfast at the well spaced tables in the elegant lobby was very good. There were plenty of available tables and no need for reservations. I thoroughly enjoyed my coffee and eggs benedict in this grand atmosphere. Another time we made a visit to the grandiose, awe-inspiring pool which affords a majestic view of the Victoria Harbor. The white ionic columns and stairway overlookin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2002

Peninsula Hotel
Salisbury Road
Hong Kong
2366-6251

Stanley Market

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Stanley Market Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Bargaining at the Stanley Market on Hong Kong Island for quality merchandise was definitely a highlight of our visit. We took a bus for 7.90 HK$ to arrive here from the Star Ferry. Hong Kong is well known for its high quality, low priced pearls. At Ming Shop Pearl located at 46A Stanley Market - Main Street, I had a pearl necklace custom made out of fresh water pearls. I also bought a pair of cute pearl stud earrings here for $20. Pearls of many different types, sizes, colors and quality are available at good prices. The streets of Stanley Market contain many stalls selling various wares and this market is a bargain shoppers paradise. Some items are unique and some are just sold at lower...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2002

Stanley Market
South Side Hong Kong
Hong Kong
852 2807 6543

Victoria Peak

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Victoria Peak Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Victoria Peak, 552m (1810ft) above sea level is known to the locals as "The Peak" and is a spectacular view point you must see while on Hong Kong Island. In earlier years, Victoria Peak was only open to those in the upper society, but now it is accessible to all. You can walk or take a bus to the Peak Tram station and then either climb your way to the top of Victoria Peak, or take the more common and quicker alternative, a ride on the furnicular railway or "tram". The tram has been operating for over 100 years but is considered one of the most advanced tram systems in the world. The ride takes about 8 minutes each way and in May 2000, it cost 30 HK$ for a round trip ticket which you buy at the tic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2002

Victoria Peak
128 Peak Road.
Hong Kong
+852 2807 6543

Boat trips around Sai Kung

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Attraction | "private boat ride"

Boat trips around Sai Kung Photo, Hong Kong, China
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It takes awhile by bus #70 to get to the neighborhood on the shore known as Aberdeen. However, this port area offers a flavor of Hong Kong different from that found in the main part of the city and is worth the trip. Upon reaching the boating area, we walked down the wooden plank walkway to where a number of boats were waiting for passengers. However there weren't many passengers waiting to go on the boats. We discussed the amount of time and cost and agreed on paying 40 HK$ for a private 1/2 hour boat ride. This boat probably could have held 20 people comfortably, but my friend and I had it all to ourselves. Our guide/driver did not speak English, but we were just taking the ride to get ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 24, 2002

Boat trips around Sai Kung
Sai Kung Pier
Hong Kong