Hong Kong Journals

A week in Hong Kong

A March 2003 trip to Hong Kong by volgap

Wan Chai Photo, Hong Kong, China More Photos
Quote: A week spent in Hong Kong, eating, drinking and shopping. Also gave me the chance to visit an old friend. All this as SARS takes a grip.

A week in Hong Kong

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Overview

Wan Chai Photo, Hong Kong, China
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The atmosphere of Hong Kong makes this place unique. The shops, the food, the places, the people: it's all good! For me, eating out is a great part of a visit abroad. The food is varied, and often unrecognisable. Only once was I brave enough to order noodles with tubes and wobbly bits. I had a copy of The Rough Guide with me and it was great. It was mostly accurate and allowed me to see places that I might not normally have seen. The Budda was one of my favourite day trips, although it takes a couple of hours to get there and a couple back. The journey was eased for me and my childish mind thanks to the comedy place names en-route (Tong Fuk was my favourite). I was in Asia just as...Read More

Eaton Hotel

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Hotel

Eaton Hotel Photo, Hong Kong, China
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We managed to get this hotel at about half it's published price by approaching them directly via email: rsvn@eaton-hotel.com Because of the discount, we opted to spend the extra saving on a better room. We chose a deluxe room that had floor to ceiling windows going in a curve around one end of the room. Considering the price we were paying the hotel did seem very luxurious. Staff were polite and friendly, rooms were clean but signs of wear and tear were beginning to show. We were glad we had a safe in the room and we never touched the mini bar. While I was there it was my 30th Birthday. Although I never mentioned this to them, when I returned from my days shopping, there was ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 19, 2003

Eaton Hotel
380 Nathan Road, Kowloon
Hong Kong
+852 2782 1818

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Temple Street Night Market is just crammed with life. There are quite a few tourists here but also locals. The range of goods on offer is impressive. From watches to CD's, knives to teddy bears, there seemd to be an unending range. As you walk up through the brightly lit stalls, the air does tend to heat up rapidly. You have to cross about 4 roads as you go up the length of Temple Street so take advantage of the space between each section to catch your breath. If you can spare the time, I advise you to take an evening stroll there with the intention of buying nothing. Some of the traders are very persuasive so use a first visit to spot the things you might like to buy. If you still wan...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 19, 2003

Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street
Hong Kong
+852 2807 6543 (HK T

Victoria Peak

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Attraction | "The Peak"

Victoria Peak Photo, Hong Kong, China
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An obvious tourist attraction you might think, but there is a reason why popular attractions become popular. First off, let me say that the walk from the Ferry Pier to the Peak Tram terminus is not a minor thing. It is pretty much all uphill and although it is not too far, in the heat of Hong Kong, it soon becomes a struggle. Once you have found the Peak Tram Terminus (Big building with PEAK TRAM written on it), you can choose your ticket type. On my first trip up the Peak, I bought a return ticket but for my second trip, I had an Octopus card. The fair is only a few HK$ and takes you up a very steep incline to the Peak terminus. As you exit the tram, you go through a zig zag of isles ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2003

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

Star Ferry

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Attraction

Star Ferry Photo, Hong Kong, China
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The Star Ferry is a great little boat service that seems to run without a hitch. About every 8 minutes, another ferry turns up and takes you across the water between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, and it only costs pennies. This service is obviously not as convienient as the MTR (subway) but it is a lot prettier. As soon as you get within a few hundred metres of the Ferry Terminal, you will see signs directing you to it. Ferries go from Kowloon to all places over Hong Kong, but the signs at the ferry port are clear and written in Cantonese and English. Walking down to the ferry reminded me of a cattle run. Once you have chosen your destination and entered through the correct gate, you c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2003

Star Ferry
Victoria Harbour
Hong Kong and Kowloon
+852 2367 7065

A Note about SARS

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When I landed in Hong Kong, about 1 in 6 people was wearing a mask. When I left, about 1 in 10 WASN'T. I never wore a mask while I was there and never once thought I was going to die. In a city of over 7.5 million people, 100 (as it was at the time) with a contagious disease was really nothing to worry about. The only precaution I took was that I wouldn't put my bare hands on handrails or door handles, a very obvious precaution that many of the mask-wearing locals didn't bother with. I was put on medical suspension from work for 10 days after I returned from Hong Kong. If I had left my trip any later, I'm sure my employers would not have allowed me to go. I thoroughly enjoyed my holida...Read More