Hong Kong Journals

Asia Sampler: Hong Kong Garden

A September 2003 trip to Hong Kong by ShannonBrooke

Quote: It was the time of the mid-autumn lantern festival. Hot and sticky in Hong Kong, we did our best to see the major sites.

Asia Sampler: Hong Kong Garden

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

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In my opinion, Hong Kong is just another large city like many I have visited. Yes, it has a Chinese flavor, but it is very modern like a major American city. My absolute best experiences in Hong Kong were the most touristy. I really enjoyed a morning spent on Victoria Peak. The views were gorgeous and the breeze up there gave some relief to the 100 Farenheit heat and 100% humidity. Next, we took a doubledecker bus to Stanley on the other side of the island. The Stanley Market was as much fun as my book described it to be. We got some pretty good deals here.Quick Tips: Be prepared for New York style "efficiency", a.k.a. rudeness. Everyone is in so much of a rush and you are always...Read More

Kyoto Joe's

Restaurant

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Middling-to-bad sushi does not a happy Shannon make. Our first wake-up call to Hong Kong prices came when Alli ordered a 600HKD bottle of sake - the equivalent of US$85. I had noticed the price so I sent it back. Too late, we realized that our Time Out guide had recommended Tokio Joe's, not Kyoto Joe's. As we were the only takers on this restaurant on a busy street, I began to get nervous when we walked in the door. The trendy decor and dimly lit interior looked promising, however. I quickly ascertained two qualities about Hong Kong. The service is quick, efficient, and cold. The prices are high. My first experience with sticker shock came when we looked at the sake menu. We had just been in T...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 26, 2004

Kyoto Joe's
21 D'Aguilar St., Lan Kwai Fong
Hong Kong
2804-6800

Eat! Noodles

Restaurant

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Not only was this our cheapest meal in Hong Kong, it was also the best. We had lunch at Eat! Noodles soon after arriving at Victoria Peak. Their seating is a balcony overlooking the city of Hong Kong, and the view is worth a million bucks.

We ordered two smoothies, their milky frostiness so welcome in the 100 degree heat, and two orders of Shanghai dan-dan noodles w/ dumplings. The waitress warned us it would be spicy, but our tastebuds having been burned off in Thailand, it seemed quite mild to us. The noodles were incredibly flavorful, and I wish we could have come back here for every meal.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 26, 2004

Eat! Noodles

Hong Kong

Yung Kee

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

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Yung Kee must be the most famous restaurant in Hong Kong. Both Alli and I received recommendations from Chinese friends that we must go to Yung Kee and order the roast goose when in Hong Kong. Accordingly, we made it part of our plan. We didn't need reservations, but we showed up early. Before long, the restaurant was packed. You could tell this was an A+ establishment. We were seated in the corner and Alli ordered tons of food -- fried rice, roast goose, shrimp rolls, and some greens. I guess she wanted to try everything. I was still sick since Bangkok and could hardly eat it all. While Alli was in the bathroom, the waiter brought us two thousand-year-old eggs. In reality, the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 27, 2004

Yung Kee
32-40 Wellington Street
Hong Kong
2522-1624

Stanley Market

Attraction

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This market sells everything that anyone would want to buy in Hong Kong, and at reasonable prices too. The market looks like an outdoor market, but soon you discover that it has multiple levels. The line between inside and outside is blurred. It is very easy to get lost. We passed one man making chops. He could make chops with your name or with your Chinese zodiac sign. It seemed like a good gift for that person who has everything. I found the best deals in a silk shop. Alli picked up a green Cheongsam, because she can fit into anything. I purchased three silk robes for $10 each. Other items of note were jade and bone carvings, Chinese porcelain, and souvenirs. In one large souvenir sh...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 27, 2004

Stanley Market
South Side Hong Kong
Hong Kong
852 2807 6543