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Hong Kong Highlights

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A January 1996 trip to Hong Kong by Re Carroll

Park Hotel Hong Kong Photo, Hong Kong, China More Photos
Quote: A week spent in Hong Kong was long enough to get a taste of this fascinating city but not long enough to experience all it has to offer.

Hong Kong Highlights

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Hong Kong Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong is a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds and smells and I was entranced from the minute we landed. One morning we passed a group of people in Kowloon Park practising tai ch'i. Their movements were in complete harmony with one other and it was quite a contrast to watch this ancient art while outside the park, hordes of people and cars hurried past.Just a short trip across the harbor on the Star Ferry, Central District is full of modern skyscrapers but only a few blocks away are symbols of old Hong Kong, such as Man Mo Temple, built in the mid 1800s. Also in Central, I visited shops selling everything from clothes and jewellery to medicinal herbs and treatments - dried snake skins, ani...Read More

Park Hotel Hong Kong

Hotel | "The Park Hotel"

Park Hotel Hong Kong Photo, Hong Kong, China
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This moderately priced hotel is set a few blocks off the main shopping area in Kowloon, so is fairly quiet (noise wise) at night but there are lots of restaurants and small shops across the street so you don't have to go far to eat or shop. If you've really come to Hong Kong to eat at McDonalds, that is about 1 block away too. The large rooms are modern, bright & spacious and the bathrooms offer the standard selection of toiletries. There is a large breakfast buffet that serves both Chinese and Western food. There are a couple of restaurants and a lounge in the hotel and the bakery is just next door. The train station is within walking distance but I'd take a cab if you have any luggage.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2000

Park Hotel Hong Kong
61-65 Chatham Road South, Tsimshatsui
Hong Kong
(852) 2731 2100

Man Mo Temple

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Man Mo Temple Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Located at the corner of Hollywood Rd. and Ladder St., this Taoist Temple is one of Hong Kong's oldest. It is dedicated to Man (the god of literature) and Mo (the god of war)- quite a combination! The inside is filled with burning incense - both in burners throughout and large coils that hang from the ceiling. There is a drum and large bell that is sounded when a prayer is about to be offered. There are containers that hold lots of numbered fortune sticks. You shake the container until "your" fortune stick falls out. The prophesy is written in Chinese but you can buy a book at the Temple that has the English translation. The Temple is located in a busy area and is surrounded by shops. On t...Read More

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Man Mo Temple
Hollywood Road & Ladder Street
Hong Kong

Star Ferry

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Star Ferry Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Although this is a standard means of commuting between Central and Kowloon it is a not to be missed adventure for visitors. These green and white boats make the 5 min. trip across the harbour on a continual basis. The cost is less than $1.00 and allows for great views of the city skyline. I like sitting on the main deck at water level but you can sit up top as well. There are food stands at the terminal selling everything from noodles to sliced beef testicles, battered and deep fried in oil (my husband said it was good but I just couldn't bring myself to try it). Outside the terminal on Central you can have your picture taken beside an old rickshaw. Within walking distance of the Kowloon termi...Read More

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

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

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Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery Photo, Hong Kong, China
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I loved the hustle and bustle and constant energy of Hong Kong but wanted to explore further afield so I boarded a train and headed north to Sha Tin. The train was old and rather grungy but my first class carriage was comfortable and almost empty. I was the only westerner and the only woman in the car and at each stop, the conductor would come in, smile and nod. He spoke no English and I no Chinese, but smiles are understood in all languages.When I got off the train, there were a number of signs for the monastery and it took about 15 minutes to reach by foot. It's perched on a hillside and looks out over Sha Tin. It's a very pretty and peaceful site BUT there are lots of stairs to climb to rea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2001

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
220 Pai Tau Village
Sha Tin, Hong Kong
(852) 2691-1067