Hong Kong Journals

Year of the Monkey in Hong Kong

A January 2004 trip to Hong Kong by Miss Bels

Stanley Market Photo, Hong Kong, China More Photos
Quote: I went to Hong Kong for five days over New Year's. I am a budget traveller and thought that I would share my experience with you.

Year of the Monkey in Hong Kong

Overview

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The peak cannot be resisted. Also spent some time at Stanley Market. There are so many wonderful restaurants and bars. Try Wan Chai for nightlife.

Quick Tips:

Stop in at the tourist information centre at the airport to pick up a map!

Best Way To Get Around:

The subway system is very easy to use and clean. In appearance, it is the twin sister of the London Underground, but clean. The bus stops are clearly marked in English and we found that the bus drivers were usually very helpful. Just remember to have the correct change -- the fare is usually displayed on the bus stop.
Wang Fat Hostel Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Wang Fat was very busy over New Year's. I have a feeling that with a little more time, the manager could have been very helpful. As it was, he took time to tell us how to get places. The accommodation was clean and each room has its own bathroom and TV. I booked through the hostelworld website and thought that I would be staying in a four-bed dorm, but when I got there, it was a twin room, which I shared with my friend. The location was fantastic, right there in the heart of Causeway Bay and a hop skip and a jump from the subway.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2004

Wang Fat Hostel
Paterson Building, Paterson Street
Hong Kong

Stanley Market

Attraction

Stanley Market Photo, Hong Kong, China
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We got a bus from Central to Stanley and the scenery from the top of a double-decker bus was great. The market is right near the ocean. Very reasonably priced souvenirs and clothes are readily available. Also budget enough time to sit at the outside table at one of the bars overlooking the ocean. We had a wonderful morning there.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 29, 2004

Stanley Market
South Side Hong Kong
Hong Kong
852 2807 6543

Victoria Peak

Attraction | "The Peak"

Victoria Peak Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Whether you go by number 15 bus or the funicular (the queue for the bus is generally much shorter!), you have to go up the Peak. At the top are over-priced souvenir shops and an amazing view over Hong Kong CBD. There are several cafes and ice cream places at the Peak and a couple of nice-looking restaurants, if you can tear yourself away from the city view for a while that is. It is recommended to go twice, night and day!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 29, 2004

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

Po Lin Monastery

Attraction | "Po Lin Monastary"

Po Lin Monastery Photo, Lantau Island, China
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To get there, we caught a ferry from the Central Ferry pier. It took about 45 minutes to get to the island. After that, the buses are waiting outside the ferry terminal and clearly marked for the temple. The journey took over half an hour, but there were stunning views on the way. The large Buddha on the hill is visible from far away (on a clear day which it wasn't when I went there) without even having to climb the 200+ steps to get right up to the statue. There is a vegetarian restaurant at the bottom of the hill with a confusing ordering system. You must buy your meal ticket from the adjacent souvenir counter and present it at the restaurant door. They will give you a table number and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 29, 2004

Po Lin Monastery
Ngong Ping Plateau
Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Kowloon Park

Attraction

Kowloon Park Photo, Hong Kong, China
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This was a gorgeous, centrally located park. There were loads of people there just enjoying hanging out in the January sun. There are many different birds there: flamingos, parrots, etc. There is a sort of hedge maze and a statue park. Warning: the queue for the toilets was immensely long all the time!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2004

Kowloon Park
Nathan Road
Hong Kong