Hong Kong Journals

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

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A January 2003 trip to Hong Kong by travelwisdom

Celebrating Chinese New Year Photo, Hong Kong, China More Photos
Quote: On any ordinary day, Hong Kong is dazzling, dramatic and delightful. During Chinese New Year, it becomes a feast for the senses…magical, mystical and memorable. We celebrated the arrival of the Year of the Goat in 2003 and look forward to a return trip.

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

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Celebrating Chinese New Year Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong is such a diverse city with so many "best things to do" it is difficult to narrow down our most memorable moments. Since other activities will be included as journal entries and the purpose of this trip was to celebrate Chinese New Year, our most memorable moments were related to celebration activities. Everyone loves a parade. Jovial crowds shouting greeting of "Kung Hei Fat Choy" (Wishing You a Happy New Year) line the streets. Floats are gaudy and amateur, but this parade is not about floats. It is more of a performance than a parade. Over several hours, dragon and lion dancers, acrobats, marching bands, and performers of all ages from around the world stop in front of the VIP seats t...Read More

Felix

Restaurant | "Felix Offers Incredible View & Cuisine"

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We decided to splurge on our first dinner in Hong Kong at Felix in The Peninsula. On the 28th floor of The Peninsula Hong Kong (Kowloon side), we savored a champagne toast and watched sunset paint the sky and harbour hues of red and gold. As night deepened, the sweeping views of the lights on Hong Kong Island were spectacular. The ambience at Felix is cool and sophisticated. The service was excellent and the seared ahi tuna…ahhh, perfection. There are moments on every trip when we want to freeze time. This was one of those breathless travel moments. Felix now ranks as my favorite restaurant in the world…yes, it was that good! And I guess it’s okay to share a very personal touch w...Read More

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Felix
The Peninsula, Salisbury Road
Hong Kong
+852 2315 3188

City Tour Is the Best Introduction to Hong Kong Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Our city tour, escorted by a Pleasant Holidays guide, began on the Hong Kong Island with a trip to Victoria Peak for breathtaking views of the harbour and Kowloon peninsula. Boarding the 100-year-old peak tram, we began a slow, but steady ascent to the top. Trepiditious travelers may have reservations about the steep incline and ancient tram running on a single cable. Actually, it has a flawless safety record and the views on the way up and at the peak are worth the wait for the ride. Next, we headed to Aberdeen Fishing Village for a sampan ride and the unique opportunity to see the lifestyle of people who spend their entire life living and working aboard the small sampans. On the other extrem...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2004

City Tour Is the Best Introduction to Hong Kong
Included with Pleasant Holidays Vacation Package
Hong Kong

Hong Kong Markets Are Shopping Paradise

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A visit to Hong Kong markets is a cultural experience with something for everyone. Here is a sampling of the most well-known markets. A visit to Stanley Market offered our first shopping experience. It is a maze of hundreds market stalls hawking everything imaginable. Be prepared to bargain aggressively. Many shoppers consider Stanley Market a shopping utopia. We found it chaotic, crowded and claustrophobic. We later discovered more pleasurable shopping venues. Our second day was devoted totally to shopping. Starting out early and shopping into the night. First,we headed to the Jade Market.The Jade Market lived up to our expectations. With around 400 stalls under an open air tent, there ...Read More

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Hong Kong Markets Are Shopping Paradise
Markets Abound in Kowloon Area
Hong Kong

Big Buddha-Tian Tan Buddha

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Attraction | "Visit the World's Largest Seated Buddha in Lantau"

Big Buddha-Tian Tan Buddha Photo, Lantau Island, China
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By our third day, we are overdosed on shopping. (Never thought I would say that.) Feeling adventurous, we collected several fellow travelers and set out to pay homage to the Big Buddha and visit the Po Lin Monastery on the outlying island of Lantau. To reach Lantau, we took the Star Ferry from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island, a high speed ferry from the ferry terminal there to Lantau, and finally a bus from the ferry terminal on Lantau to Buddha. The trip took about two hours total and was in itself a fun travel experience. The first sight of the Big Buddha is astounding. Standing, or rather sitting, 72 feet high, the magnificent bronze statue is perched atop 260 steps straight up. T...Read More

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Big Buddha-Tian Tan Buddha
Near Po Lin Monastery
Ngong Ping, Lantau Island

The Hong Kong Suit

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Forget what you’ve heard about the $99.00, 24-hour suit. These bargain deals are for unlined suits and inferior fabrics. We quickly discovered the real bargains in beautifully tailored suits are at least $200 and require three-days with two fittings.

There are hundreds of tailors lining Nathan Road and side streets around it. We recommend Raja Fashions at 34-C Cameron Road. Hank’s suit with extra pants, two shirts, and a pair of handmade loafers were around $364.00.

All customer sizes and preferences are filed, including a special cobbler's last for handmade shoes. We were so pleased with price and quality that we have taken advantage of ordering additional items since our visit.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2004

The Hong Kong Suit
Nathan Road
Hong Kong

Thoughts on Travel Etiquette

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We live in a wonderfully diverse world and one of the greatest benefits of travel is the opportunity to experience different cultures and lifestyles. No one likes to be stereotyped as a "Tacky Tourist" or an "Ugly American." Yet, travelers who are polite, patient, and pleasant at home sometimes behave and dress in ways that are inappropriate and offensive in other cultures. 1. While you research where to stay, eat, and sightsee at your destination, include research on customs and cultural sensitivities. 2. Embrace the concept that because something is different, it is not funny or wrong. On a recent trip to Hong Kong, at breakfast, a member of a tour group complained loudly about ...Read More