Hong Kong Journals

Busy Dizzy in East End

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A travel journal to Hong Kong by SeenThat

Hoover Boat Photo, Hong Kong, China More Photos
Quote: A Port which is more than a port; an impressive green mountain in a small island next to the mainland; skyscrapers touch the green mountain; antique trams surround the skyscrapers; traditional Chinese shops next to ultramodern malls. Hong Kong connects faraways with the same nonchalance that captivates its visitors.

Busy Dizzy in East End

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Overview

Hoover Boat Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Visiting Hong Kong is a very different experience from the one to the typical Asian city – no other city combines so perfectly two so different identities, allowing you to feel at home but still be able to ‘visit’ an Asian city at any moment you wish to. Macau’s influence is discernible mainly in the form of small local restaurants which serve exquisite Sino-Portuguese meals; it is worth looking for them. A usually overlooked activity is trekking in the New Territories: the mountainous topography and the pleasant climate of the area transform it into an ideal place for such an activity. Shopping is a hard work here: there are at least thirty shopping centres in the island and more than that ...Read More

Shopping

Western Market

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Attraction

Victoria at Night Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Markets are always good places to learn about the local culture. What do the denizens eat? How do they eat? What do they buy and bargain? How do they treat foreigners visiting markets? All these questions are pleasantly answered just by taking an easy stroll to the nearest market.However, Hong Kong is nowadays house mainly to large shopping malls. Those along Tsim Sha Tsui’s shoreline (on the mainland side of Hong Kong) are notorious in their size and the variety of products they offer. Free internet points, shops selling the latest gadgets, international food chains, and shops selling every imaginable item create an eclectic mix that attracts crowds from every spot in th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2009

Walking

Victoria Peak

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Attraction

Macau Café Photo, Hong Kong, China
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At 552m above sea level, Victoria Peak is the highest point in Hong Kong Island, it can be reached by tram or foot; from its top the views of downtown, the port and surrounding mountains are exceptional in every direction. Reaching the PeakReaching the Peak from the downtown, use bus 15C ($3.2HK) from the Star Ferry to the Peak Tram Lower Terminus. The tram completes the way almost to the peak’s summit. It dates back to 1888 and it is wonderfully maintained in its original splendor. Despite its age, it manages to climbs almost 400 meters in a 27° slope, till its end point a few meters below the summit. The trip costs 20HK$ for one way or thirty for a return t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 21, 2008

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

Walking Hong Kong

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Attraction

Escalator Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Like Rio de Janeiro and La Paz and to some extent Amsterdam, Hong Kong offers to the walker a spectacular added value, since the city is placed amidst a magnificent landscape; the first sight of those cities is never easily forgotten.In Hong Kong, the walker enjoys a hyper-urban environment displaying an exciting culture while walking amidst a beautiful shoreline shadowed by majestic mountains and slim skyscrapers. Regardless the official but meaningless defi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 19, 2008

Eating

Pacific Coffee Company

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Restaurant

Pacific Coffee Company Photo, Hong Kong, China
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The Pacific Coffee Company branches look like an upmarket version of Starbucks; they are strategically located at central spots and in most of the main malls in Hong Kong, thus enjoying an excellent espresso while exploring the town is a breeze. The most remarkable branch is at the Victoria Peak, where the traveler can enjoy a cappuccino while watching the harbor and downtown Hong Kong from high above.No DoubtDespite the relatively expensive coffee and foods, it is worth to approach them due to the coaches, the excellent background music, the warm lighting and smart furniture, the courtesy internet and newspapers, the television tuned to CNN … did I mention the wonderful...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 21, 2008

Pacific Coffee Company

Hong Kong

Macau Café

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Restaurant

Macau Café Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Macau put a spell on its neighbors; everybody in the Guangzhou Province and in Hong Kong would testify that Macau offers a magical fusion cuisine of Sino-Portuguese origin, with such an attractive twist that its survival is assured even long after the Portuguese departure.Some of Macau’s delicacies have crossed the Pearl River Mouth and can be comfortably tasted in the Macau Café in central Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. The place is a fast food restaurant aimed mainly for busy locals; do not expect to hold long conversations with the waiters regarding the dishes details. "See, Buy, Fly" they seem to say silently in the spirit of Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport duty free sho...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 22, 2008

Macau Café
Shop C G/f Hon Kwong Mansion, 25-29 Hankow Rd.
Kowloon, Hong Kong
2730 0682

Little Quiapo

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Restaurant

Little Quiapo Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong tastes different from any other South East Asian city, no other city offers so many exciting fusion cuisine options.The Philippine’s influence is discernible mainly in the form of small local restaurants which serve exquisite Sino-Portuguese meals; it is worth looking for them. Serendipity is the best strategy to find the most interesting dining opportunities and that was the case of my encounter with Little Quiapo. LocationIn a small alley next to the B Exit from Central Station, Little Quiapo serves "Fast Filipin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 22, 2008

Little Quiapo

Hong Kong

Sleeping

Chungking Mansion

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Hotel

Little Quiapo Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong grew up to be the biggest of the former European colonies in East Asia. In many aspects it still resembles a city-state. It has one of the biggest ports in the world and is a global financial center. Few places are most representative of our Global Village. Following this trend, and in more than in one sense, Chungking Mansion is the epitome of Asian accommodations for budget travelers. Nowhere else did this concept grow up to such monstrous dimensions....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2008

Chungking Mansion
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong