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Around the World in 80 Ways, Hong Kong

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A July 2005 trip to Hong Kong by 80 Ways Tim

Hong Kong Ferry Photo, Hong Kong, China More Photos
Quote: I am attempting to travel around the world using eighty different methods of transport to raise money for children with autism - www.80ways.co.uk.

Around the World in 80 Ways, Hong Kong

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Around the World in 80 Ways was an idea that Thom and I had to travel the globe in a new and exciting way.We gave ourselves 7 weeks to do a lap of the world using 80 different methods of transport and trying not to use any of them twice. (Our website, www.80ways.co.uk, may still work if you want to find out more.)Most of our funding came from our university, and we were raising money for the autism education charity TreeHouse (www.justgiving.com/80ways).There are a dozen or so different journals about the trip, most of which were written on the road and track our progress as we traverse the globe. The entries here are about what we got up to in the Special Administr...Read More
The Salisbury YMCA of Hong Kong Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Before arriving in Hong Kong, we had been sleeping in hostels, at other people's houses, or on trains. The Salisbury was a pleasant change. The rooms were in pristine condition, with all the usual hotel amenities. For the money, I thought it was really good. It wasn't a lot more than a higher-end hostel, and it's in a great location--right on the bottom tip of the Kowloon peninsula, in the thick of all the shops and only two minutes from the Star Ferry across to Hong Kong island. There's a gym there (which costs extra) and a swimming pool (included, with Jacuzzi). There's a restaurant downstairs which you get discount vouchers for, but you're better off stepping out into the throng of ...Read More

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The Salisbury YMCA of Hong Kong
41 Salisbury Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong
(852) 2268-7000

Minivan Chase

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Hong Kong Ferry Photo, Hong Kong, China
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With less than 24 hours to spend in Guangzhou, the plan was to just saunter around, taking it easy until we caught the boat to Macao in the evening. The hostel we had planned to stay in was no longer there, so we ended up paying for a hotel room (not that it was exactly expensive, particularly after haggling). Our room had no windows (perhaps as a result of my haggling), but this turned out to be a blessing, as it meant we enjoyed a decent lie in, completely oblivious to the rising of the sun. The Rough Guide informed us that dim sum was a "must do" in China and that Guangzhou was the place to do it; thus, we left the hotel in search of good dim sum. To be honest, the concept of dim su...Read More

The Buses in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong Public Transport Photo, Hong Kong, China
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The mood turned from jovial to sour in an instant. One minute, we were sitting by a pay phone, joking away as usual, and then Thom's face dropped as he read a text message saying, "London's been attacked by terrorists - 6 bombs". We both lived and studied in central London, and this was a little close to home. We went straight to the nearest hotel and got ourselves a room. "Does it have a satellite TV?" BBC News gave us all the latest information and soon set our minds at ease. Feeling slightly better about things but unsure what to do next, we ventured out into the Hong Kong night scene and found ourselves a curry in the weirdest department store I have ever visited before hitting the...Read More

A Taste of China

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The Bright Lights of Hong Kong Photo, Hong Kong, China
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The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China: That’s Hong Kong to you and me. It's located at the southern tip of China and is split into two large islands, a slice of the mainland, and 200-odd smaller islands. Hong Kong Island is the most populated, and the Kowloon Peninsula makes up the tip of mainland Hong Kong, connected to the New Territories, which are, in turn, connected to mainland China. If you're not a geographer, however, then it might be better put like this: Hong Kong Island is the heart of the city and where all the big skyscrapers are; Kowloon is where you get the best view of the all those big skyscrapers and is full of sho...Read More