Hong Kong Journals

Hong Kong, My Hometown

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A January 2006 trip to Hong Kong by Ed Hahn

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Quote: Even though I've lived here for 14 years, I still find it a fascinating place to pretend I'm a tourist. I share what I see.

Hong Kong, My Hometown

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I plan to make this an ongoing project, adding reviews as I discover or rediscover the sights, sounds, and smells that make Hong Kong one of the most interesting cities in the world. I've been living here 14 years and made my first trip to Hong Kong in 1979. I can get just as excited today about some aspects of this city as I did 26 years ago. For example, yesterday, January 29, 2006, was Lunar New Year’s Eve, and Pam and I decided to visit some of the tourist sites in the New Territories, Sik Sik Yeung Temple, Li Chin Nunnery, and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. I’ll be writing about each of these and the restaurant where we had dinner, The Peak Café. Last summer we were visite...Read More

Flying Pan

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Restaurant | "The Flying Pan"

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In our younger days, after last call at whatever watering hole we were ending the evening... er, morning, my friends and I would head to the nearest open coffee shop for an early breakfast or in some cases a late supper. Unfortunately, all too often, we'd end up at Denny's, which many of you know is not noted for its delicious food so much as for its willingness to serve anything on the menu 24-hours a day, 7 days a week and cheaply at that.Hong Kong is doing much better with the establishment of the Flying Pan restaurants in Central, near the escalator and in Wanchai on the corner of Lockhart and Luard. I recently had breakfast at the Wanchai location with a refugee friend from the old da...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 12, 2006

Flying Pan
9 Old Baily Street
Hong Kong
+86 2140-6333

Wong Tai Sin Temple

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Wong Tai Sin Temple Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Visiting this temple after 14 years in Hong Kong reminds me of the lifelong New Yorker who never visited the Statue of Liberty. I‘m glad I finally managed to see this shrine.This is one of the most famous temples in Hong Kong, dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, or the Great Immortal Wong. According to legend, as a shepherd boy of 15, he was taught by an immortal to refine cinnabar into a medicine capable of curing all illnesses. He spent the next 40 years in seclusion perfecting this technique before emerging as a healer. His brother found him after spending years searching for him and the sheep in his care. Wong Tai Sin allegedly changed white boulders into sheep to replace those he had lost. The...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 28, 2006

Wong Tai Sin Temple
Southern side of Lion Rock in the north of Kowloon
Hong Kong
+852 2320 2883

Disneyland Hong Kong

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Attraction | "Hong Kong Disneyland"

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I've done my share of Disney bashing, but after visiting Hong Kong Disneyland yesterday I must admit the Disney organization does some things better than anyone else. I went to the park on a cold, blustery day with my family, including my 4-year-old granddaughter. We had a wonderful experience in spite of my initial "Bah, humbug" attitude. I've been to Disneyland in Anaheim, and Disney World in Orlando, and I had forgotten the incredible attention to detail that Disney puts into every little thing at the park, so that the guest experience is complete—metal railings made to look like bamboo or wood, public music appropriate to each area of the park, little touches like an abandoned old rust...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 2, 2006

Disneyland Hong Kong
Disneyland Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Half Past Ten Cocktail Lounge

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Half Past Ten Cocktail Lounge Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Elsewhere in this journal I wrote a review of my favorite pub/bar, Carnegies. So here’s a review of my favorite cocktail lounge, Half Past Ten. Located above Lan Kwai Fong and below Caine Rd. at 10 Glenealy St. in Central, it can be hard to find but that’s part of its charm. If you get lost looking for it, grab your cell phone and dial 2869-9089 for directions.In fact, if we hadn’t moved to a flat around the corner from it, we would have never discovered it ourselves. We wandered in one evening after telling ourselves, many times, that “We should check this place out.” We finally did and met Flora, the hostess and server, and Paddy, the bartender, and found out that Happy Hour i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2006

Half Past Ten Cocktail Lounge
Lower Basement, 10 Glenealy St.
Hong Kong

Chi Lin Nunnery and Lotus Garden

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Chi Lin Nunnery and Lotus Garden Photo, Hong Kong, China
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If you want to enjoy a relaxing respite from the hustle and noise of Hong Kong, this Buddhist Nunnery is an ideal place to visit. It is evidently never very crowded because of its location, two stops beyond the Wong Tai Sin Temple exit off the MTR. It was almost totally empty the Saturday afternoon Pam and I visited the place.It is a gem of Chinese religious architecture. Originally built in 1934, the nunnery was reopened in 2000 after a multimillion-dollar renovation done in traditional Tang-era (AD 618-907) style. Only wooden dowels and brackets were used in the reconstruction. It may be the largest building in the world that had no nails used in its construction. It’s difficult to imagin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 6, 2006

Chi Lin Nunnery and Lotus Garden
5 Chi LIn Dr.
Hong Kong
2354-1789

Hong Kong Heritage Museum

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Silk Road Coffin Photo, Hong Kong, China
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The Hong Kong Heritage Museum has been open for 5 years, and I had never visited it. I pictured some small second-rate place with amateurish exhibits. I could not have been more mistaken. If there is one museum in Hong Kong you should make a special effort to visit, it’s this one. I love the History Museum and kids love the Science Museum, but for really getting a sense of what created and maintains Hong Kong’s culture, this is the place to see.It is a professional, impressive complete museum with 12 exhibit halls, including a Cantonese Opera Theater, a Children's Discovery Area, three or four outstanding permanent exhibits (including two collections of Chinese Art), and an exhibition cove...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 18, 2006

Hong Kong Heritage Museum
1 Man Lam Road
Hong Kong
+852 2180 8188

Carnegies

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Attraction | "Carnegies, The Spirt of Rock"

Carnegie's Two Good Friends Enjoying Therapy Hour Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Up front, I must admit that this is my favorite place to drink in Hong Kong. I don’t remember exactly how I first found out about it, but once my friends and I started coming here we’ve been regulars ever since.The initial impetus was so-called "Crazy Hour," which runs from 6 to 7pm. During “Crazy Hour” all bar drinks, beers, and the house wines are HK$19 (US$2.45). This compared to regular prices of HK$45 and up. I’ve never found a place in Hong Kong that has a better price. Not only that, the server comes around and warns you before "Crazy Hour" morphs into a more traditional Happy Hour so you can order as many additional items as you want and drink at "Crazy Hour" prices for at least a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 19, 2006

Carnegies
G/F, 53-55 Lockhart Road
Hong Kong
+852 2866 6289

Being a Tour Guide In Your Own Home Town

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Man Mo Temple Photo, Hong Kong, China
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I recently had the opportunity to show a couple of first time visitors around Hong Kong. They were connecting to a cruise and only had a day and a half. Additionally, the weather was hot and extremely muggy, a condition they were not used to. What to do? What to do? Since they were staying in Hung Hom on the Kowloon side, the first leg was easy. Take the Star Ferry to Central where we could meet up easily (I live in Central). Since I had just arrived that morning after an all-night 14 hour flight from the U.S., I set up a 2:00pm meeting and they used the late morning and early...Read More