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Hong Kong! One of the World's Top Cities

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An August 2004 trip to Hong Kong by travelswithkids

Hong Kong Skyline at Night Photo, Hong Kong, China More Photos
Quote: We had a 3-day layover in Hong Kong after a trip to Bali on our way back to the US. We discovered that Hong Kong is one of the most interesting cities of the world.

Hong Kong! One of the World's Top Cities

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Overview

Hong Kong Skyline at Night Photo, Hong Kong, China
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We didn't have terribly high expectations of Hong Kong. We thought it would be just an overcrowded Asian city, but were we ever surprised! Hong Kong is definitely one of the most interesting big cities in the world. We really enjoyed ourselves. Some of the fun highlights that we hit included: Victoria Peak (although it is a little overly touristy) and the tram up to it; the blindingly bright neon, and crowds packed sidewalk-to-sidewalk around Kowloon's Nathan Road shopping districts; the bird market, flower market, and fish/aquarium districts; the world's longest escalator; the giant Buddha statue on Lantau Island; Stanley Market, and more. But what made our visit very enjoyable was the t...Read More

Conrad Hotel

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Hotel

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The hotel is very nice and they treat you very well. It is an excellent use of Hilton Honors points for a stay in what can be an expensive city. The location of the Conrad is okay, but not the absolute most central location. It was a few blocks to the harbor ferry or main downtown area.It is connected to one of Hong Kong's main indoor shopping malls.The breakfast buffet (complimentary for Hilton Gold members) was absolutely top-notch. Also, the Executive Lounge, where they serve Hilton Gold members complimentary breakfast in the morning, delicious sweets in the afternoon, savory snacks (enough to be dinner) in late afternoon, and drinks later on, was a fabulous perk that wound up being ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 14, 2006

Conrad Hotel
88 Queensway
Hong Kong
+852 2521 3838

Big Buddha-Tian Tan Buddha

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Attraction | "Lantau Buddha"

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On Lantau Island, the same island that holds the Hong Kong Airport, is a giant statue of Buddha on a mountaintop. The statue is 34m tall, in addition to sitting at the top of a huge bunch of stairs on a mountaintop, so it is a very impressive sight. It's at the grounds of Po Lin Monastery.You can reach the Buddha by ferry from Hong Kong and take public transport. Since our flight to the US didn't leave until later in the day, we chose to take the train to the airport, check our bags in, and then take a taxi to the Buddha. I believe that you can take public buses after taking the train to the airport for a lot less, but I also believe that it would take all day if you did. As it was, the taxi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 15, 2006

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

Central–Mid-levels Escalators

Attraction | "World's Longest Escalator"

Central–Mid-levels Escalators Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong is home to the world's largest escalator. It's a series of moving sidewalks cutting through part of Hong Kong that is used by residents to get around. After riding on it awhile, and alternately walking up some of the hills in the heat, you can see how this was a wonderful innovation for the residents.

Since it was the world's longest and we were nearby, while exploring around Hong Kong one day, we decided we had to experience it. It was kind of fun to say we had been on it. And we were just exploring around anyway, so the parts of the city we saw from it were as good as any.

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Central–Mid-levels Escalators
Central and Western District
Hong Kong
+852 2807 6543

Stanley Market

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Attraction | "Stanley Market and Beaches"

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Meanwhile, on the other side of the island...There's a lot more to Hong Kong than banks, skyscrapers, and Buddhas. On the other side of the island from downtown Hong Kong are several very nice uncrowded, during the week, beaches. I wouldn't call then secluded because they aren't really hidden from view, being near the main road, but they are very nice little coves. It's really surprising to find such nice natural areas so close to the main city of Hong Kong. Also on that opposite side of the island is Stanley Market. Stanley Market is a huge souvenir shopping market. There are dozens and dozens of little shops and stalls packed together, from which you can get any Hong Kong souvenir yo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 15, 2006

Stanley Market
South Side Hong Kong
Hong Kong
852 2807 6543

Victoria Harbour

Attraction | "Hong Kong Building Light Show"

Victoria Harbour Photo, Hong Kong, China
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One of the more unique sights of Hong Kong is watching a light and laser show, played out from, and on, many of the tall buildings of downtown Hong Kong. It's best viewed from Kowloon, which is on the mainland across the harbor from Hong Kong island.

Along the waterfront, there in Kowloon, is also a "dancing fountain" show with lights and music.

This Kowloon waterfront also includes a walk of fame for Chinese movie stars, analogous to the Hollywood walk of fame, with markers in the sidewalk. It's close to the Kowloon side ferry dock, and a pleasant and popular place to stroll along in the evening.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 15, 2006

Victoria Harbour
Between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula
Hong Kong