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Hong Kong - A Vacation Like No Other

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A May 2006 trip to Hong Kong by sdgates24

Hong Kong Flower Market Photo, Hong Kong, China More Photos
Quote: Review of the Grand Hyatt hotel and everything to do in Hong Kong.

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

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Hotel

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Photo, Hong Kong, China
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I have stayed at some of the best hotels in the world and the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong remains at the top of my list.Before you arrive I recommend getting in touch with the concierge staff as they are a wealth of information when you are planning your trip. Jake Mchugh and his staff can help with dinner recommendations, sightseeing, shopping, and even getting a hard found reservation with Hong Kong's best tailors.When you arrive in Hong Kong after a 16 hour flight I highly recommend arranging for a hotel limo to get you into Hong Kong. The hotel has a desk and staff at the airport who will greet you, get your luggage and whisk you to the waiting limo.I personally only stay on...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
1 Harbour Road
Hong Kong
+852 2588-1234

Hutong

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Restaurant

Hutong Photo, Hong Kong, China
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If you love amazing unique food, with one of the best views of Hong Kong, then you have to make a reservation at Hutong.I would recommend using your hotel concierge to make your reservation and be sure to request a window table. This is your best hope for getting one of the highly sought after window tables, otherwise it will take something just short of a miracle especially on Fridays and weekends.Hutong is located on the 28th floor in Tsim Sha Tsui, which is on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. It is an amazing juxtaposition of the modern glass and steel lobby against a restaurant decor that blends the dramatic Chinese antique feel of the Beijing courtyard neighborhoods....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

Hutong
1 Peking Rd. (28th floor), Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong
(852) 3428 8342

Hong Kong Flower Market

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Attraction

Hong Kong Flower Market Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Whether you are a nature lover or not, spending a morning in the Hong Kong flower market is one of the most amazing sites you will ever see. Not only because of the amazing variety of flowers that range from something as common as a rose to variety that you have never even seen before.Flower Market Road in northern Kowloon is packed with stores and stalls who multi colored contents spill out into the streets for blocks. Local favorites like orchids come in sizes that look more like a small bush than a large flower and at a small fraction of the price you would ever see in the U.S.You can also make a short walk to the Goldfish market which is also lined with an amazing assortment o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

Hong Kong Flower Market
Flower Market Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon.
Hong Kong

Jade Market

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Attraction

Jade Market Photo, Hong Kong, China
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The Jade Market, located on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong, is a very popular tourist stop. I normally run like the plague from things like that, but this is just too much fun to miss.The Jade Market is made up of two open-sided buildings that are packed pull of small stalls and card tables covered in jewelry, antiques and pearls. This is a market where the smart and savvy traveler can find amazing deals, if they can pick their way through the fakes and knockoffs abound. Do yourself a favor and find out how to tell if jade and pearls are real to be sure you get the real deal.Take our time and stroll through the small stalls, which are packed with goods, and make sure you look through ev...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

Jade Market
Jordan Kansu Street
Hong Kong
+852 2807 6543

Linda Chow HK Custom Tailor

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Attraction

Linda Chow HK Custom Tailor Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong is famous for great tailors and Linda Chow is one of the best. Her shop is located a short walk from the Star Ferry terminal on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong in the Universal Commercial Building on Peking Road. After a short ride in the small elevator to the third floor, you will arrive at Linda's shop. Two of the walls are crammed floor to ceiling with bolts of fabric, and the third wall is covered with pictures of her clients which range from Jennifer Lopez, Jet Lee and almost every admiral in the U.S. Navy.Linda is a wonderful woman who is a master at her craft and just fun to be around. After one visit you, like everyone else, will calling her Auntie Linda. On your first visit I ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 3, 2006

Linda Chow HK Custom Tailor
Shop 1101, Universal Commercial Building, 69 Peking Road Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong
+852 2316 2366

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

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Attraction

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Take a train out of the main station in Kowloon for about 30 minutes outside of Hong Hong and you will arrive at Sha Tin. A short walk from the train station (head to the left out of the main exit) the following small signs and will arrive at a small dirt path down the side of the large commercial building. At first I was convinced this was the wrong way, but a small yellow plastic sign proved me wrong. Following the sign you arrive at over 500 twisting steps that snake up the side of the mountain out of Sha Tin flanked by hundreds of gold colored statues leading to the temple and monastery of 10,000 Buddhas. You emerge from this hike to find a sight that is nothing short of breathtaking. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 3, 2006

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
220 Pai Tau Village
Sha Tin, Hong Kong
(852) 2691-1067

Goods of Desire (G.O.D.) Photo,
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Goods of Desire, which is shortened to G.O.D. was the best shopping surprise for me in Hong Kong. There are 5 stores throughout the city but the one in Harbor City is the largest and best one. G.O.D. store can only be found in Hong Kong and this one is tucked away on the second floor near the entrance of the Hong Kong Hotel and you could easily miss it if you aren't looking for it.The shops are a blend of modern style with funky Chinese culture. They have everything from modern furniture to flip flops. Much of the lighting and home accessories are packed flat for travel and easily fit into any suitcase.The Chinese mailbox magnets are one of my favorites and a great small gift f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2006

Goods of Desire (G.O.D.)
3/F Hong Kong Hotel, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui,
Hong Kong

Star Ferry

Attraction

Star Ferry Photo, Hong Kong, China
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One of the other reasons why I stay at the Grand Hyatt is that it is a quick 5 minute walk to Hong Kong's best transportation, the Star Ferry. The ferry is far and away the best way to see Hong Kong and for about $2 U.S. each way you can't beat the price. The boats are an iconic half white and green and arrive to any of the piers about every 5-15 minutes depending on the time of day and runs between several points on Hong Kong island and several points across the harbor. I find it a very easy way to get across the bat to Harbor City or any of the shopping in Kowloon.The terminal will have a waiting area where you will stay until the next ship arrives. Try and stay close to the gate so you c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 15, 2007

Star Ferry
Victoria Harbour
Hong Kong and Kowloon
+852 2367 7065