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A June 2006 trip to Hong Kong by nmagann

Double-decker Tram Photo, Hong Kong, China More Photos
Quote: Unique architecture of skyscrapers and accommodations is the norm for Hong Kong. Spectacular temples and panoramic views are icing on the cake.

HK Culture & Classics

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Star Ferry Photo, Hong Kong, China
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One of the first notable highlights was the fact that so many attractions are free. The peak, beaches, gardens, and parks were all free often courtesy from the proceeds of the Jockey Club. Not that I visited places as early as 6am or as late as midnight, it was nice to know I could with a general feeling of safety. Unlike home, people are walking their pets and playing cards along sidewalks at that hour. A terrible case of insomnia might have me out at such hours, I suppose.The fact that I could enjoy historic buildings and museums in the morning and find myself atop a peak in the evening that same day was a tremendous asset. Plenty of daylight and such diversity of sights in a small ...Read More

Dragon Hostel

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Hotel

Dragon Hostel Photo, Hong Kong, China
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I had been living or rather existing in China for a while and was ready to head home. Converting my remaining colorful monopoly money back into US dollars seemed impossible in mainland China.Since I would prefer to go out with a bang anyway, Hong Kong beckoned. Considering my funds, my current living conditions and the expense of accommodations in HK, guesthouses would be the obvious choice.I began searching several websites for a place to stay and started to notice something odd. All the places listed had one of three addresses! How could that be?With a little research, I discovered the Chunking Mansion, for example, built in 1961 was originally a 17-story apart...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2006

Dragon Hostel
83 Argyle Street
Hong Kong
(852) 2395-0577

Lantau Trail

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Attraction

Lantau Trail Photo, Hong Kong, China
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At the base of the Big Buddha are signs indicating the direction to the Wisdom Path trail and Lantau Peak.A shaded walkway passing a small vegetarian restaurant that was unfortunately was closed, leads to the Wisdom Path. The path follows is a figure 8, sign of infinity, around tall tree trunks that were split vertically split. On the flat sign of these totem-pole-like pillars were carvings of Chinese symbols and characters. Also called the Heart Sutra, it represents emptiness, but not in the negative way that comes to mind. It is more like the feeling of being free of worldly concerns and material items.This 2-minute path located on the side of the mountain offered spectacular...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 26, 2006

Lantau Trail
Lantau
Hong Kong
+852 2807 6543

Victoria Harbour

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Attraction | "HK Architecture"

Victoria Harbour Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Sometimes it appears it's a race to hold the dubious distinction of being the tallest building in Hong Kong at the same time trying to achieve a little bit of uniqueness from the surrounding ones. My favorite building isn’t the tallest and maybe wouldn’t be considered the most interesting structure if such a title existed. Nonetheless, I will save that one for last. Meanwhile, I will mention some of the highly touted tall skyscrapers that are also involved in the light show.Jardines House held the title of tallest building in Hong Kong from 1973 to 1980 at 179 meters. One of the unique features of this building is the huge round windows on sides like a square cheese grater....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2006

Victoria Harbour
Between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula
Hong Kong

Big Buddha-Tian Tan Buddha

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Attraction | "Big Buddha"

Big Buddha-Tian Tan Buddha Photo, Lantau Island, China
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To reach Lantau Island from Kowloon and Hong Kong, there are a couple of options. The MTR Tung Chung line begins at the Central station in Hong Kong, making several stops in Kowloon and terminating at Ngong Ping on Lantau. Star Ferry to Hong Kong, Outlying Islands Ferry to Mui Wo on Lantau and bus 2 to Ngong Ping took 2 hours. Going by boat is worth the additional half-hour.The Giant Buddha/Tian Tan is the world’s tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha. The lower floors, both inside and outside, are free. The other two require an additional fee, whose higher levels don’t provide any better view. Buddha resides atop a three-pedestal platform that is actually a three-story exhibit...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2006

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