Hong Kong Journals

Dim Sum, Prada, and My Octopus Card

An August 2006 trip to Hong Kong by Digiri

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Dim Sum, Prada, and My Octopus Card

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Overview

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I love Hong Kong and if I had to choose between visiting Paris, Hong Kong or New York I would choose... Paris. But Hong Kong only loses because I have a thing for French men and their accents. Shallow but a valid reason none the less. But all three cities have the same key criteria: - Energy and excitement (the bustle and flow of New York without all of the jaywalking) - Great shopping (the shopping of Paris but where you can find Prada at a 20% discount or 99% discount if you frequent the night markets) - Amazing food (the only Dim Sum to beat Vancouver's) Quick Tips: When sightseeing in Hong Kong (in the city and especially in the outskirts) I would suggest you...Read More

Marco Polo Hong Kong

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Hotel

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There are three Marco Polo hotels along Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui—the Marco Polo Gateway (first on the road), the Marco Polo Prince (has an amazing Asian Buffet) and the Marco Polo Hong Kong. The clientele is a mix of business and tourist, a mix of Asian and European, and a mix of the comfortable and the confused. The room rate is standard for the area but the rooms themselves are a bit larger than most in the area (e.g. the Langham)and I think just that little bit better. To a business traveller who thinks all rooms look alike the smallest things can make a difference:- Fresh fruit in the room (the peaches were delicious)- A separate dressing room with lots and lots of hang...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 5, 2006

Marco Polo Hong Kong
Harbour City
Hong Kong
+852-2113-0088

Big Buddha-Tian Tan Buddha

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Attraction | "Great Big Buddha, Little Bit of Buddha"

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I had visited Hong Kong many times before but each time something came up and my trip to the Tian Tan Buddha was cancelled. I’m sure there is some kind of parable in that experience but just as I am a bad vegetarian, I am also a bad Buddhist.The bus (No 2) trip to the top has a few scenic points along the way with views of the ocean and not so scenic points of the sewage plant and a prison. The location of the prison was a bit cruel – on the hill next to the ocean with Hong Kong in the distance so that sitting in your cell looking at beauty and freedom would be hell. I stepped off the bus and wondered if I should ask someone where the Big Buddha was. Luckily I looked to the right ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2006

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

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1. Scream loudly and run back to the taxi stand.2. Phone taxi dispatch and offer a reward for your purse.3. Realize that your passport is in the bottom of your purse and scream loudly again.4. Reflect on your stupidity.5. Phone taxi dispatch again and raise reward.6. Contact your hotel and tell them about the taxi, purse, reward and stupidity.7. Realize you are in the right town to buy another purse. Note personal preference (I suggest Prada).8. Cancel all credit cards.9. Order new credit cards.10. Call Canadian consulate and admit stupidity. Remember: Credit cards before consulate - bad men can rack up a lot of debt before they c...Read More