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Never Enough Time - 3 Days in Hong Kong...

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An April 2008 trip to Hong Kong by Red Mezz

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Quote: In a city like Hong Kong, there is never enough time, but here is a quick run down of what you can get to...

Never Enough Time - 3 Days in Hong Kong...

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On the bus just after arriving Photo,
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From pretty much the moment you land at the crisp, clean and some how unhurried airport of Hong Kong it becomes apparent that the time you thought would be enough to explore the city is nowhere near what you need to see a small portion of the sights. But never fear – even with the healthy dose of jet lag you will almost certainly have arriving in the city (either for a trip of its own or as stop over on the way farther east or west) you will find more time to see the sights than you expected. The great thing about Hong Kong is that the sights are everywhere. This is not one of those cities where you meander to the hotel and then have to go and find the things to do. In Hong K...Read More

Metropark Hotel Kowloon

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Hotel | "Metropark Kowloon"

Metropark Hotel Kowloon Photo, Hong Kong, China
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It has been a long time since I left on a trip of quite the scale of the one I am undertaking this year. Beginning in London and making a full circle around the globe to several (at least) countries I have never been to before, Hong Kong was the first stop on that list. When planning a trip of this size, the first consideration on the first stop is almost invariably cost. Even though I've been saving for this particular journey for over a year so I wouldn't have to scrimp quite as much as I usually do - still you don't want to spend too much in the first place you stop. When I first started to look at where we would stay while on our short stop in this Far East city - I was utter...Read More

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Metropark Hotel Kowloon
75 Waterloo Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong
(852) 2761-1711

House of Tang

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Restaurant | "House of Tang Chinese "

Metropark Hotel Kowloon Photo, Hong Kong, China
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We arrived in Hong Kong fully planning on taking advantage of all the cheap little food places in the city and noodle bars and markets. We spent a bit more than we had originally planned on our hotel (and so glad we were that we did) that meals were meant to be cut back to even the score. The problem with that logic was that by the time we arrived in Hong Kong airport it was 3 pm in the afternoon - and we had been on a plane since 9 am the morning before. Real food had become something of dreams that we had once remembered, and the collection of airport bits and pieces and plane food that had made up our sustenance in the past 24 hours was starting to make us feel insubstantial indeed. ...Read More

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House of Tang
Metropark Hotel Kowloon - 75 Waterloo Road
Hong Kong
+852 27603628

Cafe Muse

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Restaurant

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Despite my good intentions to live off cheap boxes of Chinese noodles in my brief stay in Hong Kong, I found myself again and again drawn to the delightful looking restaurants that appeared often before me. After a long day of drinking odd jelly-filled aloe vera drinks and walking through the steamy heat of Hong Kong, I was desperate to get a good solid meal in our last evening before embarking on the Symphony of Lights water tour. While wandering down the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour in late afternoon (thrilled by the cool air now coming off the water and the pleasantly chilled locals and visitors wandering down the path) we passed the incredibly tempting Café Muse. ...Read More

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Cafe Muse
10 Salisbury Rd.
Hong Kong

Pacific Coffee Company

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Restaurant

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After spending almost two hours embarking on our spectacular harbour cruise which included a view of the Symphony of Lights from Hong Kong Island, we were a little less than quick on our feet heading to meet our hotel’s free shuttle bus back to the hotel from the stop on the harbour. So close were we, in fact, that had the light not turned green at the moment it did, we probably could have knocked on the door of the bus and gotten on while it awaited the light to change. As it was, however, the bus shuttle off down the road towards distant Mong Kok and we were left with a 30 minute wait for the next one. And despite being tired and quite ready for a shower and some more delightful Hong Kon...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 23, 2008

Pacific Coffee Company

Hong Kong

Kowloon Markets

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Attraction

The Ladies Market Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Quite possibly one of the best local things to do in Hong Kong is the overflowing markets of Kowloon. Not that you will find an incredible array of extremely local products, or even necessarily anything that you would want to buy. But the markets in Mong Kok are an institution in Hong Kong and the heart of Kowloon. After finally getting a bit of a grip on our jet lag and having a lovely meal at our hotel we set off to explore the city at our doorstep. Maybe the first thing that struck me about being in the city known for its bustling streets and crowded path ways was the ease in which we walked around. Never for a moment did I feel uncomfortable with my baggage, money or camera...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2008

Victoria Harbour

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Attraction | "Symphony of Lights Tour"

Victoria Harbour Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Generally I prefer to take a trip as it presents itself, not prebooking things to do – as you never know until you arrive exactly how you are going to want to spend your time in a new place.But when I started to prepare for my latest big trip – this one taking me from one side of the globe to the other – I knew my time in busy Hong Kong was limited, and wanted to have an idea of that which I must do, before I left. Though official tourism websites are often a bit skewed or hard to use, I quickly discovered that Tourism Hong Kong is a magnificent website filled with excellent information on what to do in the city, and the best way to do it. And best of all, it easily leads you to t...Read More

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Victoria Harbour
Between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula
Hong Kong