Hong Kong Journals

Escaping the West Coast Winter Blues in Sunny Hong Kong

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A January 2008 trip to Hong Kong by blueskygirl

Madness that is Causeway Bay Photo, Hong Kong, China More Photos
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Hong Kong Days 6 and 7

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Bamboo scaffolding in Hong Kong Photo, Hong Kong, China
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The morning we spent just lazing around, reading some new magazines we had bought and drinking our grande lattes from the Starbucks down the street.We had lunch at this great place:The Press Room 108 Hollywood Road / Central Tel: 2525 3444I had the club sandwich (with avocado and lobster… great combo!) and my husband had their hamburger which he said was wonderful. With fizzy water the total was around 200 HKD. Next door is a little deli / sandwich shop called "Classifed" which also looked really nice.Did some more wandering and ended up near Pacific Place in Admiralty. Then took the metro back to Causeway Bay and to our hotel. But before he...Read More

Hong Kong Day 5

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Today we slept in really late probably due to jet lag and being non-stop since the minute we arrived. Our mission for today is to find some really good dim sum. Someone I work with (she’s from Hong Kong) told me that her favorite place for dim-sum is on the 11th floor of Times Square. We are walking distance from Times Square… perfect! So we are on our way in search for dim sum.11floor / food forum / times square, causeway bayUnfortunately she failed to tell me the name of the place and there were TWO dim sum places on the 11th floor. The choice was easy however, as one of them looked like a scene from a 80’s wedding… lots of silk flowers in tacky colors, weird lace...Read More

Hong Kong Day 4

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Madness that is Causeway Bay Photo, Hong Kong, China
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As noted earlier, we chose to switch hotels half way through our trip just to experience a new neighborhood and to be close to a park for our morning runs.Of course the only problem with this brilliant plan is that you do need to pack and unpack everything not just once but twice. But things went really smoothly. When we arrived at The Park Lane, they allowed us to check into our rooms a bit earlier. We were on one of the lower floors (9th) but in exchange they gave us a room facing the park and harbor. Park Lane Hotel310 Gloucester Road, Causeway BayThe hotel is getting on in years but I do believe they are slowly renovating all of the rooms. For location it...Read More

Hong Kong Day 3

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A Day at Stanley and cosmopolitans at the Four SeasonsMonday – we went to the Central Exchange to board the #6 bus to Stanley, riding the first row on the top deck. The one hour ride was alternately exhilarating and horrifying. We were not sure where to get off but when everyone on the bus got off, we were quite sure that we had arrived at our destination. I’m so glad we went to Stanley as it gave us an interesting perspective of the island as a whole. Stanley is a cutie! We walked through Stanley market… strolled to the Murray House… wandered over to the Pak Tai temple. We had lunch at the Boathouse @ 86-88 Stanley Main Street. The bucket of assorted seafood was amazing and I would go back to...Read More

Hong Kong Day 2

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Sunday turned out to be great weather so in the morning we went to the Peak. Definitely agree that the ride up on the tram was part of the excitement. There is a brand new observation deck and below that, several floors of shops selling kitschy souvenirs and a few restaurants. The view was very nice although it was a bit hazy from a bit of smog. We did walk up the hill to be on the "actual Peak" and then had lunch at the Peak Lookout (121 Peak Road, 2849-1000). We had a great table outside where we could see the ocean peeking through the forest of trees beside us. Highly recommend sitting on the terrace when having a meal here. The food was quite good. Between the four of us, we ordered ...Read More

Hong Kong Arrival and Day 1

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Arrival into HK airport. HUGE lines at customs… but I had remembered reading there is a whole other section that is to the right of where the crowds of people are heading. It is just on the other side of the huge columns as you coming from the gates. Keep walking past where everyone is lined up. And guess what? I was right… I’m pretty sure this saved us a fair bit of time, as when we got out, the luggage from our flight was JUST coming onto the carousel and no one from our flight had come out yet. HK airport is extremely well organized, clean and easy to navigate. We bought tickets for a Hotelink bus that would take us directly to our hotel. 140 HK each.This might be corny but I absolute...Read More