Hong Kong Journals

Hong Kong, Where East and West Collide

A May 2010 trip to Hong Kong by akakd

Wong Tai Sin Temple Photo, Hong Kong, China More Photos
Quote: Hong Kong means "fragrant strait". Though not as fragrant as say Thailand, with its many exotic smells, nor Singapore, abundant in orchids, Hong Kong maintains its unique blending of east and west. We wanted to sample both--from ancient Chinese temples to modern structures and the famed mid-level escalators.

Regal Airport Hotel

Hotel | "Talk about Convenience!"

Regal Airport Hotel Photo,
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The Regal Airport Hotel is literally connected to the International terminal. Talk about convenient!! You can actually take your airport luggage trolley down the hall to the hotel. There are restaurants and shops connected to the hotel, but if you prefer, just walk back to the airport terminal to find several restaurants, including a Starbucks. The hotel itself was ultra modern, w/ many amenities. What was most surprising was how quiet it was!! Even with planes taking off and landing just outside our window!! A great hotel for transit through Hong Kong.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2010

Regal Airport Hotel
Hong Kong International Airport - 9 Cheong Tat Road
Hong Kong
+852 2286 8888

Victoria Peak

Attraction | "Imposing Views from Victoria Peak?"

Victoria Peak Photo,
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My guidebook promised "imposing views from Victoria Peak", in the 360-degree open-air observatory, especially in the summer months, so we took the Peak Tram about eight minutes to the top. The funicular, or tram, has been in use since 1888 & boasts no accidents (at least in the literature I read). That seemed impressive enough. At the top were shops and restaurants, including "Bubba Gumps". Our promised views, however, were a bit disappointing when rain & fog set in. Maybe next time...

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 26, 2010

Victoria Peak
128 Peak Road.
Hong Kong
+852 2807 6543

Man Mo Temple

Attraction | "What Do Literature and War Have in Common?"

Man Mo Temple Photo,
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Built sometime in the 1840's, the Man-Mo Temple is dedicated to two gods. You guessed it. Man, the god of literature and Mo, the god of war. Mo is also the protector of police. It is said that shrines to him are found in police stations around the city. Hanging from the ceiling are massive coils of incense, some of which burn as long as three weeks. These coils of incense are thought to carry prayers to heaven.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 25, 2010

Man Mo Temple
Hollywood Road & Ladder Street
Hong Kong

Central–Mid-levels Escalators

Attraction | "World's Longest Escalator"

Quote:
After seeing a woman riding Hong Kong's mid-levels escalator on an HGTV program, I thought it would be fun to ride it. While the experience is unique, passing through buildings and over streets far below, we quickly found out that the whole route is not by escalator. In fact, much of the "ride" is walking up or down steps or ramps. Thinking we'd ride to the top, we changed our minds when we realized we'd have to WALK back down via steps. So we got off and wandered around Hollywood Road for awhile, before visiting the Man-Mo Temple.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 25, 2010

Central–Mid-levels Escalators
Central and Western District
Hong Kong
+852 2807 6543

Victoria Harbour

Attraction | "Laser Light Show"

Victoria Harbour Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Each night at 8 p.m., several buildings (around 30ish) participate in a 20-minute laser light show set to music. Worth seeing, the best views are probably from the Avenue of Stars.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 25, 2010

Victoria Harbour
Between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula
Hong Kong

Wong Tai Sin Temple

Attraction | "But the Gardens . . ."

Wong Tai Sin Temple Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Wong Tai Sin Temple is dedicated to the god of the same name, whom some call upon to heal illnesses, but the gardens . . . now those are healing! Since the temple is free and the gardens request a small donation, I think most people just skip the gardens. Big mistake. The gardens meander along flower field paths, stairs and bridges leading here and there, fountains pouring, a waterfall, and even caves. There are plenty of places to just sit and take it all in, which was my husband's choice, as I chose to take every path--some of them twice. Feeling down when we arrived (only partially from jetlag), the gardens really were a bit healing.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 25, 2010

Wong Tai Sin Temple
Southern side of Lion Rock in the north of Kowloon
Hong Kong
+852 2320 2883

Novotel Hong Kong Nathan Road Kowloon

Hotel | "Modern Convenience"

Novotel Hong Kong Nathan Road Kowloon Photo,
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You can't beat the Novatel Nathan Road Hotel in Kowloon for convenience! This ultra-modern hotel had every amenity necessary. It is centrally located on the main thoroughfare of Kowloon, also known as the golden mile. As you exit the hotel, there is a money exchange steps away on the right and a 7-11 just across the street for any little necessities. Since breakfast was not included and came at a hefty price, we opted for the Starbucks just around the corner. For getting around, the Novatel Nathan Road is also very close to the metro. We would definitely stay there again if we were to visit Hong Kong for any length of time.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 25, 2010

Novotel Hong Kong Nathan Road Kowloon
348 Nathan Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong
852 39658888