A January 2002 trip
to Hong Kong by Timone
Quote: A short fly by description of my experiences in Hong Kong, where I spent 48 hours on the way home from Australia - a great taste of Asia.
A must do is the short trip on 'The Peak Tram' which strangely takes you to The Peak. From here you get a fantastic view of the city and a look at the surrounding islands and harbours.
To avoid the pollution and rush of the city, take the short bus ride to Stanley. Here you have the market, the beach, and a shopping mall, as well as pubs and restaurants. The bus station is right next to the Star Ferry which is a must if you want to visit Kowloon.
There is so much to do in Hong Kong that you'll be kept busy for days, whether you want to shop on Kowloon or visit the smaller islands that make up Hong Kong, or whether you just want to sit in a cafe and watch the world go by...Hong Kong has everything for everyone.
Hotel | "The Metropole, Hong Kong"
The hotel is slightly out of the main Kowloon area but it's advantages include the free shutle bus to Tsim Tsum (shopping area and Star Ferry) plus another shuttle to the MTR (Subway). These buses run in both directions all day and well into the night, though walking from the Star Ferry only takes about 30 minutes. And walking is the best way to take in the nightlife, allowing a detour to the Temple Street Night Market and temple, for example. There are also various shops and facilities around the hotel.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 10, 2002
Metropark Hotel Kowloon
75 Waterloo Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong
The Peak Tram leaves from near to the Botanical Gardens on a regular basis though you can expect a queue no matter when you go as it's probably Hong Kong's top attraction. (Alternatively take a bus up the winding road to the top). The tram is on a steep incline and interesting in it's self. Once there the view from the Peak Galleria is great. On one side is the city of Hong Kong with Kowloon in the distance, the other side you have outlaying islands and boats. There is the option to trek up to the very summit of Victoria Peak but I opted for ice cream and the view from Peak Galleria. You can get out on the roof from many angles to take any variety of photos too which is fun.
You can walk back down via the Botanical Gardens or take the tram or bus back down dependant on your energy levels. Don't miss this fantastic view.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 27, 2002
128 Peak Road.
+852 2807 6543
Attraction | "The Star Ferry"
The ride is relaxing whatever time of day you take it and has to be done at least once to 'complete your HK experience'.
Hong Kong and Kowloon
+852 2367 7065
Once you've had enough of shopping there is the nearby Tin Hau Temple where locals were praying and lighting incense.
There are also several pubs on the beach front, pleasant places to have a drink away from the noise of the city before catching the bus back. There are several buses back so be sure your's goes to where you want to be. Occasionally the drivers will refuse to speak English, fortunately I was rescued by a local lady who translated for me and the driver finally notified me in English of my stop! For time away from the pollution and noise of the city this is a great place to go.
South Side Hong Kong
852 2807 6543
Warwick, United Kingdom