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A short stopover in Hong Kong

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 short stopover in Hong Kong

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Overview

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Basically the best way to see the city is to wander aimlessly around taking in everything; the smells, the sights and the people. 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 vi...Read More

Metropark Hotel Kowloon

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Hotel | "The Metropole, Hong Kong"

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The hotel staff could not be more helpful. They even run a shuttle service from the airport which is either included in your package or $75 (Hong Kong Dollars) each way. The rooms were clean, the restaurant offered a fine array of western and chinese breakfasts in a buffet style. In the room were several useful leaflets, including maps of the surrounding area, a map showing how to get back to the hotel including the address in Chinese for showing to taxi drivers. The bathroom came equipped with the expected 'goodies'...shampoo, soap etc. The shower was hot and powerful which after a long flight is fantastic. The hotel is slightly out of the main Kowloon area but it's advantages include the free sh...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 10, 2002

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

Victoria Peak

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The Peak in Hong Kong is a must for an traveller however fleeting their stop in the city. I made it the first port of call on my first morning and I'm glad I did as the haze/smog/pollution set in after that and the view just wouldn't have been the same. So go early in the morning and if possible again at night to see the city lights. 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 ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 27, 2002

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

Star Ferry

Attraction | "The Star Ferry"

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Starting as I did from the Kowloon side the Star Ferry is next to the Old Colonial Clock Tower. There are two levels to the green and white boats, the First Class level costing $2.20HK and the lower Second Class level costing $1.70HK. You can either pay at a token booth or by depositing coins in the slot which tends to be faster. Then the whistle blows, the gates open and people shove and barge on inorder to get the best seat. The seats are comfortable enough for the 5 minute ride to the other side and the ride seems to take you back in time to when the ferry was the only way to get across the harbour. At the other side (Hong Kong Island in my case) expect the pushing and shoving to begin as people ex...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 27, 2002

Star Ferry
Victoria Harbour
Hong Kong and Kowloon
+852 2367 7065

Stanley Market

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After deciding Stanley would be a pleasant break from the hustle of the city I tried to find where to take a bus there. Eventually I discovered the #260 express bus - fairly empty for some reason and from the back of the top deck I had a great view at some stunning scenery. It wasn't as express as expected but with the scenery I wasn't going to complain, we arrived eventually. The market is huge and is accessible down small twisting passages. The variety of clothing and souvenirs on store is huge so allow time for browsing. Haggling is also an option in many of the stores, walk away after being quoted a price and they'll call you back with 'an offer'. I got some good deals on key chains and smaller ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 27, 2002

Stanley Market
South Side Hong Kong
Hong Kong
852 2807 6543