They say that advertising makes the world go around. This is truly the case in Hong Kong. I have included this in my favourites tips because like other Asian cities the abundance of neon signs, billboards and building advertising literally makes Hong Kong come alive.
Aside from the shiny skyscrapers in the business districts of Admiralty and Central most buildings are covered with signage. If there is a spare space to advertise something then hang up a sign. Every building, pillar and post has some sort of sign attached to it. The signs also project out into the street.
After sunset a large percentage of these signs are lit up. Hong Kong could be called the "City of a billion twinkling lights" but that is probably an understatement. With a population of 7 millon to entice, its no surprise that every brand name you can imagine is lit up in the night sky in neon. Not sure if the locals really take much notice, but as a frequent visitor I never tire of this spectacle and personally find the neon jungle mesmorising.
If you are leacing Hong kong by plane then you do not need to carry your luggage all the way to the airport if you take the train there.
With a train ticket to the airport you are entitled to check in your luggage directly at the airport.
This is a really cool thing if you ask me cause then you can check in and not have your luggage to drag around and then you still have time to hit the lively bar/restaurant area next to the station before travelling to the airport.
Just be ware that a few budget carriers do not have that service at the central station, but 95% of the airlines flying in and out of Hong Kong do.
At Hong kong central station you have a plce where you can leave your luggage if you have to.
It's right next to where the train to the airport leaves so you might wanna drop your bags there if you have a night flight out of Hong kong but need to check out early from your hotel.
The price for a bag there when i used it in hanuary 2013 was 55 Hong kong dolalrs which is not exactly cheap, but i found it very practical and the service there was good.
So now you know that in case you should need that service in Hong Kong.
thanks alot guys. keep it coming.
we will be arriving in Hongkong by late afternoon of October 8 so we will go directly to the hotel. Maybe we will stay in Novotel Citygate. Next morning we will visit Disneyland and maybe we will be there the whole day and will spend the night in Hollywood hotel. Upon checkout we will go to Ocean Park or try the cable car. Then we will stay again in Novotel and while try the night market.our departure the next day is at almost lunchtime. Any other suggestions?
Thanks again. You all have been very helpful. Cheers!
I just found out 2 members in my company has green residency card and so it may not be possible to travel to China. Also is it possible to get visa in HongKong for 1 day trip without hassel?
I am always taken in by magnificent trees around the world. In Hong Kong you will find many. The example here in the pic is from the walk from St John's down to Queen's Road. In many of the parks you will find signs and labels of the types of trees and plants.
Always a thrill for me, although one I can not explain.
For years we have been looking for a stuffed Red Panda for Liz. She fell in love with these creatures while visiting the various zoos and wildlife parks of Australia.
On her first trip to Hong Kong we were wandering some of the duty free shopping in the terminal when she found one. She ended up buying three. One for her, one for the new nephew and one for the friend who was watching our cat.
Here you can see her new friend posing on the Long Bar in the Wing with her champagne.
Favorite thing: All power points we saw in Hong Kong were the 3 rectangular pin ones, so coming from Australia, we needed to take an adaptor. So pack one of these, but if you dont have one, Im sure you could easily buy one in Hong Kong!!
Each time I visit a different country, I do some research into the best way to take funds to that country. For my last few trips, the easiest way I've found to do that is to take some cash in Australian Dollars and the bulk of my funds using a Travelex Cash Passport Card.
These cards are just so easy to use and also give you a good exchange rate, which is locked in when you purchase the card. There are 2 types of cards, one that can be used only at atm machines and then one that you can use at atm's and also to purchase things over the counter and online, like a debit card. The cash passport card is a visa card, so you can use it any atm that displays the visa symbol, which is usually about 95% of atm's that I come across.
Fees for loading the card with a foreign currency in Australia and zero and the only fee you will be charged is a flat $3.75 fee for every atm withdrawal. For this trip, I loaded my card with Hong Kong dollars and just got the atm card. Atm's are so easy to find in Hong Kong and also very easy to use, with simple instructions in english. I had no trouble at all using the cash passport card in Hong Kong and I will continue to use it for future travels. I think the card has a 3 year lifespan.
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You can also take your kids in Wetland Park, which is in Tin Shui Wai. Take the West Rail.
Regarding reviews of restaurants, you must browse the following website as the locals will browse that (of course, they browse the Chinese version):
Kowloon is an urban area of Hong Kong that makes up five square miles (12 square kilometers) of the most densely populated urban area on earth. The district occupies the Kowloon Peninsula, just across Victoria Harbour from Hong Kong Island, and stretches north from the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront to Boundary Street. The name Kowloon is derived from Kau Lung, which means "Nine Dragons" in the local Cantonese dialect, and refers to eight surrounding mountain peaks and Bing, a former Chinese emperor.
The area south of what is now Boundary Street, plus Stonecutters Island, was ceded to the British in accordance with the Convention of Peking in 1860. In 1898, the area north of Boundary Street, known as the New Territories, was leased by the British for 99 years. The expiration of the lease in 1997 led to the turn-over of Hong Kong to China in that year.
During the 1800s, Kowloon was undeveloped wilderness. In fact, the British hunted tigers in the area up until the early twentieth century. At that time, some urban development began, mainly the construction of factories and warehouses. However, it was not until 1949 when millions of refugees fleeing the Communist revolution in China streamed into Hong Kong, that Kowloon started to become congested. At first the refugees lived in slums, but they were eventually replaced with high-rise public housing estates.
Unlike glittering Hong Kong Island, much of Kowloon consists of low, run-down apartment blocks. The streets are narrow, crowded, and sometimes dirty. However, parts of Kowloon, and the lifestyle of the people who live there, are reminiscent of Old China, making it an interesting and exciting place to visit.
It is simply amazing how things are built in Hong Kong. Especially when you speak of those residental buildings, very thin and very tall, its roofs touching the sky ... How many thousands can live there? At some level we speak of the most densely populated areas in the world.
I went for a walk on the Canton road, west of Nathan road in Kowloon where this pic was taken - near newely reclaimed from the sea area (where huge construction sites are and new skyscrapers and stuff).
What never fails to amaze by cities of such scale is the growth along vertical line together with material, work force and energy used. And how much that one single buidling consumes, especially in electricity terms and waste production. And then... how much of land is actually saved for other uses when we are to live in heights, far from the soil. Really, you should go and see...
Fondest memory: Actually, there must be great views in the highest of floors in the building.
The third photo: see the field of huge construction site in one of the sites near centre. New growing next to old, they're bound to live in symbiosis.
One morning while I was in Hong Kong in 1965 I took a tour of the New Territories, including old villages, new factories and a glimpse of the border between Hong Kong and mainland China, which at the time was routinely called "Red China" by the Americans.
On the tour they explained that the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong consisted of three parts: Hong Kong Island, which the Chinese emperor ceded to Britain "in perpetuity" after a war in 1841; Kowloon, which was ceded in 1860; and the New Territories, which were leased to Britain for ninety-nine years starting in 1898.
When I was there everybody was wondering what would happen thirty-two years later in 1997 when the lease expired.
What actually happened was that not only the New Territories but also Hong Kong Island and Kowloon were returned to China. So the former British Colony of Hong Kong is now a "Special Administrative Region" as a part of the People's Republic of China.
Since Hong Kong was and is one of the most densely populated places in the world, they have to build numerous tall buildings to accommodate everybody.
In 1965 I was duly impressed by the Hong Kong skyline, though I am sure my old photos must look quaint to anyone who knows Hong Kong today, since many more and much larger buildings have been built in the meantime.
In one of the letters that I wrote after my return to Phước Vĩnh, Vietnam, I wrote:
Hong Kong was a welcome relief from the idiocy and injustice -- and heat -- of Vietnam. I had a very fine time; did a lot of walking around the hills of Hong Kong Island.
And in another letter I wrote:
Hong Kong was a good thing: cool, peaceful, clean -- well, not really clean, but the accumulated filth doesn't fester like it does in Vietnam, nor does Hong Kong have the pervasive smell of swamp- and fart-gas that hangs over Saigon.
actually, the rooms in HK hotels are very small unless you stay in the 5 star ones. The Ah Shan Hostel, although a hostel, can accommodate up to about 6 persons to a room but then it would be really tight.
Ideally, when booking with a hostel, you need to get accomodations for at least 1 person more than your party. for instance, because there are 4 of you, then get a room for 5 or 6. that way, you are sure that the room or space will be large enough for everyone.
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