Only 2 days in exhilerating Hong Kong!
HK is a fabulous place to be - have a read back through the HK forum as this question's been asked a lot and youll get a lot of info from previous answers - also check out travelpages already made by other VTers...Ive not really made mine! But I had 6 weeks once (I lived in Sha Tin so had to get to know the trains and buses to get around) and had a fab time.
The Lonely Planet guidebook for HK and China was brilliant for me back then and its still exceptionally helpful - I actually still dont go anywhere without a guidebook regardless of what I get from here as they are so full on for independent travellers.
But there are the standard must-dos such as going across the harbour on the ferries, up Victoria Peak, seek out the places that are still old and original such as fishing villages on any of the islands and some of the little streets tucked away below Victoria Peak area, 2 days is not really long enough to fit in a visit to Macau but its possible - I loved visiting Macau.
and of course go eat some of the best Chinese cuisine in the world! ie go have Yum Cha/Dim Sum and have a bowl of noodles or rice and barbecue pork (chao su fan) or duck (chao ya fan) from one of the many noodle shops.Related to:
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Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre
I wanted to learn about the Muslim community in Hong Kong. So I decided to pay a visit to Kowloon Mosque and it was a great experience.
The mosque is beautiful and huge from inside. I prayed at the women's section which located on the upper floor. I noticed that most of the worshipers are from Indonesia and India, it was a very friendly atmosphere and the library is full of great educational Islamic books and many copies of the Quran translated into English Indonesian and Chinese
What I founded weird is there was no call to pray/ Azan!!! I had to check the praying times app on my mobile which was different from what I've been informed by one of the women there.
Hong Kong's New Ferris Wheel
When I returned to Hong Kong after spending the summer in Europe, I was surprised to see a semi-built ferris wheel on the waterfront at Central. Each day when I went to the bus stop to wait for my bus up to work, a new part of the wheel would be visible. Despite the fact it has been complete for a while, the wheel has only just become open in December 2014.
I stood and watched it rotating slowly before my visit to the cinema last Tuesday and when I left after the film the wheel was beautifully lit up at night.
It is a slow rotating wheel which is there for viewing purposes. It looks out over Victoria Harbour.
The wheel was the idea of the company Swiss AEX who also built the Bangkok Ferris Wheel. The wheel is 60 metres high and has 42 gondolas which can each hold 8 to 10 passengers. It will operate daily from 10am to 11pm for daytime and night time views. A ride on the wheel costs $100 for adults and $70 for children.Related to:
Hong kong streets
Streets in Hong Kong conform to the contours of the hill landscape in the city. Streets on the north side of Hong Kong Island and southern Kowloon have a grid like pattern.
The streets of Hong Kong are jumbled pedestrians. They are also surrounded by numerous shops, Chinese medicine stores, and street markets that give Hong Kong a unique flavor
If you go shopping or just wandering to one street to another in Hong kong, you will find your self still in the commercial street. I have noticed this street is more like a jewelry street, which are not too crowded. And area for most locals
We had so much fun walking around, exploring shops,many malls. And is very interested to see the outer side of the city.
Some area in Hong kong we really feel like we are in China. I would say Hong kong is a city with two faces. One side of the city is pretty modern while the other side is really old. It is very interesting if you seen them both while in the cityRelated to:
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City walking is best to discover Hong kong
The center is easy to visit by metro or walking and even the hills are accessible by escalator. The most popular activity in Hong Kong is shopping but there is more to do than that
Besides shopping, the city build on an ancient civilization, drop it on a crossroads of cultures and there is a place that really worth exploring.
Hong Kong is a city where you can easily find its own way and that makes the cultural gems that you will find more surprising. A walk will show you how to crawl the Metropolis of Asia in the skin.
The important role that the old philosophy plays is all notable as Hong Kong further such a modern and vibrant city
Whether you want to get lost and want to find yourself or prefer to have an expert to guide you, give the way back there are numerous excursions that lead to the heart and the fascinating culture of the Metropolis of Asia walks.Related to:
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A Symphony of Lights
Exactly at 8:00 pm the light show is one of the highlight to watch during night time in the city. The best place to watch the show is at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade along Avenue of Stars
The areas are already packed with people when we get there. It is still quite a walk from the MRT to the viewing platform
Take a good camera if you want a nice photo during the light show. It will be difficult to take a picture if you standing behind all those viewers. You must come early as you can, to have a good place in front
40 buildings play a role on both sides of the harbor, Is an amazing show to watch. The lights playing in different color and form. The results are so excellent.
But, if you have a regular camera is difficult to take a nice photo. We've seen some of people they those professional cameraRelated to:
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Hong Kong Space Museum
The Hong Kong Space Museum located at the seaside of Tsim Sha Tsui. It is the first local planetarium museum about space and astronomy.
We haven't been inside, but we can only admire to its architectural style, the unique egg shaped dome renders the 8000-square-metre museum to be one of the most famous landmarks in Hong Kong.
Opening hours: 13:00 pm – 21:00 pm (Monday, Wednesday to Friday)
10:00 am – 21:00 pm (Saturday, Sunday & Public holiday)
Closed Tuesday (except Public Holidays), first 2 days of Chinese New YearRelated to:
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Cityscapes city buildings
While walking in the city is hard to see low buildings, seems, while strolling around you all surrounded by skyscrapers
As I've seen too many cities, but never been in the city surrounded by skycrapers. Hong Kong is very famous for that
The Center is one of the major skyscrapers of Hong Kong. It took almost a decade to acquire sufficient area to construct the building
Each of old buildings were bought to the premises sufficient area has to disband the impressive building down
The building has up to 73 floors and is very colorful, because at night the shades are constantly changing through a computerized program that is unique to Hong Kong
Many buildings in Hong Kong tower meters above sea level. You can visit some of the skyscrapers where you have a nice view over the cityRelated to:
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Christmas in Hongkong
Hongkong itself is elaborately decorated with Christmas decorations, all lights along the streets and neon Christmas scenes on the big buildings that evening flicker on and off. Christmas for the Chinese more than a religious meaning.
All the shops are open until midnight on Christmas Eve and is very busy on the deposed traffic streets. Spend some time exploring and taking in the elaborate holiday decorations, you'll find them everywhere in the city
Vibrant decors and various Christmas trees with colorful designs filled its corners that served as attractions in the country. Among them, this "Ferrero Rocher" Christmas tree was my favorite.
Aside from having an almost indistinguishable similarity with the real chocolate especially in the morning, it is also unique and looks lovelier. Spending a Christmas holiday in Hongkong is a magical experience, and well worth the trip.Related to:
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the Mid level section of the Hong Long Island with sprawling views of Hong Kong Island and Victoria Harbour is the most expensive residential area of Hong Kong Island, where the ritzy and uber expensive condominiums and the rare mansions of Hong Kong's rich and famous are located, it is accesible to the Lowlands of Hong Kong Island via the famous Mid Level Escalators (it is 800 meters long and is purported to be the largest outdoor escalator in the world) and is where variouys tour companies take people on Hong Kong Island Tour to view the Hong Kong Skyline (before they take them straight up to the Peak). The Midlevels is bounded by Bonham Road, Caine Road, Upper Albert Road, Kennedy Road to the north, and Conduit Road to the south. In the west it extends as far as the University of Hong Kong, and in the east to the south of Wan Chai.Related to:
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hong kong's most luxurious hotel and is a landmark in the Kowloon area is famous around the world, where the movers and shakers of Hong Kong have there power lunches and business deals and where there is a fleet of Luxe Rolls Royces are parked for exclusive use of the Hotel Guests. They also have a fashion arcade whereinternational brands such as Chanel, Dior, Hermès, Gucci, Prada, Shiatzy Chen, Louis Vuitton and Cartier have outlets and a price of a standard deluxe room cost HKD $ 5,000 a day.
This is also where the famous tradition of having High Tea at the Lobby for tourists is a must (but the prices cost an arm and a leg) as the Lobby of the Peninsulaone of the most elegant meeting places in Hong Kong and there is a string band playing too. cost a a cup of tea here is a whopping HKD 338 per cup (but it includes some light snacks like freshly baked raisin scones, Devonshire clotted cream, organic strawberry preserve). Afternoon High tea is available from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm everyday.Related to:
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Cross Harbour Tunnel
the first Underground link from Kowloon to hong kong island is the Cross Harbour Tunnel, Built in 1972. they built a second harbour tunnel in 1989 called the east harbour crossing. All tours of Hong Kong Island from Kowloon, pass by the historic Cross Harbour Tunnel and it connects Hung Hom district of Kowloon (where the toll gates are) to Northern Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island of which the travel time from either end is about 4 minutes and it is a 1.8 km (1.1 mi) long tunnel located about 25 meters (80 feet) below sea level.Related to:
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HONG KONG TIPS FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS
For the first time tourist Hong Kong is best divided into two central locations – HONG KONG ISLAND and KOWLOON separated by Victoria harbour.
Hong Kong Island is where the business centre is located contributing to the densely skyscrapered skyline. There are also plenty of markets and shopping centres and loads of sightseeing attractions but some parts (particularly around Central and Admiralty) are western styled in keeping with the commercial activities. Above Central is the Mid levels which is the most affluent residential area of Hong Kong.
Kowloon is more retail, more local, more the real Hong Kong in my opinion. Both areas offer thousands of hotel rooms but I always stay on the Kowloon side in MONGKOK as I like its chaotic vibe. Mongkok is one of the most densely populated areas per square kilometre on the planet. If you would like your room to have Harbour views it would be best to stay in TSIM SHA TSUI which is closest to the waterfront. Obviously the view comes with a premium price attached, so keep in mind that the views are Free along the Avenue of Stars which is a great viewing area for the nightly laser light show (8pm).
The MTR (train system) is a very tourist friendly way to get around. Exits to streets, buildings, tourist attractions etc (normally letters) are displayed on boards in the concourse so you really shouldnt get lost. Getting out of some exits can involve a bit of walking sometimes.
In terms of paying for transport I always get an Octopus electronic smart card as it’s much more convenient and cheaper than single train tickets. You can also use the card on buses, Hong Kong Island trams, the Light Rail system, the Star Ferry, some shops and the Peak Tram. If you are planning on using the Airport Express train to get into the city (stations in Kowloon and HK Island) you can get a travel pass which includes a return airport ticket and three days unlimited travel on the MTR. You can order the travel pass online and there are conditions for length of stay but I just buy an Octopus card at the customer service counter at any station.
HONG KONG ISLAND:
CENTRAL is the busiest MTR station. To walk to the bus terminal in Exchange Square use Central Station - Exit A. Buses go frequently to Repulse Bay and Stanley (6, 6A & 260) Aberdeen (70) and Ocean Park (629). *To get to the lower Peak tram terminus use Central Station - Exit J2 then walk through Chater Gardens, past the Bank of China Tower and up Garden Road. NB: if you decide to ride the Peak tram late afternoon there will be long queues as everyone wants those combined day/night photos.
To access the Mid Levels Escalator – Central Station: Exit D2 onto Queens Road and follow directions towards Central Market. An easy entrance to the escalator is inside 100 Queens Road. At 800ms long the escalator which operates upwards after 10am has many exits making it a relaxing way to access Hollywood Road famous for its antique shops and Man Mo Temple.
Also located in Central are Li Yuen Streets (East & West), Soho and Lai Kwai Fong – restaurants, bars, nightlife area for locals. Wan Chai is a great local shopping area but Causeway Bay is the major retail area on Hong Kong Island.
TSIM SHA TSUI is the main MTR station. Exits to:
Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry Terminal & Harbour City Shopping Mall.
Canton Road - Designer flagship stores.
Lower end of Nathan Road – This is the area where touts try to sell you watches etc but very colourful at night.
Granville Road – outlet stores and from here a short walk to the Hong Kong Museum of History in South Chatham Road.
YAU MEI TAU & JORDAN MTR stations
Temple Street Night Market and the Jade market can be accessed from either station. The Jade Market closes about 5pm but don’t go to Temple Street much before 8pm.
MONGKOK MTR station
Mongkok is where the locals shop, more so in the late afternoon and evening. There is Langham Place Mall, street and wet market shopping. The three main shopping streets all run parallel to Nathan Road. They areTung Choi Street - famous Ladies market (between Argyle St and Dundas St), Fa Yuen Street known as sports Shoe Street and Sai Yeung Choi Street for young fashion and electronics. The Mongkok area is also where the goldfish, bird garden and flower streets are located. Walking distance from any of the streets above but also exit from Prince Edward (next MTR station up from Mongkok).
FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION CHECK OUT MY THINGS TO DO TIPS.
Winding your way to the Peak on the No 15 Bus
This is an interesting but rather long way of getting to the Peak especially if you are caught in a traffic jam or delayed by road works. Each time I have taken the bus, the trip takes the best part of an hour. From the upper level there are good opportunities to see Happy Valley Racecourse and the Wan Chai cemeteries as the bus travels along Stubbs Road.
From 10am* daily CityBus No 15 originates from Star Ferry Terminal Pier 5, stopping at Pier 7 and then at Exchange Square Bus terminal in Central. From there it travels through Admiralty and along Queens Road East then turns into Stubbs Road in Wan Chai then starts the slow and winding route up to the Peak. Bus 15 terminates underneath the Peak Galleria Shopping Centre which is located next to the Peak Tower.
*If travelling this route earlier than 10.00am the bus originates from Exchange Square.
IMPORTANT: MAKE SURE YOU GET ON BUS NO 15.
Bus 15C doesnt go up to the Peak but rather to the lower Peak tram terminus in Garden Road.
Looking for birds, flowers and goldfish?
Then head to Prince Edward Station in Kowloon. These "markets", two are streets and one is in a garden setting are within easy walking distance of each other.
For the YUEN PO STREET BIRD GARDEN take Exit B1 and walk along Prince Edward Road West. You will pass by the flower stalls which are close by.
Hong Kong's FLOWER MARKET is really more a cluster of flower shops and street stalls situated on Flower Market Road. Take Exit B1 and follow the signs east along Prince Edward Road West.
The GOLDFISH MARKET is a concentration of probably a dozen tropical fish shops and can be found by taking Exit B2 and walking east along Prince Edward Road West. They are situated on Tung Choi Street and can also be accessed by continuing along Tung Choi Street at the Northern end of the Ladies Market.
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