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Discussion in 'Asia' started by 744, Nov 2, 2011.
I think I'm on the back end of the holiday, but I suspect they'll be a lot of reminders!
I've been on the back end of CNY before. You'll still see a lot from it.
Im discovering that Google maps is a great tool. I just realized recently that I can add all my "waypoints" on my own map and take it with me. Last time I felt like I was a bit disorganized with all the places I had on my list to try. Hopefully this weekend will be more efficient and effective.
The ability to cache the map for 10 miles really helps.
I'll be in HK for 8 hours transit. How do I get to Maxim's @ City Hall from Peak Tram?
I'll be arriving around 6am and then take airport express to HK station and to Peak Tram; afterward have dim sum and / or take ferry (depending on when they're open).
in ord after just returning from hkg. HKG did not disappoint. this time having 2 full days was much nicer. Easier pace. Enough time to see mongkok, temple street, and hkg island with time to spare.
Hope we will get to see another round of your great photos of HKG. I never tire of that place!
I'll work on it over the next couple of days...
Least confusing and least exhaustive way is to take the Taxi. Shouldn't cost you more than $25-30 HKD. Tell the driver you're going to City Hall (大會堂). If you have the tourist map provided by the HKTB, you can also walk which takes about 10-15 minutes.
There is also bus 15C you can board on Cotton Tree Road outside of the Tram station. But considering you will need to get off at IFC and still walk over to city hall, the total journey time will be about the same if you walk from start to finish.
Also regarding maps, any android phone with google maps will let you precache a 10mile by 10 mile square area so you don't need a data connection to use maps.
i posted a write up about my great experience with a tailor in hkg this past weekend. if inclined you can read i on my blog post here
http://boardingarea.com/blogs/lufthansaflyer/?p=3410 . he turned around a suit and sport coat in 24 hours that i took home with me and 4 shirts thatwill be mailed for about the same price as a decent off the shelf suit in the us. a great treat for yourself if you have 24 hours in hkg.
Okay, I've actually offered thoughts/advice in this thread but here is a new one I could use imagination for.
I've got a roughly 12 hour layover in HKG coming up in early June. It's an overnight and normally I'd just get myself to a hotel and sleep BUT I'll be with an adventurous friend who has never been to to Hong Kong. We'll be on our way home to the US so really DO need to start acclimating back to our own time zone we we both go straight back to work on landing, so we have decided that an all-nighter in Hong Kong is the best way to see the island.
We land at HKG at 9 pm. My flight takes off at 9 am the next day so I'll want to be on a sunrise Airport Express back to the airport to shower and have a nice breakfast in The Wing or The Pier before I leave. We also both qualify for access to The Arrival when we land. I've personally wandered Hong Kong in the middle of the night, so I know that there are things to do... but I need some kind of game plan since we need to be able to rely on transit options, etc.
My question... what is the best way for me to show her the fun and sights of Hong Kong, all-nighter style? We are two fairly adventurous females in the 30-40 range, fairly streetwise (i.e. "not our first rodeo"), and like to have fun (but not necessarily the kind of fun that 3 am in Hong Kong might conjure up!)
Depending upon the weather, i would try to get up to the peek before midnight. Getting there by 11pm shouldn't be difficult with a 9pm arrival. Either that or over to the Avenue of the Stars before midnight and the lights across on the island shut down.
After that it gets a little more difficult as any post midnight experience I have there I tend to remember only bits and pieces. .
Most of the places to get a drink in say Lan Kwai Fong are open fairly late. After you can get a foot massage that will take an hour or so more. Most of the markets I'm aware of tend to wrap up by 12.
I am sure others will pipe in and give you a more detailed idea.
there you come again? welcome back!
your friend needs to go to the peak (only if the weather is ok and you can see things - I've had my friends to the peak when it was fogged out, i just told them it's a communist plan to overall HK every night! It was THAT foggy.
but yea, (foot) massage wouldnt be bad, and i can recommend some good thai massage places.(shuts at 1am tho)
some partying? i dont know what else is good to do between 1am and 5am.
and before your flight out you can go dimsum at some "grandpa's restaurant"(in central) before the lounge!
Awesome! Thanks for the suggestions.
Yes, The Peak will be perfect - hopefully weather will cooperate.
kaka... I'd love a couple of good recommendations for places around Central for foot massages or cocktails (I guess there IS always Lan Kwai Fong!) or good early morning food. My flight is at 9 am so we'll be heading back when the Airport Express reopens so I have time to pick up left luggage and get showered before the long haul to JFK.
Foot massage? lol
I had a head massage which massages the temples to relieve stress and is a Chinese wonder(recommended).
i've heard tailors are good in Hong Kong, great fit and craftsmanship.
you've got to be careful. A lot of them are below average especially the ones that have their minions selling tailoring services on the street. They usually pick on tourists who are probably going to be one-time customers anyway, so they try to take advantage of them.
If I had only a few hours in Hong Kong and had time for only one meal, I would head to the best Xiao Long Bao place in town...... (not the fanciest of meals and probably served at a down & dirty locale, I know.... but proper XLB can be to die for).....
Crystal Jade is my favourite place fo XLB in town. Though XLB is a Shanghainese Cuisine, not a local HK/Cantonese.
Great thread, thanks for all the suggestions!
One question: we leave on the 10:45pm SQ2. Will we have enough time to catch the lights show that evening? What's the best place to watch from, and transport strategy, in order not to miss the flight? Flying business, will that help to get through the check-in / security quicker?
It doesn't start until 8pm. With a 20 minute ride on the airport express once you get to the station from seeing the show, i wouldn't chance it.