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Hong Kong - some suggestions

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Hong Kong There is so much to do in Hong Kong it is hard to know where to start. So I will cover as much as I can. Getting there Qantas often have deals to HK. Another way to go is Virgin Atlantic Premium EconomyThese flights are somewhere between business & economy. It is a busy route so not normally many free seats. Try and get window seats on the way back so you have something to rest on. Arriving in Hong Kong HK has a fantastic rail network the best in the world. When you arrive at HK airport come out of customs and go to the Airport Express counter or MTR counter and purchase an “ Octopus Card “. It will cost about AUD$60. With this card you can travel on the very fast Airport Express from HK airport to the city. Depending where you are staying it will be around 40 minutes to the city. You can use this Octopus card on MTR ( Rail ), bus, ferry, McDonalds, 7 eleven stores – all over the place. You can top it up at most MTR stations. The MTR is a very quick way of getting around HK. When you leave HK you can cash your Octopus card in if you have anything left on it. Where to stay ? HK is made up of the mainland and Hong Kong Island. It is not very far from each area. I use to stay on the mainland however found the Island much better for places to go and places to eat. If you stay on the mainland I would suggest the Kowloon area of Tsim Sha Tsui, where there are many hotels. I prefer to stay on the Island in an area called Wan Chai. We are staying at a very new hotel opened in July called “ The Fleming “ – it opened in July.( email : sales@the fleming.com, www.thefleming.com.hk ). As I said it’s new and I haven’t stayed there before however it looks great and the staff have been very efficient. You can book directly with them. Other hotels in the area are The Wharney ( www.wharney.com ). You can book this one on the internet through heaps of places. Another hotel a friend of mine is staying with her kids is Harbor Plaza North Point, Island side – she is getting a suit with two bedrooms at a great price. There are lots of ATM machines around HK to get money out. What to eat Even though I love Chinese food I don’t really eat it in HK. They say all the good chef’s have come to Australia. There is just about any food you can name in HK. All you have to do is look around as there is somewhere to eat on nearly every corner. There are also heaps of 7 Eleven stores everywhere to buy drinks and snacks. Culture The Chinese tend not to be the friendliest people around. They are polite. If you have an issue with them don’t yell. Be firm but don’t yell they see this as a very bad sign and losing face. Also they have a bad habit of saying yes to something when they mean no. So if in doubt ask the question again in another way. And keep asking it until you are satisfied. HK is a very safe city however as in any city keep your valuables close to you and use the safe in the hotel for passports and extra money etc. What to see and do ? Here is a list in no particular order – Ladies Market ( Tung Choi St, Mongkok ) Take MTR to Mongkok station. Kowloon side. Lots of cloths, trinkets, gifts. Opens at around midday. Bargain on price. Normally go down 30-40% and if not accepted walk away and see what happens. If you see something and you want it buy it for it will be very hard to find it again even if you think you know where it is. Temple St Markets ( Jordon MTR station ) Kowloon side. Again lots of clothes ( some copy ), watches, electronics, gifts. Bargain on price. Normally go down 30-40% and if not accepted walk away and see what happens. If you see something and you want it buy it for it will be very hard to find it again even if you think you know where it is. Stanley Markets ( Bus 6, 6A, 6B from central ) Island side. Different markets than others in HK. Some real clothing items at cheap price. Gifts. Great place to have lunch as it’s on the sea. Great bus ride too. Sit on the right hand side there and the left on the way back for the best view. Lots of expats and tourists here. Americans saying that things are so cheap. Well they use to be before the Americans kept opening their big mouths. Bargain on price. Normally go down 30-40% and if not accepted walk away and see what happens. If you see something and you want it buy it for it will be very hard to find it again even if you think you know where it is. Disneyland ( Airport Express back to the airport and then onto Disneyland ) Has only been open for a short while. Smaller than a lot of the other Disneylands however I like it the best. Compact. Big Buddha ( ferry from Central ) Island side. There is a huge golden Buddha on Lantau Island with Monks. Interesting ferry ride and you can take in other things to see. The Peak ( cab to the base of the Peak Railway the special train ride up to the peak ) I like going up to the Peak around 4.00pm as you get to see the Peak during the day, then at sunset, and then at night when all the city lights come on. Often smoggy. You can have dinner up there however most places tend to be expensive. Nice to have margaritas on the balcony. There are a number of things you can do up there. Also a fountain show. Aberdeen ( bus from central ) Aberdeen is a bustling town at the bottom on the Island. You can hire a junk to cruise around or have lunch on the floating restaurants. Ocean Park ( not far from Aberdeen ) This is a theme park with water slides, rides, marine animals and a great chairlift ride over the mountain. Repulse Bay ( Just on from Ocean Park but not as far as Stanley Markets – again bus) It’s not called Repulse Bay because it’s repulsive, it’s named after the HMAS Repulse which was wrecked around this area. If you want to get away from the busy city this is a nice place to have a swim and a relax.

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Bistecca Italian Steak House

Restaurants

Lanson Place Hotel

Hotels

Enoteca Elgin Street

Restaurants

The Swiss Chalet

Restaurants

Cheung Chau Island

Islands

il meglio

Restaurants

Orange Tree Restaurant

Restaurants

Muse Bar

Bars & Clubs

Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island

Hotels

Sai Kung

Neighbourhoods

Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)

Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Kew Green Hotel Wanchai Hong Kong

Hotels

Nathan Road

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Victoria Peak (The Peak)

Observation Decks & Towers

  • Bistecca Italian Steak House
    Restaurants (Italian, Steakhouse)
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    spj709Sydney Says:

    Great food, and great atmosphere. Such a selection of amazing meat cuts

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Make sure you book
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 9,700 restaurants in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Survey : Bistecca Steak 10/10/2018
    • A perfect Italian restaurant 10/10/2018
    • Bistecca Italian Steak House
    Address:
    2nd Floor, Grand Progress Building,15-16 Lan Kwai Fong
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2525 1308
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Lanson Place Hotel
    Hotels
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    spj709Sydney Says:

    Fantasic small hotel with interesting rooms close to shopping

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • book early
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 737 Hotels in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect, like at hoome 16/10/2018
    • wonderful expericnce 08/10/2018
    • Lanson Place Hotel
    Address:
    No.133 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
    Hong Kong
    China
  • Enoteca Elgin Street
    Restaurants (Pizza)
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    spj709Sydney Says:

    One of the best restaurants in Hong Kong. We usually go there 2-3 times per trip

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • make sure you book
    From the community
    Ranked #264 of 9,700 restaurants in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of my favourite restaurants! 16/09/2018
    • Lovely quaint Italian restaurant! 27/05/2018
    • Enoteca Elgin Street
    Address:
    G/F, 47 Elgin Street, SOHO, Central
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2525 9944
    Price range:
    US$26 - US$64
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Sat - Sun
    11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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  • The Swiss Chalet
    Restaurants (Swiss, European, Central European, International)
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    spj709Sydney Says:

    Amazing food over more than 20 years, highly recommended

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • don't eat too much during the day
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,169 of 9,700 restaurants in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice restaurant 02/10/2018
    • Absolutely a hidden gem 16/08/2018
    • The Swiss Chalet
    Address:
    8 Hart Avenue, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2191 9197
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Cheung Chau Island
    Islands
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    spj709Sydney Says:

    A step back in time with most people riding bikes. Good place for lunch

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Not to far to go just for as few hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 842 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Don’t stay at the waterfront 16/10/2018
    • If in Hongkong and want to see small village living 16/10/2018
    • Cheung Chau Island
    Address:
    Southwest of Hongkong Island
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2981 0606
    Other:
  • il meglio
    Restaurants (Italian, European)
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    spj709Sydney Says:

    Great food and a nice wine list. Always busy. Try to sit ourside

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    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • book early
    From the community
    Ranked #2,936 of 9,700 restaurants in Hong Kong
    • crap service and manager 25/03/2017
    • Nice area and good food 09/10/2016
    • il meglio
    Address:
    No.8, Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2316 2223
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$100
    Other:
  • Orange Tree Restaurant
    Restaurants (European)
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    spj709Sydney Says:

    A little hard to get to, but worth the hike up the mid level escalators

    Good for
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    • Couples
    Tips
    • the dutch croquets are amazing
    From the community
    Ranked #521 of 9,700 restaurants in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sort of a hidden place as it is in an older building in Lan Kwai Fong 09/08/2018
    • A romantic oasis in a Western beer river! 22/07/2018
    • Orange Tree Restaurant
    Address:
    No.15-16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central
    5/F, Grand Progress Building
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2838 9352
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Muse Bar
    Bars & Clubs
    spj709Sydney Says:

    A very happening bar with lots to see and watch. Just over the road from Insomnia

    Good for
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    • Couples
    Tips
    • Ask to speak to June he will find you a table
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 78 Nightlife in Hong Kong
    • Mango flavoured Kronenbourg! 19/02/2018
    • friendly staff, great atmosphere 25/12/2017
    Address:
    33 D'aguilar Street
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2525 0967
  • Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island
    Hotels
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    spj709Sydney Says:

    Great new hotel with funky rooms and fantastic staff

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • book early and ask for a high room
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 737 Hotels in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • I love this property! 15/10/2018
    • Very Good 15/10/2018
    • Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island
    Address:
    No.246 Queen's Road East
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +1 877-859-5095
    Other:
  • Sai Kung
    Neighbourhoods
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    spj709Sydney Says:

    Nice place to visit. Old world style, great for lunch.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Best way to get there is by taxi as no ferries go there.
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 842 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Boat trips to islands 16/10/2018
    • Sea Food and Water Sports 14/10/2018
    • Sai Kung
    Address:
    Sai Kung District, New Territories East
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 3105 0767
    Other:
  • Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
    Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    spj709Sydney Says:

    If you haven' been before it is very interesting and so it the ride on the cable car.

    Good for
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    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 842 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good even in fog 17/10/2018
    • Big Buddha 16/10/2018
    • Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
    Address:
    Lantau Island
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +91 88002 37808
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Kew Green Hotel Wanchai Hong Kong
    Hotels
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    spj709Sydney Says:

    Very well located hotel in Wanchai. Not the best hotel I have stayed at. I thought the staff were not that friendly.

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    • Couples
    • Senior
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 737 Hotels in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 2 night stay at the Kew Green 15/10/2018
    • Great hotel and location 12/10/2018
    • Kew Green Hotel Wanchai Hong Kong
    Address:
    41-49 Hennessy Road, Wanchai
    Hong Kong
    China
  • Nathan Road
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    spj709Sydney Says:

    So busy and interesting if you haven't seen it before. If you want a copy watch or suit, you are in the right place. Expensive shopping though.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #100 of 842 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Very busy, and not cheap 04/10/2018
    • Shopping 28/09/2018
    • Nathan Road
    Address:
    Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2723 0030
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Victoria Peak (The Peak)
    Observation Decks & Towers
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    spj709Sydney Says:

    Great way to see over Hong Kong and get your bearings

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go at just before sunset so you can see the city turn form daylight to night time.
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 842 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Damn fog still beautiful 17/10/2018
    • Amazing View 16/10/2018
    • Victoria Peak (The Peak)
    Address:
    No.1 Lugard Road
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    (852) 2522 0922
    Other:
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