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Five Hours In HKG - What To Do?  
User currently offlineGlidepath73 From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 1020 posts, RR: 45
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5182 times:

Hi all,

After my flights from HKG to PVG and SGN, I'll have a stopover in HKG at May 24th. I'll arrive from SGN with CX at about 3.10pm and leave back to ZRH with LX at 11.20pm.

What do you recommend to do in HKG? Is the time enough to visit the city?

Thanks for your help.

Regards,
Patrick


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User currently offlineLeftWing From Singapore, joined Mar 2006, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5169 times:

Take the Airport Express train to the city, get into a cab to The Peak..awsme views of the city from the top. Take the tram to get down from the The Peak amazing ride...Walk in heart of down town to Lank Kowi Fong lots of bars got to the Luk Yu Tea house for some real chinese tea and snacks ..take the same train back to the airport plenty of shopping to do at the airport as well

User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5125 times:
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Quoting Glidepath73 (Thread starter):
Is the time enough to visit the city?

It's more than enough and certainly in a city like HKG with such efficient Mass Transportation systems !!!
So I recommend LeftWing's itinerary as well !!! Check out their MTR's website for details: http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/homepage/e_customer_index.php

You'll have fun, it's an amazing city with an amazing airport and an amazing home carrier  Wink


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User currently offlineNaritaflyer From Japan, joined Apr 2006, 549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5118 times:

Just walking around the IFC centre where the airport train ends in Central is worth trhe trip. What a city HKG is.

User currently offlineBishopOfPHL From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5091 times:

Quoting LeftWing (Reply 1):
get into a cab to The Peak..awsme views of the city from the top. Take the tram to get down from the The Peak amazing ride

I enjoyed taking a city bus down the from the peak...sit on the upper deck, up front. It's like a roller coaster but with cooler scenery.


User currently offlineAirlinebrat From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5074 times:

Great timing on this discussion. I'll be in Hong Kong on Tuesday night and for two days near the end of the month. Do you guys recommend staying at a hotel on Hong Kong Island or Kowloon? I thought I would stay on Hong Kong Island but then started reading about night markets on the Kowloon side. LeftWing, I appreciate your recommendation of checking out The Peak and the tea house, I'll write that down.


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User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4999 times:

Quoting LeftWing (Reply 1):
...get into a cab to The Peak..awsme views of the city from the top. Take the tram to get down from the The Peak amazing ride...

Actually, I recommend taking the Peak Tram UP to Victoria Peak from Central District (you'll be amazed at some of the gradients of climb), and take the bus (no. 15) down again.

Quoting BishopOfPHL (Reply 4):
I enjoyed taking a city bus down the from the peak...sit on the upper deck, up front. It's like a roller coaster but with cooler scenery.

While the no. 15 bus that runs between Central and Victoria Peak may be fun, it's no match against the bus no. 6 (running between Central and Stanley Market) when it comes to resemblance to a roller coaster ride. The no. 15 is either a monotonous uphill-all-the-way to the Peak, or downhill-all-the-way back to Central. The no. 6 will take you up and down several hills along 2-lane mountain roads. A much more entertaining roller coaster ride for just HK$7.90 each way!! I even recall seeing the no. 6 bus being recommended in some travel guidebooks about Hong Kong!! Again, take a front row seat on the upper deck and enjoy the thrills.



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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8220 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4975 times:

Quoting Airlinebrat (Reply 5):
Do you guys recommend staying at a hotel on Hong Kong Island or Kowloon?

I generally prefer Kowloon if the pricing is good. I like the Kowloon Hotel when they have good pricing as it's close to the ferry (a must ride) and well run, even if the rooms are very small.

Actually, I've stayed at the airport hotel when the pricing is very good and it worked the best for me in terms of minimal baggage handling.

Hong Kong is one of the greatest cities in the world. Regardless of how much time you have just soak it in as much as you can.


User currently offlineCXB744 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4960 times:

Definately Victoria Peak!!!

About the Markets . . . the one's on Hong Kong Island are harder the barter with, I've found, than the one's in Kowloon. With a Mass Transit System second to none, it doesn't matter where you go.

Also, you HAVE to see the Hong Kong Island skyline at night from in front of the clock tower on the Kowloon side.



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User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks ago) and read 4920 times:
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Quoting N949WP (Reply 6):
While the no. 15 bus that runs between Central and Victoria Peak may be fun, it's no match against the bus no. 6 (running between Central and Stanley Market) when it comes to resemblance to a roller coaster ride.

That's true !!

About Kowloon vs Central for hotels, both sides are cool. But maybe the night life is more "active" in Kowloon. Anyway both are cool and the Star Ferry makes the distance very short.

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User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3342 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks ago) and read 4912 times:

Just dont eat too much of the dim sum in HKG, you might be sick on arrival into ZRH


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User currently offlineGlidepath73 From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 1020 posts, RR: 45
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4838 times:

Hey Guys,

that sounds so cool! Thanks a lot for all the nice information.
It seems I'll do really one of the trips to the peak by bus or tram.

Let's see how the weather will be then.


Regards,

Patrick



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User currently offlineHKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4776 times:

When the Ngong Ping 360 cable car is open, wouldn't it be a perfect stopover option (wasn't that the whole point of them opening it?). Go up to Bo Lin Monastery and have some nice vegetarian meal, and come back down. Lantau Island is gorgeous!

Quoting N949WP (Reply 6):
Actually, I recommend taking the Peak Tram UP to Victoria Peak from Central District (you'll be amazed at some of the gradients of climb), and take the bus (no. 15) down again.

You'd be pushing it in 5 hours wouldn't you? The queue for the Peak Tram alone can be 40 minutes ...

Besides, with all the pollution in HK nowadays, there isn't much to see from Victoria Peak, but just a huge blanket of haze. Last time I went up in December 2003, I struggled to see most of Kowloon ...

Quoting N949WP (Reply 6):
The no. 6 will take you up and down several hills along 2-lane mountain roads. A much more entertaining roller coaster ride for just HK$7.90 each way!! I even recall seeing the no. 6 bus being recommended in some travel guidebooks about Hong Kong!! Again, take a front row seat on the upper deck and enjoy the thrills.

The 6 is fun ... as a bus enthusiast (I grew up in Hong Kong, after all), my favourite perch in life is to sit at the front of a double decker and watch life go by. What a shame no double deckers exists in my home city Sydney ...

From Stanley you should take the 14 (I think) via the eastern part of Hong Kong Island, and then the tram from Sau Kai Wan. That is a wonderful experience, but one which takes most of the day. Certainly not a 5 hour stopover thing.

(Why not stay for a couple of days and really experience Hong Kong?!)



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User currently offlineAirlinebrat From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4770 times:

Thanks everyone. It looks like I'll have to add Bus #6 to my to do list. I am definitely ready for a dim sum feeding frenzy. Last time I did that was in Chinatown in San Francisco after taking an exam in the city. So Kowloon is better for nightlife? My first night I will probably be pretty exhausted after flying in from LAX on CX's daylight flight. I head to BKK pretty early on Wednesday morning. Later this month I'll have more time to really check out Hong Kong. I am getting really excited about this trip. I'll be on a beach in southern Thailand by Wednesday afternoon. Full Moon Party will be a few days later.....

Cheers!!



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User currently offlineMusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1086 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4757 times:

Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 12):
From Stanley you should take the 14 (I think) via the eastern part of Hong Kong Island, and then the tram from Sau Kai Wan. That is a wonderful experience, but one which takes most of the day. Certainly not a 5 hour stopover thing.

Hello all

Yes the number 14 is as well as number 6. I also doubt what you can do in 5 hours. Mightbe have some good shopping in the airport, sit down, have a cup of coffee?

William



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User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4749 times:

Ah yes, the no. 14! If you think roads that can handle double-deckers couldn't get any tighter than those used by the No. 6, think again!!! Apart from super-tight mountain twisties, the highlight of the 14 has to be the run on top of the dam of the Tai Tam Reservoir (completed in 1916). Just watch those drivers on the opposite direction squirming and sweating while trying to squeeze past your bus !! (I guess the photo below should explain it!)



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