VonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4653 posts, RR: 34 Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2258 times:
No this isn't about a new 48 hours movie with Eddie Murphy and Jackie Chan.
My brother is going on a trip to Thailand, because I'm an AC employee I will fly him as far as HKG on my buddy passes he also got his HKG-BKK flight for free thanks to my Aeroplan points that I would have never used. We've decided to spend a couple of days in Kong Kong to check it out before he heads to BKK and I head home.
Just want to know what's the best way to see as much as the city as possible in the short time we're there?
Asuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2373 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2240 times:
Quoting VonRichtofen (Thread starter):
Just want to know what's the best way to see as much as the city as possible in the short time we're there?
I cannot stress enough how great of a city Hong Kong is. Since you're there for such a short time, I would buy an Octopus card so you can hop on and off the MTR. The cablecars are a very inexpensive way to get around and a Star Ferry Harbour tour offers a view of the skyline from the harbor.
It's also an easy city to walk around too if you bring a good pair of walking shoes.
Enjoy your trip! Don't hesitate to message me if you have any questions.
DernierVirage From China, joined Aug 2006, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2210 times:
Here are some suggestions for you for a 2 days stay:
- try to take a hotel at either Central or Tsim Sha Tsui (TST), to be centrally based
- be sure to take the Star Ferry across the harbour. My favourite view is at night in the direction TST - Central, with all the Central side lit up, but it is always a great experience. sadly the Central side terminal has been modernised, but the TST side is still very authentic
- if the weather is clear, the Peak is a must. Taking the Peak tram from Garden Road is a great experience. Once at the top, ignore the "tourist centre", concentrate on the views. I suggest that you go right round the Peak (the path starts just beside the "Peak cafeé") and then if you have the energy, climb right to the top (path of the right side of the café if you are afcing it) for a view over to Lamma Island. The other way to the Peak, which I like, is to take the 13 bus from City Hall in Central to its terminus and then finish the climb on foot; it is not too hard !
- in Central, even if it is very modern commercial district, there are lovely little typical streets around Wellington Street and Pottinger Street, which have a lot of charm. One good way to see these street scenes is to take the open air escalator from start (Central market) to end (Conduit Street), it gives you a great view of HK street life ! I believe it is the longest in the world
- if you want a cheap simple typical snack, there is a self service place on the corner of Stanley Street and Pottinger Street (still in Central), where you find lots of "typical snacks". Eating in HK is a great experience, if you want more advice or details, send me a PM and I will try to help you
- on TST side, the harbour side walk is great for views, but go early, since it is now very "touristy", more than before
- still on TST side, all the shops (electric etc) are around Nathan Road, but since I avoid them (too crowded) I cannot give you much advice about this !
- for a day trip, maybe consider taking a ferry to one of the "outlying islands", which give you another side to Hong Kong. I could suggest either Peng Chau (I used to live there), which is car free, and very traditional. If not, you could try Lamma Island, where you can arrive by ferry, cross the island on foot and leave from the other side by ferry. There are lots of sea food places to eat, the only disadvantage is that the view is sometimes spoilt by the power station there ! For these trips, take a ferry from the terminal in Central, you can easily do either trip in a day
- another day trip would be to take a bus to the seaside (!) to Stanley village (also on Hong Kong island) or to Sai Kung (a village on Kowloon side). You will see that at HK there are lovely views and countryside, which is not really the popular idea of the place.
These are just some general ideas based on my own preferences, there are of course lots of good guides to HK available to help more. Anyway, if I can help more please let me know.
BTW, when are you going, the seasons can also have an impact on the best things to do.
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6526 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2177 times:
I completely coincide with DernierVirage's suggestions above.
Personally I prefer to stay in TST over Central.
For 2 days only, the Marco Polo might be good place, due to its central location (and it is a bit less expensive than The Hong Kong). Both hotels are served by free shuttle buses from the station (airport train).
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
Quoting DernierVirage (Reply 2): The other way to the Peak, which I like, is to take the 13 bus from City Hall in Central to its terminus
I had always taken the tram, but last time I went the queue was so big we took the bus. It is a great route up through the hills on one of those huge HK busses. Try and sit on the top deck at the front. You get a pretty good view of the racecourse too on the way back. I would suggest taking the tram up and the bus back down.
Quoting DernierVirage (Reply 2): there are lovely little typical streets around Wellington Street and Pottinger Street, which have a lot of charm. One good way to see these street scenes is to take the open air escalator from start (Central market)
I got a fantastic picture of one of those streets from that escalator. If you can stomach it, have a look around the market beneath the start of the escalator !!!. Also if you get chance check out the fresh fish section of any supermarket and watch someone choosing their fish !!.
Quoting DernierVirage (Reply 2): another day trip would be to take a bus to the seaside (!) to Stanley village (also on Hong Kong island) or to Sai Kung (a village on Kowloon side).
There is a bus to Stanley Market that goes over the mountains rather than through the tunnel, try and take that one and sit on the top at the front. IIRC it is number 6.
Quoting DernierVirage (Reply 2): - for a day trip, maybe consider taking a ferry to one of the "outlying islands", which give you another side to Hong Kong. I could suggest either Peng Chau (I used to live there)
It is actually spelt Cheng Chau in English, but it is very nice and shows a different side to HK as DV said. It is also the home of one of the VOR's too !!. Definately worth taking the ferry to.
If you have time, you could also visit the Big Bhudda on Lantau Island (IIRC ??) although if time is tight, I'd give it a miss. If your into that sort of thing it would probably be interesting but it is a long ferry journey followed by a long bus ride (usually with Michael Schumacher's distant relation at the wheel) and I didn't think it was all that interesting myself.
I would suggest staying in Central. Most of the best nightlife is on HK island.
I usually stay at the Wharney Hotel on Lockheart Road in Central. It isn't the best hotel, but it isn't the worst either. It is pretty reasonably priced and in a great location for everything. http://www.gdhhotels.com/en/hotel.php?hotelid=3
Also if you take the train from the airport to HK, you can get a free shuttle bus to the hotel.
There are some good bars right next door too, Carnegies is often packed with airline crew letting their hair down, and on the next street down, Dusk 'till Dawn usually has a decent live band on most nights. Try showing your airline ID too they might give you discount on the drinks. The kebab shop at the end of the road next to the 7/11 is pretty good too !!.
I would also suggest the American Peking Restaurant on Lockheart Road for Chinese food that is more western orientated like you would be used to back home rather than what you will see in the traditional restaurants.
An absolute must is going to the Felix Bar at the top of the Penninsular Hotel. (enter through the main entrance, turn left to the end of the corridor, then turn right and go to the end of the corridor, and you will find the lifts) The view from up there of HK island at night is worth the £12 for 2 Buds !!. Also whilst you are there, make sure you visit the Gents toilets !!.
Also try and visit the various night markets off Nathan Road too.
I managed to do about 99% of what has been suggested in a 28 hour stay, so you should have more than enough time.
You WILL have a great time in HK. It is my 2nd favorite city in the world after Sydney.
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
Just to be precise, Cheng Chau and Peng Chau are 2 different islands, Cheng Chau is the bigger one (butterfly shape on the map), Peng Chau is much smaller and less tourist orientated. In fact, both are good for a day trip.
I agree with the advice you give in your message, you are 100% correct about the bus to Stanley, the best one is over the hills, not through the tunnel. Also, I agree that Lantau Island (with the buddha) is not indispensable.
I forgot the Felix, that you mention in your message, I agree about the view; also, the food was great last time I went there.
You have better knowledge than I do about the bars in HK !!
VonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4653 posts, RR: 34
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2104 times:
Quesion: Do you need a Visa to transit through China? Because I'll be flying non-rev I'd like to take a back up Zed ticket incase the AC flights from AC fill up. My easiest ones are Dragonair to Shanghai or Beijing and then connect to the AC flight to YVR from there.
KiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2166 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2097 times:
Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 8): If you have time, you could also visit the Big Bhudda on Lantau Island (IIRC ??) although if time is tight, I'd give it a miss. If your into that sort of thing it would probably be interesting but it is a long ferry journey followed by a long bus ride (usually with Michael Schumacher's distant relation at the wheel) and I didn't think it was all that interesting myself.
There's a pretty cool cable car ride to the top now, although it keeps breaking down....you might have to be ready to jump. You can get a train to the base of the cable car, takes about 20 minutes
Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 13): Quesion: Do you need a Visa to transit through China? Because I'll be flying non-rev I'd like to take a back up Zed ticket incase the AC flights from AC fill up. My easiest ones are Dragonair to Shanghai or Beijing and then connect to the AC flight to YVR from there.
You need a visa. These are prety easy to pick up at China Travel Service in HK. They usually take about 4 hours to process. Alternatively, your travel agent at home might be able to organise it for you
Still in "winter season", but the I have had good weather (not hot or humid) in February, so you may be lucky !! Also, this is not the most busy period for tourists, which is good news.
Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 13): My easiest ones are Dragonair to Shanghai or Beijing and then connect to the AC flight to YVR from there.
KA is a great product. If possible with your special crew arrangements, I really recommend that you try their F class, it is excellent, with amazing food, even on the relatively short BJS and PVG flights. Note that the F class for these destinations is only on the Airbus 330, but the BJS and PVG flights are a mix of 330 and 320, so you need to check the actual flight that you take.
Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 14): These are prety easy to pick up at China Travel Service in HK
This advice confirms my own experience with visas (I in fact have a 12 month multiple visa for work, which is obtained by our travel agent, very quickly and easily). Maybe to be safe you should just check in advance what documents you need to present, but I am sure that a tourist visa, single entry, will not pose any problems.