Sponsor Message:
Non Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
What To Do In Hong Kong For A Weekend?  
User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2053 posts, RR: 9
Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3906 times:

Hi there!

While all my friends and colleagues are venturing to Langkawi, Surabaya, Phuket, and Kota Kinabalu for Easter weekend, I decided the beach is not for me (although I kick myself for not going to trek mount Kinabalu) and I'd go to Hong Kong. I have really high expectations of the place, and I've been told to venture to the Peak, around Victoria Harbour, and Wan Chai.

I'll be arriving there on the morning of April 6th on UA's flight from SIN and returning the evening of the 8th. From the local's point of view (and people that have lived there), what should be a must for a weekend for a first time visitor?

Cheers,
Coal


Nxt Flts: VA SYD-CBR-SYD | VA SYD-LAX | VX LAX-FLL | AV MIA-BOG-MIA | VX FLL-LAX | VA LAX-SYD
9 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3898 times:

Must do: Visit the Felix Bar in the Peninsula Hotel, and make sure that you visit the restrooms, simply breathtaking! <- I know, I always give this tip when someone is asking but it is definitely worth it.

Patrick


User currently offline747438 From UK - England, joined Jan 2007, 838 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3893 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
make sure that you visit the restrooms, simply breathtaking!


Patrick,
You need to get out more  Wink


User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3866 times:

Quoting 747438 (Reply 2):
Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
make sure that you visit the restrooms, simply breathtaking!


Patrick,
You need to get out more

No, he's right

Some other tips:

Take the cable car up to Big Buddha on Lantau
Have a look at a couple of the local markets, (try Western market)
Apart from the Felix Bar at the Pen, high tea at the peninsula is a very Hong Kong thing to do. Prepare to spend about US$50 on a couple of sandwiches though!
If you're heading to Wan-Chai, try Fenwicks, you never know your luck with the ladyboys!!


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3853 times:

Take a trip down to Macau and bet your life savings on black.

User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2053 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3829 times:

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 3):
If you're heading to Wan-Chai, try Fenwicks, you never know your luck with the ladyboys!!

 vomit 

Thanks for the suggestions.

I booked at room at the Cosmopolitan hotel. Is this fairly centrally located? Good thing is they have several shuttles going different places.

Since I'll have about 6 hours to kill on Sunday before my flight, I was considering going to Shenzhen. How far is it and how can I get there?

Cheers,
Coal



Nxt Flts: VA SYD-CBR-SYD | VA SYD-LAX | VX LAX-FLL | AV MIA-BOG-MIA | VX FLL-LAX | VA LAX-SYD
User currently offlineRara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 2093 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3819 times:

Hi,

Shenzhen is about one hour north; you can take the KCR (Kowloon-Canton-Railway) there and cross the border at Lo Wu. However, what would be your reasons for going there? You'll need a visa to go into Mainland China; assuming you don't have China visa, you need to get it at the border, they'll charge you 100 HKD for it and the waiting lines tend to be long. If you have US nationality, you can't even get it at the border.
Shenzhen is a synthetic city, it's among the ugliest places I've ever seen... there's some dead-cheap shopping there, but you need time to compare and haggle... if you're under time pressure, chances are they'll rip you off. Another reason people go there is cheap massage (both legitimate and illegitimate), but I can't really recommend it either. For a couple of dollars an hour, all you get is an untrained peasant girl pulling and rubbing on you, which might do more harm than good. In short, reconsider Shenzhen. Rather stay in the world's most beautiful city.  Smile

In order to give you more hints, let us know what you like and what you're interested in.... nature, partying, museums, city life, shopping, beach, sports.... it's all there, let us know what you're looking for.



Samson was a biblical tough guy, but his dad Samsonite was even more of a hard case.
User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2053 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3801 times:

Quoting Rara (Reply 6):
However, what would be your reasons for going there? You'll need a visa to go into Mainland China; assuming you don't have China visa, you need to get it at the border, they'll charge you 100 HKD for it and the waiting lines tend to be long. If you have US nationality, you can't even get it at the border.

My Mandarin teacher recommended it. But no probs. I have a Dutch passport and a Chinese multiple-entry business visa.

Quoting Rara (Reply 6):
nature, partying, museums, city life, shopping, beach, sports.... it's all there, let us know what you're looking for.

City life, museums, a bit of shopping maybe, and nightlife!

Thanks!  swirl 

Cheers,
Coal



Nxt Flts: VA SYD-CBR-SYD | VA SYD-LAX | VX LAX-FLL | AV MIA-BOG-MIA | VX FLL-LAX | VA LAX-SYD
User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3793 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 5):
Since I'll have about 6 hours to kill on Sunday before my flight, I was considering going to Shenzhen. How far is it and how can I get there?

I would also recommend against Shenzen, unless you are specifically looking to shop for cheap imitation goods.


User currently offlineRara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 2093 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3793 times:

Hi!

If you're studying Mandarin, it's a different story; indeed in Hong Kong, you can't practice it at all, while Shenzhen is Mandarin-speaking. And the multiple-entry will get you quick access to the Mainland. The fact remains that Shenzhen is ugly as hell though.

City life: a good insider tip is going up the Mid Levels escalator around noon, up to SoHo. You'll find it escalator right next to Stanley Market in Central; it's the longest escalator of the world. All Hong Kong goes up there to have lunch, and going with the escalator, restaurants to the left and right, is quite a sight to behold. Good lunch deals everywhere too.
Taking one of the ancient trams along the northern coast of Hong Kong island is also very nice, it gives you a good idea about the districts the tram travels through (from Kennedy Town via Sheung Wan, Central, Admirality, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, and further).
Plus the "standards" like Peak Tram, Star Ferry, but you don't need me to tell you about those.
If you have time, go to Stanley, a village on the southside of the island. Very relaxed, some good bars, a nice market and a good museum inside the old colonial structure called Murray House near the beach.

Museums: The museum for history is the best in my view; very much worth visiting even for someone not connected to Hong Kong. Good displays and a great insight into all the turmoil the territory went through during its short history. The other museums are IMO not attractive enough to spend time at during a short visit.

Shopping: Central has the best and most expensive shopping; the malls are all connected via footbridges and tunnels. Women can spend days there, but there's the occasional good offer too. If you're looking for electronics, give the tourist stalls in Tsim Sha Tsui a berth, they rip you off in numerous ways. There's a great electronics mall in Admiralty, right next to the large sportsground, where they only sell top quality. Or Shenzhen, but be even more careful there!

Nightlife: Lan Kwai Fong is all you need for a short stay. It's a bar street in Central, within walking distance of the Star Ferry Pier. The masses of party people flocking there will guide you the way. I like the Hong Kong Brew House, at the very top of the street. But the other bars are also good, some even sell German beer.  Wink Wan Chai is also exciting, but more spread out, gloomier, more prostitution etc, so there you'd need more insight knowledge to have a truly good time.

I hope that helps - any more questions, do ask.



Samson was a biblical tough guy, but his dad Samsonite was even more of a hard case.
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
What To Do In Hong Kong?. posted Sat Jan 18 2003 17:41:47 by Leezyjet
What To Do In Dublin, Ireland For A Few Days? posted Sun Dec 31 2006 22:11:09 by KLM672
Things To Do In Hong Kong And Dubai? posted Sun May 29 2005 15:37:22 by Beno
What To Do In Berlin For A Week posted Sat May 27 2006 12:05:28 by ManuCH
What To Do In SIN For 8 Hours? posted Thu May 25 2006 05:38:32 by Bill142
What To Do In Singapore For 16 Hours? posted Sat Nov 19 2005 02:56:11 by Springbok747
What To Do In Seattle For A Day posted Fri Nov 18 2005 23:41:00 by FlyingNanook
What To Do In ATH For 3 Days? posted Tue Jul 5 2005 11:11:02 by NYCFlyer
What To Do In Chicago For A Day? posted Tue Aug 19 2003 02:39:29 by Fanoftristars
Some Questions About What to do in Costa Rica? posted Tue Feb 6 2007 19:11:12 by Saigonhouston