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Things To Do In Hong Kong And Dubai?  
User currently offlineBeno From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 428 posts, RR: 4
Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3921 times:

Hi,

Going on Holidays to Hong Kong and Dubai and am after some info please.

Best ways of getting around?

What things are a must do in these cities while I'm there?

Where is the best places to shop?

Any other info would be great.

Thanks

[Edited 2005-05-29 15:43:31]

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User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3910 times:

Hi Beno,
for me HKG's most beautiful part is at south of Victoria Island, Aberdeen harbour, Stanley Market, but also rides on the green/white ferries.
HKG also has nice beaches, but I guess you don't need them when you're close to Sunshine Coast.

I don't know Dubai, "only" Qatar. But there must be great oriental markets, also very popular for tourists is dune bashing with 4WD's, day at the beach, dow harbour in Dubai. But I prefer the "real" Arabic neighbours which aren't that "western" as Dubai unfortunately is.

A tip: contact QR332, he is specialist in that area  Wink



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3906 times:

Quoting Beno (Thread starter):
Best ways of getting around?

For Dubai definitely the taxi, it's dirt cheap.

Quoting Beno (Thread starter):
What things are a must do in these cities while I'm there?

Dubai:

  • Charter a boat for a Dubai Creek tour (dirt cheap)

  • Visit the huge shopping centers

  • Go on a desert safari with a nice dinner in the desert afterwards

  • Relax at Jumeira Beach and swim in the warm ocean

  • Have fun in the Wild Wadi Water Park

  • Visit the Burj Al Arab Hotel (food and drinks are pretty expensive)


  • Above is just a quick list of things I did when I was there, I am sure that there are many, many more things to do.

    Have fun!

    Patrick


    User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9160 posts, RR: 15
    Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3899 times:

    HONG KONG:

    Disneyland Hong Kong will be open in 9/2005. If you will be there in September 2005, you should go.

    If you are looking for expensive brands, go to Landmark, Time Square, Pacific Place, Festival Walk, IFC 2 etc. The entire Causeway Bay has lots of these too.

    Causeway Bay is a must. It is arguably the busiest district on earth with the highest flow of people.

    You can also visit the Big Buddha, nice beaches, Ocean Park, peak etc.....

    A visit to Tsim Sha Tsui Harbourside is also a must. The night view is no doubt one of the most beautiful if not the most beautiful on earth, especially if you look from Kowloonside to Hong Kong side.


    User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9160 posts, RR: 15
    Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3896 times:

    Dubai:

    Visit the beaches. Also pay a visit to Burj Al Arab. You can also eat there. Heard that it is not that expensive compare to other major cities.


    User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9160 posts, RR: 15
    Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3887 times:

    Hong Kong will have a similar hotel like Burj Al Arab at Repulse Bay......

    You can pay a visit to Burj Al Arab. It is the most expensive hotel ever built (Coz it was built on an Island). And they have this underwater restaurant.

    Or even stay there if you want. It is around US$ 1000 per night from what I heard (Similar if not slightly cheaper than suites in Hong Kong/London/Paris etc). All suites btw. A rip off I would say!!! My aunt stayed there before. It was nice but not as luxurious as Ritz Paris, Peninsula Hong Kong, The Oriental Bangkok etc. It is more like a leisure hotel rather than a business one.

    A tour is a must. The lobby is huge. You can even have dinner/drinks at the underwater restaurant.... Forgot the name. Not that expensive compare to other major cities.

    Taxies are dirt cheap in Dubai!!!!! It's a good way of getting around the city....

    [Edited 2005-05-29 17:21:17]

    User currently offlineSQuared From Canada, joined May 2005, 387 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3886 times:

    The Big Buddha is quite a sight in Hong Kong. If you're wondering where it is, it's on Lantau Island. This Buddha statue is an oddity, most Buddha statues usually face south, this one actually faces north, signifying Hong Kong's ties with China. (The statue was completed around the time of the takeover).

    Bon Voyage! wave 

    SQuared


    User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9160 posts, RR: 15
    Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3879 times:

    Also lots of nice restaurants in Hong Kong which range from dirt cheap to outrageously expensive.

    You can also visit Mongkok. Again one of the busiest districts if not the busiest district on earth.

    A dinner at the Jumbo is also a must.

    The best place to enjoy the view of Hong Kong:

    1) Up the peak
    2) Tsim Sha Tsui
    3) Inter-Continental Hong Kong (Expensive to dine there)
    4) Hopewell Centre 60th Floor
    5) Hopewell Centre 62nd Floor

    Remember to take the tram as well as the Star Ferry


    User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9160 posts, RR: 15
    Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3875 times:

    From what I heard, the big Buddha is the tallest/largest Buddha on earth

    User currently offlineLee From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 148 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3875 times:

    Im going tomorrow on VS200, im so excited Big grin Ill let you know what it is like

    User currently offlineSQuared From Canada, joined May 2005, 387 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3872 times:

    Quoting United Airline (Reply 8):
    From what I heard, the big Buddha is the tallest/largest Buddha on earth

    I've heard that too. But the newest Buddha Statue in Bodh Gaya, India (I believe it is under construction) will dwarf this statue. In fact, the Statue of Liberty will only reach the Buddha's arm!  Wow!

    SQuared


    User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9160 posts, RR: 15
    Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3825 times:

    You can also visit our Hong Kong Stock Exchange Trading Floor Also our Central Business District at Central. Hong Kong is the world's 3rd largest business/financial centre after New York and London. It's fun to see how fast people walk.

    You can also visit Sai Ying Pun to have a look at the old Hong Kong.

    A side trip to Shenzhen and Macau will be cool.

    Please go to: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/index.jsp to learn more about Hong Kong as well as things you can do in Hong Kong. I am sure there are plenty.

    Enjoy your trip in Hong Kong.

    Quoting SQuared (Reply 10):
    But the newest Buddha Statue in Bodh Gaya, India (I believe it is under construction) will dwarf this statue. In fact, the Statue of Liberty will only reach the Buddha's arm!

    Any pictures?


    User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3312 posts, RR: 35
    Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3816 times:

    When are you going to DXB Beno ?

    I assume you have noticed it is summer in that part of the world.
    This translates to daytime temperatures of 40C and higher, night time 28C and higher, and you can boil your eggs on the beach (no joke).
    You will spend your time running from one AC unit to another, which leaves you hotel lobbies, restaurants (many excellent, try an Iranian with live music), shopping malls (prices similar to W. Europe) and your bedroom.

    Past March, the touristic season is over.


    User currently offlineQR332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3812 times:

    Quoting NumberTwelve (Reply 1):
    don't know Dubai, "only" Qatar. But there must be great oriental markets, also very popular for tourists is dune bashing with 4WD's, day at the beach, dow harbour in Dubai. But I prefer the "real" Arabic neighbours which aren't that "western" as Dubai unfortunately is.

    Dubai might be very westernized but it still hasn't lost its Arabic touch... its a great city. Qatar of course is more Arabic, but still... when are you visiting again BTW?

    Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 2):
    For Dubai definitely the taxi, it's dirt cheap.

    Dubai taxis dirt cheap? Damn, you tourists are easily led Big grin  Silly. Dubai has pretty expensive taxis IMO, when I visited I paid more than 2 times what I pay for a taxi here in Doha. Still, its much cheaper than European cities.

    Quoting United Airline (Reply 5):
    Or even stay there if you want. It is around US$ 1000 per night from what I heard (Similar if not slightly cheaper

    1500AED (around $400)... 500AED ($125) just to enter it from what I heard.

    Quoting Iakobos (Reply 12):
    This translates to daytime temperatures of 40C and higher, night time 28C and higher, and you can boil your eggs on the beach (no joke).

    Tell me about it... its 39C outside now ands its still 11:10AM, the temperature will probably reach 41C/42C today.

    Quoting Iakobos (Reply 12):
    Past March, the touristic season is over.

    Not really... there are plenty of tourists who put up with the heat and go over to Dubai around June/July, especially with the Summer Surprises going on.

    Dubai is a great city, this is what IMO you should try to see:

    -For great shopping, you should go to the Deira City Centre, its a great mall. If you want to shop, you should also visit Wafi City (Very posh mall, it is quite expensive), Burjaman, or Markato. There are more malls in Dubai but I can't remember them all.

    -The new Ibn Batuta mall, which is one of the most beautiful buildings in Dubai. Ibn Batuta was an Arabic adventurer who sailed all around the world, and the mall is themed around his travels - there are many sections, including Chinese, Indian, European, and Arabic. The architecture is beautiful.

    -The Wild Wadi waterpark near Jumeirah beach is loads of fun. Don't miss that.

    -Dune bashing is a lot of fun, so is Jet Skiing near the palm, don't miss out on that. Dune bashing will leave you dead tired though...

    -If you want to go spend some time somewhere nice and relaitvley "quiet", visit the Creek Park, which is great to chill out at and to just have a picknick or whatever.

    -The Dubai Golf Club has a great seafood resturant, you should maybe try it if you like seafood.

    -Take a Dhow (traditional Arabian Gulf fishing boats which are converted to large tourist boats) up Dubai Creek - it sometimes comes with dinner, depending on the package, and it will take you all around the creek, and you can see plenty, including the Gold Souqs, Bur Dubai and Deira.


    User currently offlineFlyer732 From Namibia, joined Nov 1999, 1361 posts, RR: 22
    Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3806 times:

    The water front on Tism Sha Tsui is a must, at night is a MUST. Amazing view.
    I had fun just wandering around the city, any time of the day is great, unless of course you get a nice rain storm, then you run for cover.

    Never been to Dubai though, its next on my list I hope though.

    Quoting QR332 (Reply 13):
    Tell me about it... its 39C outside now ands its still 11:10AM, the temperature will probably reach 41C/42C today.

    I was working on the ramp at KWI the other day, thermometer in the car read 52 C...never seen anything like it before.


    User currently offlineQR332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3800 times:

    Quoting Flyer732 (Reply 14):
    I was working on the ramp at KWI the other day, thermometer in the car read 52 C...never seen anything like it before.

    Happens with me all the time... if the car is parked for a long time with the engine running or if it is left in the sun it sometimes read around 50C-52C. It then quickly cools down to the actual temperature when we get moving.


    User currently offlineSQuared From Canada, joined May 2005, 387 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3792 times:

    Quoting United Airline (Reply 11):
    Any pictures?

    No pictures, but some interesting articles, including a war of statues. The Buddha statue in India will be as tall as the Pyramid of Cheops (150m), and the one in China will be 152m tall!

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/06/0618_wirebuddha.html
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4185795,00.html

    SQuared


    User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3312 posts, RR: 35
    Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3785 times:

    Being a regular in DXB, and 3 other of the Emirates, let me debunk a few myths/rumours/hearsay/Iwastold/....

    Burj Al Arab: to be liked or not, it is from the outside a remarkable piece of modern architecture, with its changing lighting at night it is really unique.
    Nothing has been spared to try to deserve the self-awarded 7-stars, ending in raw luxury without character or cachet.
    Lowest low-season (from June to October) rate for the cheapest suite (a non-claustrophobic 169 sqm...) is 724$US (2,500Dhs) to which 10% service charge and 10% municipality charge have to be added.

    Expect some facilities to be closed in July and/or August, this is time for renovations.

    High-season rates (especially Dec-Jan-Feb) for the same are 1,562$US (5,400Dhs).

    There is very little Arabic about DXB, past a few ornaments on a few buildings and the traditional dhows (wooden boats) in the creek, it looks like the city was built by an architect from Vegas on which some limitations were imposed.
    If you have the time, head for a day in Abu Dhabi (by floatplane), that city still has a pinch of traditional character.

    "Shopping in DXB" has built itself a big name with little substance. Your spouse or girlfriend will try to convince you of the opposite. Do what you want, I choose not to take my wife there.
    Still some malls are very nice and it is pleasant to stroll.
    (note: the beauties in transparent dresses are not locals...if you speak Russian they will tell you what time it is...)

    If you are not used to this side of the world, visit a supermarket. They cater to the local population, meaning Indian, Sri Lankan, Pakistani, Philippino, Iranian, Palestinian, Lebanese, Afghan, GCC, US and Eur expats, resulting in an avalanche of products I have never seen anywhere else.

    Gold Souqs: if you can easily convert Dirhams into USD and know the difference between 14 and 16 carat, dont bother.


    User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9160 posts, RR: 15
    Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3776 times:

    Quoting Iakobos (Reply 17):
    Burj Al Arab: to be liked or not, it is from the outside a remarkable piece of modern architecture, with its changing lighting at night it is really unique.
    Nothing has been spared to try to deserve the self-awarded 7-stars, ending in raw luxury without character or cachet.
    Lowest low-season (from June to October) rate for the cheapest suite (a non-claustrophobic 169 sqm...) is 724$US (2,500Dhs) to which 10% service charge and 10% municipality charge have to be added.

    Expect some facilities to be closed in July and/or August, this is time for renovations.

    Rtiz Paris, Peninsula Hong Kong, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, The Oriental Bangkok etc are just as luxurious. Perhaps they should rank themselves as 7 or 8 stars too.  spin 

    Sure the rates are expensive. But since they are 100% suites, if you compare them with other suites in other top hotels, they are about the same if not cheaper.

    Quoting Flyer732 (Reply 14):
    The water front on Tism Sha Tsui is a must, at night is a MUST. Amazing view.
    I had fun just wandering around the city, any time of the day is great, unless of course you get a nice rain storm, then you run for cover.

    Indeed.

    But Hong Kong rates quite often, especially in the summer.


    User currently offlineFlyer732 From Namibia, joined Nov 1999, 1361 posts, RR: 22
    Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3760 times:

    Quoting United Airline (Reply 18):
    But Hong Kong rates quite often, especially in the summer.

    I actually got a room at the Kowloon Hotel on priceline.com for $54 a night. Smallish room, but I was alone so it didn't really matter. And the computer in the room was nice as well.

    Quoting QR332 (Reply 15):
    Happens with me all the time... if the car is parked for a long time with the engine running or if it is left in the sun it sometimes read around 50C-52C. It then quickly cools down to the actual temperature when we get moving.

    Thats the thing, we had been driving the car around, and always leaving it running. The temp on the ramp was above 120 F, and the closer you got to the aircraft the hotter it got. Loved every minute of it though!


    User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9160 posts, RR: 15
    Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3760 times:

    Quoting United Airline (Reply 18):
    But Hong Kong rates quite often, especially in the summer.

    Sorry I mean HONG KONG RAINS QUITE OFTEN.

    Quoting Flyer732 (Reply 19):
    I actually got a room at the Kowloon Hotel on priceline.com for $54 a night. Smallish room, but I was alone so it didn't really matter. And the computer in the room was nice as well.

    Hotels in Hong Kong range from dirt cheap to outrageously expensive. There are plenty to choose from.

    Kowloon Hotel is ok. 3 star I think?


    User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
    Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3753 times:

    Word has it there is a price on Desmond Yip's head.... (j/k)

    Take lots of pictures of airplanes, then post them on a.net!

    Chris



    Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
    User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9160 posts, RR: 15
    Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3740 times:

    Quoting Airlinelover (Reply 21):
    Word has it there is a price on Desmond Yip's head.... (j/k)

    The same to you. (J/K)

    Quoting Airlinelover (Reply 21):
    Take lots of pictures of airplanes, then post them on a.net!

    Yes that's a must. Try and do plane spotting outside HAECO.


    User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7965 posts, RR: 5
    Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3733 times:

    Slightly off-topic, are there still dhow boats sailing in the Persian Gulf? I just can't imagine a dhow with traditional Lateen sails trying to get out of the way of the many large ships that ply the Persian Gulf nowadays....

    [Edited 2005-06-02 08:50:12]

    User currently offlineQR332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3724 times:

    Quoting RayChuang (Reply 23):
    Slightly off-topic, are there still dhow boats sailing in the Persian Gulf? I just can't imagine a dhow with traditional Lateen sails trying to get out of the way of the many large ships that ply the Persian Gulf nowadays....

    They're all engine powered, not sail powered.


    25 Post contains links Vasu : In Dubai, the Wild Wadi Water Park is a must... You don't even have to walk up steps, you get shot up by jets of water! Then you simply lie in your ru
    26 United Airline : We used to have a water park at the Ocean Park. A pity that they pulled it down due to high maintenance cost. However, we will be having a new one at
    27 Post contains links Pope : CNN just posted the following guide: http://www.cnn.com/2005/TRAVEL/DESTI.../06/hong.kong.budget.ap/index.html
    28 Iakobos : As QR mentioned, quite a lot and motorized. It is worth walking to the "domestic" port (10-12' from Sheraton Deira) just before sunset and see how, w
    29 Post contains images Superfly : I think you're going to have a lot more fun in Hong Kong instead of Dubai.
    30 UAL747 : Hong Kong: Take the lift up Victoria Peak and go shopping and then go to the Internet Cafe attached to the top of the lift and write to us about the v
    31 QR332 : Superfly, ROFLMAO! Please tell me your joking! The chicks in Dubai are hot, trust me, do you seriously think that all women over there are dressed lik
    32 Post contains images Iakobos : Superfly might have overlooked this sentence...
    33 Cornish : I would agree wholeheartedly with all of the above. Especially the Wadi bashing (desert safari). Also have a evening meal out on the deck over the wa
    34 Post contains images United Airline : Some. Not all.
    35 Iakobos : No no, he meant "it is very hot". Who tried one of these on a summer day and survived to tell the story ?
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