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What To Do In Hong Kong For A Weekend?

Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:59 pm

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?

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RE: What To Do In Hong Kong For A Weekend?

Tue Mar 27, 2007 10:52 pm

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.

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RE: What To Do In Hong Kong For A Weekend?

Tue Mar 27, 2007 11:02 pm

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


Patrick,
You need to get out more  Wink
 
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RE: What To Do In Hong Kong For A Weekend?

Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:39 am

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!!
 
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RE: What To Do In Hong Kong For A Weekend?

Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:11 am

Take a trip down to Macau and bet your life savings on black.
 
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RE: What To Do In Hong Kong For A Weekend?

Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:27 pm

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

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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?

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RE: What To Do In Hong Kong For A Weekend?

Wed Mar 28, 2007 11:13 pm

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.
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RE: What To Do In Hong Kong For A Weekend?

Thu Mar 29, 2007 10:12 am

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 

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RE: What To Do In Hong Kong For A Weekend?

Thu Mar 29, 2007 10:52 am

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.
 
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RE: What To Do In Hong Kong For A Weekend?

Thu Mar 29, 2007 10:57 am

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.
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