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Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Fri Feb 15, 2008 4:19 am

I am going to Hong Kong leaving from EWR on Saturday at 3 getting in on Sunday at 7 and then leaving next Saturday at 10 AM. So, I am planning to go to Macau and Shenzhen for 1/'2-1 day each. Is this too short a time to spend in Hong Kong?
 
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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Fri Feb 15, 2008 4:58 am



Quoting AFKLMLHLX (Thread starter):
Is this too short a time to spend in Hong Kong?

Nah, 5 days (minus up to 2 for your excursions) is okay to get much more than a glimpse of this bustling city.
While one could spend weeks exploring the city (and its subsurbs & islands), 3+ days will et you visit all the must-do's.

Enjoy your visit !
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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:03 am

Personally I would have said it was just about right. I was there for a week with a friend a few years ago and that was far too long. You'll need one for Macau, one for Shenzen and 2 to explore HK. It's just a big shopping centre with skyscrapers.

It will be interesting to know how you found it. Have fun!
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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:05 am

Yeah I'll second that. Sounds aboot right. Enjoy Hong Kong and the CO nonstop.
 
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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:43 am

It depends really what you want to see - are you only interested in the city or, do you want to get out into the New Territories and explore some of the parks and other sites? To see the city then five days is fine, Macau can be done in a day, but beware that the boats are very full on the early morning crossings, so you may wish to pre-book (if that's possible), plus you'll need a visa if entering mainland China. A couple of years ago I went there just for a long three day weekend, it was great fun and I got to see a lot, so I'm sure you will see much more in five.


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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:16 am

Last year, I also spent 5 wonderful days in HKG. It is a beautiful city with lots and lots of things to do. And 5 days is just perfect. I also visited Macau but let me tell you, I got really really bored there...I returned to HKG much earlier than I planned. I would say half a day would be more than enough unless you are very into gambling  Smile

And don't forget to visit SoHo. It's the funnest part of the town with hundreds of restaurants and bars and clubs. Most of the expatriates hang out there...

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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:19 pm

Yeah, the only thing is, for me, I don't need actual activities to enjoy a place. I am all about just walking around. Even if Hong Kong contains the same things you can find in any other city i.e. shopping, dining, skyscrapers, it is just about being in that city which has such an identity. I mean, it is China (basically)! I was in BCN for a week and my family got tired of it and I dreaded going home. I just loved being there, my family was all about the actual activities. I am all about living it, not seeing it and I am just worried that to be that far away for just five days when I know I probably won't go back in the next couple years, seems a little short.

Also, how is the 11 hour time difference? Do you have any tips on how to manage sleeping/staying awake on the CO non-stop so that when I arrive at 7 pm the next day (Sunday), I can adjust and fall asleep that night? Does everything work out because it is practically the opposite of NYC time?
 
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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:34 pm



Quoting AFKLMLHLX (Reply 6):
I am all about living it, not seeing it and I am just worried that to be that far away for just five days when I know I probably won't go back in the next couple years, seems a little short.

I'm the exact same way, and somebody told me that this is what separates a traveller from a tourist. Tourists will go to a new city and visit the tourist sites (e.g., Times Square in NYC, Parliament in LON, etc), and not care much about the local culture or way of life. The traveller will do what you just stated, walk around the city and let it all soak in. I envy you for going to HKG, I'd like to visit someday. Make sure you post a trip report!

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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:45 pm



Quoting Charles79 (Reply 7):
and somebody told me that this is what separates a traveller from a tourist

Anythony Bordain!?

Quoting Charles79 (Reply 7):
Tourists will go to a new city and visit the tourist sites (e.g., Times Square in NYC, Parliament in LON, etc), and not care much about the local culture or way of life

Sort of my family. They kind of do both but they would never go to (or probably know anything about) a city like Frankfurt for example, which I would like to go to just because it is cosmopolitan and urban. Actually, I would do Berlin over Frankfurt but I would certainly look into moving into that metro area. Basically, I am the type of person who would ride a metro out to the Paris suburbs for a day just walking down the streets in cold, overcast weather. That is my perfect atmosphere.

Quoting Charles79 (Reply 7):
Make sure you post a trip report!

I probably will. I was going to for my EWR-SLC flights but I forgot to ask my sister for her digital camera and my macbook's camera doesn't really do the job.
 
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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Sat Feb 16, 2008 8:38 pm

Also, if I am 16, does Macau enforce the 18 gambling age or could I get away with gabling in a casino like the Wynn or the Venetian?
 
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Sat Feb 16, 2008 9:55 pm



Quoting AFKLMLHLX (Reply 6):
Also, how is the 11 hour time difference? Do you have any tips on how to manage sleeping/staying awake on the CO non-stop so that when I arrive at 7 pm the next day (Sunday), I can adjust and fall asleep that night?

When flying westbound, try to stay awake during the flight.
Although this will leave you quite tired after the long flight, it will make it easier to fall asleep as soon as you are in your hotel.
But factor in another 2 hours before you actually are in your hotel room (depending on exact location; the "2 hours" is only valid if you use the train to downtown, not a coach).

That way you should be able to wake up the next morning and be realaxed in order to explore the city.


When returning home (= flying eastbound) it probably will be harder to adapt to the time difference.
However this is a general rule and each person is prone to these problems at a different degree.
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Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:08 am

Ive spent three. But also went to Vietnam on that trip.
but it should be fine have a great trip
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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Sun Feb 17, 2008 5:03 pm

Nobody answered my question! Are they strict on gambling if you are under 18? Or is it like the same as going to Spain and drinking underage?

Oh, also, I believe (from wikipedia) the drinking age is 18 in HKG but do they enforce that?
 
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Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:49 pm

5 days is enough for a trip, and then another 5 days for the next trip and another trip

its a place you want to go back to, a vibrant beautifull super city.

I saw the laser show a few weeks back, the huge skyline blows you away..

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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:07 am



Quoting AFKLMLHLX (Reply 12):
Nobody answered my question! Are they strict on gambling if you are under 18? Or is it like the same as going to Spain and drinking underage?

Oh, also, I believe (from wikipedia) the drinking age is 18 in HKG but do they enforce that?

Hi

They are not as strict as the US in checking for age. I guess it's luck of the draw.
 
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Mon Feb 18, 2008 4:26 am

If you have any intention at all of getting to know the local women (and I recommend it), five days is entirely too short. HK has a lively and rewarding party scene if you let yourself wander after dark.
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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:28 am



Quoting Babybus (Reply 2):
It's just a big shopping centre with skyscrapers.

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Quoting AFKLMLHLX (Reply 6):
I mean, it is China (basically)

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Quoting AFKLMLHLX (Reply 12):
Oh, also, I believe (from wikipedia) the drinking age is 18 in HKG but do they enforce that?


Yes and no. Depends how you look; like most places I've been to.

Don't whatever you do just look at HK for shopping. Don't bother to overnight in Shenzen, but you might want to in Macau.

Go off the beaten track too - head along to somewhere like Sai Kung where we usually drink and eat; it's great seeing locals and foreigners mix there, and there are some great food markets too.
 
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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:31 pm

Hong Kong is great! Yes get off the beaten track. I was there for 5 days too a few years ago, and saw a few things not on the tourist trail.
We visited a shopping centre that was made up to look just like a ship, in the middle of the residential tower blocks!
We saw the most expensive toilet in the world, in a huge jewellers shop. Encrusted with gold and jewels, but you can't use it  Wink
There's a public escalator that goes up the hillside, outside the buildings.
From the tourist office, we did a self-guided tour of modern architecture.
In Macau, I looked around the town and took a bus to the outer island of Coloane, and climed the hill. (views of the whole SAR, including Macau airport). Eat the local food! Get there by hydrofoil (a hybrid boat / plane, that has wings under the water to lift the craft out of the water, to go faster)
In Shenzen we wanted to go to the "China in Miniature" theme park, but accidently went into "China Culture Villages"! it was right next door. Still good though! There's also an old Russian aircraft carrier that you can visit. Noone speaks english though - we had to point at the Chinese character names printed in the guidebook.

Hope this helps.

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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:41 pm

Hong Kong is great.

I once went for just 28 hours and did loads of stuff !!. Arrived around 18.00, hotel by 19.30, showered and out by 20.00, up to the markets in Mong Kok, back around 22.00, into the bars and clubs of Wanchai until around 03.00, went to bed, up at 10.00, went up the peak, took a boat to Cheng Chau, wandered around for a couple of hours then went to Stanley Market, back to Central for a meal then back to the airport and came home !!.

Make sure you go to Felix Bar at the top of the Penninsular Hotel for 1 beer and make sure you use the gents whilst your there !!.

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Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:44 pm

Can we count on you coming back and telling us how much better China is than the US?




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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:52 pm

Hong Kong is low on must-see sights and high on ambience. It is truly a beautiful and amazing city unlike anywhere you've even been, so you'll love it! I think your itinerary sounds great - I had three days in HK and thought that was enough. Include your daytrips to Shenzhen and Macau and I think your itinerary is perfect.

I would say the highlights were Victoria Peak (obviously), the Avenue of the Stars (especially at night), and Kowloon at night (including the Temple Street Market). Just walking around this city you see and smell new things at every turn, so part of the fun is just getting lost in the atmosphere.
 
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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Thu Feb 21, 2008 3:15 am



Quoting NWA742 (Reply 19):
Can we count on you coming back and telling us how much better China is than the US?

I do think China is better than the US in some ways!
 
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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Thu Feb 21, 2008 3:38 am



Quoting AFKLMLHLX (Reply 21):

I do think China is better than the US in some ways!

I can't think of many. However, I do think that Chinese and Americans are not at all unlike..


Actually I just wanted to advise you to consider giving Shenzhen a pass. It's a fine diversion for those getting fed up with Hong Kong, but seeing that you're only there for some days.... Shenzhen is incredibly ugly, not particularly typical of the Mainland, and since you're American, it's a pain getting there.
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Thu Feb 21, 2008 3:42 am



Quoting AFKLMLHLX (Reply 21):
I do think China is better than the US in some ways!





 Yeah sure




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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:55 am

Your itinery is fine. Shenzhen is good for the service industry. Apparently the wealthy HK ladies head over there for beauty treatments, make-overs and the like. Also some of the shopping for DVDs is good there. Electronics & Jewellery? HK is better since no sales tax on those items.

Hotels in Shenzhen are cheaper, but you must factor in the cost of getting a visa and getting there/back. The further you go from the main border crossing at Lo Hu, the cheaper.

I once went for tour of the New Territories and saw a floating village & market there. No idea where that was though.

Best part about HK/Macao/Shenzhen? THE FOOD! Eat the local stuff. Eating in little crowded eateries along the Mid-Level escalators is fun, cheap, crowded, noisy and DELICIOUS!

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RE: Is Five Days Too Short To Spend In Hong Kong?

Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:14 am



Quoting Signol (Reply 17):
We saw the most expensive toilet in the world, in a huge jewellers shop. Encrusted with gold and jewels, but you can't use it

Bet Johnny Knoxville and his gang would try.  Wink

Quoting NG1Fan (Reply 24):
Also some of the shopping for DVDs is good there. Electronics & Jewellery? HK is better since no sales tax on those items.

One of the guys in UA's SOC told me of people who would go over, buy some electronic gadgets, head back and make a killing off Ebay.
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