glidepath73
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Five Hours In HKG - What To Do?

Fri May 05, 2006 11:04 pm

Hi all,

After my flights from HKG to PVG and SGN, I'll have a stopover in HKG at May 24th. I'll arrive from SGN with CX at about 3.10pm and leave back to ZRH with LX at 11.20pm.

What do you recommend to do in HKG? Is the time enough to visit the city?

Thanks for your help.

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RE: Five Hours In HKG - What To Do?

Fri May 05, 2006 11:12 pm

Take the Airport Express train to the city, get into a cab to The Peak..awsme views of the city from the top. Take the tram to get down from the The Peak amazing ride...Walk in heart of down town to Lank Kowi Fong lots of bars got to the Luk Yu Tea house for some real chinese tea and snacks ..take the same train back to the airport plenty of shopping to do at the airport as well
 
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RE: Five Hours In HKG - What To Do?

Fri May 05, 2006 11:57 pm

Quoting Glidepath73 (Thread starter):
Is the time enough to visit the city?

It's more than enough and certainly in a city like HKG with such efficient Mass Transportation systems !!!
So I recommend LeftWing's itinerary as well !!! Check out their MTR's website for details: http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/homepage/e_customer_index.php

You'll have fun, it's an amazing city with an amazing airport and an amazing home carrier  Wink


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RE: Five Hours In HKG - What To Do?

Sat May 06, 2006 12:00 am

Just walking around the IFC centre where the airport train ends in Central is worth trhe trip. What a city HKG is.
 
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RE: Five Hours In HKG - What To Do?

Sat May 06, 2006 12:20 am

Quoting LeftWing (Reply 1):
get into a cab to The Peak..awsme views of the city from the top. Take the tram to get down from the The Peak amazing ride

I enjoyed taking a city bus down the from the peak...sit on the upper deck, up front. It's like a roller coaster but with cooler scenery.
 
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RE: Five Hours In HKG - What To Do?

Sat May 06, 2006 12:29 am

Great timing on this discussion. I'll be in Hong Kong on Tuesday night and for two days near the end of the month. Do you guys recommend staying at a hotel on Hong Kong Island or Kowloon? I thought I would stay on Hong Kong Island but then started reading about night markets on the Kowloon side. LeftWing, I appreciate your recommendation of checking out The Peak and the tea house, I'll write that down.
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RE: Five Hours In HKG - What To Do?

Sat May 06, 2006 2:11 am

Quoting LeftWing (Reply 1):
...get into a cab to The Peak..awsme views of the city from the top. Take the tram to get down from the The Peak amazing ride...

Actually, I recommend taking the Peak Tram UP to Victoria Peak from Central District (you'll be amazed at some of the gradients of climb), and take the bus (no. 15) down again.

Quoting BishopOfPHL (Reply 4):
I enjoyed taking a city bus down the from the peak...sit on the upper deck, up front. It's like a roller coaster but with cooler scenery.

While the no. 15 bus that runs between Central and Victoria Peak may be fun, it's no match against the bus no. 6 (running between Central and Stanley Market) when it comes to resemblance to a roller coaster ride. The no. 15 is either a monotonous uphill-all-the-way to the Peak, or downhill-all-the-way back to Central. The no. 6 will take you up and down several hills along 2-lane mountain roads. A much more entertaining roller coaster ride for just HK$7.90 each way!! I even recall seeing the no. 6 bus being recommended in some travel guidebooks about Hong Kong!! Again, take a front row seat on the upper deck and enjoy the thrills.



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RE: Five Hours In HKG - What To Do?

Sat May 06, 2006 2:51 am

Quoting Airlinebrat (Reply 5):
Do you guys recommend staying at a hotel on Hong Kong Island or Kowloon?

I generally prefer Kowloon if the pricing is good. I like the Kowloon Hotel when they have good pricing as it's close to the ferry (a must ride) and well run, even if the rooms are very small.

Actually, I've stayed at the airport hotel when the pricing is very good and it worked the best for me in terms of minimal baggage handling.

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RE: Five Hours In HKG - What To Do?

Sat May 06, 2006 3:06 am

Definately Victoria Peak!!!

About the Markets . . . the one's on Hong Kong Island are harder the barter with, I've found, than the one's in Kowloon. With a Mass Transit System second to none, it doesn't matter where you go.

Also, you HAVE to see the Hong Kong Island skyline at night from in front of the clock tower on the Kowloon side.
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RE: Five Hours In HKG - What To Do?

Sat May 06, 2006 4:05 am

Quoting N949WP (Reply 6):
While the no. 15 bus that runs between Central and Victoria Peak may be fun, it's no match against the bus no. 6 (running between Central and Stanley Market) when it comes to resemblance to a roller coaster ride.

That's true !!

About Kowloon vs Central for hotels, both sides are cool. But maybe the night life is more "active" in Kowloon. Anyway both are cool and the Star Ferry makes the distance very short.

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RE: Five Hours In HKG - What To Do?

Sat May 06, 2006 4:09 am

Just dont eat too much of the dim sum in HKG, you might be sick on arrival into ZRH
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RE: Five Hours In HKG - What To Do?

Sat May 06, 2006 7:44 am

Hey Guys,

that sounds so cool! Thanks a lot for all the nice information.
It seems I'll do really one of the trips to the peak by bus or tram.

Let's see how the weather will be then.


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RE: Five Hours In HKG - What To Do?

Sat May 06, 2006 11:18 am

When the Ngong Ping 360 cable car is open, wouldn't it be a perfect stopover option (wasn't that the whole point of them opening it?). Go up to Bo Lin Monastery and have some nice vegetarian meal, and come back down. Lantau Island is gorgeous!

Quoting N949WP (Reply 6):
Actually, I recommend taking the Peak Tram UP to Victoria Peak from Central District (you'll be amazed at some of the gradients of climb), and take the bus (no. 15) down again.

You'd be pushing it in 5 hours wouldn't you? The queue for the Peak Tram alone can be 40 minutes ...

Besides, with all the pollution in HK nowadays, there isn't much to see from Victoria Peak, but just a huge blanket of haze. Last time I went up in December 2003, I struggled to see most of Kowloon ...

Quoting N949WP (Reply 6):
The no. 6 will take you up and down several hills along 2-lane mountain roads. A much more entertaining roller coaster ride for just HK$7.90 each way!! I even recall seeing the no. 6 bus being recommended in some travel guidebooks about Hong Kong!! Again, take a front row seat on the upper deck and enjoy the thrills.

The 6 is fun ... as a bus enthusiast (I grew up in Hong Kong, after all), my favourite perch in life is to sit at the front of a double decker and watch life go by. What a shame no double deckers exists in my home city Sydney ...

From Stanley you should take the 14 (I think) via the eastern part of Hong Kong Island, and then the tram from Sau Kai Wan. That is a wonderful experience, but one which takes most of the day. Certainly not a 5 hour stopover thing.

(Why not stay for a couple of days and really experience Hong Kong?!)
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RE: Five Hours In HKG - What To Do?

Sat May 06, 2006 2:04 pm

Thanks everyone. It looks like I'll have to add Bus #6 to my to do list. I am definitely ready for a dim sum feeding frenzy. Last time I did that was in Chinatown in San Francisco after taking an exam in the city. So Kowloon is better for nightlife? My first night I will probably be pretty exhausted after flying in from LAX on CX's daylight flight. I head to BKK pretty early on Wednesday morning. Later this month I'll have more time to really check out Hong Kong. I am getting really excited about this trip. I'll be on a beach in southern Thailand by Wednesday afternoon. Full Moon Party will be a few days later.....

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RE: Five Hours In HKG - What To Do?

Sat May 06, 2006 10:23 pm

Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 12):
From Stanley you should take the 14 (I think) via the eastern part of Hong Kong Island, and then the tram from Sau Kai Wan. That is a wonderful experience, but one which takes most of the day. Certainly not a 5 hour stopover thing.

Hello all

Yes the number 14 is as well as number 6. I also doubt what you can do in 5 hours. Mightbe have some good shopping in the airport, sit down, have a cup of coffee?

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RE: Five Hours In HKG - What To Do?

Sun May 07, 2006 2:24 am

Ah yes, the no. 14! If you think roads that can handle double-deckers couldn't get any tighter than those used by the No. 6, think again!!! Apart from super-tight mountain twisties, the highlight of the 14 has to be the run on top of the dam of the Tai Tam Reservoir (completed in 1916). Just watch those drivers on the opposite direction squirming and sweating while trying to squeeze past your bus !! (I guess the photo below should explain it!)



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