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Hiong Kong for a week

21 Nov 2006  Retired but not retiring
4.0 of 5 stars based on 8 votes

Seven day trip without tiring yourself out.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Hong Kong, Guangzhou
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Seniors, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Fall
  • 1. Shopping

    Everyone wants to shop to some extent. Many places are a tourist trap, either because they sell pretty tatty goods at inflated prices or they charge the earth for often counterfeit items without a warranty. Fine if you are happy with the risk but I found two places worth a visit. Causeway Bay around Times Square is where locals shop and another good location is the top of Nathan Road near Argyle street (avoid the southern end of Nathan Road. A good place for inexpensive reasonable quality souvenirs for the family is the Tourist Information Centre at the Star Ferry terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui.

  • 2. Lantau Island
    Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China

    Well worth the trip - I used Gray Line but you can do it yourself if you wish - the advantage of Gray Line is the guide and transport around the island. The main reason to visit is the Buddha - an amazing sight - and the Buddhist temple (with a vegetarian restaurant). The cable car ride back to the coach station is pretty cool as well

  • 3. Repulse Bay
    Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, China

    A really splendid beach for those craving the beach scene - the air seemed a bit clearer on the day I visited as well, not sure if that's a regular feature.

  • 4. Star ferries

    Worth the HK$2.2 for the trip (about 17 pence) before the reclaim so much land you can walk across. They also do good trips around the harbour visiting all the ferry termini. The earlier you go the cheaper and less crowded they are. They leave Tsim Sha Tsui at 5 past the hour and Central at 20 past the hour

  • 5. Panorama of Lights

    Eight to eight fifteen each evening. Many buildings around the harbour have a co-ordinated sound and light show. Best viewed from the Avenue of the Stars on Kowloon waterfront, where you can hear the music.

  • 6. Guangzhou
    Guangzhou, Guangdong

    A day trip best done with a guide and tour company as they will organise the visa and look after you at Customs/Immigration. I will long remember the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, the Temple of the six Banyan trees and the Chen Academy. Do make the effort if you can you won't be soory.

  • 7. Peak Tram
    Peak Tram, Hong Kong, China

    Worth it for the trip - better done during the day - at night it can get very busy. Don't expect a quiet viewing platform - it's a large shopping mall and can be crowded. Neither expect to be at the peak - it's not the peak at all but a long way below it. Nonetheless worth it for a taste of old technology doing a good job.

  • 8. Markets

    Don't expect a bargain. I visited Ladies market, Stanley market and the Jade Market. All are worth it for the hustle and bustle and the thrill of haggling - don't pay more than 30% of the asking price. If you go to the Jade Market in the early morning you may do well but if you can, take some one who knows about jade with you (real jade has veins and creates static against wool)

  • 9. Hong Kong Museum of Art
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China

    Worth it for the Chinese painting - allow an hour or so. the adjacent Space Museum, I am told is alsdo worth a look. The first time I tried it was closed (all museums close on either Tuesdays or Thursdays). The second time I tried it wasn't opening till 1300, not 1000 as advertised. So ring ahead before you make the journey.

  • 10. Eating

    Go with an open mind and be prepared to be adventurous with food - that doesn't mean chickens feet and animals we keep as pets in our countries. You can eat courageously in good restaurants without risking succumbing to stomach upsets for the rest of the trip.