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Old 02-03-2005, 07:37 AM   #1
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I'm booking a flight to Thailand and will have a layover (1 or 2 days) in Hong Kong before coming back to NYC. I'm planning to be in Thailand for 7-8 days. Is 1 or 2 days enough to see most of the sights & sounds of Hong Kong? I'm going to do my research...but what are some of the some of the things I "must do & see" while I'm there? Also, would anyone have hostel & moderate/cheap hotel recommendations?
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If I remember right, voyd and worldwidemike have been to Hong Kong.

So maybe they will come along and be able to give you some suggestions.
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^ You are correct, check out all my Hong Kong photos on my site and see if anything jumps out at ya!

As you can see from the map, Kowloon is the Chinese peninsula and Hong Kong ("fragrant harbor") an island just south of it. And there's also a few smaller islands lyin' around.

Kowloon has a lot of the crowded little markets and stores that are fun to walk through and shop! Bruce Lee's 2-story house is also still here at 41, Cumberland Road.

Hong Kong has more of the skyscrapers, office buildings and trademark skyline. Victoria's Peak is its standard tourist attraction.

Lantau Island has the largest Buddha statue in the world!

Well, there's a tiny bit of a primer, so you hopefully have a small starting point to help plan your stay now!
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For nightlife, check out the Wanchai district of HK, which is the old red-light district from the 70's. It has since become more touristy and less seedy, but a little seediness still remains. There are some good pubs, discos, etc in that area. The Central district (business district) also has some pubs and bars. Stay away from the go-go bars - they are basically a scam. They have touts outside that try to drag you inside.

Make sure to take the ferry from Hong Kong to Kowloon. Its a short trip (15 to 20 minutes) and you get some great views of the harbor and the city skyline. It only costs the equivalent of around 50 cents, I think.

Take the tram to the top of Victoria peak - great views in all directions.

HK has a nice enough subway line that is easy to figure out and runs parallel to the water. If you walk up the city, away from the harbor, (up because it is built on the side o a mountain) there are pedestrian foot bridges and moving walkways one story up from the street so you don't have to worry about crossing busy street. Its great. Anyway....enjoy. HK is a fun place...but expensive.
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I echo all of Voyd and LiveFree's recommendations. Take some time, too, to check out the temples and take in the sometimes bustling atmosphere as crowds of worshippers light joss sticks, etc.

You can get the Octopus Card, which is good for the subways, buses, etc., and it makes traveling mass transit really easy. Most residents use them. You stick it in a camera bag, purse, whatever, and then swipe the bag across the reader and it can detect it through the material. Really cool. If I remember right, you can add money to them if you start to run low.

I definitely recommend Hong Kong. Since my visit there, I've become more convinced that when you look at HK, you are looking at the future of cities on our planet. As it gets more crowded, and space is at a premium, cities will build vertically instead of spreading out horizontally, like here in the states.

My web page has my somewhat soul searching HK travelogue...

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