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I'd stick to HK if you only have a few days:

Take the tram up to the Peak to watch the sunset and see the city lights come on.

The nicest part of the country is the cable car ride up to the Big Buddha on Lantau. You could also hike/run back down if you want exercise, although in Summer the heat will hurt you. Have lunch at the monastery out there.

Go for a huge Yum Cha brunch. There are so many to choose from. We used to go to Wan Chai not far from Central and just walk along until we found a big popular restaurant. Even the Buddhist vegetarian restaurants were excellent.

For a bit of luxury, the Felix restaurant at top of Peninsula Hotel on Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) side has a great bar and from the men's toilets you can stand at the windows and piss on HK. The views across to HK central at night or day are amazing.

There are some really cool bike shops within walking distance of the Peninsula in TST. Look them up if that is your thing. Bull Bike Yau Ma Tei Store was chockas with stuff if memory serves.

Walk up to Hollywood Road and check out the antique shops and cafés.

Visit all the street markets for some interesting sights and smells.

Shanghai Tang stores have really nice souvenirs.

If you want night life with the expats they all go to Lan Kwai Fong for drinks - an area in Central. There would be heaps of new places opened up since I lived there so just go walking and see what you can find. SoHo is also great place for a drink at night.

If you want cheap designer clothes, there's a huge mall within a short bus ride of the airport called Citygate Tung Chung. Bit like a DFO with all the big brand names.

If you have more time, I would go to Macau for a day trip before I bother with China. Macau has an interesting Portuguese influence.

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Thanks, have Thursday night to Thursday night.   Probably wont drink much re bars and stuff.  Might walk back from big buddha, that looks cool. Might have pack some decent clothes if i do Felix, looks worth the effort though.  100% will do the street markets.

 

 

 

 

 

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If you go to the markets or the jewellery/gold retailers make sure you bargain hard, especially with the Indians. Be really, really hard on them and be prepared to walk away. You're a tourist so you won't get anywhere near their bottom price even if you make them cry - it's all part of the game. ;)

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We went to Macau a few years ago and really enjoyed our time there.  We spent three days there which was probably 1 day too many. The casino's are crazy and worth a look. Most of them are exactly the same as the ones in Las Vegas (they used the same drawings) 

As the customer has said it has a interesting Portuguese influence. We enjoyed the St Paul's ruins & all the cookie vendors. (See  if you can fill up on the free samples) I didn't think it was possible but my daughter was all "no more cookies Dad" 

We stayed at the Galaxy Macau which was crazy!!!! Lazy river swimming pool etc. The girls loved it.  The casino's all run free buses between hotels so it's easy to explore. They also have free wi-fi & bottled water in every bus. 

The Ferry from HK to Macau is cheap & they run all the time. It would be a great day trip for HK & a good way to escape the mayhem of HK for a few hours. 

We didn't find any good shopping in Macau it was all Casino based shops & out of our price range. LV, Prada etc. I did find a watch I liked (Penerai) but at $75,000 Aus I decided to give it a miss. 

Cool story: My mate went last year & found a $10,000 chip on the floor outside his hotel room. Casually bent down to do his shoe lace up. Picked up the chip. Cashed it out the next day before heading to the airport.  He's now in New York on a free holiday with the $10k. 

 

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Question... Are you going solo or with others. HK is my favourite city. When are you going. Is it work or play.

Another great thing is take the ferry from HK Island out to Discovery Bay and do the walk/trek from Discovery Bay to Silvermine Beach and on to Mui Wo where you can get the Ferry back to Central (HK Island). You will soon realise how uninhabited land there is in HK.

If you are going with family Kids you can do Disneyland for youngsters or even Ocean Park.

 

Oh and the symphony of lights 20:00 every night of the week. Best to watch from Kowloon side. Or even watch it one night whilst on the star ferry.

Ping me you email address and I will send you a power point I created for some friends....

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how uncomfortable are the longer flights for taller people ?

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2 hours ago, Merv said:

how uncomfortable are the longer flights for taller people ?

Potentially very, I only ever buy sale fares or do points, or points plus pay  when flying personally. I have the inconvenience of having to travel for work  and one of the few benefits of that is I  can normally see the whole plane on international and pick the bulk head.  If bulk head is unavailable will pay for an exit row. 

If I do the long haul a380, try to get that little economy section upstairs so I can get up and walk about heaps.  Think its about 6 rows and fairly large galleys - one side is the stairs to downstairs and the other side is a meal drink prep area for econ/ plat econ.  I dont sleep much and sleep even less on planes so it's a good area, I can pace about, go up and down the stairs.

Had a flight from hell to London about two years ago, bog standard economy, knees touching the seat in front, only time I have wished my legs were shorter. On the standard qantas seat pitch, my knees hit the seat in front.  

I flew jetsar to hawaii once, will never ever fly anywhere with them again but at $250 each way it was a ridiculous special to good not to pick up.

 

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1 hour ago, Oompa Loompa said:

Had a flight from hell to London about two years ago, bog standard economy, knees touching the seat in front, only time I have wished my legs were shorter. On the standard qantas seat pitch, my knees hit the seat in front. 

For this reason, always dress well even if you have economy tickets. If you are really tall and alert a flight attendant to your discomfort, there is a chance that they will move you. If there are no spare leg room seats in economy, that may mean a free upgrade to Premium or Business but not if you're wearing denim or tracky dacks.

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Timely thread. Will be visiting family in Singapore & looking to do a 3 day side trip with said family. Bearing in mind it will be over the Easter Weekend & will have an 18 month old in tow, is Honkers worth it in this case? Other options floated were Kuala Lumpur & Bangkok. HK would be my preference if practical.

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7 hours ago, \m/ Moshboy \m/ said:

Timely thread. Will be visiting family in Singapore & looking to do a 3 day side trip with said family. Bearing in mind it will be over the Easter Weekend & will have an 18 month old in tow, is Honkers worth it in this case? Other options floated were Kuala Lumpur & Bangkok. HK would be my preference if practical.

I got back this morning, thanks bored, foz, customer.  Actually did a day or two of Foz's as written.

Not sure about 18 month old, just cant offer an opinion either way but you would have three full days. I think it would be better than Bangkok and KL but probably personal opinion. Bangkok to me is a great spot if over 18 and I have mixed feeling to KL, have loved it and hated it.  To be honest, 3 day side trip, have a look at siem reap, I did that ex Singapore once and loved it.  Hired a private tour of the temples one day which I think was about $80US for 5 and a minibus. Has night markets, and pub street which is cool to eat at and you are seeing one of the goto places of world heritage.  Can be really hot at wrong time of the year.

 

re Honkers, 

Octupus card, foz said put $500HKD on it, spent about $470.  Could easily have spent more on it as its accepted all over the place, even getting into the races.

Airport to hotel, caught the A21 bus which stopped right out the front. $33 each way, easy as. 

Did Big Buddha, Peak, Stanley, star ferry, all the markets -ate in temple st markets a bit, it was very convenient to hotel and I like those dingy street restaurants, went to macau which was awesome, loved the old area, st pauls and the fort, ended up ducking over to shenzen which was a bit of waste of time but would have been awesome if I wanted a watch, sunglasses or a bag. Pretty much did the top 15 on trip adviser.  Rode a ding ding. Hiked dragon back.

Happy Valley Wednesday night - my god, what a night out.  Only bummer with that is winning on your last night in hong kong and getting cash you dont want - tough problem.  Every bar/ beer tent there accepted octupus card too, but my balance was low and I was getting rid of cash.

Didnt do disney or ocean park. 

Upgraded on points to business class coming home which was good.

Oh... and Im standing watching the 8pm lights on the Harbour, there is an older American that served in Nam, from portland, oregon,  talking to two Australians in front of me.  I'm standing silent.  Anyway, American is reliving R&R in Sydney in 1969 asking about Kings Cross now and telling how it was, and telling the two Australians about the love of his life, Rosemary, who he had a wonderful week with and never saw again.   

I couldnt help it. I say Heh mate (obvious Australian accent), Im from Sydney, my mum was Rosemary and I was born in 69 - Dad ?     He looked in absolute shock, my wife and the other two Australians started pi$$ing themselves laughing....  Anyway, he was a good bloke and had a chuckle once he realised I was joking.

 

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Food at Temple street is fantastic - open air tables on the street when they close the street down for the evening. Good seafood and plenty of beer. Probably better when the weather warms up a bit and the beer is plenty!

 

Glad you had a good trip. I recommend HK as a destination to anyone thinking about it.

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12 hours ago, The Customer said:

Nice place to visit, buggar of a place to work in. Six day working week and very long hours expected.

Ironic that HK under Commie rule is like this, go to Taiwan and it's completely the opposite - sneeze and you take a public holiday

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When China took over, they realised they'd be crazy to change HK as there's lots of money to be made - one Gov, 2 systems.

Real Estate in HK is so expensive, the locals tend to make their office their homes and will stay into the night to eat dinner and play on the computer. Better than spending your evenings in a 20m2 flat with your whole family. I used to run out the door at 6pm hoping no one would see me. All the locals would shout out "BYE-BYEEEEEE" just so that the bosses knew that the Aussie was the first to leave. As far as I was concerned, I'd done my work during business hours, the others weren't doing anything after 6.

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23 hours ago, The Customer said:

Nice place to visit, buggar of a place to work in. Six day working week and very long hours expected.

This isn't the case in Global companies in HK. Only local companies from my experience.

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I worked for an international run predominantly by Brits with an Aussie Managing Director. We worked from 8.30 until 1 or 2 pm every Saturday. Was the same hours at the HK Trade Development Centre and STAR TV. Star TV was the worst conditions I've ever encountered. They had so little space that the area under your desk became storage for files and boxes - couldn't even pull your chair in. I asked for 'a drawer' once and nearly got laughed out of the building. The stench from the continually flooded loos was horrendous.

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