Hi! My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to NZ, OZ & Hawaii via Hong Kong. I've just bought a guide book and been swatting up but as we'll only have 3 or so days there, can anyone advise some must sees/must avoids and somewhere reasonably priced to stay (I'm heard the YMCA is ok..?)
we did exactly the same as you've decided to do (since we were only there for 3 days too) however, we decided to spend a bit more and get somewhere quite central. Stayed in South Kowloon... great part of the city.
You'll hear differing opinions about the place, but to be honest, I've never felt so safe as I did in Hongkong... even in some of the more apparently "dodgy" parts of town.
We went to see the big budda, saw pink dolphins (very rare and getting rarer!) went to hong kong island itself and walked around the hill (get the tram up).. absolutely brilliant views of the city at night time (there's a laser show at about 8pm I think)
We also went to "Happy Valley" which is the race course... it was free the night we went and the beer was quite cheap too. Had a great night!
You can also go to the HongKong DisneyLand (It just opened last year!) it's a bit expensive but it's an experience as to how tacky commercialism can get!
Loved the place and am going to go back and spent longer there next time!
I did the same too... 3 days in HK but I was travelling solo.
Must sees for HK were...
1. Bug Buddha on Lantau Island. Quite impressive sitting atop the stairs.
2. The Peak (although it would have been better for me if it wasn't foggy)
3. Temple St Night Market in Kowloon... cheap and great atmosphere.
What I wouldn't do again...
1. The nightly 'city lights' show at 8pm. It was hella lame
2. The massive hiking trails on Lantau Island (only because it was hella rainy when I went and the fear of getting dengue fever was waaaay to strong).
3. Staying in Chunking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui... at least not by myself. Just too dodgy.
Hope I could help
Thanks for the info guys...both v useful (especially the don't bother with bits!). I've already set my sights on Big Buddha and am thinking about staying in the YMCA near the night market, and you guys have confirmed this for me. Thanks!