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TOkio OR HONg KONG?????

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1. Posted by moxxo (Full Member 32 posts) 12y

I there im thinking of going to Asia next month and i am thinking of this 2 places. My choice is HONG KONG and then CHIna, or TOkio next step JAPAN... I have 2 weeks, but im thinking that japan is to expensive and i don't have budget to do it.
PLease i need some tips and info about prices and trips that i can make from this 2 citys to other places...
I will go in car, sow i need to think about the gas to....

REgards and MANY thanks MOXXO

2. Posted by vilmalotta (Respected Member 95 posts) 12y

Hi Moxxo,

I don't know if I'm much of a help with this... but I'll reply anyway. ;)

Just visited Hong Kong in March for the first time and liked it
very much! An interesting, thrilling mix of two cultures.
But I haven't been to Japan, so no help from here in comparing
the two.

From Hong Kong it is very easy to make a day trip to Macau.
Just one hour by boat. Or you can drive if you really are going
by car.

About the prices... We were warned that Hong Kong would
be expensive, but from the Finnish point of view it wasn't.
Driving a car there in the other hand is expensive. Or so they
told us. But once again the price of gasoline is not much
higher than in Finland (in March about 1,20-1,30 euros/litre
if I remember correctly). But I know this is a terrible price
for rest of the world.
Prices of food wasn't to bad... 10-15(20) euros a meal (if I remember
correctly). Beer in some pubs was expensive (not for Norwegians ;)),
about 5-7 euros/pint.

Vilma

3. Posted by theroo (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

if you're on a budget, then do not go to Japan as it is so expensive. Hong Kong is definitely a great budget place to go.

enjoy ;)

4. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 12y

Tokyo is easily one of the most expensive places I've ever been... Either there or London. I'm sure it is possible to do it on a budget, but fortunately I have only been in Tokyo for business so have not had to worry so much about that. I live in a pretty expensive city now (New York) and still think Tokyo was out of this world as far as prices go. I liked it there a lot, but couldn't afford to do it with any sort of style without work paying for most of it.

I payed $80 a night to stay in a really fancy coat closet while I was there, and remember specifically being blown away by a $14 Cantaloupe melon. Don't get me wrong though, Tokyo was great and I did a lot of sight seeing in Japan that I'll never forget, but if your top concern is budget then I'd side with Hong Kong.

5. Posted by orienteyec (Full Member 84 posts) 12y

China is a great place for ppl who want to see modern cities---Shanghai HongKong, Beijing...each has its own assets,, u'll have fun there:)

6. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 12y

My experience with Tokyo, and Hong Kong is that I lived int Tokyo for 7 years, and travel to Hong Kong about ten times since the 60's. Both places are expensive to me, who live in Arlington, Texas. Tokyo is a bit more expensive than Hong Kong. At the sametime, if you know where to stay and how to shop for food and other things, you can save quite a lot of cash. Take transportation, as tourist, you can purchase special train tickets which let you travel on lots of train for a week. Sleeping quarters can be had for 20 or 30 dollars a night. If you are adventurist, try the capsule hotels in Tokyo, cheap and interesting. In Hong Kong, try the YMCA, they might have some room for around 50 dollars or less.

The only difference I see is your sightseeing. Hong Kong is smaller than Tokyo. You have the Hong Kong island and Kowloon mainland, which connect with mainland China. You might need permission to go further inland.
In Tokyo, if you're tired of the city (which has plenty of things to see and do), you can take train to nearby cities - Nikko, Kyoto, Nara, Mt. Fuji, ect.

Both cities are beautiful in their own ways. However, crimewise, I feel much safer in Tokyo than Hong Kong.