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Hong Kong - 4 quick & simple questions

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1. Posted by cadi (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

Hello everyone.
Going to spend the last 3 days of the year in HK and since I have never been there I need your kind advise for:

1) Which is the best location to stay? (close to shopping, culture and moving around..) Any suggestion in terms of mid-range hotels?

2) What should I visit (like culture, markets, shopping.. and just walking around an looking at places I don't know...)

3) Any suggestion for New Year's Eve?

4) are prices for mobile phone and camera really cheaper then in Europe?

Budget is "mid-range" all the way through...not dormitory, not luxury...but willing to spend a little more for new year's if its really worth it...

Thank you very much in advance
cadi.

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

1. Somewhere around Natahn Road on Kowloon Peninsula is probably your best bet

2. Lots of street markets about 1km further up Nathan Road. Otehr ideas include a trip up the Funicular on HK Island and view over the whole harbour if weather is good. An evening at Happy Valley racecourse (free entrance for last 4? races), a boat trip out to some of the islands. There's also a lazer show (a bit naff, but worth seeing once) at 8pm (i think) every night on the Kowloon side of teh harbour.

3. Was there last NYE. Was good fun and really funny. Basically, people congregate all along the Walk of Stars, near the end of Nathan Road and the Star ferry terminal. It fills up, so get there fairly early. We took our own booze and stuff and just enjoyed teh atmposhere. Last yera there was a big gatehring for 8pm with teh lazer show and also teh fireworks, then it quietened for an hour or so before filling up again for the countdown. The really funny thing was you had 500,000 people waiting. The countdown was displayed on the skyscrapers and everybody ewas readfy and at midnight... absolutely nothing. It couldn't have been planend any better! About 5-10secs later, a single red rocket went off on teh other side of the harbour, and that was it. Basically, teh big fireworks were with the lazer show at 8. Nathan Road is also shut to traffic until about 12.30-1, and turns into a huge mass of partying people.

4. Not desperately so. Best deals are normally for more than one, and paying cash. I had planned to buy a laptop, but prices weren't really much (if any) cheaper than Europe, and paying cash has it's own issues anyway.... There are some good deals, and there are so many places that its worth going in to lots of places and asking (and even in "respectable looking proper shops" i.e. not market stalls in the electronics markets - feel free to haggle and play them off against 'cheaper competitors down the road'), but you need to know exactly what you want and how much you would pay at home. Allegedly, Taiwan and Singapore are the cheapest places, but i've not been to either.

For accom, i stayed in low end places, but I would say that you should book fairly well in advance, as NYE in particular fills up quickly, and you may find yourself lacking options if you leave it until a week beforehand.

3. Posted by paco22 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hi:

Can you gie the name of any hotel near to Lan Kwai Fong?? I want to visit Hong Kong this weekend and people tell me this street is crazy!!!

Thanks.

4. Posted by agss241 (Budding Member 31 posts) 10y

1. Probably best bet is to stay in the Tsim Sha Tsui area in
Kowloon, (That would be in the same area of Nathan Road
mentioned in previous reply). The New World Renaissance (sp?)
hotel is a good bet. It's right on the promenade. Not far
away is the Air/Space Museum and the Chinese Culture Center.
Ask the concierge for directions to Temple Street Night Market,
Bird Street, and the Flower Market, most especially don't miss
Temple Street! In that area around Mong Kok is also "The
Ladies Market", a huge open air Victoria's Secret.

Star Ferry is at the opposite end of the Promenade, EASY walking
distance. Also you can see the Clock Tower from the Promenade,
that's the original Eastern terminus of the original Orient
Express Railway. A good picture is a MUST. Take the Star Ferry
over to Central and make your way to Victoria Peak Tram, if the
weather cooperates it is the most spectacular night sight in all
of HK. You could also take a cab or the underground rail over to
HK Island, but the Star Ferry should be a MUST for every tourist.
On HK side, also is Stanley Market, great outdoor shopping.

If you can't enjoy Hong Kong, you might as well go ahead and submit
to your autopsy, 'cuz you can't enjoy anything! :)

5. Posted by cadi (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

Hi agss241 and Gelli and thanks for your suggestions.

last 2 questions:

1. what kind of weather is to expect in late Decembre in HK?

2. ferry to Macau: 90 minutes ride correct?

thanks again.

cadi

6. Posted by novos (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y

1. what kind of weather is to expect in late Decembre in HK?

2. ferry to Macau: 90 minutes ride correct?

1. one jacket is fine. around 10 to 16 degrees i guess.

2. approx. 60 mins, 3XX something HKD for a round way ticket.

nice holiday in HK.

7. Posted by novos (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y

http://www.hko.gov.hk/wxinfo/dailywx/dailywx.shtml

you can check past 5 yrs weather of HK, from there.

8. Posted by tim333 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

1) Which is the best location to stay? (close to shopping, culture and moving around..) Any suggestion in terms of mid-range hotels?

You can stay in TST, it is a good location for you to good everywhere. If you want a style one, try this - Mingle Place.

2) What should I visit (like culture, markets, shopping.. and just walking around an looking at places I don't know...)

It really depends what you prefer, but if you come in New Year Eve, I suggust you can't miss shopping, crazy sale is very crazy.

3) Any suggestion for New Year's Eve?

Go to Lan Kwai Fong in Central for count down, very nice.

4) are prices for mobile phone and camera really cheaper then in Europe?

Yes, they are much more cheaper than Europe, at least they are duty-free.

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