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accomadation and things to do in hong kong

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1. Posted by ontheedge (Full Member 90 posts) 9y

hi all, im looking for cheap accomadation in hong kong can anyone reccomend a cheap place!- also what is there to do in hong kong i want to expereince everything thanks

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

You can get the star ferry to various areas of Hong Kong. Get the Peak tramway up to Victoria Peak and have a look around up there seeing HongKong from a birds eye view. The Space Museum is in Hong Kong and is worth a visit if you are interested in that sort of stuff (was just near the Star Ferry terminal).

Lantau Island (island where Chep Lap Kok airport is on) is also an interesting place to visit. It has real fishing villages, rice paddies, water buffalo and if I remember correctly I think this was where the really huge buddah statue is at that you get the bus from the terminal near where the ferry drops you off. It is a far more laid back and relaxing area than Hong Kong island.

You can also go to Aberdeen area of Hong Kong which is harbour side and quite a few people live on their boat. If you wish for a different type of experience in this area you can also have dinner on some of the larger boats which are used as floating restaurants.

At night time one thing that is a definite not miss is getting the Star Ferry across to Kowloon and at 7.00pm (or at least it was in April 2006) it has a really spectacular light show go on with the Hong Kong skyscape where all the skyscrapers lights do very strange things like the whole city is linked up to one control board that allows at the flick of a switch for someone to change the colours of the lights and patterns the lights go on the buildings. It was very cheap to get over there and free to watch, but for a good spot to watch it you need to walk up the dock a bit to a point where it goes around a bit of a bend in the wharf. During the day time a trip to this same area is also worth it, but it's better at night. During the day you can see things like Hong Kong's version of the Hollywood walk of fame.

Also getting the Route 6 bus to Repulse Bay is pretty nice for a while especially to take photos of traditional Chinese things. You could also get the Route 6 bus to Stanley Market if you wanted to see the market which had more European people than Asian people.

As for cheap places to stay well I stayed at a place called Wang Fat Hostel. You got there by getting the A11 bus from HKG airport and it was not far from stop 14. It wasn't the best place I have ever stayed, but it certainly wasn't up there with the worst either (the descriptions some people gave about it on some accommodation sites are not the way I experienced it). It was right in the heart of Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong and is especially good if you need to get to the airport pretty early as the bus departs not far from it. Beds weren't the most comfortable but you could at least get a good nights sleep.

You will find so much to see and do in Hong Kong that you don't even need suggestions off here, you will just find things everywhere. I was there for 5 days and didn't double up on anything except seeing the waterfront over at Kowloon.

3. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 9y

How much is the wang Fat hostel???

and how much is Cheap in HK???

HOSTELS IN hk are never cheap...

TRY THE ICONOCLASTIC chungking mansions! Its a must.

4. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 9y

Well, there's plenty of shopping to be done in Mongkok, it's simply teeming with people and a very colourful area in general. Causeway Bay is another major shopping area, lots of big departmental stores and whatnot. Wanchai is HK's cultural hub, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts are both there, where musicals, plays, conventions, fairs etc are held. If you're going there during the Christmas period, Tsim Sha Tsui is a great place to watch the Christmas lightings.

For dining... don't forget the yum cha experience, there are a lot of restaurants that you can go to in Hong Kong to have dim sum. Also, the local cha chaan teng (tea restaurants) offer very affordable food in good-sized portions (btw, you use the tea they serve to clean your chopsticks). Lots of fine dining stuff and shopping in Tsim Sha Tsui too.

Portland Street in Mongkok is Hong Kong's red-light district - if you've watched some HK films, you'll be familiar with that name. Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui offers cheap accommodation, apparently a favourite of backpackers and budget travellers.

5. Posted by sj_mb (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

Pretty sure the light show is 8pm each night