My wife & I are looking to visit Hong Kong.
Our interests are:
(3) Good Food
Can anyone give some advice on reasonably priced, good quality accommodation in a location that will suit our interests.
Advice on photographic subjects & shopping would also be appreciated.
We are looking at the BP International or the Eaton.
Does anyone have an opinion on these?
Or are there any other recommendations?
Well, I can't really give you any advice on the accommodation, but shopping... ah, you should head to Causeway Bay and Mongkok. I really liked shopping in Mongkok, they've got all sorts of shops, small and big, and you can find a lot of stuff. It literally boggles you, but if you're a shopper, that's heaven, haha. Causeway Bay is one of Hong Kong's major shopping districts, lots of trendy upmarket shops and all. Tsim Sha Tsui is quite a good place to do some shopping too.
Food... well, it's not a problem if you're not picky, there's plenty of good stuff just around the corner. I would recommend Hui Lau Shan, this is a place famous for its desserts of fresh fruits and sago. I especially loved the mango stuff they had. I visited the branch in Tsim Sha Tsui, but I'm sure they have branches all over Hong Kong.
You might want to check out this site for more on Hong Kong:
Discover Hong Kong
I am booked into the dragon hostel in Mongkok for next week, if you want I can message you while there and let you know how it is??
It's been highly recommended and it's £13 a night for a private single with shared bathroom
I'm not really sure what sort of quality you are looking for, but the best value place I found was Royal Plaza hotel. At around £60 a night it is certainly not budget, but for the qulaity of the hotel (4/5 star) it is very good value.
Summer: I'm Australia's worst shopper but my wife has a "Black Belt in Shopping".
She will love the website link thank you.
Ruby: We probably are looking for hotel style accommodation say 3-4 star.
As long as it's clean, well positioned & reasonably priced we'll be happy.
Newsense: The Royal Plaza sounds OK but is it in a central location?
The BP International is on Austin Rd near Temple St.
I read in a brochure that Temple street is a good shopping area.
Would I be better located elsewhere (ie: is there a better shopping area than Temple St)?
yeah sorry I re read your post straight after and realised it probably wasn't what you were looking for
Im booked into the eaton at the start of june. I dont know if thats way to late for me to let you know what its like?
I did read alot of reviews and its seemed like a very nice hotel. Alittle expensive but im going to take it easy and enjoy abit of luxury.
Hi, I was in Hong Kong in January but I stayed in Dragon Hostel while my friends stayed in Nathan Hotel. I had seen their room in Nathan Hotel, quite spacious and clean but more expensive in my opinion. Can't help you much on accommodation.
I am into photography too (but amateur)... If you are visiting the Big Buddha on Lantau Island, be there early in the morning. There will be lesser crowd and the sun is not behind the Buddha. Around Victoria Harbour are numerous spots for photographing the boats, ferries and the only batwing junk. Try catching the Symphony of Lights at night from the Avenue of Stars (Tim Sha Shui), etc... In general, try avoiding attractions during weekends so you can avoid crowds.
There's simply too much to talk about photography but you can take a look at my photos here: http://ngrick2.multiply.com
As for shopping, I found Ladies Market (don't be misled by the name, it doesn't just sell ladies stuffs) a much better place to shop than Temple Street (much like flea market). And if you get bored with Ladies Market, you can always adjourn to Fa Yuen Street (for sport shoes and photographic equipment) or Sai Yeung Choi Street (for western fashions). These 3 streets are in Mongkok and adjacent to one another. For even cheaper shopping, take the MTR to Sham Shui Po station and exit to either Fuk Wah Street (cheap clothing) or Apliu Street (electronics). Needless to say, bargain!
As for food, I go for cheap and simple fare, especially Hong Kong-styled and I found them mostly to be good. Most of the cafes I went to are located around Jordan MTR. If you are game for more exotic food, try the snake soup/meat and roast pigeon. Both are Hong Kong's famous delicacies. I only tried them once, so I can't say which shops are the best for these.
Hope these help.