I'm beginning my six month trip with a few days in Hong Kong before heading to Oz, I'm looking for any suggestions regarding accommodation and highlights of things to do. I'm a female travelling alone so would like to sort out somewhere to stay before arriving. Any advice much appreciated.
I can't really help with the accommodation, but for things to do... plenty. Hong Kong is pretty accessible via the MTR, so getting around won't be too much of a problem. If you like shopping, Mongkok has a lot of niche shops that are great for browsing around and bargaining. Causeway Bay is the upscale version. Food won't be a problem, every other corner there's probably a stall or shop selling eatables. If you have time and are early, do go for yum cha. I was in Tsim Sha Tsui and there were plenty of restaurants to be found - it also has a good number of hotels, and the YMCA of HK is there too. Wan Chai also has a good mix of restaurants and smaller eateries.
Then there are the popular haunts like Victoria Peak and Lan Kwai Fong. For a change of pace and scenery, you can hop over to one of the outlying islands like Lamma or Lantau - both are accessible via ferry.
Check out the HK tourism site: Discover HK
[ Edit: Edited on 12-Aug-2009, at 15:17 by summer910 ]
For accommodation check out the online hostel booking sites, they have plenty of reviews. In our RTW, teh room we had in HK was the smallest on the trip, however it was clean, had free tea, tv in room, air con and our own bathroom. I booked it prior to departure. Due to its geography you need to know upon arrival which island to head for to stay. Also you will have trouble just locating somewhere to stay freelance, as they are in high rise buildings and not obvious from the street.
What's your budget for accommodation? How good do you want about your accommodation?
For shopping, you can go to Mong Kok (the so-called Women's Street), Yau Ma Tei (go to Temple Street after 6pm), and Stanley (Stanley Market). Stuffs in Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway are supposed to be more expensive.
For food, you can take the suggestion of Summer910--yam cha (go to a Chinese dim sum restaurant). Restaurants in Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Wanchai, and Causeway will provide menu in English. There're also local restaurants providing food in HK style, but it may be a bit hard for you to distinguish them. You can always find out western fast-food restaurants in Hong Kong (but the taste and food are a bit different). Don't worry about your diet.
Most people go to the Peak for night view, Stanley Market for shopping, beaches, and western bars and restaurants. If you want to see Chinese culture, you can visit Wang Tai Sin Temple by the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) or Po Lin Monastery by the MTR and bus or cable car.
There're a few museum in Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui East, such as Museums of History, Science, Art, and Space. You can visit Ocean Park for roller coaster, pandas, different kinds of animals and sea creatures, and live shows. Ma Wan Park Noah's Ark is newly opened. Don't go to Disneyland. It's disappointing and expensive (I've never been there).