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Old 11-17-04, 09:04 AM
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48 hours in Hong Kong - what to do...?

I'm on my way to Hong Kong for two days and have just a few 'set' things to do - so lots of time for sighseeing and other fun stuff.

I was considering Victoria's Peak or Lantau island (big buddha) - or both.. Also need some shopping done, but not quite sure what to do.

Any hongkong savvy otters out there care to chime in with suggestions?
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Old 11-17-04, 09:53 AM
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raven - what do you want to know? I live here. Which days are you gonna be here? The weekends are always great, because HK is a town where you can party until really, REALLY late (and I mean until 2PM the next day - without stopping or sleeping - I've done it). Most of the coolest bars need you to have "connection" to get in though, like Yum-La or Drop or Dragon-i.

Groucho - sailors? Plenty of 'em in Wanchai, but there's no boats around lately AFAIK.

nemein - ah, it's being blown up like crazy, that story. Everyone's so afraid of SARS that they're hyping anything nowadays. Of course, I may be wrong, but according to reports here it doesn't seem like a new epidemic at all.

PixyJunket - bootleg games are becoming very rare in HK, due to government/police raids.

raven56706 - hookers are now a bit hard to find in HK, unless you mean the Mainland prostitutes in Mongkok.
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The cliche that I've always heard is that you can get very cheap (but well made) suits in Hong Kong. This may be something from many years ago that isn't true anymore (and perhaps never was).
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I'm in the airport now, so i'll be checking in at the JW Marriott thursday night local time.
Definently going out friday night (and potentially thursday if i'm not too beat). Was just going to lan kwai fong, but recommendations are taken happily.

I was in HK for a week or two a few years back, but didnt have time to do much.

Speaking of bootleg - wife wants some 'designer bags' and such.. is there a place to go for that stuff? Stanley market?
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eat Peking Duck and hit a few dim sum places.
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eat Peking Duck and hit a few dim sum places.
But make sure it's a quality restaurant.

Like I always say: you dim sum, you lose some.
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Originally posted by Grimfarrow
PixyJunket - bootleg games are becoming very rare in HK, due to government/police raids.
Even the old stuff for the NES/Famicom? That's what I was referring to, at least.
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Go out to Aberdeen and eat at the Jumbo restaurant. I really enjoyed the experience and the food.

http://www.jumbo.com.hk/eng/main.php

Go shopping and never pay anywhere near what's asked.
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Go up the peak (I forget the name) it offers the most spectular views of the harbor.

I was there in 85, and would love to go back.

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Yes to the below! I went there, and it was toursty, but great stuff!

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Go out to Aberdeen and eat at the Jumbo restaurant. I really enjoyed the experience and the food.

http://www.jumbo.com.hk/eng/main.php

Go shopping and never pay anywhere near what's asked.
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Re: 48 hours in Hong Kong - what to do...?

Originally posted by ravan
I'm on my way to Hong Kong for two days and have just a few 'set' things to do - so lots of time for sighseeing and other fun stuff.

I was considering Victoria's Peak or Lantau island (big buddha) - or both.. Also need some shopping done, but not quite sure what to do.

Any hongkong savvy otters out there care to chime in with suggestions?
sleep with a bunch of pigs and birds in a barn and see what kind of mutated flu you can bring back.
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If you're looking for something to do in the evening/night you can take a hydrofoil to Macau and do some gambling. The hydrofoil ride is amazing.
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Old 11-17-04, 11:33 AM
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FOOD

Do NOT go to Jumbo Restaurant! Shittiest. food. ever.

Want good dim sum? Try Central's City Hall. The Maxim's on the 2nd floor has one of the best dim sums in the city. Just remember to go there EARLY - around noon. Any later and you won't find seats.

If you want somewhere romantic, go to 1 Peking Road in Tsim Sha Tsui - the restaurant Aqua (manager's a friend of mine) has the best view of Hong Kong in town, save for Felix at the Peninsula. Be prepared to spend at least US $100 per person though.

If you want something a bit less austentacious, go to my fave restaurant, Mezz (Prince's Building, 2nd floor, Central). Sous chef is an acquaintance. Fantastic fois gras!

Other highly recommended restaurants (fact that I know people who are chefs/owners of these places do not bias my opinion!):

Gaia - Grand Millennium Plaze, Sheung Wan MTR Exit. VERY pricey, but fantastic Italian cuisine with the best Italian wine selection around.

My Place - a small cozy little place, but great food for very reasonable price. On Staunton Street, turn right from Mid-Level escalators.

Delicious - need breakfast? Go to Delicious, which is right on Lyndhurst Terrace. Very cheap, but damn if the Eggs Benedict there aren't friggin' fantastic.

DESIGNER BAGS

So does your wife want, ahem, "real" designer bags? If so, head straight to Central and get them. Plenty of Pradas and Guccis around.

If you want ahem, non-real ones, go to Mongkok - they have a night market that has some of that, but again, due to police raid it may be hard to find.

NIGHTLIFE

Lan Kwai Fong is dull, dull, dull, IMO. But then, I'm the set who likes to hang out at clubs with breakbeats and trance music. I'm definitely going to be out on Friday at Yum-la, which is my local haunt. The website is at http://www.yumla.com/. Address:
lower basement, harilela house, 79 wyndham street, central, hong kong.

The Soho area has some really good bars as well - I'd recommend Feather Boa, which is a Victorian furniture shop turned into a bar. Fantastic atmosphere, but small and hard-to-find.

If you want a live band, head to the EDGE, which is on Hollywood Rd. right above from Lan Kwai Fong.

Bars like DROP, Dragon-i, etc. will need someone who "knows" people to escort you in. These places are always placed with models, fashion designers, and stars.

Anything you'd like to know still?
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Old 11-17-04, 11:38 AM
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SIGHTSEEING

The Peak - take the Peak Tram up, and perhaps have lunch at The Peak Lookout - a fantastic outdoor restaurant. Weather's gonna be clear, so you came at the right time. Too bad you don't have more time - Hong Kong has some fantastic hiking trails!

Repulse Bay/Stanley - these are musts. Got to the beachside of Hong Kong and shop at the market in Stanley. I don't go often because these are more tourist trap places than anything else.

Discovery Bay - you won't believe you're in HK, since the whole town is full of Westerners! Strange how chinese are minorities even in HK. Nice piazza in the middle where you can grab great tap German beers, then hang out at the beach. Weather's still not cold either. And you get to take a fast ferry there.
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Old 11-18-04, 10:10 AM
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Thanks all for the ideas - esp Grimfarrow - excellent stuff, thanks for taking the time to write it up!

Just got here and checked in. I didnt quite grasp the ATL-ICN flight would be 14 hrs 55 mins! Thats a mightly long flight. The new airport train is pretty nice. Wasnt there when I was here in 2001 I think?

JW Marriott seems nice - although I have no clue where I am in relation to everything else..

I'm pretty big on trance, so maybe thats what i'll do tomorrow night.

Victorias peak for sure as well if its not foggy.

No hookers or sleeping with pigs, sorry.
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JW Marriott is in the heart of Hong Kong. You're right above a huge shopping mall called Pacific Place. BTw, there's a fantastic Thai fusion restaurant in Pacific Place called Thai Basil. Their soft-shell crab rolls are exquisite. Plus, it's very reasonably priced.

You're also right above the subway (MTR) as well. From Admiralty station, you can go to Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon). Or just walk to Central or the Peak Tram (which takes you up to the Peak) - it's very near.

Yes, definitely come to Yum-la! Don't remember which DJ's playing tomorrow, but they always have great music. It's actually a pretty small club, but the people are just great - especially my friends Phil (co-owner) and Helen (bartender). Dress well - the crowd's pretty swank and hip. There's also a bouncer at the door, but he's usually very cool about stuff. Let me know if you're going - maybe I'll see you there? Would be interesting to meet Otters overseas
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go to bangkok for a night.

you know what they say about spending one night in bangkok
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I've spent 6 years in Bangkok - which means over 2000 nights there. But how is any of this relevant to this thread?
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the world is definetly your oyster then...
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Old 11-19-04, 06:16 AM
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Good song. Just got back from the Peak and stanley market. I got the 'almost but not really' original bags i was instructed to brin back. Was a bit tricky, they are a bit paranoid about it, it
seems but it all worked out.


I'm sure i should be haggling more than I do - but i was feeling the effects of a few beers in Wan Chai still.

The peak was awesome - HK is really cool at night (well daytime too).

Is there a recommended place for electronics?

I may try and find Yum La a bit later - people go out pretty late in general right? Been walking all day - need a break
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Yeah, HK is a night city - you can party until 4AM, and that would be considered an early night.

I'm actually feeling ill, so I won't be making it to Yum-la after all. Have fun though!

As for electronics, I usually buy them from "official" stores like Fortress or Broadway. Not big on smaller stores that may have crappy/fake warranties.
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