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Does anybody have interesting information about HongKong???

I will go to H.K. next month to attend a conference at Baptist Univ and I will stay there for several days. Does anyone have interesting information about H.K. ???
17 years ago, April 10th 2006 No: 1 Msg: #4941  
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I will go to H.K. next month to attend a conference at Baptist Univ and I will stay there for several days. Does anyone have interesting information about H.K. ???
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17 years ago, April 10th 2006 No: 2 Msg: #4945  
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well...i can tell you one thing. and that is that it is forbidden to throw garbagge on the streets...a lesson i learned while i was there some time ago. Oh and...the city is very lively...hot hot and hot...that was how the climate was when i was there..don't know it is nowadays.
Have a nice trip!
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17 years ago, April 10th 2006 No: 3 Msg: #4954  
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O.K. I will keep remind myself not to throw garbage on the streets...
I think it still be very "hot hot and hot" (so terrible!!) when I go to there..
If I have any interesting experience there, I will let u know Reply to this

17 years ago, April 11th 2006 No: 4 Msg: #4995  
Hopefully no one would want to throw garbage on the streets of any place they visit, so it shouldn't be an issue. I was in Hong Kong a few years ago for about 4 days. They have an awesome public transit system. I am assuming you are going to be in the city or near it, not in the outlying areas?

The Mass Transit System is great, you can get a tourist pass for several days that will let you get on and off as many times as you want for several days. When we were there it was about 6 dollars US. We actually stayed in Kowloon and then used the mass rail to travel back and forth (it goes under the bay) to Hong Kong City.

We also took the ferry once back just to experience it (it is cheap too) and it was a nice trip with some great views of the city. Victoria's Peak is a nice tourist thing to do, and the convention center is also beautiful and has a historical section on the return of Hong Kong to China. We also road on the double decker bus the length of Hong Kong city during rush hour and it was amazing. Very inexpensive and a great way to see the city. At least one of the buildings will allow you to go up to an observation area and you can take pictures there. There seems to be a contest on tallest buildings in that town, I am not sure who is winning currently. The bamboo scaffolds are amazing to see.

We did a lot of walking when we weren't using public transport. The shopping and food in Kowloon are great, and plenty...and there is a park that is amazing to see check out on Sundays. Lots of temples and people watching, if you are into that kind of thing. Hope this helps. Reply to this

17 years ago, April 18th 2006 No: 5 Msg: #5171  
HONG KONG EXPERT HERE (born and bred in HK from a westerners view)

ok being serious now..

mishka mentioned that there is a competition for the tallest building in HK. Its very true and currently the IFC tower (international finance centre) is winning and is one of the top 10 tallest buildings in the world. (and other buildings in HK also included in that list).

The number one thing to do is have 'yam-cha' (dim sum). It is my favourite food in the whole wide world. It is only served for breakfast and lunch so make sure its the right time of day for that. I recommend ordering the barbeque pork bun, and 'har gau' (juicy shrimp in a rice wrapping). NOTHING beats the real thing (dim sum) in HK.Whenever I come home (to HK) I gotta have it. Even other countries cuisines seem to be the best in Hong Kong. So live on your stomach whilst you are there.

If you like views make sure to visit the Peak on a nice sunny day, I highly recommend taking the peak Tram. You can catch a bus to the tram station from the Star Ferry terminus in Central. Additonally, do take the Star Ferry for a ride like Mishka said, its a traditional method of crossing Victoria Harbour. If you like visiting landmarks as well, Take a ferry to Lantau Island and see the Big Buddha. I have actually never been there and I've lived in HK for 18 years, it will be something I will do when I return from London.

Shopping in Hong Kong is also phenomenal. If you are a westerner, its cheaper than what you are used to. For asia it may be a little higher priced. Remember that Hong Kong is a big centre of trade, they know their business and they know it well. There are markets everywhere, as well as shopping malls. From rags to riches, the shops in HK contain everything. ELECTRONICS are the favourite buys. Because 1. its cheaper in HK than most other countries 2. the quality is JUST as great (in fact the quality originates here) and 3. Hong Kong is a huge step in front of anyone else in technology (except perhaps, Japan-or they are both on par) so if you buy something new in HK, you are likely to bring it back to astounded friends and relatives who gush over your new gadgets, who are unable to buy it in your own home country. I recently bought an 8GB memory stick (it cost 1000HK dollars, equivalent to around 67 british pounds), it was good quality and I brought it back to the UK. My friends were like WHAAAAT. Like I said, HK is a step ahead in technology...

Another thing is pirated DVD's. Now I know that half the time they are bad quality (if they are of movies still currently running in the cinema) but most work great and with good quality. For what its worth, I would still say its worth a shot buying a few. If you do buy any, buy ones which have already been legally released on DVD, so that the likelihood of the quality is great. Shopkeepers can demonstrate and test them on their players for you if you request it.

Now Mishka also mentioned bamboo scaffolding. I have grown up seeing it my whole life that I never thought twice about it until I went overseas and realised people were in awe of it. Well, if its that awesome, it must be! Bamboo is some pretty strong shit. And they use it EVERYWHERE in construction in HK. I will remind visitors that HK is not the best place for clean air. or clean, anything. Except for hygiene. Hygiene has become a huge issue in HK since the SARS incident, so you shouldn't have a problem GETTING dirty and infected with anything, but the noise and air pollution is still pretty bad.

Well I have loads to say but if you have any questions just contact me, and hope this helps 😊

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17 years ago, April 21st 2006 No: 6 Msg: #5246  
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Hi Cassandra86,
I'm off to HK in a couple of weeks and really looking forward to the food, esp dim sum. Can you recommend good dim sum restaurants in either Kowloon or HK (i'm splitting my trip and staying a few nights in both locations).
Also, can you recommend a GOOD tailor please.
Thanks :-) Reply to this

17 years ago, April 29th 2006 No: 7 Msg: #5391  

Fancy to learn a few words in Chinese? I have developed a free site.

Try at http://www.ecChinese.com It is very easy to use, just listen and repeat. There are pictures to support your learning.

Catherine. Reply to this

17 years ago, May 21st 2006 No: 8 Msg: #5788  
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hmm, try www.kidslovevacations.com for fun attractions and travel essentials. cheers. Reply to this

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