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John Halliday
2007.2.10 at 11:14:46

What to see, where to stay
Will be in Hong kong for 4 nights commencing 8th March. It is our first visit to HK and would like to see as much of the city as possible Please suggest best location and hotel options
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Hi, John,

For the top ten attractions in Hong Kong, please refer to our website.

It greatly depends on the kind of sights you like to see.  A main 
recommendation would be to stay in a hotel within walking distance of the 
MTR (subway) so that you can get around easily.

There is also a wide range of hotels especially on their prices.  But by 
now, hopefully you have already booked it.

Have a good trip,
"Tex"
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Kent Larsson
2006.10.5 at 11:18:44

Great Site
This is a great sight. Very helpful. Easy to navigate with practical advice and lots of photos.
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Thanks!
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Sanvi
2006.4.8 at 02:39:28

Young Family Moving to Hong Kong
I saw your website and loved it for its personal touch and real time info. Would appreciate if you could answer a couple of questins. We will be moving to Honk Kong in June, 2006. On a budget of HK $20,000 (all inclusive)will we be able to get a 2-3 bedrooms apartment in a complex that has some playground or common areas where children can socilise.
I have been told about Discovery Bay- can you provide more info about this locality and its connectivity to Central (wher my husband will be working) and access to kindersgarten and primary school (i have a 3 and a half year daughter). the same goes for any other area you suggest.
thanking you in anticipation, Singhs
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Hi, Sanvi,
You have a lot of options, and Discovery Bay would be one of them, but unfortunately I don't have information as to what apartment complexes or buildings.

Most expatriates like to live in the Mid-Levels area which are quite accessible to Central and close to some good schools.

According to my search on the Centanet website, the new high rise apartment complex "The Sorrento" in Jordan district in Kowloon has flats that are in that price range. I am sure they have all the amenities that new complexes have nowadays, like a playroom for kids, swimming pools, club house, etc. Unfortunately their website does not have English. In addition, the management fees for each apartment is probably high - more than 10% of the rent would be my guess.

Another area in Kowloon worth looking into would be Yau Yat Tsuen. It has older low rises on quieter streets with trees, and fairly close to many international schools in Kowloon Tong area.

Hope this helps,
"Tex"

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Bonnie Redish
2006.4.5 at 23:39:35

Left Luggage at the Airport
On another site it said that left luggage at the airport was open from 6 am to 1 pm. Is this correct? I will be arriving in the evening from Thailand and want to leave a bag at the airport to make it easier to take the train to Tsim Sha Tsui.
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Hi, Bonnie,
According to the official airport website, the "Left Baggage" service counter is open from 5:30am to 1:30am (not pm). So you should not have a problem leaving your bag there. (You can verify this at http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/aguide/baggage.html.)

Have a good trip,
"Tex"

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Supa M
2006.3.26 at 11:56:15

Early Check-In at the Airport
Things I like about this web site : Simple and effective website design, very useful, informative, polite and precise
Things I think should be changed in this web site : It's good already, please keep it up.
Comments / Questions:
Is it possible and how to check in my luggage 1-2 days before my flight to Bang Kok by TG on a weekday? Thanks.
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Hi, Supa M,
I suspect that you cannot check it in with the airline but can check it into the "left baggage" service at the airport for a fee.
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Gwen
2006.3.18 at 22:49:35

Hotel in Central
Things I like about this web site : That it exists! I think it should be called the Good Samaritan Site :)
Comments / Questions:
Hello there!

First of, thank you so much for having a site such as this. I can see from your answers that you are truly a helpful person and hope that you get plenty of great karma for this.

My question is this:
I am traveling to HK for business the second week of April, 2006. I need to find a 4-5 star hotel that is within walking distance of this area - between 1 and 10 Des Voeux Road, Central. I cannot seem to determine through google what the nearest cross street is to this intersection and therefore having difficulty. The nearest Marriott for example (I stay at Marriott whenever possible) is located at around the 300 block of this road. The reason for my request is that I am a female travelling alone and I will only be in town for a couple of days. I want to minimize my travel away from the hotel if possible. Could you be so kind as to give me an area to search?

Your help is greatly appreciated.
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Hi, Gwen,

Thanks for your nice comments.

If you are travelling second week of April, this is kind of late to try to find accommodations. But according to my book of maps, the address you gave is smack in the center of the Central district - prime real estate (like the Wall Street). So if you really want to stay at a hotel within walking distance, you can expect to spend top dollars. The cross street would be Ice House Street.

Here are a couple of the well-known hotels in that vicinity (within 2 short blocks): Mandarin Oriental, Ritz Carlton.

The Marriott Hotel (which is connected to the Pacific Place mall) is just a 15 minute walk from there - that area is quite safe even for a lady at 11 pm or midnight especially if you are a western person (caucasian, that is, not the cowgirl western!) One subway stop - the subway here is very safe. Even by taxi, it is probably a 2 minute ride - just US$2! So if you generally like to stay at Marriotts, that will be the simplest solution.

Have a good trip!
"Tex"
(p.s. Thanks for your comment about Karma, though I believe in God Jehovah!)

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Hemant
2006.3.20 at 06:55:33

Hotel Recommendation
Things I like about this web site : Excellent information
Comments / Questions:
I'll be travelling to Hong Kong with my wife and 8 yr old son and staying there for 3 days in 1st week of May. Can you suggest the area/hotel to stay that will be convinient from site-seeing, food, shopping point of view. My budget is around 800-1000 HKD per day for hotel. Would you recommend the half day site seeing tours that are available for HK, New Territories, Kowloon etc?

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Hi, Hemant,
The first week of May will be peak season for hotels here because it is a holiday week for China mainland. So you'd better reserve as soon as possible. As for your question, anywhere in the Hong Kong Island or the three areas in Kowloon that Nathan Road runs through will fit the bill because the public transportation in Hong Kong is exceptional as long as your hotel is within walking distance of the MTR (subway). If you can still find a room, the Salisbury YMCA will be a good choice.

Sorry, I am not familiar with preset local tours.

Have a wonderful time with your little boy!

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Steven Stanzione
2006.2.21 at 21:59:59

Hotel Near Repulse Bay
We are looking for a good hotel close to Repulse bay. Any leads?
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Hi, Steven,
Repulse Bay is located on the south side of the Hong Kong Island, which is the quieter side. I don't know of any good hotel anywhere on the south side - there may be some small ones that may not be up to par. So the best bet will be to stay in Causeway Bay or Happy Valley if you want to be closer to Repulse Bay - going through the Aberdeen tunnel.

If you just want to be in a quieter location away from the city and right at the beach, you can try the Silvermine Beach Hotel on Lantau Island. http://www.12hk.com/area/Lantau/SilvermineBeach.html

Have a good trip!

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Raymond Hui
2006.1.29 at 21:08:38

Comments from a HKer
Things I like about this web site : Very romantic!
Comments / Questions:
Hello,

You did not identify yourself as the author of this website, which is very unfortunate, because I think yours is one the best. I bookmarked yours long time ago, and I am grateful that I've come across your site this evening again as I reflecte on my life as an immigrant to U.S. You help me bring back a lot of fond memories of the 60s, the time when I left Hong Kong to come here.

Happy Chinese New Year! And I hope you would reply to reveal who you are.
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Hi, Raymond,

Thank you for your compliment. Sometimes, some things are just best kept a mystery!

A lot must have changed since you lived in HK. Have you visited since then? I have chosen for this ecard a picture of the clock tower which was one of the landmarks back then - but in quite different surroundings. HK changes so fast - sometimes I don't go to an area for a few months and would return to find things different already! (That makes it a challenge to keep this website updated also - in addition to adding new material.) For instance when I started this website back in '98, '99, there was not much done for the handicapped (e.g. curbs, elevators at MTR stations, etc), but now they are quite common.

Is there any area that you are interested in seeing a photo of? Perhaps I can take one and let you reminisce.

Happy Chinese New Year to you as well, and may God bless you and your family in this new year!

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Claire
2006.1.26 at 07:55:12

Get from Airport to Ocean Park
I have a 17 hour stop over in Hong Kong and would like to go to Ocean Park. How do I get there from the International Airport? Thanks :)
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Hi, Claire,

You can take the A11 airport bus and get off at the Admiralty MTR station. Then you can catch the 629 or 629S bus to get to Ocean Park. (You can ask the bus drivers to let you know where to get off.)

To find more info on the bus routes, you can visit www.citybus.com.hk.

Have a nice trip, "Tex"

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Sandy
2004.5.23 at 04:35:45
Two People with Lots of Luggage
Can you tell me the best way to get two people with lots of luggage from the airport to causeway bay please
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Hi, Sandy,

Thanks for your message.

Taxi is the best way but the best way may not be the cheapest way! (The cost is probably US$40 or more).

Another alternative is to take the Airport Express train and then take a taxi or the shuttle that goes to a few hotels in that area. The Airport Express costs ~US$13, and the shuttle is free but may only run every 24 minutes. (The Airport Express train runs every 12 minutes.) Taxi from the Airport Express train Hong Kong station to Causeway Bay is probably US$4.50 or so plus charge for luggage (US 70 cents/piece).

So if you are staying at a hotel that the shuttle services, the train and shuttle option is not a bad idea since there will be porters helping you with the luggage at every connection.

Have a nice trip!
"Tex"

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Tom Poole
2003.7.6 at 18:37:57

Hotel Shuttle
Do most of the three and four star hotels on Hong Kong and in kowloon provide airport shuttles?
If not, about how much could I expect to pay for a Taxi?

Thank you.
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Hi, Tom,

I think they usually don't - now that the hotel is so far away. Taxi fare is between HK$250 and $350. But you should just take the Airport Express train since it is so convenient and comfortable. You can just catch a taxi after you get into the city.

Have a good trip!
"Tex"

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R.M.Unni
2003.7.5 at 21:36:31

Peak Tram Free Bus
how do i take the free bus to peak tram station
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Hi, Rajesh,

There is a bus that you can board outside of the Star Ferry on Hong Kong Island next to the City Hall. However, they may have started charging for the service - though it still does not cost that much, maybe a couple of HK dollars.

Have a nice stay,
"Tex"

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Darren
2003.4.18 at 11:36:36

Wow, great website
Things I like about this web site : Hot damn, everything!
Things I think should be changed in this web site : Expand it, more pictures, sharper quality, more content, user feedback, forums, chat etc
Comments / Questions Wow, great website.
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Faith
2003.3.22 at 00:22:12

From and In
i like this web site. it is useful and fun. actually, i am searching the information of Hong Kong for my school project. there are a lot of pictures and introduction of Hong Kong. would you mind telling me where you came from?and where are you now?
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Thanks for your message.

1. I just came from dinner with a friend.
2. I am in Hong Kong.

What school do you go to?
"Tex"

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Rok Eano
2003.3.9 at 19:09:38

Holiday
I intend visiting Hong Kong on Monday June 16, I read that the Queen's Birthday is held on June 12 and that the following Monday is also declared a public holiday - will this bring much disruption to public services, restaurants, trains/buses travelling from the new Airport to Tsim Sha Tsui?
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Thanks for your message.

I believe that the Queen's Birthday is no longer a public holiday since the return of HK to China. Nevertheless, such a holiday would not mean any disruption to things you mentioned.

Have a nice stay!
"Tex"

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Lora
2003.1.31 at 16:10:03
Hotels away from the city
Things I like about this web site : It took me a while to - just doing a general Honk Kong Hotel search - but it's the only one that makes you think they might be real people attached to it
Things I think should be changed in this web site : need more comment room above
Comments / Questions I am meeting my 6 yr old grandson in Hong Kong for 10 days in March. I don't want a 'business' hotel in the center of town. Are there any resorts or small but nice hotels near Repulse Bay, or Ocean Park?
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Hmm... that is an interesting question that I had not heard before. Yes, I believe there are such out-of-the-way hotels. But then you don't want to be in a place that is so far from everything that it takes 2 hours to get around every time you want to go some where.

There used to be a hotel in Repulse Bay, but it seems to have closed down. I don't know of any other hotels in the southern part of Hong Kong Island (which is where Repulse Bay and Ocean Park are located). A couple of hotels I know of are located on out-lying islands (one on Lantau, one on Cheung Chau). But they both require taking a ferry to get to. Since you are visiting your grandson, it will be a good idea to stay in a hotel close to where he lives. So if you can tell me what area he is in, I can perhaps do more thinking on a hotel in a quieter area.

Hi and thanks so much for getting back to me. My grandson who is a very grown up six years old, actually lives in Taipei and that's where I usually visit him, but this time his parents are meeting me in Hong Kong and then going on to mainland china for a week while Ben and I stay in Hong Kong to play. My son mentioned Lantau as a possibility - taking the ferry to the mainland might be fun for us.

Another thought would be to shop around for a great hotle in the city that has an indoor swimming pool - we could always take the bus to swimj at Repulse Bay (a favorite of ours) and to Ocean City.

He and I have stayed in some pretty funky places on our trips to mainland China - but I thikn I"d like something much more civilized this trip.

Ah, I see your situation. So you will not need to be traveling all over except for going out with your grandson. In that case, a hotel away from the city will be nice. Away from the crowds in a leisurely spot. There is a little hotel on Lantau Island at Silver Mine Bay. It is a sleepy little place especially in the winter. It is not your 4 star hotel by any means, but it is right on the beach and then there are small trails close to it. I went with my sister and bro-in-law and their two kids to Silver Mine Bay one day and found it a great place to take kids: there are bicycles to be rented and there is a little playground not far from the pier (the hotel is fairly close to the pier). One thing I love: there are no cars there! (http://www.12hk.com/sightsF.html and look under Lantau Island. Taking the ferry to the mainland will be fun since there are so many different kinds of boats on the HK waters. Be on the lookout for hydrofoils especially. You can usually see one or two on your way to / back from Lantau Island. They go quite fast with most of the hulk of the boat above water! I have a pic somewhere but never did get it online. I don't remember if the Silvermine Bay Hotel has an indoor swimming pool (do you really want to swim in March?).

There is also a little hotel on Cheung Chau, but I have only passed by there and have never stayed there and hence am not sure what it is like.

Meanwhile, Ocean Park is a bit out of the way. The best way to get to it is probably taking a double-decker bus. I believe the terminus is at Admiralty where there is an MTR station.

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JD 2002.8.31
Buying Video Camera
Hello there Tex, I found your page so informative but I do have a few questions that I am hoping you don't mind answering. I am visiting your city at the end of September is my first stop in my vacations, from there I am headed to Japan, my question is this. I want to buy a video camera and
other electronics should I buy them in HK or should I wait until I get into Japan? I see you list some places to shop for electronics in HK but I don't see any places listed for video cameras, etc. If you think I can get a better deal in HK could you tell me where should I look to shop? Thank you so much in advance I will greatly appreciate your help.
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Hi, JD,

Thanks for your message.

Those chain stores listed all sell camcorders. As to what city to get it, here are the things you should consider:
1. Prices in HK are comparable to U.S. prices - but may be cheaper than Hawaii prices though. You can check http://www.ibroadway.com.hk and get a feel - but the site is in Chinese. However I do see them advertise on the front page a SONY DCR-PC101E for HK$9990 (divide that by 7.8 to get the U.S. price).

http://www.ibroadway.com.hk/prod5.php
HK probably has more models though.

2. Prices in Japan are probably cheaper than HK. But the owner's manuals are probably all in Japanese!
3. Unless the product has international warranty, you will not get free service if anything goes wrong within the warranty period.
4. Using a new camera on a trip may mean that you will not get good video clips because you won't have time to experiment with the machine (and view the video on a TV to see the result.)

So that's my two cents' worth! One more piece of advice (assuming that you have not used a camcorder before): a common mistake is to "pan" too fast and the video will be too fast for people to watch without getting dizzy!

Enjoy your trip!

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Janet
2001.11.6 at 19:16:02

Moving to Hong Kong
Things I like about this web site : Good insight from other people's viewpoints. Your response seems interested in truly helping/assisting others. Thanks!
Question : We will be moving to HK in Aug 2003. We have 2 kids (currently 10 & 15 yrs). I'm concerned about finding a place to live where my kids will be able to make friends and attend a school that is excellent. My daughter will be a senior in HS and this is an important yr. My son will begin 6th grade. Do you have any suggestions? My husband will be working on the HK Disney project? I have so many questions?
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You must be a planner! It is still 2001 and you are making plans for 2003!

Yes, the two main things that people need to think about when moving a family to HK are housing and schooling. If your older daughter will be a senior in HS, it will be very tough for her. After all she would like so much to graduate with her classmates and do all those things that seniors do. And that year will also be time for her to apply for university. I suspect that your husband will be here more than just one year since it is the Disney project. That means that your daughter needs to go back for university after one year here. Tough decision.

Any way, there are generally 2 kinds of schools here in HK, ones for locals who are fluent in Cantonese, where an English-speaking kid will have a difficult time, and ones for expatriate kids. Unless you really want your kids to learn Cantonese, the schools for expatriates are what you want.

Among the schools for expatriate kids, there are still two different kinds: international schools, and ESF schools. . . . continue

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23:51:05 10/05/2001

HK Convention & Exhibition Center
where is hongkong exhibition and convention center situated
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The HK Convention and Exhibition Center is located in Wan Chai by the water front. You can get there either by bus, getting off at the Wan Chai Ferry Pier, or by MTR, getting off at the Wan Chai station. The walk from the MTR station is all above ground on pedestrian walkways that link from building to building. For the map of the area, you can check www.hkcitymap.com.
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psau
13:41:26 09/05/01

HK Former Governors
Would you please tell me the names of the Governors since 1842 till 1997, with their years of tenure.
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You have an interesting question. You must be a student doing research. In that case, I won't do your homework for you! But a tip for you: try google.com searching for "Kong governors history". You will get a bunch of links.

Have fun!

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Richard
07:55:57 09/05/2001

Living Costs for an Expat
I would like to know what is the average cost of living for an expat in HK.. do you know of any statistics.. a lot depends on lifestyle, income etc
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Without doing some research, I can tell you that you will need at least HK$36,000 to live the lifestyle of a single expat or married expat without children. (That is calculated from the rule of thumb of spending 33% on housing. In fact $12,000 can only get you a small flat.) If you have children, the education costs alone will raise it significantly. You can expect to spend HK$6000 and up for each child going to an international school.
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anonymous
2001.6.28
07:22am
Living Costs
Can u give me the living expenses for working in Hong Kong?
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As you would understand, the living expenses depend a lot on the level of comfort you desire. One can rent a room for HK$2000 or so per month - a nicer room with private bathroom for $3500 - $4000. A flat would at least cost $5500. A "nicer" small flat would cost $6000 - 7000. Most expatriates pay $12,000 and up.

Food costs also vary. If you cook yourself and don't eat out much, $2000 would probably cover it. You can get an idea of how much groceries cost at http://www.parknshop.com/.

To get a feel for transportation costs, you can check the MTR site at www.mtr.com.hk

Hope this is helpful,
Tex

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Sharon Sumliner
2001.6.25
10:47pm
1950s Filming Location
Hi Tex. I will be coming to Hong Kong in early July and have a question. The movie "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" was filmed in Hong Kong in the 1950s. I believe the beach scenes were filmed at Repulse Bay. But my question is, do you know where the "hill" scene was filmed? There is a hospital and behind the hospital is a hill or park overlooking the harbor.

Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. This is my favorite film and I would love to go to the "hill."

Many thanks.

Sharon Sumliner
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Hi, Sharon,

"Love is a Many Splendid Thing" sounds like a classic. But not having seen it, I am not sure which one the "hill" scene was filmed in.

There are two hospitals that possibly fit your description:
MATILDA & WAR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL -
    41 MOUNT KELLETT ROAD, THE PEAK
CANOSSA HOSPITAL (CARTIAS) -
    1 OLD PEAK ROAD, THE PEAK

If you have still photos of the hill scene, I can take a look and see if I can figure out.
Cheers,
Tex

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Iris
2001.6.22
3:43 am
Escalator and Hang Out
Was wondering about "Mid-Level Elevators" in Hong Kong...do you have any information as to how to get there by public transportation? Also, there's an area in Hong Kong where expatriots congregate...do you know what it's called and how to get there via public transporation. Thank you. Thank you.

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Hello, Iris,

Thanks for your message.

The "Mid-Level Elevators" are actually a series of escalators going from Centual up to the Mid-Levels (the mid section of the hill on Hong Kong Island). It just goes up and up and up! To get to the bottom of it to go up, here are the directions:

1. Go to the Central station of the MTR (subway train)
2. Take exit C
3. Once you are on street level (Des Voeux Rd Central), turn left (going northwest).
4. After 3 or 4 blocks, you will see Hang Seng Bank Headquarters building on your right (tall building with rounded stainless steel corners), and Central Market (slated to be demolished some time) on your left (sandwiched between
Queen Victoria Street and Jubilee Street). You will also see two pedestrian bridges / skywalks between overlooking Des Voeux Rd Central. Go up to the same level as the pedestrian bridges.
5. Go southwest once you are upstairs along side the Central Market (away from Des Voeux Rd Central).
6. At the other end of that building, you will find the connection to the escalators.

You can see it on the map of Central station at the MTR web site (find the link in the LINKS section of my site). (the orange line in section 4-R on the map is the escalator.)

Be warned that it is just a one way escalator. In the morning it takes people down. In the evening, it takes people up. (I am not sure of the exact hours.) But there are stairs alongside it for up or down traffic.

Lan Kwai Fong is an area in Central where expatriates hang out in the evenings. Lot of restaurants and bars. There are directions on how to get there in the HK maps website www.ypmap.com.

tourist map > scenic spots > Central > Lan Kwai Fong

Enjoy your stay!

Tex

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pippa
2001.1.16 7:20am

Short stay for single female
hi,

i am staying one night in hong kong arriving at the international airport at around 6pm and needing to return the following morning for 7am.any ideas for a single female to experience some of hong kong safely in such a limited amount of time or where to stay?

 

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Wow, that is a short stay! If 7am is the flight time, you really don't have much time at all because the check-in closes 40 minutes before flight time (hopefully they have not changed it to earlier), and it takes an hour or more to get to the airport from town.

For westerners in general, HK is quite a safe place - including single females. There are some must go places: waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui (the promenade east of the Star Ferry on Kowloon side), the Victoria Peak (if the weather is clear).

As far as where to stay, since you want to experience HK at least a little, you will have to stay in urban HK (Hong Kong Island or Kowloon) rather than staying at the airport hotel. Since you are probably on business without much luggage, you can stay at a hotel within walking distance to an MTR station (subway - very safe even late at night) and save a few bucks on cabs (e.g. in Tsim Sha Tsui area or Admiralty), or anywhere in urban Hong Kong and get a cab for the airport (e.g. Tsim Sha Tsui, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay are all good and safe location where you can experience urban HK - actually, certain parts of Wan Chai have a lot of bars and are slightly less safe unless you like to be close to bars). But then most hotels offer curb to curb service to the airport for a reasonable fee (under US$12, I think).

If you like to do some shopping - especially name brands, then Admiralty and Tsim Sha Tsui will foot the bill.

How about this: stay in Tsim Sha Tsui, check in, drop off your luggage and have a harbour view dinner at a restaurant in New World Hotel or Regent Hotel (both in Tsim Sha Tsui East), take an after-dinner stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui East waterfront, from the New World Hotel / Regent Hotel toward the Star Ferry Pier, take the Star Ferry (a 5-minute ride) across to HK Island.

At that point, if the weather is clear, and you don't mind the cab fare (probably US$8), take a cab up to Victoria Peak (if you had more time, taking the Peak Tram instead - it is pulled up the mountain by a cable). Catch the spectaular view from the observation deck and return to the hotel to catch a few winks before the wakeup call.

Then write me an email on the plane and tell me what you think!

Enjoy your stay!
"Tex"

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Lynn
2000.12.2 12:51am
Snoopy World
I have heard that in HongKong there is a newly
opened recreation park for Peanut and Snoopy fans
called "Snoopy World"? May I Know where is the
actual location and how to get there?

Thank you.

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Dear Lynn,

I looked it up and the new Snoopy Happy World is in New Town Plaza. It is connected to the Sha Tin KCR train station. So you can take the MTR and switch to the KCR at Kowloon Tong station. Take the KCR train toward Lo Wu for just two stops and get off at the Sha Tin station. The train statioin itself is either New Town Plaza or is connected to it and you can just walk over on the same level as the exit turnstiles.

The following is the link to a news item about the Snoopy Happy World. I guess it opened just this past October.

Have fun!
"Tex"

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Sirtaj 2000.10.8 4:10pm
Estimated expenses to enjoy
I want to travel to Hong Kong for a fun trip with my wife early November. but need to what estimated expenses per day should I take in to consider enjoying, please email and advise/suggesst

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Dear Sirtaj,

Hotel prices really vary a lot. Not too long ago I got a message from someone saying that a new five-star hotel is offering great prices. My guess is that if you pay HK$1000 to $1200 (US$125 - $150), you will certainly be staying at a nice hotel. But if you would like good deals, for US$110 you can get a harbor view room (http://www.ymcahk.org.hk/)! I would say that for budget vacation travel, if not combined with plane tickets as a package, US$77 is what it requires to get an OK room. If you would like to live like a king, US$400 or so will get you into Mandarin Oriental, and The Pennisula.

As for food, be prepared to spend at least HK$100 (often times more) per person per meal at a restaurant with decent service.

(remember there is a 10% service charge in most hotels and restaurants. There is a 3% tax on hotel rooms too.)

Hope this helps,
"Tex"

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jeddah
2000.9.30 8:41am
Exhibitions
dear sir,
how do u do? i would like to know about exibition for computers and how can i visit to there. this will be my first time visit and let me know details please.
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Dear jeddah,

Please accept my aplogies for the late reply.

Most of the major conventions are held at the Convention and Exhition Centre. Here is where they have a list of their current events:
http://hktdcfairs.com/

Have a nice day!

 

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from Zeynep 2000.9.25 PM 9:05
Lone female traveller
Hi,
I am a 25 year old woman and I am staying in Hong Kong for 2 days in October on my own.

I will be staying at the Imperial Hotel, 30-34 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. Is the area safe at night to go around on my own?

P.S. Excellent site by the way!

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Yes, Tsim Sha Tsui is tourist area and is quite safe even at night. But since you are a lone woman traveller, the normal precautions in a big city apply: 1) I would advise you to not be out and about after midnight, 2) stay on main streets (Nathan Road is the main road in Tsim Sha Tsui, so it is quite safe and busy until after 11pm or midnight), 3) beware of your environments.

October is a great time to come - not hot and not cold.

Have a good stay!

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from D. Hise
2000.5.6 AM 01:22
H.K Question
Tex: Re: Fodors forum...On April 6,00, someone offered advice on getting to hotels in Kowloon. He mentioned a "rapid train" from the airport. Is this the same as the MTR(subway)? If so, is it reasonable to take it all the way to Kowloon, if our hotel is near Nathan Rd, instead of using the CityFlyer bus?

Also, you mentioned that they couldn/t take "large bags" - what constitutes a "large" bag? If the MTR goes out to the airport, wouldn't they expect normal luggaage?

We arrive at 7 PM, so by the time luggage, customs, etc., it will be after evening rush - or not???

Thank you for your help.

D. Hise

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Hello, D,

The "rapid train" from the airport the person referred to is probably the Airport Express, which is the train that takes you from the airport (the platform is actually on the same level as the luggage claim area - very convenient). It has a stop at "Kowloon" station where you can either catch their free shuttle bus that makes its round at the hotels in Tsimshatsui and maybe also Yaumatei and Mongkok (you will need to check your hotel to see if it passes by it). There is no limit on the luggage size on these two forms of transportation. You can also catch a taxi at the Kowloon station. My guess is it whould be less than hk$50 (~US$7.50) to get to your hotel.

If the person was talking about the MTR, then it is a different story. It does not stop at the airport, and there is no free shuttle bus either. With more luggage than hand carry or backpack, this will be like a workout at the gym! They do have a limit on the size of luggage - but it is still at least the mid-size suitcase dimentions. But be warned that only some MTR stations have elevators! Most require one to go up a couple of flights of stairs. (The Tsimshatsui, Mongkok, and Yaumatei stations all don't have elevators yet - they are ones along Nathan Road.) One could take the Airport Express and then switch to the MTR either at the Hongkong station or at the Lai King station (which will be free after the Airport Express ride but only if you have an Octopus - some sort of smart card that most of the locals here use for MTR, but which a tourist most likely does not have).

Personally, I would take the bus (CityFlyer or whichever company that runs the route - there are 3) if your destination is very close to the bus stop or if you only have hand-carry luggage because it usually involves walking. (While the Airport Express shuttle buses actually stop at the hotel, if I am not mistaken.)

If you arrive at 7pm, it will be 7:30 before you get your checked in luggage and gone through immigration. It is at the tail end of rush hours.

By the way, does your hotel not have some kind of shuttle bus? What they charge is usually reasonable considering the fact that you don't have to try to lug your luggage onto the train or off the taxi, etc.

Hope this has answered all your questions. Let me know if you have more. Gald to help.

Tex

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from Lyn
of Australia
2000.4.19 PM 06:06
Inquiry from Australia
Hi Tex

I followed a link from the Lonely Planet web page to your page. What a brilliant useful page. Thank you for your tought and attention to detail. Could you answer a question for me, I know you must get stacks of email but I can't get an answer on this anywhere.

A website I have found has a link to the "Harbour Plaza NOrthpoint" Hotel. It is apparently brand new and just about to open and is a sister to the Harbour Plaza and H? Hom. It is apparently five star but it is quite affordable as it is having an opening special. My question is, do you know what this hotel is like, and is NOrthpoint so far out that it will be a hassle to get to?

Thank you, I would SO appreciate your answer.

Lyn

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Hello, Lyn,

Thanks for visiting my site.

Yes, I just recently noticed the Harbour Hotel in North Point. So it is quite new and it might have already opened - at least they answered my phone call! Though not situated in a tourist area, it is quite conveniently located. It is within walking distance to the MTR (i.e. subway - which is very safe and efficient; my guess is that it is within 10 minutes of the Quarry Bay station), and it is right on the main road on Hong Kong Island (King's Road), which is on many different bus routes going east or west. Going west by MTR, it is just 4 stops from Causeway Bay, where a lot of stores are. Going east 1 stop and you are at Tai Koo, where a big mall is located.

As for what the hotel is like, unfortunately I have not been inside. So I cannot quite tell you. But if it is rated 5 star, and since it is quite new, it is probably worth the discounted rate - though the rooms may be smaller since it is a newer hotel, just my guess.

Hope this helps, and have a good time when you come to Hong Kong!

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from anonymous
Any tip on the new Hongkong airport?
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By now I have been to the new airport a dozen times, both for travelling and just to take pictures.

I have found that taking the airport buses is both economical and time-efficient. The bus drivers are also patient enough to let you take your time to load and unload your luggage.

If you are travelling by yourself and have a lot of luggage, answering the call of nature could prove a problem since the bathroom entrances are not wide enough for you to wheel your luggage cart in with big suitcases. So you will need to pay US$4 for storing each piece of your luggage while you go to spell "relief".

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from John
I am new at business traveling. Any info you can give is appreciated.
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If you are travelling internationally, check the voltage of your destinations and get an adaptor with the proper wattage for your electronic equipment. Your notebook computer is probably ok - but ck the transformer.

Keep an eye on your notebook computer as you are going through the x-ray machine. some crooks work in pairs to help themselves to such.

If you often find it hard to sleep on planes, get an inflatable neck pillow (especially long international flights). Nowadays I even travel with a spare because they always leak after a few trips.

If you have a big carry-on and don't want to be stuck with it under the seat giving you no leg room, or worse yet, get asked to check it in due to a full cabin, book a seat close to the back: you will be boarded first. (That is not the case with some international airlines though.)

Don't sit close to the bathroom. I paid for it in a long international flight one time! Not only was the aroma annoying, people waiting in line with their elbows on the back of my seat also kept me from getting some much needed sleep.

Happy trail!

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