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May 25, 2018 - Kowloon Markets, Wetlands & Opera

We went on another 'free' walking tour, again with Johnson as Guide, this time in Kowloon. The 'free' means there is no upfront charge but you are 'encouraged' to 'donate' to the guide as you feel appropriate. Johnson is a good guide and so we did on both tours. This tour focused on Kowloon Markets and Housing Issues. We visited Fish, Flower & Bird Markets as we walked thru the city. Low margins & expensive rents have forced many of the fish markets to move to second floor locations; though there are still many at street level. The Flower...

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Aug 20, 2017 - Lantau....doing it like a local

Today we took the two hour journey to a near by island called Lantau. We decided to do the tourist site and visited the big Buddha on top of the hill. It was nice to see a Buddha again as it made us realise we had missed Asias sites. Big Buddha looks over a monestry which we decided to have a look around, it was very impressive. We then got an ice lolly to cool off, I wish I could explain just how hot it is, within seconds of being outside we are sweating. I'm sure even my scalp was sweating today!

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Aug 19, 2017 - Victoria Peak and the escalators!

Today we visited the Victoria peak. It's perhaps Hong Kong's most famous site and given its a weekend it was very busy. So much so that we decided to take the bus up instead of taking the tram. The views from the top were stunning as the skies were pretty much clear. On the way back down we decided to take the bus again. Unfortunately we were not so lucky this time as the bus broke down half way down the mountain which meant it probably would have been quicker to queue for the tram! After getting back to the centre of Hong Kong we then...

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Aug 18, 2017 - First day in Hong Kong.....it's been amazing!

Feeling a lot more positive today...we survived our flight with a company called Spring Airlines. Wasn't the most amazing flight we have ever had and we doubted their safety concerns when the pilot forgot to put the seatbelt sign on for landing! We headed to the Hong Kong Museum of History, we are very picky when it comes to museums as we can get board very easily but I must say this one was very interesting. We learned that 400 million years ago Hong Kong was under shallow water, over time volcanos erupted leaving the area hilly, during...

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Jun 11, 2017 - The Markets!!!!!!!

We took our lives in our hands and boarded a double decker bus to Stanley market. Sitting upstairs at the front is very scary when you have a lunatic driver. The road is very narrow in places and when you meet another big bus you hold your breath. We half expected to end up in this cemetery on the side of the hill! It's very humid and 34deg so we walked slowly around the market and bought some gifts, then made our way back - being gluttons for punishment we again sat up at the front on the bus. It was obviously washing day as most people...

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Honkers & England

Jun 10, 2017 - Hong Kong - 20 Years On

Over the years we have been lucky enough to have enjoyed stopping at Hong Kong on our various journeys. HK was clean, polite, organised and then across the water, Kowloon was chaotic and always a bit poorer looking. . Well it is almost 20 years to the day (Monday, 30 June 1997 since the UK handed back Honk Kong, to China at the end of the lease. Now both sides look the same, if not worse. . Gone is the mystical way the hordes of pedestrians managed to travel the crowed footpaths without bumping into each other. Now they push and shove with...

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Honkers & England

May 16, 2017 - Hong Kong/Shenzhen

A 4.30am start to the day yesterday, saw us fall into bed and sleep like the dead last night!! Despite our plane taking off 1/2 late we arrived in Hong Kong on time! Then we proceeded to catch a number of trains (maybe 4 or 5) which took about 90 minutes, to take us to Shenzhen, whereupon it isn't that easy to work out what to do - however, we finally managed to sort out the visas (Aus. 168 Ch Yuen (Tony $33,) UK 304 Yuen (Me $59) - USA 956 Yuen - (who'd be a yank???? $187). On to the hotel and put our gear into our room, took a pic or 2...

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Jul 20, 2015 - Abduction & Chungking Mansion

Chungking Mansion - Diversity and Fascination; Feared by Locals I was born in Hong Kong and lived here until I was about 7 years old. However, one of the most dreaded memories I had was an attempted abduction in Chungking Mansion. (A little more on that later.) Chungking building is located on Nathan Road, a busy street in Tsim Sha Tsui,one of the busiest districts in Hong Kong. This building is well known to tourists for cheap accommodation (albeit small closet-like rooms), curry houses, stores of all kinds, and foreign exchange. You can...

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Nov 14, 2014 - Hong Kong

Home, I do enjoy getting back to Hong Kong and really like to stay at the Langham Place Hotel where the club lounge serves alcohol from 6am to 1am if you feel the need. Did the usuals, shopping, lunch at Delaney's, dinner at Gaylord and a trip to the top of Victoria peak.

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Dec 7, 2013 - Hong Kong

Heathrow to hong kong went without a problem, can't believe we are on our way after 4 month's of planning. Hong Kong airport is an hours journey from the city centre and it is 10pm so we don't see a lot except for lights. Went for a Chinese and was not that impressed with the food, proper English Chinese is much better, Up at 7.00 next morning as jet lag kicks in (8 hours ahead). Decided to visit the Peak which is a big hill overlooking the city and a tourist attraction. Went up the hillside in a funicular type tram, very touristy at the...

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Jun 30, 2013 - Kerry in Hong Kong

I had some time off again at the end of June this year and I decided to go to Hong Kong. My flight left on Saturday, the 22nd and I was in Hong Kong until the 25th of June. Hong Kong was a very busy, exciting place, so I had a really good time. I arrived late on Saturday and I was tired by the time I reached the small hostel I would be staying at. It was called the Dragon Hostel and it was located in Mong Kok. The room was incredibly small, but the staff was very helpful and I had my own bathroom, so I couldn't complain very much. Anyway,...

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Kerry in Japan

Jan 19, 2013 - Our final day in Hong Kong

Oh well our final day in Hong Kong and we have had a brilliant time so far. So we are off to see the Buddha (which is how we will be known if we keep eating these huge breakfasts). This time the 360 degree cable car was open and we joined the endless queue. We both decided that we would not like to sit in a glass bottom cable car so were transferred to the shorter queue. The cable car took about 30 minutes to get to the top and we passed over the water and alongside the airport and over many hills. This is a popular site to visit and...

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June's Sabbatical

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