I have just returned for a trip to HK and thought I would let you know how it all went.
Travelled to HK from London Heathrow on Air New Zealand. Booked myself into the Servisair Lounge at a cost of £17, just to start the trip off with a degree of comfort. As the airport was absolutely packed with hardly a seat to be had, it was worthwhile.
Flight was pretty good (no welcome pack or welcome drink tho). IFE was very good,food so so.
Arrived HK at 17:00 on Saturday, as usual, transit thru the airport was very efficient. Got on the Airport Express and was in the hotel before 7:00pm.
Checked into the Wharney in WanChai. The room was small and the bathroom miniscule. There was a built in wardrobe with 6 hangars and a very small two drawer cabinet for socks and smalls.
A tip: If you are staying at the Wharney, dont bring too many clothes with you, there is no where to put them !!!!
Sat night - wandered around WanChai, had a couple of drinks in Joe Bananas on Jaffe Road - very reasonable during Happy Hour.
Sunday: Took the ferry to Cheung Chau Island - had a leisurely lunch with frirnds at the harbour - very enjoyable. Spent the afternoon having a wander around the island. There are no cars allowed so it is a very pleasant stroll. Watch out for the electric buggies and the bicycles tho.
Sunday night over to Kowloon for a stroll around the night market
Monday: Ocean Park to see the pandas and the dolphins. Entrance fees is HKD208 and includes all rides. I am not a rides fan, but the kids loved it. I would suggest that if you are going to go, go midweek, not at the weekend when people say it gets absolutely packed. Its a shame that the only food avaiable seems to Western Junk food.
Tuesday - took the ferry from pier #6 to Lantau Island to see the Giant Buddha. If you take this trip, and I seriously suggest that you do, make sure that you have lunch there. It is lovely. Spent a very peaceful afternoon in the monastery before coming back on the MTR. A very enjoyable day. Spent the evening in WanChai avoiding invites into various dubious bars. Golden rule is if you cant see into the bar, dont go in
Wednesday: Went on a bus tour 'The LAnd Between'. This takes you up into the New Territories and away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Great views from the ride up Tao Mo Shan and an interesting visit to FanLing Walled village. I could have done without the stop at the jade factory outlet, but all in all a trip well worth doing.
Weds NIght: Happy Valley Race Course. What a fantastic experience. Racing starts at about 7:15 with 8 races on the card. Came out just about even !
Tip: If you want to get a taxi back to your hotel at the end of the night, leave before the last race - there doesnt appear to be any queuing, it just seems to be a total free-for-all
Thursday: The tourist office publish a booklet of 6 walks. We did the one that covered Central and the Western District - A travel thru time. The walk starts at Sheung Wan (at the end of the Island Line), takes you all thru that area down by the Western Market and the Tear and Herbal Shops and past loads of dried fish shops. It takes in Hollywood road where there are some very good (but pricey)antiques shops - then across to Central and a ride up the mid levels escalator. An interesting walk with plenty to keep you occupied.
In the evening we went to the R66 Revolving Restaurant on 62nd floor of the Hopewell Centre. The view was fantastic, the food, sadly was not. The worst meal we had in HK all week
Friday: Checked out of Wharney hotel. Took a cab to the Star Ferry hopped across and took another cab up to the Kimberly Hotel in TST. I was told that if we had taken a cab from the Wharney to the Kimberly it would have cost us in excess of HKD100 - this way it was less than HKD40. Spent the afternoon at the ladies market in Mong Kok getting last minute gifts. Spent a couple of hours in the peace and tranquility of Kowloon Park.
Saturday: Checked out of hotel - cab across to staion. 1st Airport Express train leaves at 5:50 am, giving us plenty of time to get to the airport. Please note, that there is very little open at the airport before 7:00 am so if you are planning on doing duty free shopping and you have an early flight, think again
All in all a great trip - cant wait to to go back, but, I do not think I would stay at the Wharney again