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Old February 8th, 2013, 08:27 PM
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Nancy and I just found out today that we're going on the Oceania Nautica doing a 17-night cruise from Hong Kong to Beijing on Feb 21st.

It's not a great time to cruise, except they'll be no tourist! But our daughter, who's in the Navy, is currently on a 6-month deployment in Okinawa and the itinerary includes spending a day there, so she's very excited about us visiting, if only for a day.

Okay, so here's where I need help; we've never been to Hong Kong and while we do spend two days and one night on the ship there, we will be arriving a day (or possibly two) before the cruise begins. Does anyone have any idea where the ship docks? (I'm waiting for this information from Oceania, but thought I'd ask.) And does anyone have any recommendations of areas for hotels? We get awesome agent rates for the JW Marriott, but I don't know where it is in relation to the airport and pier. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! You can contact me by phone or email if you have any information you can share.

We'll also be going to Shanghai for two days, Taipei for two days, Kobe Japan for two days, Hiroshima for a day, Inchon South Korea for a day, and ending with 2 days in Beijing (we'll be spending at least one more day after the cruise is over), so it'll be an awesome itinerary.

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I just spent 7 nights in Hong Kong and found getting around easy enough, not sure about the hotel, is it Hong Kong Island or Kowloon Mainland, I stayed Kowloon side, but as long as your hotel has a coach service, you can get on or off at pick up points, do the Big Bus Tour, 3 areas, includes Star Ferry crossing to and from, Stanley Markets, Cable Car to Victoria Peek, etc, can all be done in a day, as they start early, and everywhere is open till about 11pm at night! Only one it doesn't cover is Lan tou Island, (where the airport is, to go in a gondola two and a half kilometers to see the giant bronze buddha and temple, worth the trip if you can fit it in, otherwise just do the big bus thing, get a two day pass, and be back Kowloon side of the harbour at 8pm sharp for the laser light show, 15 minutes only for this, there is a great steak house to the right of ferry terminal as you exit, and watch laser show to the left as you exit, raised viewing area, fantastic, or better still, if your cruise is anchored in Victoria Harbour, betwwen HK and Kowloon, be on board to watch as it's on high rise buildings on both sides of the harbour. Canton Road runs from the ferry terminal Kowloon and is all the major labels, you name it they are there, markets are cheap, do not open to 11or 12 midday, shopping centres galore, Hi Tech Electronics, etc. Well I think I wrote a travel log, but as I said was there 11th Jan till 18th so very recent. cheers Lorsin.
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oops! steak house to the left, viewing place to the right, you can get a coach transferr from airport to your hotel for $14o.oo HK about 18 bucks. Hong Kong is now a very modern city, so no old orient really, tour things like fishing villages etc, are not as they were 40 years ago, when I was last there, beut enjoy this fast paced, lively city of friendly people!
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Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities. It is EXTREMELY easy to get around. The MRT (Subway) stations are easy to find and signage is in English and Mandarin. The buses are also easy to use. Just remember what bus numbers service your stop. They are posted at each bus stop. We have used this to get around both Kowloon and Hong Kong.

There are so many places to see and visit so you need to prioritize what you want to do and see. Don't forget about the food. It's fabulous. My advice is that you eat at local places, with plenty of customers, and stay away from the hotel food and western restaurants.

Here is a link to the Hong Kong travel bureau website. It has a lot of very good information.

I know you'll have a great time in a very fun city.

Plan Your Trip | Hong Kong Tourism Board

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Thanks, Mike & lorsin - great information!

This has been on our bucket list for many years and never thought it would happen, but this is a deal we couldn't pass up.

Did you find it easy to use the ATM's to get Hong Kong Dollars?

And what did you find was something you had to buy while there?

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Thanks, Mike & lorsin - great information!

This has been on our bucket list for many years and never thought it would happen, but this is a deal we couldn't pass up.

Did you find it easy to use the ATM's to get Hong Kong Dollars?

And what did you find was something you had to buy while there?

Thanks.

Pete
Bank ATM machines are plentiful and easy to use. Use a bank machine and not one that is not affiliated with a bank. i.e. the grocery store generic ATM.

We brought back: Silk Robes, Silk Duvet, Women's clothing and we brought back a few extra pounds from eating. There are many legitimate small shopping areas with vendors selling good products. There is one just a block from the Sheraton/Penninuslar hotels. The entrance is right near the Outback Steakhouse sign. It is a maze of stalls but there are some deals to be found.

Where you dock is basically a large shopping center but it is just like any shopping center/mall you would find anywhere in the U.S. and there aren't too many deals but there are a few interesting stores.

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Thanks, Mike.

Is it better to stay on Hong Kong island or in Kowloon?

The pier is on the far west end of the island in Kennedy Town.

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I found Kowloon best, on both occasions, everything seems within close proximity, even getting across to HK, my hotel changed some Ausie dollars for me, just used my credit or debit card to pay for everything, even the market stalls have the machines for this, but yes, use bank ATM's, took some HK dollars with me as I had to pay cash to the company for airport to hotel transfer., and handy if you need to grab a taxi, or an ice cream at Macca's! Whatever you decide to do, you will enjoy your stay! Do try to use up all your HK dollars before leaving, I was left with about $25.00 HK (two ice creams at Macca's) and hardly worth changing back. little more than $3.00 aussie.
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Thanks, Mike.

Is it better to stay on Hong Kong island or in Kowloon?

The pier is on the far west end of the island in Kennedy Town.

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For a first time visit I would stay on the Kowloon side. Tsim Sha Tsui, is the lower tip of Kowloon and the area where your ship will dock and the Star Ferry port. There are a lot of hotels in this area but they are upscale and a bit expensive. Try Priceline for this area and don't go below a four star. I tried to get one for last December and could not get one and I bid up to $175/night. The YMCA is in this area and is actually a decent hotel. If you want to really splurge stay at the Marco Polo or the Peninsula and enjoy the elegance. This will cost you about $300/night but at the Marco Polo you can just walk through the shopping mall to the ship and high tea at the Peninsula is a true experience.

I have stayed at the Sheraton Tsim Sha Tsui on previous visits and it is a VERY nice hotel and a great location. This last time we stayed on the Hong Kong side, (Wan Chai)next to Happy Valley racetrack, at the Cosmopolitan. It was a decent hotel but a very small but nice room. I paid $100/night via Priceline. It was actually easy to get there by taxi after the cruise. With a $40 cab ride to the hotel from the ship and a $35 cab ride to the airport. The Cosmopolitan was not close to the subway so we had to take the hotel shuttle to "Times Square" and then hit the subway. We used the bus system to go to Stanley Market. It was pretty easy using the hotel supplied bus schedule. Plus it was about $5 for the two of us.

Take care and have a great time.
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