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    Headed to Hong Kong ...

    After the upcoming Beijing Olympics, I'll be getting my first chance to visit the newest MK of them all.

    I'm pretty familiar with the park and its attractions and entertainment, its pros and cons. I'm planning on being in Hong Kong for a week. I'll likely spend one full day in the park and return on another for a few hours to check out the hotels and dine in one.

    I do have a few questions that I'm sure some of the HK regulars here can help with, though.

    So ...

    What can I expect for hours the last week in August? (as of yesterday, they only have July hours up on the website)

    What are the top 3 must sees/dos in HK?

    I may be getting complimentary accomodations through a friend, but otherwise anyone have any thoughts on the Cosmopolitan Hotel West HK or the Eaton Hotel in West Kowloon. They are both rated 4 stars by Priceline and I see regular rates in the $70-80 (US) category. I'm not looking for a great hotel. Just a clean, modern one in a decent area close to transport.

    Any suggestions for a truly memorable meal that won't bankrupt a poor American spirit.

    As a Vegas lover, is it worth taking a day in Macau?

    Finally, I will be flying from Beijing to Hong Kong. I noticed that flights are VERY pricey (like $900) while flights to nearby Shenzen are as low as $350. How easy is to get from the latter to HK? Are there any lower priced alternates that I am missing? I know there's a border crossing deal with Shenzen, but since my visa has multiple entries, I'm assuming the hassle isn't worth paying an extra $500 to fly to Hong Kong directly?

    Thanks for any and all responses!

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    Re: Headed to Hong Kong ...

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW1974 View Post
    What can I expect for hours the last week in August? (as of yesterday, they only have July hours up on the website)
    Pretty much the same as the last few weeks of July. It's all the Summer season. I'm thinking you'll get the 2 daily parades, depending on how late in August you'll be there.

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW1974 View Post
    What are the top 3 must sees/dos in HK?
    Depends on your tastes although the common ones are probably The Peak, The Star Ferry and Ngong Ping 360, which is also on Lantau Island.

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW1974 View Post
    Finally, I will be flying from Beijing to Hong Kong. I noticed that flights are VERY pricey (like $900) while flights to nearby Shenzen are as low as $350. How easy is to get from the latter to HK? Are there any lower priced alternates that I am missing? I know there's a border crossing deal with Shenzen, but since my visa has multiple entries, I'm assuming the hassle isn't worth paying an extra $500 to fly to Hong Kong directly?
    I don't know who you're booking with or what your exact dates are but I can find reasonable flights $400-$500 with pretty much any of the direct PEK-HKG airlines in late August. The cheapest I found after a quick search was direct on the Dragonair website.

    If you want to fly into Shenhzen TurboJet operate daily ferries to Kowloon (HK mainland), Hong Kong Airport and Macau directly from the airport itself. There is also a bus all the way from the airport to Hong Kong or if you get yourself into Shenzhen you can take the Metro to the border and then hop on Hong Kong's MTR into the city itself.

    Alternatively you can take the overnight train from Beijing to Hong Kong which costs about $150 for the most expensive (Deluxe Soft) sleeper cabin.
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    Re: Headed to Hong Kong ...

    ORDDU: If only I'd know about this little trip of yours a lot SOONER, WDW1974, duckling, I could have flown you over there on the tip of my boom stick for free! As it is, my plans for that time are all booked up. You'll simply have to give me a more advanced notice in the future. After all, until you've flown with your favorite witch, you haven't flown at all!

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    Re: Headed to Hong Kong ...

    I'm not sure about Shenzen, but I was in Hong Kong recently. I stayed for a week at a guest house in Causeway Bay. I'd say it was a good place for the price range (600 HKD per night, lower during the off season), clean and modern, basic amenities are covered and it's close to an MTR station and the shopping areas of Causeway Bay.

    There are plenty of restaurants in the area too, most are in the smaller streets though since Causeway Bay is, for the most part, a shopping area. Some people tell me that nearby Tin Hau is a good place for dining too.

    A few things you should see, maybe the Symphony of lights, which is a nightly light show, visit Victoria Peak (The Peak); I went there but it was rainy that day and the fog was pretty thick, couldn't see a darned thing. I also spent a few days visiting parks, temples and museums. The airport provides free maps and brochures with all the major sights.

    Incidentally, I also took a side trip to Macau. Now, I've never seen Las Vegas before, but I did like the place, pretty glamorous. I've seen the Venetian, the Sands, and the Grand Lisboa, even tried the tables at one hotel for a little bit (it wasn't my night). Also took in the local sights and got a bunch of souvenirs, like those tasty almond cookies a friend of mine asked me to get.

    The hours are likely the same as the regular days in Hong Kong, there isn't any real reason to open or close any earlier or later. Make sure to bring back a lot of pictures.

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    Re: Headed to Hong Kong ...

    Thanks for all the advice and please keep it coming!

    As for my flight dates, I was planning on flying out of Beijing on either Aug. 25th or 26th and flying back from HK on either the 29th or 30th.

    I couldn't find anything less than the $800 range ... although this was last week, maybe flights have dropped. That's why I even considered Shenzen. I saw flights there as low as $305 (pre-tax). Frankly, I don;t want to pay more than about $350-450 to fly if at all possible.

    I couldn't check Dragonair earlier. It said the site was busy, but that could just be my pesky computer.

    The Peak, The Star Ferry and Ngong Ping 360 are all on my 'must see' list.

    Macau is still a big maybe, although I am curious as hell about the place. I'm just not sure it's worth a day of my time.

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    Re: Headed to Hong Kong ...

    Macau is worth a day of your time if you like Vegas. I think you will like The Venetian, Wynn, MGM Grand and so on, plus Macau itself, it has interesting architecture.

    Also, it maybe offensive to Micechat members to say this, but if you have time, check out Ocean Park and you may get an idea of why it is more popular than HKDL. (You will get to see some Pandas and Chinese Sturgeons, too.)

    Dining options in HK are very many, we have everything and all are cheap compared to USA. It is hard to recommend unless there is something very specific that you prefer.

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    Re: Headed to Hong Kong ...

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW1974 View Post
    As for my flight dates, I was planning on flying out of Beijing on either Aug. 25th or 26th and flying back from HK on either the 29th or 30th.

    I couldn't find anything less than the $800 range ... although this was last week, maybe flights have dropped. That's why I even considered Shenzen. I saw flights there as low as $305 (pre-tax). Frankly, I don;t want to pay more than about $350-450 to fly if at all possible.

    I couldn't check Dragonair earlier. It said the site was busy, but that could just be my pesky computer.
    Ah, if we're looking at return fares then, yes Shenzhen is definitely cheaper. Cheapest return to there I could find was around $350 with Hainan Air, who look reputable enough. Cheapest return to HKG was Dragonair (direct from their site) for $715 USD.

    Was generally much cheaper to leave Beijing on the 26th, return dates seemed to be pretty much the same.

    It's up to you, I don't how much the hassle and extra travel involved with Shenzhen is to you but if you planned it well (with the ferry times etc) it may work well.

    My vote goes to the train.

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW1974 View Post
    Macau is still a big maybe, although I am curious as hell about the place. I'm just not sure it's worth a day of my time.
    Don't know if you're aware but the Cirque du Soleil show should be open in Macau by the time you get there. That may or may not sway your decision.
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    Re: Headed to Hong Kong ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Asa View Post
    Macau is worth a day of your time if you like Vegas. I think you will like The Venetian, Wynn, MGM Grand and so on, plus Macau itself, it has interesting architecture.

    When you refer to architecture of Macau, are you referring to this one.

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    Re: Headed to Hong Kong ...

    Quote Originally Posted by mclubber View Post
    When you refer to architecture of Macau, are you referring to this one.
    I've been to that place, it's a pretty a nice sight too. The path leading up to it has a lot of stores selling pastries, I bought cookies the from there.

    The greenery there is kinda new though, wasn't there when I saw it.

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    Re: Headed to Hong Kong ...

    Explore the environs of Chungking Mansion on Nathan Road and you'll feel like you're in Blade Runner. Ridley Scott has said some of the look and feel of BR was inspired by HK, and he must have gone to Chungking Mansion.

    The Ocean Park theme park is nice if you're into that sort of thing.

    Take a ride on the Star Ferry. Have tea at the Peninsula Hotel. The YMCA is the nicest one I've ever seen and a good place to stay for the budget traveler. Go up Victoria Peak on the tram for a great view.

    Finally, go to City Hall at HKDL and ask them where Peter Pan, Snow White and the other classic dark rides are...

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    Re: Headed to Hong Kong ...

    I just been to Hong Kong and Macau. I would recommend taking Turbojet from Hong Kong to Macau (and back). It only takes a hour to and from. Anyway, from the ferry terminal in Macau, there are several tour companies there. Take the highlights tour offered by Grayline and Macau's tourism board. It shows you the interesting sights in Macau (but doesn't take you to the casinos, but will certainly pass by or will at least will always be in sight). You get to see a lot of its famous architecture in the tour. You also get to visit Macau Tower, which is the highest building in Macau and you could see almost all edges of Macau on there. Not to mention, you can also go bungy jumping from the tower. If you don't take the tour, definitely visit Macau Tower anyway.

    I didn't go to the casinos, but the Venetian is not on Macau Island (where most of the casinos, including Sands, MGM Grand, and Wynn, are on). According to Wikipedia, the Venetian Macau has the largest casino in the floor, so it may be worth a visit.

    I also visited Hong Kong Disneyland. Be aware that the show the Golden Mickeys fills out well before show time. Be sure to come at least 30 minutes before show time or you will not be allowed in. Also, Stitch Encounter (different from Disney World version, since this is a living character attraction), It's a Small World, Jungle Cruise, and Space Mountain. Not to mention, much of the food available there is Chinese food (or food that appeals to the Chinese), which is good but a bit pricey. The fireworks show is shorter than those in the states but is definitely a must to see, and the view is of course always best in front of the castle (where some lighting effects and low level fireworks are located).

    By the way, you should get around by using the MTR in Hong Kong. It's very convenient. Not to mention, you can get to Disneyland by riding the MTR and eventually transferring to MTR's Disneyland Resort Line (which I guess would kind of replace the tram experience found in the states).

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    Re: Headed to Hong Kong ...

    The Venetian Macao is definitely worth a visit even if you've already seen the Vegas one. The Grand Canal Shoppes are twice as big as the original, plus seeing the main lobby with its frescoes always leaves me breathless.
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    Re: Headed to Hong Kong ...

    If you are interested in a train journey,you may go to Hong Kong by Beijing-Kowloon Through Train,but this would take you around 24 hrs for a single trip.The advantage is that you can sleep on train and need not pay for a hotel room.

    From Jan 2008,new cabins 25T are used for this line,this means the train journey will be more comfortable.

    A round-trip Soft Sleeper ticket costs HKD$1494.For details,please refer to the following site:
    http://www.it3.mtr.com.hk/B2C/frmIndex.asp?strLang=Eng
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