Tonight I get on a plane headed for Hong Kong. I'll be heading back to the future (second time in Asia in a few months!) for December 6. Any peterme readers over there?
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The Internet market is dead over here. I used to work for a dotcom here...Shortest boom in history.
Posted by Alicia @ 12/01/2002 02:50 AM PST [link to this comment]
PS-- Tip from a traveler (non-HK specific)-- If you haven't already discovered the Argonne National Lab's Anti-Jet Lag Diet, it can make frequent long-haul trips most smooth. In SF, you have 15 hours lag right now (with Daylight Savings)...
Posted by Alicia @ 12/01/2002 02:58 AM PST [link to this comment]
Well, Any HK folks should feel free to email me (click my name below.)
Posted by peterme @ 12/01/2002 06:36 PM PST [link to this comment]
Are you here for the the Telecom Asia conference?
Posted by Alicia @ 12/02/2002 05:11 AM PST [link to this comment]
Nope, two days of training and consulting for A Major Hong Kong-based Airline.
Posted by peterme @ 12/02/2002 05:21 AM PST [link to this comment]
Cheers! Anyway you know you have a reader in HK. (I'm about to leave for Beijing).
Posted by Alicia @ 12/02/2002 05:50 AM PST [link to this comment]
Any specific questions about HK, went in Sept...
Posted by ML @ 12/02/2002 11:55 AM PST [link to this comment]
Any more specific questions, been here since 1997.
Posted by KSarahSarah @ 12/02/2002 06:45 PM PST [link to this comment]
Where should I eat?
Get a sense of how people live?
Posted by peterme @ 12/03/2002 01:47 AM PST [link to this comment]
I'm here with Peter -- anyone want to show us around the city? We're free tomorrow (Wednesday) night...
Posted by Lane @ 12/03/2002 01:47 AM PST [link to this comment]
1) Take the tram up to the Peak. It's like the "incline" cars that go up the side of the hill in Pittsburgh; this is at about 50 degrees inclination. The top has the "famous" HK view.
2) Take the ferry from Kowloon to HK and back, depending on where you're going to eat-- just like 5-10 mins, but you see the cityscape.
3) If it's mid-to -late afternoon, you could take a bus (the 6 or 6X from Admiralty stop, or just pay a taxidriver all the way)to go to Stanley Beach/market, where it's nice to just hang on the beach. Just the ride to Stanley and back is cool and breathtaking. Goes through all the hills around the perimeter; spectacular views. But the sun sets early now.
Let me think of places to eat. I'm in Beijing then and anyway it;s more fun to explore yourselves.. Njoy.
Posted by Alicia @ 12/03/2002 02:20 AM PST [link to this comment]
(That's the tram up to the Peak).
It's kind of cool.
Actually you can just walk around anywhere in Causeway Bay; Wanchai and get a great meal. Just look around and (smell) what's there. All doorways in are open and you can kind of just go eat what you like. There is local food; Thai; Indonesian; the Banana Leaf Curry House (that's kind of fun though touristy); Japanese, etc. Generally the local food and SE Asian are the best. Japanese is not so great.
In Lan Kwai Fong there are foreigner-type trendy establishments (eg bars and Italian food). The food is not so fantastic or local but if you just want to kind of go to a bar and stuff, that's right. Take the Escalator (largest outdoor escalator in the world!) up from Queen's Road Central at Central Market, and just look both sides at what's available as you climb up by escalator.
Posted by Alicia @ 12/03/2002 02:34 AM PST [link to this comment]
That's right; that's probably fine, except just go to the Peninsula Hotel for the really upmarket if the above is not expensive enough. THe above though is probably exactly right for what you'd be (realistically) reimbursed for.
Posted by KSarahSarah @ 12/03/2002 02:37 AM PST [link to this comment]
Last bright idea:
Pre-dinner cocktail cruise of Victoria Harbor:
You can book it during the day.
Posted by Alicia @ 12/03/2002 03:36 AM PST [link to this comment]
- *Do* take the tram up to the Peak, but only for the alarmingly-inclined ride. The stuff at the top is strictly tourisy-grade hustle.
- that Major Airline you mention? They've got a beautiful lounge at the airport, designed by my favorite architect, John Pawson. I joined their frequent-flier club just so I could hang out there.
- I found the dim sum in the restaurant on the second floor of the Western Market really yummy.
- Avoid Lan Kwai Fong like the plague. (OK, except there *is* a great Mission-style burrito place there, but otherwise...ack.) Instead, take the Mid-levels escalators four-fifths of the way to the top, to Mosque Street. Wander, at dusk, around the eponymous mosque, listen to the muezzin chanting. It's beautiful.
- If you go all the way up to the top of the escalators, and then climb an additional block's worth of stairs, you'll find the reservoir-top park where I wrote this.
- I was a sucker for HSBC, but then, I'm an archigeek.
- The Aviary and Hong Kong Park were nice respites from the crush when I needed to back off a little.
Let me know which city you find.
Posted by AG @ 12/03/2002 07:12 AM PST [link to this comment]
The view at the top (from the Peak, which is the top of the tram ride) is, as a beautiful thing and also as a free one, I think what the poster was referring to.
Posted by KSarahSarah @ 12/03/2002 07:20 AM PST [link to this comment]
You've probably chosen by now, but as a last aside, the Park and the Aviary close at dusk.
As a super-urban place, for travelers with only a few hours time, you're really not going to see the beautiful landscape here or the sort of more mellow intangibles which I agree are super. At night, HK is about.... nightlife, unless you get out of the Central area to the south side, or the outlying islands.Cheery cheers, and enjoy.....Hope all of this helped.
Posted by KSarahSarah @ 12/03/2002 08:54 PM PST [link to this comment]
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