Day 11. Visiting Stanley, Hong Kong

It was our final day in Hong Kong and fortunately it was to be a long one as we had arranged overnight flights back to the U.K. The sun was shining brightly through the large windows of the hotel restaurant as we enjoyed our final breakfast at the IBIS North Point.  Back in our room …

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Day 10. A ferry to Lamma Island, Hong Kong

We woke to yet another bright, sunny morning and after eating breakfast we took the MRT to Central and sped along to ferry pier 4 with just a few minutes to spare before the 10.10 a.m. fast ferry to Yung Shue Wan on Lamma Island departed. We paid the HK$16 (£1.60) fare using our Octopus …

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Day 9. The Monastery of 10,000 Buddhas, Sha Tin, Hong Kong

Our plan for the day was to explore places in Hong Kong that we hadn't previously visited. We started off the day with a journey on the MRT to Hong Kong University station (HKU) Exit A. The University of Hong Kong was established in 1911 and is the city's oldest university. It is located on …

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Day 8. Tai Kwun – Hong Kong

We thought we had set our phone alarm for 7.30 a.m. but for some reason we didn't wake until just after 9.00 a.m. Fortunately, our lie in didn't affect our schedule and we still had time for breakfast in the hotel before going out. Our plan for the morning was to take the MRT to …

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Day 7. Victoria Peak, Hong Kong and the mid-autumn Fire Dragon Festival

On our first morning in Hong Kong we were awake quite early and were eating breakfast in the hotel's 2nd floor restaurant soon after it opened. The selection wasn't as extensive as at the Manila Sofitel but it was quite adequate for our needs. Our first task on leaving the hotel was to purchase two …

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Day 6. From Manila to Hong Kong

We woke at 8.00 a.m. and enjoyed our final breakfast in the Sofitel where guests are really spoilt for choice as there are so many dishes to choose from. I started the day with a freshly made honey and oat smoothie which was delicious, then had some fruit and yoghurt before paying my last visit …

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Day 1.  The start of our Asian adventure 

I'm fortunate to be off on my travels again, this time to Hong Kong and Taiwan.  Hopefully a good balance with a week in a firm favourite of Hong Kong followed by our first ever visit to the beautiful island of Taiwan.  We're planning on seeking out some new places to visit in Hong Kong …

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Day 2.  Arriving in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok airport is both large and well organised, meaning that reclaiming our luggage and heading out to the bus terminal to catch the City Flyer A11 service to North Point only took a matter of minutes.  Rather than taking the Airport Express train from where we would have had to change …

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Day 3.  Riding Hong Kong’s Peak Tram and Mid Levels Escalators

Despite the 8 hour time difference we slept until our alarm went off at 7.00 a.m.  We couldn't see across the harbour from our window as it was so misty but were hopeful that it would soon clear.  Breakfast followed in the hotel's restaurant - a good selection of fruit, yoghurts, pastries and hot dishes to …

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Day 4.  Kowloon Walled City Park and Stanley

Another misty morning, and an unusual hotel breakfast combination of Chinese dumplings and Scotch pancakes with maple syrup but equally tasty.  Leaving our hotel we called in to the nearby Java Street market, a large indoor wet market over three floors selling fish, meat, fruit vegetables and flowers.  The fish market was the most interesting as …

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