Day 1. Manchester to Hong Kong with Emirates

A seven night holiday to Hong Kong, flying from Manchester via Dubai. We took the train from our home station to Manchester Airport and checked in for our flight to Hong Kong via Dubai.  After cappuccinos in the Giraffe Cafe, it was soon time to board the huge A380 airliner.  It was our first time on …

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Day 2. Tsim Sha Tsui and The Star Ferry

North Point metro station was our first stop, and literally about 2 minutes walk from our hotel.   We bought two Octopus Cards (similar to the UK's  Oyster  Card) as we find it much more convenient and cheaper to use travel cards than have to purchase individual tickets. These cost HK$150 each including an HK$50 refundable …

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Day 3. A Morning Ride on The Peak Tram

We were up early on this, our first full day in Hong Kong.  We had breakfast in the hotel's restaurant then walked the few steps to North Point Station for the metro to Central.  It was only a short walk from there to the Peak Tram station. We bought single tickets which cost HK$28 each. …

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Day 3. Riding the Mid-Level Escalators and The Botanical Gardens

  Feeling refreshed after lunch and a short rest, it was back out on the MRT again to Central from where we walked across to the Mid Levels Escalators.  These are a series of connected, outdoor escalators that take 25 minutes to reach the top.  During the mornings, the escalators run downwards and then reverse …

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Day 4. NGong Ping 360 Cable Car and Tai O Village

We were up early to try and avoid queues at the cable car station.  We had breakfast near to the hotel at a small cafe called 'Family Kitchen'.  It was mostly frequented by locals but also served western breakfasts.  Our omelettes, toast and coffee cost a mere HK$22 each.  Then it was onto the metro …

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Day 5. A Day in Macau

We set our alarm for 6.30 am, had breakfast on Java Road after leaving the hotel and still managed to buy tickets and board the 7.30 am TurboJet Ferry to Macau.  Two tickets cost HK$318.  The journey took an hour but we then had to join a lengthy queue at immigration.   It was an extremely …

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Day 6 Kowloon Walled City Park and an afternoon in Stanley

Our first stop this morning was to take the ferry from North Point across to Kowloon, from where we caught a bus to Kowloon Walled City Park.  This small, historic park was the site of the former Kowloon Walled City, a Chinese garrison in the 19th century that remained part of China throughout the British rule. …

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Day 6. An Evening at Happy Valley Racecourse

Its Wednesday evening, and each Wednesday (with the exception of  July and August) it's known as 'Happy Wednesday' at Happy Valley.  So we decided to go along and see for ourselves.  We took a tram to Happy Valley Racecourse, arriving just on the opening time of 6.00 pm.  Ground tickets cost HK$10 each and then a …

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Day 7. A Ferry to Cheung Chau

After  breakfast we took the MRT to Central then caught a ferry to the small island of Cheung Chau.  The fast ferry cost HK$10.5 each and the journey took 45 minutes.    This small island is situated 10km south of Hong Kong.  Streets are so narrow that only small size motorised trucks are used on the …

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Day 7. Mong Kok and an Evening trip up The Peak

Another ride on the iconic Star Ferry over to Kowloon then the metro to Mong Kong to explore the markets.  Mong Kong is full of atmosphere and is a chaotic mix of stalls selling fake designer labels alongside cheap local products. Bartering over the price seems to be the norm, so expect to pay at least …

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