Day 11. A visit to 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. Visiting the Monastery of 10,000 Buddhas in 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’s newest landmark

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. Leaving Manila and heading 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 2. Manila – our first impressions of the capital of the Philippines

We had just over two hours to stretch our legs whilst in transit at Hong Kong airport. As it was early morning many of the airside shops and cafes had not yet opened so we settled for McDonalds where we had some hot drinks and took an opportunity to catch up on the news on …

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Day 1. Flying Cathay Pacific to the Philippines

It was a bright, sunny morning as I left my home to begin the first leg of my holiday. I met up with my son and we enjoyed a leisurely meal together in the centre of Manchester before continuing on to the airport by train from Piccadilly station. We had arranged to stay at the …

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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.  Spending our first day 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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