Thanks to the TA forum, my husband 11 ½ year old son and I had an awesome time in Hong Kong. Find below my super long and detailed trip report. I have broken it up by days and topics – read what you want and leave the rest.
Day 1 – Arrival, sim and octopus cards, Grand Hyatt:
We arrived from San Francisco at 6:30 PM, greeted by our hosts and a cart to bring us to immigration. That was AWESOME!!! It was a long walk, which I wouldn’t have minded as we were pretty cramped on the plane, but the big plus was being ahead of all of the people on the plane. Immigration took a little while, for some reason they needed to research my 11 year old son. Fortunately after about 10 minutes wait, we were cleared to go.
My hosts weren’t too pleased when I told them I had an airport agenda, ATM, 3 shop and to buy our Octopus Cards. Fortunately, they loaded our stuff into the waiting car while we did our errands.
I can’t stress enough how awesome it was taking care of these details before leaving the airport.
Our hosts tossed us in the car as they prepared to meet another part of our group. We were driven to the Park Hyatt with no trouble. We were checked in by 8:00 to watch the symphony of lights from our room. The Hyatt is lovely - we have only good things to say about the service and property.
We were hungry but definitely not up for exploring, so we tried the hotel café. The menu didn’t really work for DS, so we got the dessert buffet, and decided to eat desert first and room service later. We ordered chicken wings off the room service menu – I thought they were fine, DS found them inedible. Remember he’s an 11 year old American boy – so it wasn’t what he was expecting. We called it a night and slept until 4:30 AM.