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December itinerary advice - Had wrong hotel location!!!!

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December itinerary advice - Had wrong hotel location!!!!

Hi again.

Thanks for all the advice re our trip in December (previous post December itinerary advice please!) but have just found out we are not staying in kowloon but on Hong Kong Island at the harbour grand. same hotel chain but different location. Would love advice as per previous post but taking into account different location.

Am wondering how near we are to the Star ferry?

thanks for all the help.

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1. Re: December itinerary advice - Had wrong hotel location!!!!

>> Am wondering how near we are to the Star ferry? <<

Not near. You would need to take the MTR from the Fortress Hill station to Central (about 20 minutes), followed by a 10-minute walk on elevated pedestrian walkpaths.

Or you can take the ding ding tram. Slower, but if you want to sight-see on the surface.

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2. Re: December itinerary advice - Had wrong hotel location!!!!

Harbour Grand on HK Island is about 5 mins walk from Fortress Hill MTR Station. You can take MTR either 3 stops to Wan Chai (7 mins journey) for Wan Chai Star Ferry Pier or 5 stops to Central Station (11 mins journey) for Central Star Ferry Pier. In each case its about 10 mins walk which can be made mostly via elevated walkways from station to pier. From Wan Chai Station follow signs for HKCEC (Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre) and pier is adjacent. From Central Station follow signs for Star Ferry.

You can also take bus 2A, every 5-7 mins from King's Road outside Fortress Hill MTR Station to its terminus at Wan Chai (Star) Ferry Pier;

www.nwstbus.com.hk/routes/routeinfo.aspx…

Services from both piers go to Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier but are more frequent from Central Star Ferry Pier.

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3. Re: December itinerary advice - Had wrong hotel location!!!!

I actually prefer HK Island over Kowloon, so, I think it's a great choice! :-D Also, particularly since you're so close to the MTR station, which will make life a lot easier (although, keeping in mind that there are some locations where you can't take the MTR to get there like Stanley or Ocean Park).

If you want to go shopping, I recommend heading to Causeway Bay (Tsim Sha Tsui is the equivalent, but on Kowloon instead) because there's the markets (Jardine's Bazaar - very, very tight and squishy, so, I recommend Ladies Market instead where you can at least feel like you might be able to breathe ... although, maybe not, when it's busy!), mid-range stores, department stores, boutiques and high-end stores.

Take a look at the MTR map: mtr.com.hk/eng/getting_around/system_map.html as that will really help you in working out where to go. Public transport in HK is really simple, but more important, efficient and brilliant! Be aware that many MTR stations have quite a number of different exits, but as long as you follow the signs (in English and Chinese), you shouldn't have any problems or need to backtrack to your end destination. A really good site to check out is HK Extras: http://www.hongkongextras.com/ because they have transport details for each of the major sights/attractions, which will help you work out to get to the sights.

If I just use ThanksSocialSecurity's plan as an example:

On DAY ONE:

- As you arrive at 2:30PM (assuming you have no flight delays, you should arrive at your hotel well before 5PM), you might want to have a wonder around HK Island, or just head onto Kowloon.

- Catch the MTR from Fortress Hill to Central Station (or a bus, minibus, Ding Ding tram, taxi), where you exit for the Star Ferry. Get upper deck seats for the views and head to Tsim Sha Tsui (TST). From there (depending what time you arrive because the Symphony of Lights is on at 8PM - otherwise, take a look at some of the sights/attractions in TST or go shopping), the Avenue of Stars/Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is the best viewing spot for the Symphony of Lights show. If you watch the show on Sunday, you will hear the Cantonese narration, but that's go because you can enjoy the light display without the narration (although, if you do want English, see the show on Monday, Wednesday or Friday). Before/after the show, you can head to the markets like Ladies Market via MTR (or other means). The MTR finishes before 1am, so, you can always use it to get back to your hotel.

On DAY 2:

I'm not sure if you're going to Stanley for the markets (or for the museum, beach, etc. or all), but if you are, I think it's actually best not to get there too early because some of the stalls might still be setting up (although, don't get there too late either because the markets close around 6PM, as opposed to Ladies Market/Temple Street Night Markets which close around 11:30PM/midnight). Hence, I might go to Ocean Park first, but, of course, it's really up to you.

- To get to Ocean Park, take the MTR to Admiralty Station and take bus #629 directly to Ocean Park: nwstbus.com.hk/routes/oceanpark/index.aspx… (you can also take the bus from Central, but there are only a limited amount of buses that run throughout the day from Central, which are also not as frequent either as those leaving from Admiralty).

- Once you're done at OP, you could head on back to Central and take bus #6 to Stanley (bus #6 has the scenic views, but if you're not after views, take bus #6X or #260). After that, you could return back to Central and either walk (clear instructions on the Peak's site - there are sign posts along the way), take bus #15C or take a taxi. If you're a first-timer to HK, I recommend taking a ride on the Peak Tram up to the Peak (but if you're really not interested, opt to take a taxi, bus #15 or green minibus #1, which will take you directly to the Peak). You can take any of these options on the way back. Afterward, you can head to your hotel or go shopping, etc.

DAY THREE:

- If you want to go to Chi Lin Nunnery/Nan Lian Garden, take the MTR to Admiralty Station and transfer onto the red Tsuen Wan line, where you transfer onto the green Kwun Tong line when you reach Mongkok, and then get off at Diamond Hill. There are some sign posts leading you to the Nunnery/Gardens. From there, you'll need to backtrack to your hotel.

- Since you have the taxi arranged, drop off your luggage at the Airport, and then, you can either take a taxi or bus #S1: www.nwstbus.com.hk/routes/routeinfo.aspx… to Tung Chung, where you catch the Ngong Ping Cable Car up to see the Giant Buddha and Po Lin Monastery.

- After that, you could take the Cable Car back down again (unless, you want to explore Lantau Island further if you have time - in that case, you could add on Tai O and/or Mui Wo - See here for bus timetables: http://www.newlantaobus.com/nlb.html ) or take a taxi/bus back down to Tung Chung. At Tung Chung, there are Citygate Outlets, if you want to fit in some shopping. From there, you could head on back to the airport.

If you get in touch with SolentTraveller who is an absolute genius when it comes to HK transport, I'm sure they'll be able to give you some better tips, especially, as there's most likely some buses that will be better options for Day 2, then you needing to always head back to Central. I've always gone from Central (and have never combined Stanley, OP, and the Peak together), so can only advise on what I know, which is probably a bit round-about.

In regards to Brisbane, you're right - It's only about an hour or under from the Gold Coast. Not sure if you plan to go to other theme parks apart from Seaworld (like Movieworld or Wet 'n' Wild), but the VIP Pass is ending on the 31st October, if you were wanting to check out that offer.

Good luck with your planning and have an AMAZING trip! :)

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4. Re: December itinerary advice - Had wrong hotel location!!!!

Forgot to add ...

Don't forget to pick up a standard on-loan Octopus Card: octopus.com.hk/get-your-octopus/… for each person, as it will be one of the BEST decisions you make in HK. You can pick them up from the Airport Express MTR service counter in the Arrivals section of HK Airport (or from any MTR station). Take note that you can only purchase them with HKD cash, and not with credit cards. You can use them to pay for public transport (e.g. MTR, bus, minibus, ferry, Ding Ding tram, etc., but not taxis, although you might come across some of the few that will accept the Octopus Card for payment), some places to eat at, some shops, etc. You can top them up at any MTR station, 7-Eleven store, etc., and get a refund (minus a small fee), upon returning it back to any MTR station/Airport Express MTR service counter. See here for more info: www.hongkongextras.com/octopuscard.html

Good luck with your planning and have a FANTASTIC time! :)

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