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Old 07-27-2014, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I'm going to Hong Kong in late November on a stopover. I plan to stay there for 3 nights and 3 days. Is that enough time? Recos on eating and nightlife recos during that time? Affordable places to stay that are centrally located would also be appreciated.
Hong Kong is a great city, way easy to spend more time there. But, if time is limited, you'd see a decent chunk of it, for sure.
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:53 PM
 
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Thanks for the helpful suggestions. Staying in a place in Kowloon right across the harbor. Don't plan on visiting Shenzhen nor Macau due to limited time. Would like to stay away from non chinese food (particularly indian). Any recommended food areas (I've heard Mongkok is worth a visit) to try some authentic Cantonese/chinese stuff you'd be hard pressed to find in California?

Also, I've heard Lan Kwai fong and soho are good nightlife areas. Thoughts?
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Old 07-28-2014, 02:37 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Also, I've heard Lan Kwai fong and soho are good nightlife areas. Thoughts?
That's right. Wan Chai is another one, but a bit seedier.

Lan Kwai Fong is the most upscale professional-oriented one.

There is nightlife all over the city though, really. But those are the better concentrations of them.
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Old 07-28-2014, 12:55 PM
 
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That is enough. And you can't just go to China. You need to have a visa. And the embassy, at least the one here, won't issue you a visa unless you are a permanent resident.
They do give out visas in Hong Kong even if you are not a permanent resident. But they only give out 30 days tourist visas.

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So you possibly can't just get a via in Hong Kong. Besides, they have some ludicrous requirements.
It is not that hard, There are three ways for a tourist to get a visa
1. Plan your trip and give the visa officers all your hotel/travel bookings
2. Have a friend in China and let them write an invitation letter
3. Use one of the agencies in Hong Kong who will give you a 30 day visa in one day. You can't get it any easier.

So no reason to skp China if he want to go there. But 3 days is not enough if he wants to visit Hong Kong and China.

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Book a Hostel if you are ok with that. I think they were around 20-25 Dollars per night.
Not really if you don't want a dorm room. The price is about 30-50 dollars per night.

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Of course it's enough to see everything. It's not that big. "Everything" dosen't mean every street. The ferry trip to Macau dosen't take that long. But if you want to see a bit of Macau, it's probably a whole day you'll spend there. If you then have another 2 full days in Hong Kong, you'll be fine, imo.
If he only has 3 days then I wouldn't reccomend going to Macau. Leave that for another time or have more days. There are so much else to see in Hong Kong, the peak, horse racing, the buddah, Mong Kok markets, the bar district, Hong Kong island, Victoria bay, the islands, etc.

Going to Macau would just make him feel rushed and uneasy.
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Old 07-28-2014, 05:58 PM
 
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I think it's more than enough,but that's probably because I personally resent shopping,and I just didn't find anything particularly "that" amazing about this city.
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Old 07-29-2014, 12:19 AM
 
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I think it's more than enough,but that's probably because I personally resent shopping,and I just didn't find anything particularly "that" amazing about this city.
I don't shop much either. Hong Kong has a lot more to offer than just shopping. Have you done any of the hiking trips? Have you visited any of the islands? Have you visited the buddah? Have you visited the peak? Have you visited all the different areas and tasted the food they offer? There are lots of things to do in Hong Kong even if you dislike shopping.
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Old 07-29-2014, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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I don't shop much either. Hong Kong has a lot more to offer than just shopping. Have you done any of the hiking trips? Have you visited any of the islands? Have you visited the buddah? Have you visited the peak? Have you visited all the different areas and tasted the food they offer? There are lots of things to do in Hong Kong even if you dislike shopping.
One of the reasons that I am not that amazed by Hong Kong is that I can do most of the stuff you listed at home.We have mountains in Taiwan and I personally don't like hiking,and we have buddhas as well.
But yeah the food was really good.

So yeah I don't find Hong Kong to be that impressive myself,but that's just me,of course you can disagree.I don't hate it,but it's not a city that I'd love to revisit anytime soon.

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Old 07-29-2014, 01:32 AM
 
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Hong Kong is amazing just to be in. It's a city that you just explore at street level: checking out the bird, flower and fish markets in Mong Kok, bargain basement markets on Nathan Road, Tsim Tsau Tsui - I suppose if you don't like shopping and eating it's a bit less interesting. Going up the peak, of course, hiking in Lamma, Lantau etc.
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:53 AM
 
Location: Macao
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They do give out visas in Hong Kong even if you are not a permanent resident. But they only give out 30 days tourist visas.


It is not that hard, There are three ways for a tourist to get a visa
1. Plan your trip and give the visa officers all your hotel/travel bookings
2. Have a friend in China and let them write an invitation letter
3. Use one of the agencies in Hong Kong who will give you a 30 day visa in one day. You can't get it any easier.

So no reason to skp China if he want to go there. But 3 days is not enough if he wants to visit Hong Kong and China.


Not really if you don't want a dorm room. The price is about 30-50 dollars per night.


If he only has 3 days then I wouldn't reccomend going to Macau. Leave that for another time or have more days. There are so much else to see in Hong Kong, the peak, horse racing, the buddah, Mong Kok markets, the bar district, Hong Kong island, Victoria bay, the islands, etc.

Going to Macau would just make him feel rushed and uneasy.
I agree! Macau should be given a full day, and if someone goes, they should focus on all the many other attractions without the assumption that Macau only equals the casino. See the Portuguese stuff. But yeah, there is so much in HK, that a day in Macau means only 2 days in HK.

Regarding China, in my personal opinion, HK should get the most attention by far. If there was an extra day or two, than a day Macau trip would be great. I'd put China as a much lesser third option. Nothing is all that interesting near the border. I mean, if someone REALLY wants to step into Mainland China, it's an easy way to do it, but personally, HK & Macau is more interesting.
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:54 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I think it's more than enough,but that's probably because I personally resent shopping,and I just didn't find anything particularly "that" amazing about this city.
Shopping? Are you talking about Hong Kong or Shenzhen?

Shenzhen doesn't have much more to do than just shopping. But HK is filled with a lot of stuff way beyond shopping.
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