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Visiting Hong Kong by Redders on 29 January 2006 9:13pm
 
Hello, I wonder if any one out there could help me?I'm going to Australia next month and stopping off for a couple of days in Hong Kong. I've never been before and I'm pretty excited but also a little daunted at the task of finding somewhere to stay. I wondered if anyone could suggest any place where I could stay that would be in the best location to make the most of our brief visit.
 
Re: Visiting Hong Kong by montyfreak0234 on 1 March 2006 11:52pm
 
my friend might know, she used to live there, i'll have to ask
 
Re: Visiting Hong Kong by Godfather on 2 March 2006 2:32pm
 

Budget travellers tend to congregate in the Tsim Tsa Tsui area of Kowloon, where there are two huge structures called Chungking Mansions and Mirador Mansions (don't be fooled by the fancy names).

Both are huge high rises in which hundreds of tiny guesthouses reside within,on each floor. You can get dorm accomodation in them (not recommended due to theft risks) or private rooms the size of a broom cupboard (as most cheap accomodation in Hong Kong is) with A.C, hot shower, etc. Fine if you just want the accomodation and will be spending your time looking around Hong Kong.

Out of the two, I reccomend Mirador Mansions (next door to Chungking Mansions) because it's a little safer, and the rooms are better quality.

Best not for me to recommend any particular guesthouse in them because it all depends on what is available when you get there. There are about 80 to choose from, and you can negotiate discounts for longer stays. Don't feel pressured to just accept the first one you find. Take the lift up and explore and shop around for rooms yourself, despite all the touts at the entrance which will try to herd you to certain ones on arrival (they get a commision, and you end up paying for it).

From the airport, there are buses that go directly through that area and will stop directly outside the mansions if you wish. You need to buy the bus ticket from a little kiosk at the airport, "before" the bus arrives. You can't buy it on the bus itself. Tell the driver you want to be dropped off at that area.

Depends on your budget though. Maybe you're looking for something a little better? I don't know. Just suggestions.

This area is "very" close to the Kowloon harbour looking out over Hong Kong (Star Ferry across is cheap). And it is also near the big fancy hotel that Michael stayed in during 80 days around the world. I browsed the "outside"..hehe

If you want to get to the famous viewpoint overlooking Hong Kong and Kowloon, take the Star Ferry and when you arrive in Hong Kong proper, there are buses that go direct if you wish. Ask at the information centre there.


 



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