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murrayskinner Hong Kong - A travel report by Murray
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Hong Kong - and China's Pearl River Delta

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I spent 10 days in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta of China in the spring of 2005. It was a business trip with several days of leisure. This afforded me the opportunity to re-visit familiar tourist sites plus visit chinese factories. AWESOME!


Temple Street Market
Temple Street Market
I had visited Hong Kong over 10 years ago and was anxious to see how much it had changed after Britain turned it over to China. I was happy to see that Hong Kong was as vibrant as ever and possibly a little more economical. It is still home of the world's densest population and a real melting pot of East meets West. Since this was a working trip I was able to combine a couple of days of sightseeing with a brief glimpse into the working life of Hong Kong and Chinese citizens. The area between Hong Kong and Canton (The Pear River Delta) is a hotbed of economic growth with thousands of state of the art factories in production and under construction. I visited plants in Shenzen, Fuyong, Zhongshan, and Dongguan. This region (along with Shanghai) is leading China's economic revolution. I heard that in the last 10 years 300 million Chinese have migrated above the poverty line. And from what I saw I can believe it. On one of my forays into China we spent the night at Mission Hills World Number 1 golf resort. Wow!!!! What an eye opener. The resort is comprised of a 5 star resort complete with spa. There are 180 holes of golf - that is 10 different courses and they are all lined with multi-million dollar homes owned by the new rich class in China. During tours of factories I saw clean facilities employing a young and eager workforce willing to work for a fraction of what we in the west earn. I was lucky to have been escorted into Mainland China and was able to see the real China. I would expect that this would be a little difficult more difficult if one was escorted as English is rarely spoken anywhere, unlike in Hong Kong. I also made it to the former Portuguese colony of Macau that has also been repatriated by China. This was an interesting visit as Macau is a hotbed for gambling and the seedier and raunchy underbelly of it’s past surfaces everywhere. The combination of using Hong Kong as a base to visit nearby China is a good way to do so.

Favourite spots:
Hong Kong Skyline
Hong Kong Skyline
Hong Kong 1. Shopping and dining at the Temple Street Market. 2. The view of the Hong Kong Skyline with the nightly light show viewed from the Kowloon Promenade. 3. A night out on the cobbled streets of Lan Kwai Fong. 4. A day trip to Repulse Bay and Stanley Market ending with a view from Victoria peak on a clear day. 5. Exploring Tsim Sha Tsui including Nathan Road, and don't miss the Mong Kok markets - but don't stray too far from the market as this quickly erodes into the dangerous part of Hong Kong. China 1. Marveling at the rate of development. Schenzen is not what you would expect in China - trust me. 2. The excitement of crossing the border into China. 3. The Mission Hills Golf Resort. 4. Traveling up the Pear River by Ferry Macau. 1. The Lisboa Hotel. 2. The drive to Coloane Island for an excellent meal at Fernando's.

What's really great:
Temple Steer Dining
Temple Steer Dining
1. The efficiency of the Hong Kong Airport with speedy train to downtown Hong Kong with the availability to check your baggage downtown for your departing flight. 2. The Hong Kong Subway - Clean, efficient, easy to use. Signs and audio announcements in Cantonese and English 3. Eating local food at stall at Mong Kok and Temple Street Markets. 4. The food in general - both in Hong Kong and China

Sights:
Repulse Bay Condos Overlooking The Beach
Repulse Bay Condos Overlooking The Beach
Repulse Bay
The view from Victoria Peak

Accommodations:
Regal Kowloon Hotel
Regal Kowloon Hotel
The Regal Kowloon
71 Mody Rd.
Tsim Sha Tsui East
Tel. 2722 - 1818

A good clean mid priced hotel in Kaowloon that is close to the Subway and Nathan Road and one black from the Kowloon waterfront for a great view of Central's skyline.

Restaurants:
Fernandos Restaurant in Macua
Fernandos Restaurant in Macua
Any of the open air restaurants on the Market Street bazaar. Experiment and enjoy. Or if in Macau make the effort to make it to Fernandos.

Published on Tuesday August 16th, 2005


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Wed, Feb 28 2007 - 08:13 AM rating by marianne

good information and interesting photos

Tue, Aug 23 2005 - 08:28 AM rating by gloriajames

nice enjoyable read!

Sat, Aug 20 2005 - 03:23 PM rating by eirekay

Wonderful, very complete report!
Eire

Thu, Aug 18 2005 - 03:39 AM rating by lioness

Hey Murray,
glad to hear you liked my Barbados report! I enjoyed reading about Hong Kong and China! Keep it up! Rgds, Neda

Wed, Aug 17 2005 - 02:16 PM rating by mistybleu

Murry,

As with your slideshow, this is a lovely report, and its very infomative.

Rgds
Misty

Wed, Aug 17 2005 - 11:21 AM rating by rangutan

Great, I like specially the updated view (comparison to years ago). Cities can change so much so quickly, eg. Johannesburg, Leipzig...

Tue, Aug 16 2005 - 12:02 PM rating by davidx

Very informative and interesting

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