My family and I spent some time in Hong Kong back in the fall of 2004. Since then I have transited through Hong Kong on numerous occasions while traveling to Shenzhen, but in all cases I did not spent any time in the city. So now that we are living in Shanghai, a long weekend trip here seemed the next best thing to do, plus get the opportunity to revisit some of the sites and enjoy this dynamic city.
Well, so we hopped on Spring Airlines flight from Shanghai (I will post a separate article on the airline — as it was memorable – for its utterly uncomfortable seats!) and came for a 3-day weekend.
Getting from Hong Kong airport to the harbor was very easy – we used the Airport Express – the second stop was in Kowloon. The ticket cost is HK$150 for a group of 2. Yes, if you are traveling at least 2 of you – you can purchase a group ticket which saves you some bucks… But you can get only one way group ticket…. Strange but oh, well, it is fine
From the Airport Express stop in Kowloon we went to the area with Free Shuttle Buses — and found one that stops nearby our hotel (as our hotel – the Intercontinental Hong Kong – did not have its own stop). The stop at the Sheraton (in Kowloon) was just 5-8min walk to the hotel we were staying in….
Getting around – the MTR
Well, this has become quite the experience! Hong Kong is overcrowed! No question! Why so many exclamation points ? Well see the photo below and you will be able to tell and judge for yourself.
It is an incredible situation and very difficult to navigate. The MTR is very low cost but has become very busy and appears well under capacity to handle the huge influx of people in the city. That was not the case in 2004…
You can download MTR map with stations etc from the Apple Apps Store.. There are multiple apps that are free.
Now, off to explore in the city – so more writing later.