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Hong Kong Island:
Things to do:
-Victoria Peak (tram),
-Ngong Ping 360 Glass bottom cable car (big Buddha),
-Downtown area
-Pink dolphin watching
-Ozone  Bar
-Tailors (Jantzen, tai panin admiraltyi cntr)
-Big Bus Tour
-Star ferry to Kowloon

Kosher Grocery Stores:
KosherMart On Hong Kong Island in the JCC
Kosher Original in Kowloon

Where to eat:
JCC Sunday night buffet can't be missed.
JCC Pizza - (Not open in the Summer)
Seven Zero - Dairy Resturant in the JCC
JCC Chinese
Shalom grill restaurant reported permanently closed by Mech
Shalom grill kosher market

Places to stay:
Grand Hyatt hotel
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Four Seasons

Kowloon:
Things to do:
-8:00pm Laser show
-Ladies market
-Ave. of stars- pier
-Museums (science, space)
-Diamond hill- nan lian garden/chi Lin nunnery
-Big Bus Tour
-Star ferry to Hong Kong Island
-Drinks at Felix (Peninsula Hotel)
-Drinks in the Lobby (Intercontinental Hotel)


Only place to eat:
Mul Hayam Restaurant at Kehilat Zion (Breakfast is now $100 HKD)

Places to stay:
The W Hotel - Great Hotel but far from Synagogues
Grand Stamford Intercontinental Hotel - next to Chabad (for Shabbos),
Intercontinental Hong Kong, Sheraton, Shangri la , Peninsula, Hyatt regency. (All these hotels are in great locations if you would like to be near KZ. You can also walk through the TST subway station to KZ from all these except IC Grand Stamford and Shangri La which is next door) 

Shuls
Kehilat Zion -Location: Unit 105, 1/F Wing On Plaza 62 Mody Road East Tsim Sha Tsui Kowloon kzionhk@yahoo.com, or call: (852) 2366 6364 (office) or (852) 2368 0061
Chabad - Location:  67-71 Chatham Road, Oriental Centre 1/F Unit D, Tsim Sha Tsui  Telephone:  (852) 2366 5770  Mobile Tel.: (852) 9674 4450  Email: kowloon@chabadhk.org

Macau: (Ferry from hkg)
-Casinos (las Vegas style hotels),
-Curque like water show
-aj hachet tower (bungi)

-Disney

Lhasa:
Lake, pilgrims , culture

Airline Checkin Counters: Kowloon Station (below the W Hotel) to check your bags in. You then take the MRT straight to the airport (with just a couple of stops). It's super convenient and quick. You don't have to stay at the W to check in at Kowloon station though (and FWIW you can check in at Hong Kong station on HKI, too).


Trip reports:
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1752.0
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1070.0
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=3634.0
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1548.msg22804#msg22804
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2630.msg25855#msg25855
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2630.msg25907#msg25907
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2630.msg180625#msg180625
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2630.msg264863#msg264863
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2630.msg330403#msg330403
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1885.msg17999#msg17999
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=25610.msg422555#msg422555
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=30766.0
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Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« Reply #120 on: January 27, 2012, 02:28:52 AM »
Definitely.
Chabad of Hong Kong Island (Avtzon) is off the beaten public transportation path.  Any specific reason you want to go there?
I'm not sure what the beaten path is, but no specific reason I want to go there - I just thought that's where the kosher food / restaurants are like in shanghai

In any case I think uve convinced me :) and I'm gonna work on changing the flight if not to late in the morning! But then ill only have sunday to work on a little itinerary for what exactly to do!- I just hope ppl speak english there cuz in shanghai not a word is spoken!

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Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« Reply #121 on: January 27, 2012, 02:30:44 AM »
Chabad of HKI has no restaurant (although shabbos food is awesome) and the kosher food is nowhere around there.
Plenty of english speakers and tons of expats around the streets of HKG.
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Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« Reply #122 on: January 27, 2012, 03:12:33 AM »
One way ticket... ;)

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How do you guys find that stuff.

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Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« Reply #123 on: January 29, 2012, 03:19:13 PM »
alright i just read through the whole thread, and all i can say is that this thread should be named "Shabbos in HK' (or/and hotels)!

what i thought id find here is some answers to whats exciting to do? and comments about each thing etc... since i didnt find that so G-D willing i plan to write a small trip report of my coming 15 hr layover in HK (if ill last through it that is after a 16 hr flight).
this way the next person going to HK for a few hours or for a day doesnt have to read all the shabbos experiences :)

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I'd go even by myself.  Peak tram, glass bottom cable car, eat at one of the 3 kosher eateries, walk around any of the shopping districts, etc.
i just found this, my luck!  how else can you get to where the cable cars go to? and from reading that link it seems there is another temporary station - true?

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Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« Reply #124 on: January 29, 2012, 03:30:57 PM »
how else can you get to where the cable cars go to?
Let's see...HKG from a year ago.

The point for me was the glass bottom cable car, not the place where the car goes to :D  Also the line for the glass bottom car on the way back is much shorter than the non-glass bottom, so do that.
Buy a one-day unlimited metro pass if you're there for just a day.  Also it should have coupon that come with it for stuff like the cable car.
The view from the top of the peak tram is awesome. (Keep going all the way up)
Star Ferry between HKI and Kowloon is neat.
The various shopping markets are all very cool.
There's a great tailor for chabad kapotas in Admiralty center.
Taxis are pretty cheap for travel within HKI and within Kowloon.
Macau is cool, but to far by ferry to go if you're there for just a day.
The W HKG is sweeeet.

Restaurants:
The JCC on HKI is awesome on Sunday nights for their buffet.
The Pizza shop in the JCC is awful.
The fleishig restaurant in the JCC is pretty good.
Shalom Grill on HKI is reasonably priced and pretty good and they have a nice kosher store.
KZ/Mul Hayam has a decent but pretty expensive restaurant but is the only eatery in Kowloon.
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Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« Reply #125 on: January 29, 2012, 03:36:50 PM »
The point for me was the glass bottom cable car, not the place it goes to :D
lol..same here, i meant to say that if its already not available than ill just go to the place by taxi or so, im sure theres stuff to see on other side!

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The view from the peak tram is awesome.

Restaurants:
The JCC on HKI is awesome on Sunday nights for their buffet.
The Pizza shop in the JCC is awful.
The fleishig restaurant in the JCC is pretty good.
Shalom Grill on HKI is reasonably priced and pretty good and they have a nice kosher store.
KZ/Mul Hayam has a decent but pretty expensive restaurant but is the only eatery in Kowloon.
now we're talking! some feedback on food! thanx for the info.
regarding other attractions - i kinda put together from a bunch diff sites a plan

EDIT: i just saw ur edit. thats great info as well, it seems my research just about came to that. besides for the W (unless im knocked out!) and the kapoto place - ill keep that in mind for some other time ;)
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Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« Reply #126 on: February 03, 2012, 05:34:49 AM »
What to do in Hong Kong with a 15 hour layover: (this is the order i did it in) 5:30am-8pm - all currency is HKD, (100.00 HKD=$12.89 USD)

1. i took the Airport Express Train from HKG to town, and bought a Same Day pass since i was coming back that night. the train opens at 5:45am and leaves 5:55am and frequency is every 10 min. Cost: $100 HKD

2. From HK Station took a taxi to Chabad. Cost: $23

3. Minyan Shachris at 7am followed by a free Breakfast - im sure it tasty but since i had a cold and the flight only made it 10x worse so i couldnt taste anything ;(

4. left my roller handbag in Chabad house and took my (heavy full with food and a laptop) briefcase with me and Taxi'd to the Mikva (bring passport for ID) in the JCC to shower up. The mikvah was unbelievably hot and not enter-able so a shower it was - theres also a nice big shul there called Ohel Leah in the courtyard. Cost (taxi) $27

5. From there Taxi'd to The Peak Tram. Make sure to go in the morning (opens at 9) because otherwise there will be a huge line to get in. i didnt have a line at 9:30. pay an extra few bucks to go to the top of the peak called "sky Terrace" where theres gorgeous views of HK island and Kowloon. Cost: Taxi- $30 / Peak incl.  sky terrace $65.

6. From there taxi's to Star Ferry and took the ferry to Tsim Sha tsui (kowloon) Cost: Taxi - $24 / Ferry $2.50 !! its the cheapest way to cross (other alternative is subway about $8 or 12)

7. Walked around Tsim Sha Tsui (its an area) and theres a road called Nathan rd, where many shops are. on the way there theres the 1881 Heritage building which looks nice. - i didnt enter as well as next to the port there is a big mall which i didnt go into. - in order to cross the the main street you will need to go down to the subway and exit the opposite side. just ask around if you get lost like i did!

8. than i took the train to Diamond hill - u'll need to transfer trains - just ask the info desk where. and there there's a BEAUTIFUL Garden called Nan Lian Garden as well as a really nice place called Chi lin nunnery. i would put this #1 on my list to go to! Cost: subway each way $7.50

9. Back at the pier (Make sure when you exit the subway u look for the right exit because there are so many exits) i went to Avenue of the Stars which has nice scenery if its a nice day - and i ate lunch there. (i had so much food with me leftover which i didnt eat on the plane)

10. i didnt have much time left so i didnt go to the museums in the area - Science, Space, Art museums. So i walked back to ferry and took that back to HK island and walked around the roads in the area - marketplaces with live food and all sorts of interesting stuff! Cost: ferry $2.50

11. i took the Light Rail (called the Tram) which runs along the main road, to Hong Kong Park and climbed all the way up to the street of the Chabad House. (HK is one big mountain so it was a nice big climb. Cost: Tram $2.30  (they dont give change so i put in $3)

12. then i stayed at Chabad for 30 min until i went back to Airport Express for my connecting Flight!
i didnt go to Lantau Island / Crystal Cable Carts to see the bug budha because they were doing maintenance on the cable carts and Big budha closed at 6pm and it was cutting it close. so hopefully ill do it on return! Cost: Taxi to Train $30

i didnt go to any restaurants becasue i had lots of food with me and didnt want to waste much time (and money)

A few points to know: Dont change much money in airport unless u have no choice because they charge a nice big percent. - i changed $100 USD and they took about $9 USD from me.

Also MAKE SURE to get a map of HK/Kowloon (its one map) in the airport - it can be very helpful!
and ask around!
Hope this was Helpful. if you have any questions ill be glad to answer.
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Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« Reply #127 on: February 03, 2012, 06:00:05 AM »
nice report.
next time if its a bit later, you can hit up some of the night markets

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Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« Reply #128 on: February 03, 2012, 07:51:55 AM »
Just to save people a trip to google $100 hkd = $13 usd
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Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« Reply #129 on: February 03, 2012, 10:19:26 AM »
You did an incredible amount of stuff for a stopover.  Definitely get more done than I do as twice a day I'm running after the restaurants :D
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Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« Reply #130 on: February 04, 2012, 07:38:04 AM »
You did an incredible amount of stuff for a stopover.  Definitely get more done than I do as twice a day I'm running after the restaurants :D
i must give some credit to you as well though, without some convincing i wouldve stayed in the airport for 4 hours and accomplished nothing. - and i realized from other reports that you "run" after restaurants but im not a big restaurant guy.
i happen to like taking a lot of pictures so i like going to lots of interesting places.
and as for so many things getting done in a stopover, this is the type of report i would've liked to see if i was going to a place but apparently not too many people do that, so i had to gather from a bunch of google searches (mainly Trip Advisor) - write it all down and figure out the best way to go through it all on the map
and after all that - i barely remember take off and landing to BKK!

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Re: Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« Reply #131 on: February 04, 2012, 06:52:56 PM »
i must give some credit to you as well though, without some convincing i wouldve stayed in the airport for 4 hours and accomplished nothing. - and i realized from other reports that you "run" after restaurants but im not a big restaurant guy.
i happen to like taking a lot of pictures so i like going to lots of interesting places.
and as for so many things getting done in a stopover, this is the type of report i would've liked to see if i was going to a place but apparently not too many people do that, so i had to gather from a bunch of google searches (mainly Trip Advisor) - write it all down and figure out the best way to go through it all on the map
and after all that - i barely remember take off and landing to BKK!

Can you share some pictures from your trip?
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Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« Reply #132 on: March 05, 2012, 04:04:20 PM »
Is the W HKG worth $322/night?

Worth an extra $25 to upgrade to spectacular room or $50 to fabulous room or decent chance on an upgrade with plat status?

This is for 2 nights during the week. Shabbos ill probably spend near Chabad HK.

And other hotels in a similar range to check out? Everyone raves about the W...
Dan, would love the report.


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Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« Reply #133 on: March 05, 2012, 04:07:49 PM »
Even with its faults we did love the W and look forward to returning.  #70 got them to open C+P space for us which made it even sweeter :D

Avoid the Garden View hotel next door to Chabad of HKI at all costs, the shliach's son told me to look into this place right across the street: http://www.twomr.com.hk/
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Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« Reply #134 on: March 05, 2012, 04:18:41 PM »
Even with its faults we did love the W and look forward to returning.  #70 got them to open C+P space for us which made it even sweeter :D

Avoid the Garden View hotel next door to Chabad of HKI at all costs, the shliach's son told me to look into this place right across the street: http://www.twomr.com.hk/
At Cat 6 (8k points+$150) I think I would just pay $322.