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Kingkong City - Expats Retreat

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Hongkong is still for many Expats in China a place to smell a different air. Here restaurants and pubs are different from Mainland, and you still feel like not really in China - Although the differences got much less after the takeover, but not all time in a positive way. You can have site seeing, excellent food, high level shopping (cheaper than mainland and often than Europe too), an open society and a vibrant city. Lets take a stroll through some of the places...

Good for
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Like a Local

12 Places

6 City Tips

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12 Places

Star Ferry

Ferries

Hong Kong Skyline

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Hong Kong Tramways (Ding Ding)

Tramways

Peak Tram

Tramways

Hotel Jen Hong Kong

Hotels

Rosticceria Italiana Monteverdi

Restaurants

The Pawn by Tom Aikens

Restaurants

Old China Hand

Restaurants

Zelo

Restaurants

Carnegies

Restaurants

The Canny Man

Bars & Clubs

Nathan Road

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Ralf M's City Tips

  • Another must is taking the Star Ferry from Tsimshatsui to the island (or other way). It gives you a great view and impression about the city.
  • You can take the tram from one end to the other for less than 3 HK$, go to upper deck with a camera, the cheapest way of site seeing.
  • If you stay only few days in Hong Kong, make a tourist bus ride around the island with its stops for leaving and reentering the bus.
  • On a very clear night in summer take a taxi to the Victoria Peak for a marvelous view. Not the Public Transport stuff, or do you want to queue up for hours?
  • Be careful at shops, especially in Mong Kok and Nathan Rd. etc, many try to drag in tourists and offer cheap prices, but later on try to sell totally different items to them.
  • If you go by public transport a lot, buy an Octopus Card for convenience. Or you must have the right coins all time. Often public transport is easier and faster than taking a taxi.
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    Star Ferry
    Ferries
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    Ralf M Says:

    Star Ferry is not only a transportation tool, it is a museum in itself, showing a bit of the old Hong Kong.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Use Octopus Card if you have
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • I live in HK and I love Star Ferry 22/01/2018
    • great experience and value. good for couples, families, solo and business travelers 22/01/2018
    • Star Ferry
    Address:
    Kowloon Point, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-23677065
    Other:
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    Hong Kong Skyline
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Ralf M Says:

    At a clear night a must, to have a marvelous view, best from peak! (or from Ferry terminal)

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Ignore there the shopping facilities on peak!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great photo spot 22/01/2018
    • A must see. 22/01/2018
    • Hong Kong Skyline
    Address:
    Hong Kong Island, along Victoria Harbor
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    85261317558
    Other:
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    Hong Kong Tramways (Ding Ding)
    Tramways
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    Ralf M Says:

    Old very cheap tram to go slowly along the Island.Enjoy the historic transport system of Hong Kong.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Family
    Tips
    • Museum in itself, perfect for taking pictures from upper deck.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Trams 22/01/2018
    • Trip to anywhere. 22/01/2018
    • Hong Kong Tramways (Ding Ding)
    Address:
    Whitty Street Tram Depot, Connaught Road West, Western District
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-25487102
    Other:
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    Peak Tram
    Tramways
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    Ralf M Says:

    Again like a museum, but face crowded times, worth for a look on Hong Kong.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Use on early morning, about starting time. Evening maybe overcrowded
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice view 22/01/2018
    • The queue is a nightmare 22/01/2018
    • Peak Tram
    Address:
    No.1 Lugard Road
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-28497654
    Other:
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    Hotel Jen Hong Kong
    Hotels
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    Ralf M Says:

    It is a comparably well priced, modern hotel, has a new subway station, and important for business travelers, only half hour to the airport by taxi on a never jammed route.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Take a room with harbor view
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 730 Hotels in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very average 22/01/2018
    • Great Value and Location. 21/01/2018
    • Hotel Jen Hong Kong
    Address:
    508 Queen's Road West, Western District
    Hong Kong
    China
    Other:
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    Rosticceria Italiana Monteverdi
    Restaurants (Italian, European)
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    Ralf M Says:

    A hidden classic Italian place with excellent food. Small an perfect.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • come for a dinner, if in a group, make a reservation
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2,314 of 7,886 restaurants in Hong Kong
    • Regional Italian cuisine 15/01/2016
    • An Italian haven within the sleepless city 09/06/2015
    • Rosticceria Italiana Monteverdi
    Address:
    G/F Shop 2, 8 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Western District
    Hong Kong 00000
    China
    Phone:
    852-22910325
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    11:30 - 22:30
    Other:
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    The Pawn by Tom Aikens
    Restaurants (European, British, Bar, Contemporary)
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    Ralf M Says:

    A Wanchai great restaurant in an historic building. Have good drinks and good food. Hip for the local younger business people.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    Tips
    • A bit expensive but worth to go there.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #264 of 7,886 restaurants in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Faultless 05/01/2018
    • Good spot for a drink 04/01/2018
    • The Pawn by Tom Aikens
    Address:
    62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2866 3444
    Price range:
    US$39 - US$78
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:30 - 01:00
    Mon - Thu
    12:00 - 01:00
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 - 02:00
    Other:
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    Old China Hand
    Restaurants (British, Chinese)
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    Ralf M Says:

    Hong Kong, Wanchai is famous for its bars and pubs. So take a stroll and get into some of them. I recommend this one as an example, and for its atmosphere, as also many locals of british origin come here.

    Good for
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Don't be afraid, if some ladies are there, you do not need to take them home, but grab a beer here is worth its time.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Expat food 20/12/2016
    • OK, I guess... Nothing special 29/10/2015
    Address:
    104 Lockhart Rd
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-28654378
    Other:
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    Zelo
    Restaurants (Spanish)
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    Ralf M Says:

    One of my favorite restaurants in Hong Kong. Spanish. Just the right place when being around Pacific Place. (For shopping, or if you stay in one of the 5 Star Hotels linked to Pacific Place.)

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Take an excellent lunch here from the daily luncheon menu.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6,373 of 7,886 restaurants in Hong Kong
    • Tomatoes tell it all 22/08/2015
    • Horrible on all counts 05/08/2015
    • Zelo
    Address:
    Shop 007, LG1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway
    Hong Kong
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 - 23:00
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    Carnegies
    Restaurants (Bar, Pub, International)
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    Ralf M Says:

    Carnegies is another famous pub in Wanchai, not so crazy anymore like 20 years ago, but still worth to go for a beer or some snacks.

    Good for
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Avoid the "ladies days". - too crowded.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,441 of 7,886 restaurants in Hong Kong
    • We liked music, staff and decor. Quite good value during happy hour (to 8pm) 24/12/2017
    • BEST BAR EVER 26/09/2017
    • Carnegies
    Address:
    G/F, 53-55 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-28666289
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$13
    Hours:
    Sun
    16:00 - 02:00
    Mon
    11:00 - 02:00
    Tue
    11:00 - 05:00
    Wed
    11:00 - 06:00
    Thu
    11:00 - 03:00
    Fri
    11:00 - 06:00
    Sat
    11:30 - 06:00
    Other:
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    The Canny Man
    Bars & Clubs
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    Ralf M Says:

    This is a special pub in Wanchai. most people coming here are locals. It is Scottish, not English, so you get some special food like Haeggies. And it is more quiet than other places unless they have an event.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • They do have a perfect list of whiskeys available!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 73 Nightlife in Hong Kong
    • Nice atmosphere and friendly staff 29/11/2017
    • Friendly staff 25/08/2017
    • The Canny Man
    Address:
    57-73 Lockhart Road, Wanchai
    Hong Kong 0
    China
    Phone:
    852-28611935
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 00:00
    Mon - Thu
    12:00 - 02:00
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 - 03:00
    Other:
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    Nathan Road
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Ralf M Says:

    This shopping road is a must to have seen, when coming to Hong Kong. But be aware, that not all shops are honest at this crowded road.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • LGBT
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    Tips
    • Avoid all the Indians trying to drag you into some shops, selling fake watches and tailor-made suits.
    • Some sale sin shops are really good deals, but be careful! Sometimes the staff wants to let you wait for some item, just to talk and drag you into other overpriced purchases.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 851 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • We walked the entire Nathan Road 16/01/2018
    • Unavoidable 08/01/2018
    • Nathan Road
    Address:
    Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +86 23 4832 6680
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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