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Hi...

I have been trying to plan for my trip to HK and I need help from all the experts in here. We are a family of 4,me,hubby and 2 tweens-12 and 10 years old.

I am contemplating between 7 nights or 8 nights stay in HK,is it too long?I will be arriving in HK at about 2pm,that would be like half a day gone. I would be staying at Kowloon area,most probably Standford Hotel.

I have rough idea what I want to do but need help fine tuning it.

This is what I would like to do:

1 day for Macau

1 day for Oceanpark

2days-Will be staying 1 night in Disneyland-last 2 days of trip.

1 day-Victoria Peak,Zoo and Botanic Gardens(where do i go aft that? Causeway Bay area or central-a bit confuse with this)

1 day-TST area incl Science Museum and Space Museum,Avenue of Stars and the Lights Show thingy.

I also want to go to all the markets,Goldfish and Bird market-which day do i put all this?

I also want to go to Li Yuen Street East and West,Central Mid level Escalator.

Is there any other places I must see thats not in here? I want all the days packed. This will be my first DIY trip,usually go with group tour,so I am a bit bervous. : )

Do help with the itinerary and days I need to do it all.

And yes, what should I do on the first day?

Help and Thanks!

Farida

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1. Re: Help!

There is no actual need to stay in a Disney hotel if you don't want to, they do offer some discounts, but Disneyland is very easy to get to, and the hotels have a reputation of being a bit expensive for what they are. So if you just worried about being close to Disneyland don't, it's only about half an hour to 45 minutes from central. Your kids might possibly enjoy the Museum of coastal defence, in my opinion one of the better places to take photographs from. It's a few stops east of Causeway Bay, and you can combine it with a trip to Cityplaza mall, which has an ice skating rink. The zoo is quite small and might not amuse older kids for that long. The botanic Gardens has a aviary which is quite nice but again not a huge kid amuser, I would see how these went, and possibly pop down to the markets and the mid-level escalator on the same day. This last is okay, but again kids tend to get a bit bored after a while. It is a very long escalator but in the end it's just an escalator. The things in the surrounding areas are not of huge interest to children, they tend to be antique shops, bars etc. So there's a possible QUICK look. My son quite liked the markets once he found something to buy so that might keep their interest.

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2. Re: Help!

1) I suggest you spend a night in Macau. It has unique history and great food, and though the kids cannot go into the casinos, just a walk around the public shopping area in the Venetian is a kick. You will have a much more relaxed visit there if you do a one-night stayover.

2) In Hong Kong, your kids may (especially if boys) find the Museum of Coastal Defence interesting. It is built in a former British fortress at a lovely location overlooking the harbor entrance. A 15 minute walk from the Shau Kei Wan MTR station.

3) Victoria Peak, (do the complete walk-around circuit on Lugard and Harlech roads), zoo and botanic garden can all be done in a half day. Then can do the Central/Li Yuen escalator area (all very close) or take the ferry over and do the Tsim Sha Tsui stuff, all in the afternoon.

4) Use the extra day to do an outing. Either a bus trip along the shore of the south side of HK Island to Stanley, and then Shek O and/or Big Wave Bay (Tai Long Wan) beach -- great scenery and Shek O/Tai Long Wan beaches are pretty clean and enjoyable. Or take a ferry boat to the outlying islands.

Lamma has a nice 2-hour walk and interesting restaurants and a decent beach at Hung Shing Yeh (no cars on the whole island).

Lantau is big and relatively unspoiled. If the weather is nice you should really take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car to the top, where you can see the Big Buddha statue. A Lantau day could involve:

-- MTR subway to Tung Chung (get there by 9:45 to avoid lines at the cable car.)

-- Ngong Ping 360 cable car to Ngong Ping village.

-- Visit Big Buddha

-- Hike down, if your family is adventurous. If not, take a bus from Ngong Ping to Tai O village and visit a traditional fishing village.

-- Bus to Mui Wo ferry terminal.

-- Ferry ride back to central HK

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3. Re: Help!

Oh, Farida.....I should have mentioned that the Ngong Ping cable car is currently closed for maintenance until the end of September, so if you are planning a near term visit, don't include that one.

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4. Re: Help!

Relax! HKG is very easy. Divide your must-do activities by area and allocate days. Personally I think 1 day is enough for Disneyland, and agree with others that a night in Macau would be fun. When are you coming? This affects whether you should include beaches. The day you do Ocean Park, you could also stay on HKG until the symphony of lights, if that appeals. The day you go to the Peak you will also have time to visit the Central escalators or Causeway Bay for shopping. If you don't plan to walk around the Peak, you could schedule a half-day trip to Cheung Chau or Lamma Island first and then do the Peak, since your ferry will return you to Central.

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5. Re: Help!

Hi there,

you can refer to www.discoverhongkong.com (HK tourism official website). I can suggest you to take trip to Macau and watch Cirque du Soleil (www.cirquedusoleil.com). And at HK don' t forget to visit the Giant Buddha at Ngong Ping. Anyway, please refer to the HK tourism website and it will help you to plan your trip. :)

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6. Re: Help!

Hi all,

Thanks for the replies. Great advice!! I will look into the suggestions. I am planning the trip for December. How cold is December? And my kids are girl(12) and boy(10).

I have already promise the kids to spend the night in Disneyland,so cant backout.: )

How much do you guys think I need a day for transport and food(nothing fancy)for the 4 of us per day?Not thinking of taking the cab,only MTR.

Thanks for all the replies. I am so excited and nervous! : )

Farida

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7. Re: Help!

Hong Kong does have a real winter season, albeit not very cold. (But it's different from S'pore, where I used to live.) How cool it will be depends on the winds.....it is very unlikely to rain at that time of year so the days will likely be temperate, but overnight and in the mornings it can go as low as 12 degrees C. So bring a sweater or jacket for everyone.

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