Just joined this forum as I have a pretty mammoth trip coming up in November. I'm staying with friends in Auckland, New Zealand, so I've decided to make the most of travelling all that way, and am stopping in Hong Kong and Sydney on the way there, and San Francisco on the way back.
These forums have been invaluable in the last few weeks when I've been drawing up an itinerary so thank you all! I just wanted to share my rough schedule with you and hope to get some feedback as to anywhere I've missed or anything I could have planned better.
Firstly, I'm male, in my mid 30s and will be in Hong Kong on my own. It's a bit intimidating travelling and holidaying on my own but also really exciting. I love big cities, spectacular architecture, interesting culture and fun nightlife (although I have a feeling I'll be too tired to fully explore the nightlife!).
Anyway, here's what I've drawn up so far.
I've got 3 nights in HK - I arrive on Sunday afternoon, so was just planning to pick up my Octopus card, and then find my way to the hotel. I'm staying at the City Garden Hotel on Hong Kong Island, and am torn between the Airport Express or an A11 bus. I know the bus is cheaper and drops you outside the hotel, but the Airport Express train seems like it could be more convenient - any advice anyone? (one idea I've had is to take the bus from the airport, and then the Airport Express back to the airport on the Wednesday, so I can experience them both).
I've figured that by the time I reach the hotel and unpack, I'll just have the evening free. As jetlag will be creeping up on me by that point, I was just planning to take it steady, get the Star Ferry over to Kowloon, watch the light show, explore the Avenue Of The Stars and find somewhere to eat, and then head back to the hotel for a good night's sleep.
Then, on the Monday, I've planned in an early start and going up Victoria Peak using the tram. I was planning on spending the morning on the Peak, taking in the views and looking round the shops, and then taking the bus back down.
In the afternoon, I was hoping to see the Chi Lin Nunnery and then go to Sha Tin to see the 10,000 Buddahs. Then in the evening head over to Lan Kwai Fong for a meal and some drinks, and just take in the nightlife.
On the Tuesday, I want to get the cable car over to Lantau Island to see the Giant Buddah. I'm scheduling in all of the morning and a fair bit of the afternoon for this. Then, have some lunch on Lantau Island and go back to HK Island as I'd like to spend some time wandering round taking some photographs of the buildings such as the HSBC HQ. In the evening - over to SoHo for a meal and some more drinks
I leave for Sydney on Wednesday evening, so I'll still have some hours left in Hong Kong - I was thinking of exploring some of the markets on my last day, maybe buying some presents for the folks back home.
There's some things that I've had to leave out, such as Happy Valley Racecourse (there's no races when I'm in HK sadly) and I would like to see Ocean Park but I'm not sure if I'll have enough time.
Anyway, any advice about my planned itinerary would be most welcome as I have exactly 3 weeks until I fly!