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NS4683

join:2000-08-25
South Amboy, NJ
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reply to CylonRed

Re: [Rant] Do not go for vacation to Hong Kong

said by CylonRed:

The summer olympics before the London olympics....

Brittan has not been involved in China for a good while. The Chinese have their own culture and is very old. In all of the pictures I have seen of China - I don't see the influence you expected and I have no idea what 'British heritage' you expected.

The Olympics were in Hong Kong? I thought the games were in Beijing.


CylonRed
Premium,MVM
join:2000-07-06
Bloom County
reply to chgo_man99
The summer olympics before the London olympics....

Brittan has not been involved in China for a good while. The Chinese have their own culture and is very old. In all of the pictures I have seen of China - I don't see the influence you expected and I have no idea what 'British heritage' you expected.
--
Brian

"It drops into your stomach like a Abrams's tank.... driven by Rosanne Barr..." A. Bourdain

chgo_man99

join:2010-01-01
San Jose, CA
reply to CylonRed
said by CylonRed:

Funny thing - I knew most of these facts and I have not been there... Their smog is legendary (they burn a HUGE amount of coal for power) - did you not see the olympics?

Which olympics? I may not remember.

said by CylonRed:

BTW - I find many big cities to be the same thing - expensive, dirty and all have questionable food somewhere frankly. The only really nice large city I have been to was San Fran. But I find Chicago, NY, LA to be dirty, unfriendly places.

I live in Chicago area, I find Chicago to be cleaner than NYC (which I also have been to), its relatively clean. The Loop is little dirty, but if you go nice places like River North, Lincoln Park they're clean. Even Magnificent Mile along Water Tower is very clean area. I have spent a lot of nights there where I have seen trucks sweeping roads and workers flushing sidewalks from dirt.

Lakefront trail along Lake Michigan is great for sports in summer. I enjoy biking and sunbathing there.

But anyway here are comparing not just cities but also countries. We talk about the city that is very well known in the world as a big city in Asia with British heritage, though after having been there I hardly see there.

chgo_man99

join:2010-01-01
San Jose, CA
reply to CylonRed
said by CylonRed:

"For dining, even some restaurants in major high traffic areas in business center will not serve you well unless you speak English Chinese . This happened to me in IFC!"

The above should have been ok for you it seems...

Lol. I corrected my blunder. I was talking about Chinese language.


CylonRed
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join:2000-07-06
Bloom County
reply to chgo_man99
Funny thing - I knew most of these facts and I have not been there... Their smog is legendary (they burn a HUGE amount of coal for power) - did you not see the olympics? They nearly had to cancel some of the long distance running because of the smog, smog that was plainly visible tot he camera at street level.

BTW - I find many big cities to be the same thing - expensive, dirty and all have questionable food somewhere frankly. The only really nice large city I have been to was San Fran. But I find Chicago, NY, LA to be dirty, unfriendly places.

"For dining, even some restaurants in major high traffic areas in business center will not serve you well unless you speak English. This happened to me in IFC!"

The above should have been ok for you it seems...
--
Brian

"It drops into your stomach like a Abrams's tank.... driven by Rosanne Barr..." A. Bourdain

chgo_man99

join:2010-01-01
San Jose, CA

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After spending my 1 week in Hong Kong for a vacation trip, I find this city as "Asia's world city" is overrated and not worth spending big bugs on travel unless you go there for business trip.

First thing, even though it has history of long past British colonism, the Peak, colonial buildings, it does not look like it has much left of "british influence". Its basically China. You need to know Chinese to effectively understand and speak to locals. Some locals speak English, especially in hotel and tourist industry but most speak it not very well. Don't try to say more than one sentence otherwise they go crazy.

In photos, you see unbelievable dense big expansive skyline with modern skyscrapers, but once you get there you can't take pictures because on most days the air is full of smog. From the Peak, I could only see maybe Hong Kong Island but not much of Kowloon.

The streets, sidewalks are dirty. The food is dirty especially on street. And for some reason, even though I did not touch on street food, I got food-born illness within first 2 days I got there. I had to get to hospital urgent clinic and get antibiotic prescription.

Shopping there is definitely no no. On average everything is on par or more expensive than in States. For ex for electronics, that is if you look at major reputable stores like Fortress.

But I had there no problem easily running into a few small "black shops" that employ deceitful tactics to sell you stuff at artificially high absurd prices.

On top of that, return policy in most stores suck. The best what you can get is 7 day exchange in store for warranty. You cannot return things after purchase, especially once you open a box.

As for sightseeing, visiting, there are a few things there to do and see but not much. They are worth visiting if you happen to go there and have time, but don't go there just to see them.

The Peak, the Peak tram, Star Ferry, Star Avenue, Big Buddha with Po Lin Monastery, Macau, Ngong Ping 360 are all fun but that's it.

For dining, even some restaurants in major high traffic areas in business center will not serve you well unless you speak Chinese. This happened to me in IFC!

So do yourself a favor and if you are going next time to a major city to have a blast, pleasant big city experience, go somewhere else. Hong Kong is not too good for tourists and I definitely I would not want to study or live there.