This well organized, smartly designed travel book makes doing Hong Kong easy. I was staying on Lantau (outlying island, connected by speed rail that takes 11 min to Kowloon and 20 minutes to Hong Kong) for business for six days, and this book helped me target which parts of Kowloon and Hong Kong I wanted to hit when I went on in.
Not much I need to say about this, other than it was great. So many detailed maps makes getting around simple. Here are some things you should check out/pass on.
-Tian Tan Buddha (pg 193). Big ol' Buddha statue (50 feet tall) built on top of a lush jungle peak on Lantau, accessible by bus or cable car. Cable car was fantastic, offering views of HK, hilly jungle landscape, and the Buddha as you approach it. And if you thought that transforming religious or cultural icons into moneymaking ventures was only an American tradition, then you were wrong! There's a gift shop in the base of the Buddha.
-Star Ferry. Crossing from Kowloon to downtown Hong Kong, it is a great experience to take in the cityscape in either direction. Not to mention it's $2 Hong Kong dollars, which is like 37 cents or something silly cheap.
-Kowloon Jade Market. Just a great experience as well. Have fun searching for nice jewelry and negotiating with the locals - they will punch a number into a calculator, hand it to you, you punch in the number you want to pay, and then they shake their head crazily like you just offered to shoot their dog.
-Man Mo temple.
-Yuen Po Street Bird Garden. Shout out to the dudes at the basketball court across the street that let me join their game and then didn't respect my jump shot ('MURICA!)
-The Peak. So awesome. I wish more cities were built into the side of huge mountains.
-Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Garden. So many fun monkeys to watch. Reptile house about the size of an airplane lavatory.
-Hong Kong Art Museum. Although the art leaves something to be desired, the casually dismissive and ridiculously critical plaques accompanying the artwork is high comedy.
-Hong Kong taxis. You can get across the city for about 45 Hong Kong dollars. That's like 6 bucks. Saves a ton of time.
-Dining: Typhoon Shelter Hing Kee Restaurant (pg 150) in Kowloon was fantastic. It might be under a different name, but had a great food - especially the flash fried crab with the fried garlic. The book is accurate that you should ask how much everything costs. One Dim Sum in Mong Kok was the best dim sum in the city for cheap prices. Bathroom is outside in an alley way, tho
-The goldfish market (pg 148) takes about 30 seconds to walk through and smells like you would think a goldfish market would smell.
-Hong Kong Museum of History was closed for a special event when I tried to go there, which is unfortunate as I was really hoping to see if the government redwashed anything.
-Dining: City Hall's Maxim Palace. You'd think with 2500 staff working they would have been able to take our order within 30 mins, right?
-Hong Kong water. DON'T DRINK IT.
-There's a Starbucks on nearly every corner, in case you want Seattle coffee in Hong Kong.
In conclusion: loved the book, really enabled my traveling partner and myself to see the city, let me know if you have any questions!