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Shanghai

* Dongtai Road Antique Market: This is a street market/flea market
* Yu Gardens – fun to visit, there’s also a market nearby and lots of knick knacks.
* Also see Yu Yuan Old Street
* Jade Buddha Temple
* The Bund
* Xintiandi Hongqio Pearl Market
I explored this market pretty late during my stay, mostly pearls, beads, jewelry, semi-precious stones. I bought a jade necklace from a shop nearby. 
* Old French Concession

Impressions from Shanghai: consumption, consumption, consumption…addiction to luxury goods, addiction to their gadgets, emulate and adore everything western while manners being still Chinese, beautiful bars and restaurants, despite of the great local food, interest in junk food, highly educated but stressed young generation…

what not to miss: Bar hopping on the Bund… the Fellas, Long Bar at Waldorf Astoria, Bar Rouge, the Nest, Flair…

December 2016

A whole China route in 2.5 weeks
Shanghai – Suzhou-Huagzhou – Huangshan – Guangzhou – Gulin – Yangshuo – Xi’an – Pingyao – Wutai Shan – Datong – Yuang Caves – Beijing!

May 2013
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Discover Hong Kong

Museums

  • Hong Kong Museum of History(Kowloon) : very good and interactive explanations on history of Hong Kong. There are 8 themes – it’s better to directly start at theme 4 otherwise it is too long and the 4 last themes are the most interesting.
  • HK Heritage Museum (Sha Tin) : same than Museum of History but specific on New Territories – to be coupled with visit to the Ten Thousand Buddha’s Monastery
  • Science Museum (Kowloon) : very interactive
  • Space Museum (Kowloon – Tsim Sha Tsui) : Imax theatre
  • HK Museum of Art (Kowloon – Tsim Sha Tsui) : check for temporary exhibitions

Lamma Island

  • Take a taxi to Aberdeen wholesale fish market (only opened in the morning !) and check for impressive fishes
  • At the end of the market, take a boat for Lamma (heading to Sok Kwu Wan) and get off at first stop (Mot Tat Wan)
  • Take a walk direction Sok Kwu Wan , after about 20 minutes you will see small restaurants on the waterfront Go to the first one (Hilton Genius), and eat on the small pier. Don’t forget to choose your fish in the aquarium by yourself. (good opportunity for eating cheaper lobster)
  • Continue to walk to the centre of the Sok Kwu Wan village and take a boat there back to Aberdeen or walk to Yung Shue Wan (about 1 hour easy walk) and take a boat there for Central

1 day trips

  • New territories, close to China border : the walled villages of Kam Tin and the Hong Kong Wetland Park
  • Lantau Island: take MTR to Tung Chung, then a bus to Tai O fishing village. Stroll around the village (quite incredible that this poverty still exists in Hong Kong). From Tai O take a bus to the Giant Buddha. Climb the stairs for the Giant Buddha, then visit Po Lin Monastery. Go back to Tung Chung via cable car Ngong Ping 360 (great views all the way, especially on airport)
  • Hong Kong Disneyland
  • Ocean Park : good mix of entertainment and wildlife education (panda, jelly fish aquarium, atoll reef aquarium, shark aquarium, seals and sea lion’s)
  • Macau: take the boat for Macau in early morning at Sheung Wan (1 hour boat) and walk the World Heritage trail in order to see most interesting Portuguese buildings
  • Shenzen (Chinese border) is paradise of cheap shopping (all about fakes) : take the train (KCR) in Tsim Sha Tsui for Lo Wu (40 min). In Lo Wu, go through the customs (you need to have a China visa-you can buy one there but takes more time). Lo Wu Shopping Center is just across the street when you get out of the train station : about 1500 small shops….

Trails

  • Hills trail from Tai Tam Reservoir to Park View (3h, quite difficult)
  • Dragon’s back trail on Shek’O peninsula

+ all trails from Hong Kong Trail, Wilson Trail, MacLehose Trail and Lantau Trail (see guidebook ‘The Serious Hiker’s guide’)

For the night

  • The « Symphony of light » show every night at 8PM : best to see it from the Avenue of Stars (Kowloon waterfront) in order to hear the music as well, or from the InterContinental bar
  • Harbour Cruise : Star Ferry night tour or beautiful AquaLuna junk with red sails
  • The Peak
  • Wednesday evening : horse racing at Hong Kong Jockey Club (Happy Valley) – start at 8PM
  • Lan Kwai Fung : restaurants, bars, clubs
  • SoHo : restaurants, bars
  • Alfresco dining :
  • Jumbo top desk in Aberdeen harbour : alfresco dining on nicely decorated terrace (top deck of big Jumbo Kingdom boat)
  • The Peak Lookout
  • L16 restaurant in Hong Kong Park
  • Isola (IFC mall)
  • Cine Citta (WanChai Star street)
  • Murray house in Stanley

For shopping

  • Shopping malls :
  • Hong Kong Island: IFC (Central), Pacific Place (Admiralty), Times Square (Causeway Bay)
  • Kowloon: Harbour City/Ocean Terminal (the biggest of HK), Langham Place (Mongkok-the building is worth a visit)
  • Antiques & Art : Hollywood road
  • Souvenirs : all street market in Kowloon (see above)
  • Nice Chinese style clothes : Shangai Tang
  • Electronics : WanChai Computer Centre, Mongkok
  • Foot massage : nice reflexology place beneath the escalators on Caine’s Road – excellent price/quality

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