Three days in Hong Kong, what to do?

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Am flying there tomorrow to avoid the horrendous Songkran festival here. What is good to see, do, eat and watch in Hong Kong?

Paul Kelly (kelly), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 08:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

eat? erm everything. Every time I go to Hong Kong it seems I gain at least 7lbs in weight.

jellybean (jellybean), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 08:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Where are you staying - on the island, or Tsim Sha Tsui-side?

Take the Peak Tram up Victoria Peak, then do one of the walking trails (they are clearly marked out) around the Peak for spectacular views. The one which goes to Pokfulam reservoir/country park is only about 3km.

Stanley Market is fun, as are the night markets

Ferry over to Macau for a day trip

Take the glass elevator up the outside of the Hopewell Centre

Sha Tin (in the new territories) or Happy Valley racecourses, if there's any racing on.

Ocean Park!

C J (C J), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 09:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink


ESTEBAN BUTTEZ~!!! (ESTEBAN BUTTEZ~!!!), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 09:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(And Ocean Park, Stanley Markets, Victoria Peak and Nathan Road)

ESTEBAN BUTTEZ~!!! (ESTEBAN BUTTEZ~!!!), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 09:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Thanks, have to dash now to grab stuff for the trip, I'll look into those suggestions.

Thanks a lot

Paul Kelly (kelly), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 10:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
oh man i never saw this thread. so many things to do. eat cheap things. god, yum cha, so cheap. this morning it was like 50p per portion of dim sum. my mother and i were stuffed and the bill was a fiver between us.

ocean park is nice. the new disneyland is a little bit on the small side. but they have a nice queue system where you can "book" your place for one ride at a specific time (only one at a time though) so you can wander about elsewhere while you wait for your time.

sham shui po is good for cheap electronics and there's a street full of stalls that sell cheapolodean AV/electrical things.

ken c (ken c), Monday, 5 June 2006 04:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

soon there will be a cable car that takes you to the temple with the big buddha thing, if you're that way inclined. currently it's an hour bus ride from the other side of lantau island.

going on the ferry is fun too. you get to see both sides of the harbour and smell sea air (which admittedly is a bit smelly).

ken c (ken c), Monday, 5 June 2006 05:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

You can have a great transport themed day. Star Ferry, Hong Kong Island Trams, big glass elevators outside tall buildings, Star Ferry and even the toobe. (Actually the double decker buses out to the New Territories are actually quite cool too).

The food hall above Happy Valley Market does some of the best cheap food I've ever eaten.

Oh the Hong Kong History Museum is good as well, though remember to pace yourself as it starts in pre-history.

Pete (Pete), Monday, 5 June 2006 06:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I went to the hong kong history museum with my dad, and he just slagged it off for the entire duration of the visit (my dad's a chinese historian), specialising in the customs of HK villagers. You might as well go to a village on one of the islands or in the New Territories and see the real thing if you're in HK around the time of some Chinese festival.

I love spending the whole day on the Tram and the ferry.. and it's so cheap too

jellybean (jellybean), Monday, 5 June 2006 17:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

1) hang out with francis ng and simon yam
2) watch planes land at airport
3) sail out into bay at night

gear (gear), Monday, 5 June 2006 17:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Be interested to hear why he slagged it off. Clearly any presentation of history is going to be flawed and from a potentially political stance but I thought it gave someone who had little idea of its history a pretty good idea of its development (and it was easy to read certain bias's).

We were staying way out in the New Territories and that is worth it. No-one spoke English but they wer emore than willing to feed us silly with Dim Sum.

Pete (Pete), Monday, 5 June 2006 17:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I think the main reason why he didn't like it (this is the area where they show the different types of origins of the Chinese in HK, with the fishing boat and stuff) came from over simplification of the facts.

I have to admit, I did ask him to go with me just to see how annoyed he would get.

jellybean (jellybean), Monday, 5 June 2006 17:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

oh for transport - i forgot! obv ride the red topped minibuses late night! they're apparently now all run by triads and are notoriously trilling because the drivers get paid per trip and so they do all kinds of stunts like speeding cutting lanes and jumping red lights! legends have it that you can get from central to tuen mun in 15 minutes (when usually it's more like an hour)

ken c (ken c), Monday, 5 June 2006 21:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
i'm going to hong kong, guys, woo! for my school reunion. i am SO EXCITED, i haven't been back since early '97, ie pre-giving it back to china!

to get a cheap flight i had to stay there for ten days, which is obviously ACE except i may get kicked out on my ear once the reunion is over - officially we're all meant to bugger off on the morning of monday 14th. i don't fly back til saturday 19th. i'm hoping they won't be that strict and will let me hang out for another 4 nights (flight is earlyish saturday, it's easy to stay out late/all night in hk then head to the airport whenever... or is it? i haven't been to the new airport, eep!) or that i'll find a hk local's sofa to crash on, but if not, where do i stay that is CHEAP? i was always seriously tempted by chungking mansions, will i die if i stay there? i do not look rich, no one will stab me for my diamonds.

omg omg i am so excited. share with me!

emsk ( emsk), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 18:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

oh man i wanna go back to hk. i think there's a cheap ymca in kowloon?

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 18:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

ooh ymca, good idea! i am barely gonna sleep for the next two weeks. man. i haven't had any jabs. is that a terrible idea? i went to pakistan a year and a half ago and had a shitload then. i wouldn't object to more now (mmm needles) but dunno if there's time.

emsk ( emsk), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 19:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i don't have any hk heroin connections, sorry.

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 19:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

where do i stay that is CHEAP? i was always seriously tempted by chungking mansions, will i die if i stay there?

i stayed there. they weren't so bad. look around though - some of the guesthouses in there are way better than others. my bunkbed was cheap as hell though, for HK anyway. single rooms i think were around $10 or $15? I can't remember. the mirador mansion is just up the road and a little nicer and only a little more expensive.

phil-two (phil-two), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 19:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i don't have any hk heroin connections, sorry.


gbx (skowly), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 19:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Stanley Market is for jack ass tourists. Go to the night market and/pr laies amrket in Mongkok instead.
You can also get your fill of cheap VCD/DVDs/CDs/softwarfe and hardware in this area.
The street food in Mongkok is also keen.

Wanchai is where you want to hang out if you want to run into western wanks boozing it up with Asian and SOuth American Chicks.

Back over to Kowloon... Take the KTR to the border, cross and then take a bus to Shenzen... a lot of good shopping... much stuf to do.. stay away from queer ass shit like Stanley Market! You'll get ripped off and only porkbutts go there.

Freddie (freddie), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 19:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah... get a foot massage... many places to get one.. about $20 HK.... around 3 $US.

Fuck anyone who tells you to go to that bitch ass crap shoot known as Stanley Market.

Freddie (freddie), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 19:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

thanks phil-two! that sounds perfect, if i get chucked out.

ktr=kcr, or did it change its name? i'm staying way out in the new territories, between sai kung and sha tin. i hear it has changed dramatically.

er i ca't work out if you guys are joking or not but by jabs i meant inoculations... i don't do heroin, i just like needles.

emsk ( emsk), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 19:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yeah totally shenzen is your jam. good hookersplaces to get your nails done for cheap.

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 20:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

this is the only pic i took from inside the chungking mansions. or maybe this is the mirador ones. but im guessing it looks like the inside of a lot of these HK buildings?

phil-two (phil-two), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 20:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the development over in nt is terrifying...

There's this new railway line covering east of shatin now.. A couple of years ago I went to the station at the end of the line, and it was still pretty quiet.. and by walking for an hour or so you'd end up at little communities that were isolated (well for hk anyway).. I guess all that land around that station would probably be all built up now..

jellybean (jellybean), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 22:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

emsk ( emsk), Friday, 18 August 2006 23:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
What kind of plugs do they use in Hong Kong? Have found conflicting information via google...

toby (tsg20), Monday, 6 November 2006 15:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Three pin plugs, but the pins are round. A bit like this :

C J (C J), Monday, 6 November 2006 15:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

they're actually the same as the three pin uk ones now (rectangular)

i guess it depends where you're living.

jellybean (jellybean), Monday, 6 November 2006 15:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I am clearly living in the past!

C J (C J), Monday, 6 November 2006 15:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

they changed to the uk ones round about when i was moving to the UK (so like 1992?)

i'm surprised nobody said "butt" as the answer yet.

ken c (ken c), Monday, 6 November 2006 15:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three years pass...


how bad is the Chungking mansions experience? I figure one night is worth it for something so ridiculously cheap...

...and considering I move into this the next day (!)

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Thursday, 14 October 2010 15:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

it's not so bad actually, they've cleaned it up in terms of the violence, about the worst you can expect is a bunch of hawkers shoving their stuff in your face

when are you coming ?

dayo, Thursday, 14 October 2010 23:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

I land on Sat 30th.... am probably just gonna stick with whatever i booked at Chungking Mansions considering its so cheap. Then move to luxury Hullet House for 1 night and Peninsula for 2..... (perks of girlf who is reviewing them)

I guess I'm there till Wed 3 Nov.

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Friday, 15 October 2010 22:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

hahahah oh my god my friend's dream job is to be a hotel reviewer.

well me and at least one other ilxor are currently in hk, if you need help w/ anything / need a tour guide webmail me

dayo, Saturday, 16 October 2010 00:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

I didn't even know that hotel reviewer was a job

now that I do it's my dream job too

iatee, Saturday, 16 October 2010 00:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

Dayo, if you're not doing anything on on Sunday 31st eve let me know. ( chromogenik[at]gmail[dot]com )

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Wednesday, 27 October 2010 09:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

hi dere,

will be there from 27th apr - 7th may.. there may be FAPability..

Jlloyd, I'm ready to be heartbroken (ken c), Wednesday, 13 April 2011 16:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Hong Kong is great. Go to Lantau island to see the giant Buddha, casino in Macau, greasy spoon, drink lots of milk tea, Snoopy's World, walk around Yuen Long, get on the $4 dollar small bus. The Symphony of Lights is kinda rubbish though.

jel --, Monday, 21 May 2012 19:26 (six years ago) Permalink

symphony of lights is pretty cool on nights when it's not cloudy (which is like, 2/365)

chris paul george hill (dayo), Monday, 21 May 2012 23:21 (six years ago) Permalink

hong kong is the greatest city in the world.

dylannn, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 02:57 (six years ago) Permalink

walking around hong kong never really gets old. pretty much any part of it.

i wish i knew of a good affordable place to stay. i always end up at places with hourly rates, doors that don't lock and tvs that have three channels of porn and one of cartoons. but cheap. but man, i'd rather stay in a chinese chain hotel across the border in luo hu.

dylannn, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 03:01 (six years ago) Permalink

shenzhen is not to be underrated. and i think if i had three days, i would make an effort to walk to take the mtr to lo wu and spend a night in shenzhen, which is a radically different city from hong kong. ((((((((((((((((i don't know how easy it is to just VISIT without planning (the other way around is quite easy since i can walk into hong kong without a visa and stay for 30 days)

dylannn, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 05:36 (six years ago) Permalink

is chungking mansion one of these hourly rate/porn places?

Rosie 47 (ken c), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 07:23 (six years ago) Permalink

i dunno about walking around hong kong (aren't all the places just the same shops in different shopping centres??) but whenever i'm there i just eat all day and that never gets old

Rosie 47 (ken c), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 07:25 (six years ago) Permalink

a trip to shenzhen after some time in HK is truly a strange and worthwhile experience. last time i was there we just went on a whim but the information online is quite confusing regarding which passports can go in and which can't (i think it changes regularly). the japanese ppl i was with were just allowed to go in without a visa but i (with british passport) had to pay for a temporary VISA that allowed me to stay for 5 days as long as you don't leave the city.

tpp, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 09:17 (six years ago) Permalink

Dan Ryan's Chicago Grill!!!!

Jeff, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 11:41 (six years ago) Permalink

no, chungking mansions isn't no-locks/porn, as a rule, i think. whenever i walk thru it's lots of australian backpackers and like german tourists with big cameras. there's a tgi friday's right next door.

there's an ilx thread where i accidentally walk past chungking mansions and end up walking all the way to sham shui po. i never really got a "just the same shops in different shopping centres" vibe from hk but maybe i was in the wrong places.

dylannn, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 09:29 (six years ago) Permalink

I stayed in the Four Seasons. It was uh, very expensive. But awesome.

Jeff, Wednesday, 9 March 2016 15:27 (two years ago) Permalink

Got an airbnb in a SoHo high rise and it was great. The one we stayed at isn't listed anymore, but it was near this one:

Nice residential neighborhood but really easy to walk to the train and restaurants, etc.

kate78, Wednesday, 9 March 2016 19:39 (two years ago) Permalink

We wound up getting some hotel at a YMCA in Tsim Sha Tsui that dayo recommended and it was relatively cheap and close to lots of stuff!!!

police patrol felt the smell of smoke and found that goat burns (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 9 March 2016 20:04 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

dayo i am going to HK in like 10 days and i am sure everything i will ever need/want to do is upthread but i'm just so stoked on it and wanted 2 let u know, also if there's anything extra-dope you think i'd love plz tell me, i'm just going off the Lonely Planet book and this thread tbh

sexy dander (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 9 June 2016 00:30 (two years ago) Permalink

like should I spend most of my time in Kowloon, or Hong Kong Island, or split it btwn the two? we have like 4.5 day(o)s

sexy dander (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 9 June 2016 02:03 (two years ago) Permalink

man i am envious

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 9 June 2016 02:41 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

hope you're having fun!

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Thursday, 23 June 2016 07:45 (two years ago) Permalink

I just got home last night (after 27 grueling hours of travel). I think it is my new favorite city?? I will give details soon!

sexy dander (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 26 June 2016 08:09 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

have u guys ever been to lamma island?

dylannn, Tuesday, 27 September 2016 14:51 (two years ago) Permalink

dyao should i go to lamma island?

dylannn, Tuesday, 27 September 2016 14:51 (two years ago) Permalink

YES YES OMG!!!! IT IS SO GREAT!!! It was one of the highlights of our trip

laraaji p. henson (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 27 September 2016 15:43 (two years ago) Permalink

PLEASE go, you can do it in like an afternoon

laraaji p. henson (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 27 September 2016 15:43 (two years ago) Permalink

It's kind of baffling how something so chill and remote and laid-back can exist in such close proximity to HK?? It feels like it's a thousand miles away

laraaji p. henson (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 27 September 2016 15:44 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah i was wondering that. i thought fly into hk in the morning, lamma island by ferry? and then back to central and across the border. but maybe spend a night there, if it's chill?? what did you do there?

dylannn, Tuesday, 27 September 2016 15:47 (two years ago) Permalink

We just walked around. It's v sleepy and beachy (though there's no beach iirc?), you basically just stroll and look and maybe eat something or buy a book from someone sitting next to a rack of books for sale. There's also a really bizarrely excellent record store there, the dude who works there is really into Ryuichi Sakamoto

laraaji p. henson (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 27 September 2016 18:16 (two years ago) Permalink

there's a beach!

with hidden noise, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 00:12 (two years ago) Permalink

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dyao should i go to lamma island?

― dylannn, Tuesday, September 27, 2016 10:51 AM (yesterday) Bookmark

no go to cheung chau instead

, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 12:15 (two years ago) Permalink

lamma island is for expats who fancy that they've 'gotten away' from central for the day

, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 12:16 (two years ago) Permalink

thank you.

top 5 touristy activities in hong kong, while traveling with a 20something tokyo girl, who mostly wants to get a feeling for the city, buy a cheongsam and go for yum cha?

dylannn, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 16:56 (two years ago) Permalink

take tram up/down to the peak
walk from mong kok down (but not before going to langham place) to tsim sha tsui to where the tailors for tourists are for cheongsams, then take the star ferry over to central and/or wan chai
yum cha - idk, probably any dim sum place that's connected to one of the giant malls would be enough
go see the horse races at happy valley (think they will have started by now)
drinking/partying - LKF is for expats, wan chai is for expats who are trying to find prostitutes and blow

, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 17:03 (two years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

crashed at a place on lockhart in wc last night but maybe chungking mansion tonight? anyone have advice on that? or maybe just find a cheap spot in mong kok, i dunno.

dylannn, Wednesday, 26 October 2016 23:43 (two years ago) Permalink

thursday to sunday rates at a lockhart love hotel are like, ranging from 300 to 700 but pricier on weekends.

dylannn, Wednesday, 26 October 2016 23:44 (two years ago) Permalink

i went to yung shue wan on lamma and walked to hung shing yeh beach, ate razor clams, saw the record store stevie d mentioned but didn't go in, tried to figure out who actually lives there, wandered dirt trails. it was surprising. i've been to hong kong a few times and never left, like, central/wan chai/tst. i saw ads on a bulletin board near the ferry pier with apartments for rent for like 400 usd a month, up to like 1500 usd a month. it's maybe admirable that the island is still quite shabby and undeveloped, mostly? it seemed actually uncrowded despite being 35 and sunny and on the beach there were just a few kids fucking around and it was otherwise really, really quiet, a few mainland tourists eating tofu at the stall on the walk to the beach, stray dogs, kids walking home from school. took the slow ferry to cheung chau the next day. pretty dead, too. pretty. nice ferry ride.

dylannn, Sunday, 30 October 2016 04:41 (two years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Entirely by accident I have booked a 2 day stopover in Hong Kong with xi jinping in town for the 20th anniversary of the handover celebrations. The fireworks ought to be good, he's bringing his aircraft carrier.

Can anyone recommend a good restaurant around wan Chai, Causeway Bay or GamJong?

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 26 June 2017 10:38 (one year ago) Permalink


, Monday, 26 June 2017 12:55 (one year ago) Permalink

ugh i used to live in the area, miss it hard

global tetrahedron, Monday, 26 June 2017 14:21 (one year ago) Permalink

honestly a fun thing can be to just grab some beers at a 7/11 and sit on the kowloon waterfront and take it all in, views of central can get gorgeous

global tetrahedron, Monday, 26 June 2017 14:44 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Really want to go

calstars, Sunday, 8 October 2017 14:04 (one year ago) Permalink

Really want to go back

northwest pass-agg (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 15 October 2017 23:26 (one year ago) Permalink

my roommate is going for 14 days, any recommendations for what to do?

flopson, Monday, 16 October 2017 04:39 (one year ago) Permalink

eat his food, walk around the house naked, go through his room + look for drugs + money...

sleepingbag, Monday, 16 October 2017 04:45 (one year ago) Permalink


flopson, Monday, 16 October 2017 05:16 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Has anyone flown HK Express? I'm looking at flights from HK to Tokyo and they're about a quarter of the price of JAL, etc.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Friday, 11 May 2018 09:15 (nine months ago) Permalink

i haven't heard anything disturbing about hk express but ive never flown with them. i usually take vanilla for that flight, hkg to nrt.

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Friday, 11 May 2018 09:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

Cool, thanks - i'll look in to Vanilla.

There seem to be really good value Cathay air mile redemptions with air miles as well.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Friday, 11 May 2018 12:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Yes, I'm reviving China threads. Going to be there at the end of next week, wish it could be longer but maybe have 2-3 days in HK. Updated recs?

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 07:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

one of my favorite cities but i feel i've explored v little of it. usually stay in wanchai.
maybe depends on where you're staying but last time there i finally made it out to the islands and i can't recommend it enough. i always thought it would be a bitch to get out there if i was only there for a few days but it takes 30-45 to go to lamma or cheung chao. go out to lamma, wander around, get some tofu hua, record store, eat a late lunch seafood lunch at one of the restaurants by the ferry dock surrounded by sunburnt expats. cheung chao, considerably more chill and vibesy and time capsuley and fewer sunburnt expats.
walk from central over to wanchai, maybe see a horse race at happy valley (i've never done that but supposedly you should).
figure out one of the markets to go to. walk from tsim sha tsui to sham shui po and you'll hit them (as i say earlier "there's an ilx thread where i accidentally walk past chungking mansions and end up walking all the way to sham shui po," and probably check out chunking mansions maybe? if that interests you), depending on your detours and timing, go to vinyl hero in sham shui po.
go to some classic cha chaan teng (preferably in wanchai), get thai food (in wanchai), curry beef brisket noodles, wonton noodles, tuna sandwiches and chocolate milk from 7-11.

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Thursday, 7 June 2018 16:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

Thanks! I think if we even make a third of that list, we'll have a spectacular time.

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 10 June 2018 00:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

i think you'll find unlike guangzhou or shanghai or beijing, it's a better city to explore a random area on foot because: it's so dense (mostly talking about hong kong island and kowloon, even parts of the new territories) + it has a history as a major world city that goes back further than 1980 or 1990 (i mean guangzhou and shanghai and beijing were world cities but they were put on ice for almost a hundred years) + far more multicultural than mainland cities, visibly, people from across asia and beyond, but also different peoples from china and the diaspora + more welcoming of outside and non"mainstream" ideas and lifestyles and cuisines and music and religion and everything else, making for a more interesting urban environment than you'll get in any city on the mainland.

i think it's my favorite city on earth and coming back to tokyo after visiting, i'm struck by how dull and unwelcoming this city can be. every time i go back, i regret not somehow living in a box in wanchai or a tiny house out on some island, as bad an idea as that would surely turn out to be. i mean, i think i love hk because i've never lived there... and visiting these days, i think it's impossible, unfortunately, to not feel that hong kong's days are numbered as an vibrant, multicultural urban experiment... i get the sense and maybe it's just my own prejudices that i'm seeing the last of hong kong as it existed for however long before 1997 or before the mid-2000s umbrella protests, the clampdown on hk democracy, the united front strategy, language laws, patriotic education, mainland wealth flooding into the real estate market.

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Sunday, 10 June 2018 06:06 (eight months ago) Permalink

Always enjoy your posts D

calstars, Sunday, 10 June 2018 12:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

thanks, buddy

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Monday, 11 June 2018 05:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

Recent Bourdain Parts Unknown episode on Hong Kong I just saw was interesting to me on how "old" Hong Kong is being knocked down, etc. and on food and fishing villages and politics. Some of the things Dylannn mentioned yesterday.

I haven't been there.

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 June 2018 14:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

i know arriving in hong kong for the first time in 2006, i had arrived too late to see all of the buildings and the ways of life that disappeared in the postwar boom, up through the 1990s. from that visit in 2006, visiting maybe once a year since, more often when i was in guangzhou, most recently last year, i can feel a difference, though, not just in the, like, physical city but in the feel, maybe? maybe it's because i have a romantic attachment to the city and also follow what's been done there politically.

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Monday, 11 June 2018 16:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

whining about gentrification as a tourist in hong kong is not what i want to do, though, like complaining its not a perfect museum. even though it's a symptom of a bad things happening in hk it looks bad. i tried writing a long post about walking between sheung wan and shek tong tsui in 2006 vs 2017 to clarify something but my unfamiliarity and mixed emotions were showing. that's it. deleted rest of a long rambling post.

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Monday, 11 June 2018 17:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

Been here for two days and have already changed plans to nix Shanghai and stay here for a few days more before heading to Beijing. I think I can simultaneously hold all three “this city is special,” “you should have been here years ago,” and “gentrification has ruined the place” perspectives at the same time.

Buildings older than 1990 stand out from the scene like old appendixes, there are more $200K cars here than Beverly Hills, and the construction along the train line down from Shenzhen is indistinguishable from SimCity at 10x the speed. OTOH, had an all-time great meal somewhere here at 3am, had a cab ride with a driver who insisted that we all sing “California Dreaming” together when he learned we were from LA, and goddamn.... killer Hedgehog show at This Town Needs. Going out the hotel door is insane and great.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 18 June 2018 03:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

good choice. dig deeper into hk.

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Monday, 18 June 2018 07:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

lol ironically when I hear “California Dreamin” it is intrinsically linked w “Chungking Express” and nothing else. That would have been so surreal for me.

the masseduction of lauryn hill (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 29 June 2018 04:18 (seven months ago) Permalink

I understand why people miss Hong Kong. I miss Hong Kong.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 02:01 (seven months ago) Permalink

i too miss hong kong

the masseduction of lauryn hill (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 14:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

Thirded, and I’ve only spent three days there!

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 17:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

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