Posted July 24th, 2011, 07:06 PM
Last edited by FinelyRetired; July 24th, 2011 at 07:08 PM
Lots of offices close for the Chinese New Year, usually for up to 3 days so wherever you go expect to find lots of people. Visit the Big Buddha on Lantau Island and the village by the side of the buddha. This can be reached either by ferry and then public bus, taxi or the subway. Ride the mid-level escalators on Hong Kong Island - they go up a long way (however, they only go up so you have to walk down!). Ride the Star Ferry. Watch the Light Show from the Avenue of the Stars on Kowloon - although personally I didn't think it was very good. Because of New Year some of the markets will be closed or only partially operating. Your hotel may know which are open.
Whatever you chose to do, enjoy!
Star Ferry to Lantau is a great idea.
And...Here's a link to a walking tour of area near the elevators:
Taking this with me in November. Haven't done it yet. At some point, I'll note the best hotels along that route in case I tire (I'm a bit older than OP) & want to stop in one & have bellman/front desk/or concierge negotiate fare/desitnation for a safe ride & fair rate back.
Perhaps some one here knows of a guide who does cultural walking tours? I've heard the name of a gentleman named Chris?
Hong Kong Tourism Board has guided walks on their website. Perhaps someone here has experience with that?
Evenings are a challenge. When Solo in a foreign city, it's often been the hotel concierge who's been the most help to me either arranging a show, evening tour, or simply engaging/translating with a driver or taxi for an evening drive to see & photo a city at night. Once, the concierge at my hotel wasn't "up to snuff" and I just went to the nearby "better" hotel & worked with that one.
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