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Leanne A

Leanne A

Australia

Aug132009

Tour/Activity

Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This tour started with one guide, then changed buses and onto a 2nd guide and then a 3rd guide for the ferry and tour to Lantau and then a 4th guide to get back to the hotel. However, the guide for Lantau was absolutely fabulous! His knowledge was amazing and his English was extremely good! The Tai O village was so interesting and a real eye opener with the "houses" on stilts, the market and the temples. Unfortunately it rained all day so we were taken directly to the entrance to the Giant Buddha and missed climbing the steps up to it but it was still magnificent! The lunch at Po Lin was in the VIP section and was very fresh, delicious, and plentiful, and we had plenty of time to wonder around after to take photos of the monastery. The chairlift down was breathtaking, especially over the water along side the airport and even though I have a fear of heights this is not something to fear, it was spectacular! I highly recommend this tour.

Aug112009

Tour/Activity

Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise and Dinner at Victoria Peak

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
A good evening introduction to Hong Kong! After a pickup in Kowloon we traveled by bus to Hong Kong Island with our guide, who spoke good English and was informative and amusing! The air-conditioned coach with leather seats was very comfortable and after a tour of Central and Wan Chai we arrived at the Revolving 66 restaurant and took the observation elevators to the 62nd floor. Even though I have a fear of heights these elevators are nothing to fear! They are smooth and slow and don't have nasty bits like glass bottomed floors. Glass in only from the waist upwards so is very comfortable and fabulous photo opportunities. The meal was buffet style, plenty to eat, lots of seafood and a Japanese section, but was average to good, as most buffets so please don't expect anything spectacular! The drinks were expensive and not included in the cost of the tour. The views were most spectacular from this revolving restaurant, but not the best place to see the "Symphony of Lights" show, best on the 7.30pm cruise. Following dinner we went by coach to Temple Street night markets for 40 minutes, which was not really long enough, but a good taste. From here we took the coach back to Hong Kong Island and took a 1 hour cruise around Victoria harbour on a boat that was a bit shabby. Drinks on board were included and were fairly standard, IE stubby or a house wine. An electrical storm began as were were out on the harbour which added to the harbour lights! Our guide was fabulous and funny and this was a great introduction to Hong Kong. Although I was traveling solo I met lots of people from all over along with some fellow Aussies and they were all great company for the evening.

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