I will be posting tons of details and photos later on. But for now, a quick recap.
How long was I in Hong Kong? 60 hours.
Where did I stay? Ibis North Point. I wanted a hotel with 24 hour check in, near the airport shuttle. This had both and BONUS it was on the same subway line as the Macau Ferry, which is what I took when I left.
How much was my hotel? $279.22 USD. Hong Kong hotels are expensive. I stayed over a weekend and I booked after prices went up considerably.
What did my hotel room look like? Typical of China, it was small. But it had everything I needed.
How much money did I spend in addition to my hotel? $1121 HKD = $144.58 USD
What did I spend that on? I wish I had kept better track. Let’s see.
Biggest expense: Taxi from the airport (more on that later) = $285 HKD ($36.76 USD)
Oyster Card: $250 HKD ($34.24 USD) I ended up getting a refund of $117 HKD ($15 USD)
Peak Tram and Sky Terrace: $150 HKD ($19.35 USD) If you go to Hong Kong, do not pay for the Sky Terrace. You can get up pretty high to view simply by eating at a restaurant. And I do not mean an expensive one like the Stratosphere or the Space Needle. There is a Burger King up there with a balcony view. If I had known this..
Ngong Ping cable car: $150 HKD ($19.35 USD)
Ferry to Macau: $172 HKD ($21.18 USD)
The rest went to water, soda, coffee and food.
Things I brought that are no longer with me: When I left NYC, my checked luggage weighed 33 pounds. I am now down: three Cliff bars, half a loaf of cinnamon bread, three days’ worth of meds, vitamins and Aleve, seven band aids, one pack of gum and my envelope of Hong Kong information. I am betting my bag on the way home gets down to 25 pounds. We shall see.
Things I accumulated along the way: Four toothbrushes and two tiny toothpaste tubes. My hotel left me two of each every day. I used two toothbrushes and four tooth pastes. The others are with me. I also accidentally stole the power adapter I borrowed at Ibis. I am sorry.
Would I return to Hong Kong? No. I was not planning to fall in love with it and I followed through on that. It was great to see it once, I do not need to see it twice.
How many pictures did I take? 279.
Can I show you one? Okay but just one. I have things to do, ya know?
Here is Victoria Harbor at night. I am showing you this one because it looks okay on my netbook but I bet it looks really shitty on a real computer. I am on a netbook so allow me to take advantage of this, because I would probably not be able to show this if I saw how shitty it looked on a real computer.