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Up above the sky so high..on my route to HK

Landing at Hong Kong International airport in Lantau island was really a memorable experience. As we were descending, all i could see was a thick blanket of clouds and water below. For a moment, as the plane keeps gliding down, one starts to think, cmon! where the hell is the runway...:) and then suddenly the black surface appears surrounded by sea and what a thrilling landing! great start!

Huge steel structure airport & easy to follow directions. A brief subway ride took me to the passport checking area & then to the arrival lounge. A lot of tourist service counters with maps & guides so one easily gets most of the information about how to get around or reach your hotel. Do look for Hongkong street walks guide, really nice guide.

Hongkong airport, ceiling structure
Also i would recommend that you buy Octopus card that can be used in almost on all sorts of public transport in HK, even peak trams and 7 eleven. I was heading towards Kowloon area (Tsim Sha Tsui), therefore took a double decker A21, but one may find many other options too, like airport express, taxis, mini buses etc. (I would highly recommend this website for whosoever is going to HK as it was a great source of information for me, http://www.hong-kong-travel.org)

Since i was on a budget travel so i opted to stay at USA hostel (Mirador Mansion) in Tsim Sha Tsui area, Nathan road.

Airport bus A21 for Kowloon area
 They charged me $35 for single room but considering the location, room type & cleanliness, a great value for money. Another very popular budget place just steps away from Mirador is Chunking mansion, but a bit crowdy and very pushy people at the entrance area so i prefer Mirador mansion. From the pictures you can get a good idea of the room.

The location was really ideal & central. Tsim Sha Tsui is highly recommended. It was almost evening after i checked in and settled and decided to check out the surrounding areas. Just a short stroll away on Nathan road towards harbour i passed by the HK space museum dome, the clock tower, Cultural centre & museum of Art, the famous avenue of stars area where you can witness the spectacular view of HK Island. At 8pm they show a laser light show and the view is worth watching from this side of HK.

Going back towards mirador mansion, i checked out the Ashley street (famous for foreign cuisines), had my dinner there and then the parklane shoppers boulevard a unique & pleasant walking area, surrounding the Kowloon park. I had a wonderful first evening in HK.

jennethm says:
Hongkong should be proud of your blog :) I also stayed at Mirador Mansion at one of the hostels there and it is a nice area, close to almost everything and the train is very efficient. Enjoy more of HK! :)
Posted on: Apr 01, 2008
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Up above the sky so high..on my ro…
Up above the sky so high..on my r…
Hongkong airport, ceiling structure
Hongkong airport, ceiling structure
Airport bus A21 for Kowloon area
Airport bus A21 for Kowloon area
USA hostel single room from inside…
USA hostel single room from insid…
Washroom, surprisingly small but c…
Washroom, surprisingly small but …
Just outside Mirador mansion (USA …
Just outside Mirador mansion (USA…
A view of space museum from nathan…
A view of space museum from natha…
Hongkong Island view
Hongkong Island view
A view of HK island from Tsim Sha …
A view of HK island from Tsim Sha…
Avenue of stars
Avenue of stars
avenue of stars
avenue of stars
Cultural & art museum
Cultural & art museum
Art & cultural museum near avenue …
Art & cultural museum near avenue…
clock tower on star ferry pier
clock tower on star ferry pier
Ashley street in tsi Sha Tsui famo…
Ashley street in tsi Sha Tsui fam…
a restaurant on Ashley street
a restaurant on Ashley street
Park lane shoppers boulevard at ni…
Park lane shoppers boulevard at n…