go to Hong Kong ?
You will find here the results
of our backpackers' survey as well as comments on some aspects of Hong Kong.
We asked backpackers who had
stayed in Hong Kong for more than three days already to answer the
you like Hong Kong ?
of the backpackers surveyed (75) say yes ! (down)
unanimity speaks for itself : if you have 4 or 5 days in front of you and if
you are in the area, do not miss HK !
you happily come back ? 84%
of the backpackers surveyed (75) say yes ! (same)
HK might not be big enough
to require multiple visits but it still attract visitors again and again, on
their way to its big neighbor China, to its shopping centers or, simply, to
you recommend Hong Kong ?
of the backpackers surveyed (75) say yes ! (down)
Most of the
travelers use HK as a transit point to another
destination. But as a proverb says, this is not the destination that
count but the road. HK is a very nice one...
also asked them to rate the followings :
The tourists attractions
Backpackers : 14.35 /20 (down)
HK boost a few good attractions on its own, like the Big
Buddha on Lantau Island, but it is the city itself, with its busy market
streets, original buildings, relaxing parks, old ferries or round-the-clock
shops that is really worth the trip. HK in itself is a tourist attraction !
The city scenery
Backpackers : 17.35 /20
HK is without contest one of the flashiest city in the
world. Priorities for visitors are therefore to look at the city spectacular
setting, being from an high
(The Peak), the ground (TST Promenade) or on water (Star Ferry). By day or,
much more breathtaking, by night. But behind its glass buildings, HK is also
full of dark and dirty alleys, animated markets streets, active temples or
The natural scenery
Backpackers : 13.75
HK is much more than a fascinating
Chinese city with western characteristics. It is also some of the best walks in
Asia, among mountains, deserted beaches or traditional villages.
HK is home to 23 protected natural parks
which represent 40% of its surface. It is also 235 islands, 3 of each offers good retreats from the fast
pace of the city. In total, nearly 70%
of the Territory is made up of open land. If you have
got the time and if the weather is acceptable, breath the natural side of
The cultural opportunities
Backpackers : 13.59 /20
aspects, HK has preserved its cultural heritage better than mainland China :
no Cultural Revolution and no government to prone atheism means that the
temples are original active
structures. Being rich, HK is obviously in a better position to promote and
display various arts or festivals in its museums or streets. HK is also
where the west meet the east and this offer numerous interesting cases of
"cultural shocks". HK is however a very materialist little place where
culture has to fit in...
: 14.86 /20 (up)
& choice are huge in HK but this come at an high cost. Most backpackers
will therefore stick to the McDonald's at the corner and, if coming from
another Asian country, regret their previous feasts... See our addresses for
some good food options.
Backpackers : 18.29 /20 (down)
very modern city, HK delivers top grade infrastructures and transportation
systems. To be enjoyed after some time on the road...
cost of living and traveling
Backpackers : 9.92 /20 (down)
Here comes the major drawback
of HK (together with the humid weather) : it is not cheap ! But it is no
longer as scary as a couple of years ago, thanks to the recession. In fact,
it is now cheaper to stay in HK than in some big cities of China and than
most of the western capitals. Materialistic HK is not a backpacker's
paradise but backpackers are now also welcome...
safety Backpackers :
17.00 /20 (down)
the time or the street, you feel safe in HK. The police heavily patrol the
city and the crime rate is one of the lowest per capita in the world.
: 12.50 /20 (up)
I found HK quite dirty but this does not reflect
the average opinion of the backpackers I asked... See by yourself how
the locals like to decorate the streets and how the cleaners and other old Chinese
manage to save the appearance.
: 9.44 /20 (down)
mark of the survey for what has become the major concern of the expatriate
community in HK.
Every year, 2000 persons dye because of it. For short staying visitors,
the concern will however be limited to increased poor visibility from the Peak...
Shopkeepers' attitude Backpackers
: 10.20 /20 (down)
lowest mark and something that has kept damaging HK's reputation as a
shopper's paradise for years. With the recession, the ruddiness of shopkeepers has slightly
decreased but the rule, with some welcome exceptions, remains the same : if you do not buy, you annoy and after you
have bought, you do not exist anymore !
people's attitude Backpackers
: 12.43 /20 (up)
do not have the reputation of being very welcoming. But nor do the French...
Here also, things have improved a bit and, as a backpacker, you are not
supposed to deal with too many locals anyway, each community living a
separate way of life... If you need direction and if the local speak English,
he should politely help you and this is what matter. For real exchanges and
attention, go to China...
Backpackers : 15.13 /20 (up)
as you would expect from a developed country with a colonial history...
Single backpackers who have been to some Wanchai disco might remember the
experience all their life, while the Hollywood movies goers will
keep hearing the sound of mobile phones for months... Other
choices include numerous bars and cultural venues as well as a huge
attraction park (An even bigger HK Disneyland is expected to open in 2005 on
Lantau Island)... But maybe you will rather just keep on shopping...
Backpackers : 16.65 /20 (down)
One of the
biggest attraction of HK, shopping is unfortunately not always a rewarding
experience. Choice is still huge, prices are still low (but not as much as
before), shops still close late at night but you still need to exert caution
as quite a few tourists have been tricked... See our advices in Travel
the country Backpackers
: 15.28 /20 (down)
HK is probably one of
the most fascinating and contrasted destination in the world. Here you will find
exquisite gardens within the heart of modern buildings, luxury cars in dusty and
dirty streets, traditional Chinese culture around every corner of a very modern
and cosmopolite city, old men
walking birds or young boys playing video games, rude shopkeepers or shy
students, night markets or impressive shopping complex, active temples or stock market, food stalls or fancy restaurants, busy streets or deserted
beaches,... HK's got it all within easy reach, thanks to the very efficient
transportation system. In fact, being for sightseeing, culture-shock or leisure
not a lot of places can match the diversity of HK, the city of life !
Backpackers : 13.39 (down)
OK it is
not as cheap as Thailand but the general feeling is that you get value for
your money. Rooms are still the
size of a closet but it now comes cheaper than ever before and you will
balance your expenses as most of the attractions are free to visit or very
reasonably priced. An overall excellent investment...
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