Before I forget about one of the most memorable trips I had, I thought to write it down - our trip to Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. Hong Kong is a beautiful city with very disciplined people. There were no cops to be seen anywhere. It seems like I heard it correct that Hong Kong is almost a crime-free city. Thanks to our friend Adnan who made our trip memorable and so comfortable! We went to Hong Kong on our way back from India in early Jan 2008 and stayed at Adnan's apartment. Hong Kong is easily accessible by public transport (bus, train and ferry).
The rooms in hotels/apartments are very small in Hong Kong. Everything seemed small there in comparison to the US but enough for us. Another thing to notice was that we did not see a single obese person there.
This was our itinerary:
Day 1: Ferry cruise on the river at night (Saw the beautiful lighted Hong Kong), Clock Tower, Went to a famous
restaurant: Water Park (Chicken chilli was awesome), Party District (a partying and clubbing strip)
Day 2: Cable car trip to Ngong Ping village (A must visit). It has a beautiful Buddhist Monastery; The Pacific Place Mall; Special Shopping market (on the road side, very crowded), Buddhish temple, Hong Kong Mall, Ended the day by going to a famous 5 star luxury restaurant: Hotel Peninsula (requires formal dress)
Day 3: Madam Tussads Wax museum, Peak Tram (You can see the peak of Hong Kong from here). Wax museum and Peak Tram is one same trip; Ferry ride, Watched the police parade outside the convention center, Had dimsum in the dimsum restaurant inside the Convention Center (Much recommended); Sea Food market; Hong Kong park; Visited a kind of hidden bar which is only for members and does not even have its name on the building: Heather Boa
Day 4: A day trip to Shenzhen, China. Since Shenzhen is on the border of HongKong and China, it is easily accesible by train from Hong Kong. Visa is available at the immigration services on the China border without much hassles (only long lines). Highly recommended for shopping with haggling; Back to HongKong - Maritime Square; Famous eating street: Wan Chai.
We flew by Cathay-Pacific. The airline was good, as far as I remember. It was a short 4-hour flight from India to Hong Kong. I would so love to visit Hong Kong again, some day but I am sure it'll be a different country every time we visit India:)