Hong Kong. There's something about HK that keeps me coming. It may be how alive the city is, or the delicious food, or the shopping? I can't quite figure it out but there's something special about this island. I've been to Hong Kong many times and I've enjoyed every visit.
This time around, we stayed at the Novotel near Jordan Station on the Kowloon side. The hotel, which was recommended by my sister-in-law, was newly refurbished and in a great location. Although the rooms were quite small, you can't beat the convenience. We were also pleased with the clean rooms and the free internet service in the lobby. From the hotel, we weren't far from the shopping areas (Mongkok, Harbour City) and the subway and bus stations. And we definitely took advantage of the transportation in HK and took the bus or the subway while we were in the city.
Novotel, Nathan Road
Shopping - For cheap night shopping, try going to the night market in Mongkok. There they have knock-offs (watches, purses, designer shirts). You name it, they have it. Also, you can try going to Sogo by the water (Kowloon-side). On the bottom floor, I found a place (Emporium) with cute tops and sweaters for women. There are also clothes for men there, but mostly gymwear (Adidas, Nike, etc.). And every store you can name will be at Harbour City. This mall is HUGE and its right by the harbor on the Kowloon side. In fact, it's Hong Kong's largest shopping complex. If you'd like to stay by Harbour City there are a few Marco Polo hotels there - Marco Polo Prince, Marco Polo Gateway, Marco Polo Hong Kong (in order from least to most expensive).
Places to eat - Definitely try the egg tarts - they're delicious! Especially at Macau Restaurant on Lock Road (Kowloon). Speaking of Macau Restaurant, they are also known for their delicious pigeon. Yes, I said pigeon. It's a delicacy in Hong Kong so you'll have to try it. There isn't that much meat on the pigeon but the skin is crispy and it tastes just like duck. In all honesty, I was a little grossed out since I can't stand the sight of pigeons, but its worth a try. Also a good place to eat is Yung Kee Restaurant near Lan Kwai Fong. Their specialty is the roast goose. Delish!
The sights - This time around I didn't do much sightseeing in Hong Kong but I would recommend going to the top of Victoria Peak, and walking around this amazing city. We walked all around the city and one night, we went to see the Symphony of Lights (which is a light show of the buildings on Hong Kong island) from the Avenue of the Stars. Other top attractions: http://www.12hk.com/misc/top10_HongKong_Sights_Attractions.shtml
Also, I couldn't believe how many people were out and about in the wee hours of the night. There were so many people - shopping, eating out, walking around - at 11 pm and later. Here's a pic of a packed subway at 11:30 on a Wednesday night. Unbelievable.
Hong Kong is a must-see for anyone who wants to experience a vibrant city with culture. If you haven't been, you must go!