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Manchester to Hong Kong (Easter 2010) £334.00 return @ Finnair

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Was just looking for flights to Hong Kong from Manchester for next year and wasn't expecting to find anything cheaper than about £500 as it's during the school holidays, but lo! and behold, they are o… Read More
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Was just looking for flights to Hong Kong from Manchester for next year and wasn't expecting to find anything cheaper than about £500 as it's during the school holidays, but lo! and behold, they are offering returns via Helsinki for a fantastic £334! Finnair are a very good airline by all accounts, so I bit their hand off and booked two seats from 7th to 18th April. Cheap as chips! Or prawn crackers for that matter!

Seats seem to be available at this price during March / April, apart from flying on Good Friday where the price shoots up to a staggering £4,349!!!!! I'd avoid flying then!
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#1
Just need to find a cheap hotel now!!! Someone near a metro station and/or the tram!!!
#2
newton hotel kowloon on boundary road

stayed there two years ago at xmas time - just 5mins from kowloon underground

walking distance from kowloon town centre (20-30mins) and a few mins walk from yung pao bird garden
#3
scrumpypaul
newton hotel kowloon on boundary road

stayed there two years ago at xmas time - just 5mins from kowloon underground

walking distance from kowloon town centre (20-30mins) and a few mins walk from yung pao bird garden


I can 2nd that stayed their about 3 months ago, very reasonably priced and good standard. I was there as a backpacker.

Nice place to visit with amazing shopping.
#4
Chung King Mansion - HK$14 per night or about £1 !! Great place for back packers, I lived in Hong Kong for 2 years and this place was great, cheap and had fantastic curries.
#5
Any tips for a 2 week holiday (sightseeing)? :)
#6
Daylight trip on the return journey. That's a bonus.
#7
Hot for me :) going to HK as well this Oct for £336.
Grand Plaza Hotel 4*
Transport: MTR, Taxi and Buses
Also there are many markets especially Sham Shui Po (lot of eletronics and gaming stuff)
#8
bigstoo
Any tips for a 2 week holiday (sightseeing)? :)



buddha at lantau island

hk at night from the peak

star ferry trip for about 12p!!

plenty of malls

go to a hk cinema - great experience

young pao bird street (all the bird owners take their budgies there for fresh air - very interesting)

just check online for all the best places to go

oh - get an octopus card (think they're similar to oyster cqard but very cheap to purchase, extremely widely used and so, so convenient)

public transport v easy and cheap

taxis not bad either

i LOVE hk - wish I was there now!!!
#9
Thanks, this is well cheap. I think they are a day late with the Good Friday price though :p
#10
I think to go back and spend two weeks in Hong Kong would be fantastic, places I would go to see if I went back would be Stanley market on the south coast of the island, Sham Shui Po for the computer fair (all copies of every format you can think of and snake charmers outside), the temples on Lantau/Lamma Island, taking a trip on the star ferry from Kowloon to central (on the lower deck for 60 cents - you end up getting your feet wet !), go up to Sha Tin and see the temple; spend a day in China (I was there when it was still a British colony - 1987, so hopefully these all still exist); you could take a trip through the walled city (!) - we did this through school at the time when it was the only part still chinese within Hong Kong - I think you would still need to be careful; Ocean Terminal shopping centre; go up to the peak for the views, especially in the evening; I would be tempted to spend some time on the tram as well, you will see most of the island on one of these and it will cost next to nothing; the beach at Repulse Bay, and even Stonecutters island (which I don't think is an island any more - the Japanese used it during WW2 for prisoners of war, along with every venomous snake they could find. As you would expect, POW's didn't last long); I would also spend a day in the theme park (which I can't remember the name of. Hope this helps, let me know if you want any more places, there are a few small obscure markets that you can go and visit in the middle of nowhere, especially in the evenings.
#11
I would go back if I could, best place in the world to live and visit
#12
bigstoo
Any tips for a 2 week holiday (sightseeing)? :)



Lantua Island big bronze Buddha take the Ngong Ping 360 they have the new crystal cable cars where the floor is see through.

Take a ferry over to Macau and try your luck in the casino's or just sight see.

Get the tram up to the peak to see a very beautiful view of Hong kong.

Visit the night markets such as temple street & Ladies market its fun for haggling.. (btw never pay what they offer).

Ocean park is pretty cool, they have the dolphin and seal show.

If you wanna go for drinks the best place is lan kwai fong the area is full of Pubs and clubs. The area is full of foreigners (as the local would say) atmosphere is fantastic.

Really depends what you want to do, but Hong kong is mainly about shopping and eating lol.
#13
lived there while studying A levels at St George's for two years - failed them all, and that was after getting 9 GCSE A grades. Even worked in Toys R Us in Ocean terminal two evenings a week and on Saturdays
#14
dcx_badass
If you want to Die! That place wasn't exactly nice. Anyway we did stay in a hostel there (Las Vegas Hostel), was £96 for three nights for two of us, although the building is horrible the hostel was nice, rooms were all new and clean etc.


Most of the best places to eat in look terrible, such as the stalls outside the MTR stops, with whatever the things were that were on skewers or the street restaurants in Central, I think most of what is best about HK are these - fair enough Chung King mansions is dodgy, but the food was incredible and the atmosphere the same, plus cheap beer - you just had to make sure that the food doesn't have any cock roches in it.
#15
Dodgy experience with Finnair last November - turn around time from Manchester to Helsinki to HK is quite short - sever danger of losing your luggage. Had the same problem on the return leg, lost luggage, missing security strap when it did turn up, damaged pictures........... just be careful :w00t:
#16
the summer holidays are only working out at £374 each as well !! Think I might have to go back HUKD costs us a fortune lol
#17
Where can i pick up a couple of laptops for the kidz?
#18
am soooo excited now, even though the layover in helsinki is tight... i'm sure finnair are as reliable (or unreliable) as any other airline re: missing luggage....
#19
lusso
Where can i pick up a couple of laptops for the kidz?


Sham Shui Po computer building/market, if you come out of the MTR stop at Sham Shui Po you will see it or ask some one and they will point it out. They will build the laptop for you to your spec for about half the price they are here and twice the spec and throw in a copy of windows for you I would think. The Police raid it every so often and take everything, if this happens they are generally back there the next day with their stalls
#20
STOP ALL OF THIS TALK OF HONG KONG RIGHT NOW!!!

Seriously love the place, been lots of times and would love to be there right now. Quite simply my favourite place in all the world. Anyone even slightly toying with the idea that has not visited this great place then go for it, you will be addicted from the moment you land at the new airport. Would recommend spring or autumn. Summer is quite oppressive as the city itself generates a massive amount of heat (traffic etc) and that coupled with the humid and hot summer weather can make it hard work, diving from one air conditioned building to the next.

Definitely take a trip to the New Territories just switch from the MTR to the KCR at Mong Kok. Some lovely countryside and Monasteries/temples etc. Also if you fancy a break from the hectic city buzz, then Hong Kong Park, The Zoological Gardens and one of the signposted country walks that start from the Peak are all lovely (and free). Star ferry has been mentioned, but best at night. I defy anyone to not get goosebumps the first time they see the harbour from the Promenade at the bottom of Nathan road at night.
#21
i went at new year - i'm a ruff n tuff northern lad so was wandering around in t-shirts or shirts. felt a bit out of place cos the locals had their coats on all the time, but seriously it wasn't cold. very pleasant temperatures.



god i wish i was back in hong kong.
#22
mmm, bad experience of Hong Kong after the Air NZ offer...
came back minus wallet and minus memories.... :(
#23
considering booking this, everyone seems very positive about HK. Whats the optimum length of time to go for?
#24
this site is one I have used for HK stays

http://www.hotelclub.net/hotel.reservations/
#25
g3460
considering booking this, everyone seems very positive about HK. Whats the optimum length of time to go for?




i did 8 days HK then a week or so in phuket - great holzzzzz
#26
g3460
considering booking this, everyone seems very positive about HK. Whats the optimum length of time to go for?


as long as you can
#27
If I remember rightly the fishing villages around Sai Kung are a nice contrast to metropolised HK
#28
james02
I think to go back and spend two weeks in Hong Kong would be fantastic, places I would go to see if I went back would be Stanley market on the south coast of the island, Sham Shui Po for the computer fair (all copies of every format you can think of and snake charmers outside), the temples on Lantau/Lamma Island, taking a trip on the star ferry from Kowloon to central (on the lower deck for 60 cents - you end up getting your feet wet !), go up to Sha Tin and see the temple; spend a day in China (I was there when it was still a British colony - 1987, so hopefully these all still exist); you could take a trip through the walled city (!) - we did this through school at the time when it was the only part still chinese within Hong Kong - I think you would still need to be careful; Ocean Terminal shopping centre; go up to the peak for the views, especially in the evening; I would be tempted to spend some time on the tram as well, you will see most of the island on one of these and it will cost next to nothing; the beach at Repulse Bay, and even Stonecutters island (which I don't think is an island any more - the Japanese used it during WW2 for prisoners of war, along with every venomous snake they could find. As you would expect, POW's didn't last long); I would also spend a day in the theme park (which I can't remember the name of. Hope this helps, let me know if you want any more places, there are a few small obscure markets that you can go and visit in the middle of nowhere, especially in the evenings.


Sounds like you were there when I was there too! (1995~2001)

Stanley market is for tourists though - Sham Sui Po/Jordan is best for markets and deals IMNSHO

Remember, you can only go up the Peak for the views in Winter time :whistling:

Ocean Park might be what you are thinking of but they have a Disney Park (Lantau Island) there these days too.

:thumbsup:
#29
james02
Sham Shui Po computer building/market, if you come out of the MTR stop at Sham Shui Po you will see it or ask some one and they will point it out. They will build the laptop for you to your spec for about half the price they are here and twice the spec and throw in a copy of windows for you I would think. The Police raid it every so often and take everything, if this happens they are generally back there the next day with their stalls


That's probably not the case these days although it would have been at the end of the 20th Century.

Yoo wan sof ware sah?


I was in Taiwan during 2004 and laptops cost about 40% more there than the same model sold in the USA. Was also last in HK in 2004 (Weekend trip from TW) and noticed that the prices were not as competive as in years gone by.

I always buy my electronics in the US these days and you really can't beat them on price...
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OMG Hong Kong!! I just came back from a 5 day mini holiday just last week. It is an amazing place. So organised, well layed out and lots to see and do. If you want to go next year easter time you could have booked with Cathay Pacific for £339 and thats a direct flight. Netflights and Cathay on their own website had this offer until Wednesday (gone, 2 days ago). I went with Qatar airways (who also fly from MAN) for £285 (booked in 1st week of July) but the 6/7 hour transit in Doha can make your already long journey even longer. The service on Qatar is good. As for a hotel forget all these backpacking back street hotel. I stayed in the Dorsett kowloon hotel. It is very reasonably priced and has a good standard. IMO it is a 3 star hotel but it was built 7/8 years ago so everything is still new and shiny. Only downside is rooms are a bit small compared to western standards and the bed is quite hard. The hotel is between olympic and Mong kok MTR. very easy to get to from airport and during your stay. I paid £21 per night for a room with a double bed. PM me if you want more information.
One of the many reasons why I love HK; you can travel on their MTR (tube system) for about £8 over 4 days, the star ferry is 22p and my favourite of all you can buy a Big Mac in Mcdonalds for £1.12 also love the fact thay have 7 Eleven stores everywhere.
#31
azzy129
OMG Hong Kong!! I just came back from a 5 day mini holiday just last week. It is an amazing place. So organised, well layed out and lots to see and do. If you want to go next year easter time you could have booked with Cathay Pacific for £339 and thats a direct flight. Netflights and Cathay on their own website had this offer until Wednesday (gone, 2 days ago). I went with Qatar airways (who also fly from MAN) for £285 (booked in 1st week of July) but the 6/7 hour transit in Doha can make your already long journey even longer. The service on Qatar is good. As for a hotel forget all these backpacking back street hotel. I stayed in the Dorsett kowloon hotel. It is very reasonably priced and has a good standard. IMO it is a 3 star hotel but it was built 7/8 years ago so everything is still new and shiny. Only downside is rooms are a bit small compared to western standards and the bed is quite hard. The hotel is between olympic and Mong kok MTR. very easy to get to from airport and during your stay. I paid £21 per night for a room with a double bed. PM me if you want more information.
One of the many reasons why I love HK; you can travel on their MTR (tube system) for about £8 over 4 days, the star ferry is 22p and my favourite of all you can buy a Big Mac in Mcdonalds for £1.12 also love the fact thay have 7 Eleven stores everywhere.


Cathay Pacific don't fly to Hong Kong from Manchester; you have to connect in London Heathrow.
#32
lickylonglips
Cathay Pacific don't fly to Hong Kong from Manchester; you have to connect in London Heathrow.


Yeah its crap, they used to operate daily from manchester as I used to fly with them direct MAN-HKG :x
#33
not too much of an inconvenience, though, to change, either in helsinki or heathrow.... a chance to stretch your legs, I'd say!
#34
what's a green laser?
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Been to HK lots of times. Really good place - 2 weeks is just about enough (if you can stay for longer even better).

Go for a day trip (or 2/3) in Macau - the Eastern Las Vegas. Don't think it's just gambling, there are lots of other stuff there too, like traditional temples, Portuguese colonial style buildings, and of course the casinos. Low-budget flights also fly out from Macau instead of HK. The hotels are reasonably priced and the ferry is about £20 single.

Get yourself the West Rail Freedom Pass (? name). At HK$20 (around £1.50) it allows a one day unlimited travel on the West Rail, the Light Rail and its connecting buses (all the ones starting with K). With the WR now reaching TST it means town and country are within easy reach! The K65 goes to the famous seafood beach Lo Fo Shan and another K bus (can't remember what number) go to Gold Coast resort from Tuen Mun WR station. It's another way to get away from the hustle and bustle and you can easily spend a day exploring the north western towns of HK.

Hiking to the Peak is fun and relaxing. Walking up may not be the best idea (esp. in summer) but coming down is definitely worth the effort. The road is well lit and you will walk past Lan Kwan Fong (the soho / pub district) in Central. It will take about an hour and the jouynry takes you to the heart of the mid-levels - where the rich people lives! The Peak itself is no special affair, good views but other things are tourist traps.

Sham Shui Po as others said is a technical heaven. There are no more shops that are worth raiding any more - they have all been replaced by computer bookshops and shops which sell keyboard / mouse / DVDRs (general computer peripherals). The Golder Computer centre has 2 floors - the upper floor specialises in computer components and as others have said will put together a comp for you at a reasonable price. The lower floor are full of shops that sells peripherals and cheap games consoles (they are the real deal - just imported from Japan). Don't buy any components from Wanchai computer centre or Mong Kok Star City before checking the price at SSP - generally regarded as the cheapest place for comp stuff in HK!

Lantau island is another treasure - get the ferry from Central to Mui Wo and take the bus to Tai O. It's what old HK is like. You may even like Disneyland (not that I would recommond it - it's really small and crowded).

Lots of places to talk about and visit - if anyone like more info just give me a shout!

PS Beward of pickpockets though as someone mentioned above - HK is safe generally, not really any robberies but thieving is a problem. Just be aware of surrounding environment and never leave anything unattended and you should be fine.
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I'd also recommend trips over the border to mainland China - there used to be some very good packages to health spas etc.

You could also get very reasonably priced massages (read bloody cheap) in Shenzhen near the train station (take HK tain (KCRC?) to Lo Wu) years now. Shenzhen was fast becoming more expensive that HK in some instances when I left HK..:whistling:

It's a funny place Hong Kong, when you are they you enjoy the place but do find some things a bit irritating - then you leave and you realise you really miss the bloody place...:oops:
#37
am quite excited! my flatmate's a bit of a tramspotter and that's his main motivation for coming along.... can anyone advise me on a hotel that's handy for the main tram route(s)? budgety-type if at all possible... or would it be better finding somewhere on nathan road and then just travelling out from there?
1 Like #38
lickylonglips
am quite excited! my flatmate's a bit of a tramspotter and that's his main motivation for coming along.... can anyone advise me on a hotel that's handy for the main tram route(s)? budgety-type if at all possible... or would it be better finding somewhere on nathan road and then just travelling out from there?


The trams run through Hong Kong Island. Any hotel from central to causeway bay would be ideal. The only one I can recommend on that part of town is the Park Lane, but its far from budget I'm afraid.
#39
thanks for info!
#40
Very tempted by this deal, managed to find a few good prices and fancy going somewhere new with the OH. Is the language much of a barrier? Would plan to visit for a week or so and then either return to UK or travel on (undecided where as yet!)

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