Our first introduction to the wonders of this amazing metropolis came on day one. We arrived at the airport after an 11-hour flight, 6-hour stopover in Amsterdam, and a 4 am start originating in Dublin. We were pretty shell shocked at 7 am when we made our way to our hotel. We got the train to central Hong Kong but realised that our hotel, Hotel Sav, was actually in Kowloon. After approaching customer services we were shown to a complimentary bus service to our hotel.On arrival the Gods were smiling – a very friendly receptionist found us an upgraded room (free of charge) as we were 6 hours early for check-in. This allowed us to settle in, shower and rest straight away. Bliss! We were starting to fall in love with Hong Kong already!! The hotel was only open 3 months and was state of the art! We use Agoda.com and Booking.com to make our reservations.
Another freebie in our room was a smartphone which was already programmed with a map of the locality and greater Hong Kong, all major attractions and contact details for every conceivable shop, show or event we might be interested in. The phone was also connected to 3G which meant we could take it with us all day and be connected to free services any time. It also allowed for free phone calls so we could book tickets if necessary.On our first trip to the Harbour region, we decided to book a boat trip to see the laser show which lights up the skyscrapers for 30 minutes every night at 8pm.Our hotel provided a free shuttle service to the local train stations and shopping areas which was very welcome. While in the area we discovered that it happened to be free ferry day – so we managed to cross from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island and back for free also.Wow! How many freebies can we get in one day? Even more apparently! The smartphone had lots of offers available and when we went to the Galleria to gaze at the endless Gucci, Armani, Cartier shops, we were treated to a host of free samples of delicious cosmetics, including at least 4 items for each of us from Kiehl’s range – happy days in Hong Kong indeed!Our second day was another busy and fun filled experience. Firstly we took the Big Bus Tour and got a birds eye view of the whole of Hong Kong Island. Out to Stanley Market and Repulse Bay – both affluent areas with nice beaches.
Then back to the pier and taxi to the hotel for a quick shower before we made our trip around the harbour on a Junk which was a highlight as the sun set with a skyscraper backdrop. We headed back as the lights dimmed and the laser show finished for an unforgettable experience.