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Eyewitness Travel Guides Top Ten Hong Kong Paperback – Apr 28 2009


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd.; Pap/Map edition (April 28 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756645743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756645748
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 10.7 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #444,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Soho Bombay on Jan. 19 2010
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I don't think the authors ever ate in any of their recommended restaurants nor did they truly verify the accuracy of all the market locations. However, when the information was good it was great. I'd get this book but talk to friends first and put some notes in the margins before you go.
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Very handy to have when walking about the city. However, the maps are a bit too "pulled-back" for a dense city like Hong Kong, so they don't include all the small side streets. It's best to use the maps as a general reference, and buy a more detailed map once you get there.

I'll definitely use this book again when I plan my return visit.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Very good for my week in Hong Kong Dec 25 2010
By djf - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted Temples.

And my only disappointment with the book was the Chi Lin Nunnery - it is a stunning Temple and the best one I visited (they rated it too low). Po Lin, Wong Ti Sin, Fat Jong ( up hill and they said it was down hill), 10000 Buddha, Man Mo, and the Tin Hau (the spirial incense is still burning for my granddaughter and will not go out until after New Year).

The detail and architecture is so unlike europe and the states - Hong Kong is safe (except the roads), clean and a wonderful combination of old and new. It has replaced New York on my list of favorite cities, with Paris still number one.

And I tried to do many of the 10 ways to experience the real china - with nine ladies tolerating my Tai Chi attempt in the Kowloon Walled City Park at 7:00am toping the list. Everything Zen was the temples and Temple Street market and a Fortune Teller were also highlights.

I used this book to prepare for my first time in Hong Kong because I was limited to a week - I am a Rick Steves type traveler with just a carry on and stayed in a 2 star hotel ( I was the only Caucasian for miles ) and walked as much as possible. Never afraid even though I was lost often. Said Jousahn (joy-sahn which is Cantonese for good morning) to everyone just like I say Bonjour in Paris - brought smiles to many faces - including my own.

One very important item the book mentioned - the Octopus card - get one because it can be used to ride bus, MTR, airport express, star ferry, shuttles and as a bonus can be used to grab sandwiches, bottled water or camera batteries from 7/11, McDonald's and other quick in and out stores. No change rattling around in your pockets and turn it in at the airport when you leave to receive the balance.

Very much worth the money - this book - especially for planning.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excelent guide for a short visit Feb. 27 2011
By Michael Sandman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent way to navigate the many attractions of Hong Kong, especially if you're there for just a short time. The format is "Top 10" -- top ten sights, top ten shopping, etc. The advice is very good and the guide tells you how to make use of the excellent public transportation options in Hong Kong. There are reasonably good maps of Hong Kong island and Kowloon along with a transit system map. The maps on the back flap are particularly helpful. In addition to the "what to see" advice, it's full of practical information about how to get around. The guide is strictly about where to go, not about where to stay or dine except in general terms. It's printed on sturdy, glossy paper and bound in a size that makes it easy to carry in a back pocket or small bag. For more information on where to stay & eat you may want something like the Lonely PLanet or Frommer guides. Lonely PLanet's is also available as an good (4 star, not 5) iPhone app.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A smart way to approach the sights of your destination. Jan. 27 2010
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The PLUS: 5 Stars!
The guide takes a pyramidal approach to the sights of your destination. So you slowly can work yourself through the areas that really interest you by easily skipping things you would not want to see or visit at all.
It also makes it easy to find the things that are important to you because the descriptions are small enough and pictures further make it easy to attract your interest or pass things by.

The MINUS: 4 Stars!
The good about the Maps is that they are there at all and also that there is an index of some streets.
The contained foldout maps though helpful when there is nothing else at all are not my favorite because they are quite small and are more an overview to identify the area where something is to be found on a better more detailed map. The same maps as the foldouts are also on a separate map that is detachable. This is a good idea but they are way to small and hard to read especially in dim light and in an awkward format to be really useful. - When available, I rather get a local map from the tourist office and transfer my destinations to it.

SUMMARY: 5 Stars!
This guide is an extremely useful sightseeing guide and small enough to be carried with you all the time for quick reference. It also allows you to choose the amount of detail you want to follow for the town: top 10 Highlights - top 10 to each highlight - top ten to some general categories like museums, bars, hotels, restaurants, shopping, and also some specific categories just for this destination like top 10 views or most thrilling festivals.
Insider tips or as they call the sections: "Street smart" round up this little guide. The maps are OK but could be improved. The deficiency of the maps though should not detract from the overall usefulness of this guide for your destination. This is true for a first time visitor with limited or all kinds of time and also for the return visitor, who wants to to repeat some destinations in more detail or avoid the same old top ten but venture out into new territory.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HK Guide book Nov. 26 2011
By Jesionowski - Published on Amazon.com
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I went to HK last year and this was one of two books I bought and actually took to China. One of the best guide books I could find. Very clearly written and organized. I highly reccommend it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
bare bones Feb. 18 2011
By Allen Romero - Published on Amazon.com
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a little underwhelmed by this book. was expecting some walking guides and in general more meat. really covered just the basics and without much detail. would probably pass as you can find the information in this book on any free travel site about hong kong.

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