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National Geographic Traveler: Hong Kong, 3rd Edition [Paperback]

Phil Macdonald , Rory Boland
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March 3 2009 National Geographic Traveler Hong Kong
All the travel experts agree—consumers want more and different experiences from travel than they did in the past. They want to deeply understand their destination before they go, feel a meaningful connection to the place while there, and return home feeling enriched and ready to share their experiences with others. With these trends in mind, and the results of extensive, proprietary market research, National Geographic Traveler has been enhanced with engaging new features and a contemporary redesign.

Each guide begins with an introduction that enables the traveler to sample a bit of the culture, history, and attractions before they go and plan the trip based on their own interests and length of stay. Travelers can immerse themselves in active, in-country "Experiences" and "Off-the-Beaten-Path Excursions" they won't find anywhere else, like visiting a family in a South African township or learning to cook Maori cuisine with a renowned New Zealand chef. Other new features, such as "Insider Tips" from National Geographic photographers, writers, and experts, as well as "Not-To-Be-Missed" lists ensure that each person's visit will be one-of-a-kind and memorable.

To make the most of these and all the other great new features, the guides' design has been simplified, opened up, and enhanced with easy-to-read tinted sections. Gorgeous color photographs, high-quality maps, and the popular walking and driving tours are still highlights of our crisp, new look. To complete the update, our new covers boast a striking, single image of the destination, along with the clear National Geographic branding that signifies quality, trust, and all the best in travel.

With more than a century of travel expertise, new content, and a new look, National Geographic Traveler is the right guide at the right time—poised to meet the changing needs of today's traveler better than ever and better than anyone.

Hong Kong is presented exquisitely with its gleaming skyscrapers and teeming streets. Find out where to drink tea and take lessons in feng shui and kung fu.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories... April 30 2012
By MMMike
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I left Hong Kong a few years back after spending the better part of 20 yrs there and this book brought back so many of the pleasant memories. Very informative and intelligent reviews and clearly written by people who have lived and breathed the place. Its just not a travel guide for tourists but I would tend to believe that it is more useful for business people who want to know the people and culture, not just the sights. Loaded with lots of trivia gems that I didn't know even after living there for so long. Very well done!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful Jan. 4 2010
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We travelled to Hong Kong for 5 days in November of 2009, and brought this along. We usually buy Fodors or Frommers, but we already had "China" books from those publishers for our travels on the mainland, each with chapters on Hong Kong, so we decided to try a new brand for a Hong Kong-specific book. I really liked it. It has some good suggested walking tours, and the maps seemed well done and accurate. I liked the extra information on history and culture, etc. The format/presentation was very nice, all in colour. I would try National Geographic brand books again, and would recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First time we tried National Geographic and we liked it Feb. 14 2010
By jim's travels - Published on Amazon.com
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We travel a lot and have tried several of the guide books.

This book had some good practical information. They seem to concentrate on what you do in Hong Kong rather than where you stay and eat. They have a lot of walks which are easy to follow. They helped us appreciate the places we went. We will definitly use their guides again.

In general, we do not use hotel and restaurant listings in a guide. Once a restaurant is in a guide, its prices go up and quality goes down. There are much better places, on the internet, to get this information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very accurate, current info Feb. 3 2012
By Mrs. Night Owl - Published on Amazon.com
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Traveled to Hong Kong in November 2011 and this book was very useful. In fact, I wish I'd read it a bit more ahead of time! In looking back through it after our trip (for purposes of providing a good review), the information is excellent.

I expected a bit of a picture book, frankly, but National Geo surprised me. There are enough pics to show the neat stuff, but it is not the focus of the book. The details provided for most topics are thorough and insightful. Readers will not be left wondering how to get to the destinations, how much they cost, etc. That info is all provided.

My favorite part of this book, especially for people traveling outside of their norm, is the section in the back which covers the basics. It is called "Travelwise" and covers the following:
1. Trip planning - how to get there, what to take, climate, entry requirements, travel to different cities nearby
2. Getting around - transit system, car rental, trains, ferries, taxis, etc.
3. Practical advice - phones/communications, electricity, holidays, opening times, time zone, tipping
4. Emergencies - emergency phone #'s, medical services, disabilities, health/vaccine info, safety
5. Hotels & Restuarants - overview of what to expect in hotels/restuarants, and a listing of recommendations by region (with price range and payment method). Each recommendation has a description of why you might want to visit that establishment.
6. Shopping - overview of bargaining and market times, descriptions of malls and markets, specific areas to shop for books, cameras, clothing, etc.
7. Entertainment & Activites - harbor cruises, night life, dance, cinema, golf, etc.

Also, in the body of the book are focus boxes (usually with a colored background) that give the most pertinent information about a spot. This info can range from a history snippet, to how to obtain tickets. This info is usually something that is helpful and interesting. There are also a lot of map illustrations throughout the text to show an overview of the area being covered. I find it helpful to get the layout of the places I am going.

There is one thing I don't agree with in this book and it involves the taxis. I believe the book states most taxi drivers may know a tad of English, but we didn't encounter that at all. NO ENGLISH. Plus, even though we had our hotel write, in some form of Chinese, where we were going (plus the bellman telling them verbally), we were dropped off at all sorts of random locations. Most of them were "near" our location but it took some maneuvering to figure out how to get to each point from where we were dropped off. We probably took over 20 cab rides, and they were pretty consistent in the level of destination confusion. Make sure you have 2-3 cards with your hotel name/address written in Chinese (bring these with you everywhere, the hotel front desk will make them for you). That way you can just hand one to the taxi driver who can then get you back to the hotel.

Left out of this book is info on the Big Bus Tour. The buses are the red, double decker type like the ones seen in London. They are a fantastic way to see the city. They give riders earbuds to plug into an audio tour. You listen while the bus drives around, and you can hop on and off at the stops. It was really neat to do the Hong Kong Island tour in the evening as the lights were coming on. Quite a sight and neat to watch the crowds from the height of the bus top.

I definitely recommend this book as it has all the info you will need to outline your trip. My last tip is to bring snack foods that you like. Asian food is so incredibly different that we craved some basic American snack foods.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!! May 11 2011
By Mike Cappucci - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
We are going to Hong King this summer. We found this book very informative and easy to read. A great buy!!
5.0 out of 5 stars great traveler tips as well with history and sites to visit. Aug. 9 2013
By Natalie Carlin - Published on Amazon.com
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This book offers travel tips,like what to carry for safety,what to wear and where to shop. Also adds a little history and sites to see while your visiting..
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay Jan. 4 2013
By DF Cawley - Published on Amazon.com
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Not as much detail or good information as other travel books for Hong Kong but it was okay. I would have preferred more detailed information on how to get to and from certain places and hours of operation etc.
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