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National Geographic Traveler: Hong Kong, 3rd Edition Paperback – Mar 3 2009

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic; 3rd ed. edition (March 3 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426203977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426203978
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.9 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,152,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

PHIL MACDONALD, who wrote the 1st edition and updated the 2nd edition, moved to Hong Kong from Sydney in 1989 to continue his adventures in journalism that began eight years earlier in the west coast city of Perth. He worked for the Hong Kong Standard and South China Morning Post for a number of years before settling-by way of Laos and Singapore-in Phuket, Thailand. He now lives in Bangkok working as a freelance journalist and editor, contributing to a number of regional publications. His interests include Southeast Asian politics and history, and the beaches of Southern Thailand. TREVOR RANGES updated and wrote new features and sidebars for the 3rd and 4th editions. Ranges is a Bangkok-based travel writer whose work includes serving as principal writer for, the official website of the Tourism Authority of Thailand; contributing to National Geographic Traveler magazine; and writing the National Geographic Traveler: Cambodia guidebook.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars First time we tried National Geographic and we liked it Feb. 14 2010
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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.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very accurate, current info Feb. 3 2012
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars the British also did very good deeds to facilitate the growth of Hong Kong by ... Feb. 15 2016
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For the person who is from Hong Kong know very well what the book is about. It described in full detail. Unbiased in political condition: the history of Hong Kong. It has more detail description of roads and businesses and the flow of Hong kong people from China her own people can understand. How the British took Hong Kong from China by using the Opium War. How the Japanese atrocities during the occupation of 4 years world War II. Finally, the British also did very good deeds to facilitate the growth of Hong Kong by using their Colony skills to give back what they have taken, making HK one of the top Cities in the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide - can't go wrong June 18 2015
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As a first timer to Hong Kong, this book was great. Gave me a list of must sees while in town while also giving my cultural tips about how to not make a fool of myself. The city is pretty safe but the book gave me a great sense of where to stay while I was there and what areas of the city to avoid. I'll keep this one on the book shelf and it will forever remind me of an amazing trip to an amazing city!
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay Jan. 4 2013
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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.