Top 10 Hong Kong Paperback – Apr 20 2009
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Wanderlust Travel Awards 2009 – 2014
"This [DK Eyewitness Travel: Top 10] might be the best traveling companion to throw in your pack. It's a slim and sleek overview…loaded with practical and useful content." – Gadling.com
"Known…for its four-color maps, photos and illustrations, the [DK] Eyewitness Guides are extremely user-friendly for travelers who want their information delivered in a concise, visual way." – Chicago Tribune
"The best option…Color photos, maps, and diagrams bring the place to life." – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Customer Reviews
I'll definitely use this book again when I plan my return visit.
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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.
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.