Our 20 hours in Hong Kong left us feeling poor after coming from southeast Asia where everything is so so cheap!

I was disappointed that it was so foggy out and we had so little time to enjoy this last stop.

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We left the airport for our hotel using the airport rail link train.

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It was $22 per round trip from HKG airport to the Kowloon station and about a 20 minute ride.

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When we got off, we caught the free shuttle bus which didn’t go to our hotel but dropped us at the Sheraton across the street.

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There was an underground walkway that we took to get to our hotel.  All in all, we were very impressed with how organized and efficient the public transportation system is in Hong Kong.  Rather than fighting crossing the streets they have above ground walkways and underground ones too.

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We stayed at the intercontinental in Kowloon on points.

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They upgraded us to a junior suite with a Harbor view which was gorgeous!

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Unfortunately we had a really foggy day so the view was not the best, but still very impressive.  I couldn’t stop staring out the window!

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We took the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour and back.

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We had a hard time finding where to purchase ferry tokens, but once we located it (upstairs) it was a breeze to use.  $0.33 for a ticket across.

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Unfortunately that was the only thing we found cheap in Hong Kong.

We couldn’t find anywhere within walking distance to eat dinner, so we decided to head back to the hotel where we almost passed out when we saw the food prices at the ‘cheap’ restaurant in the lobby.  $25 for a hamburger.  $8 for a coke.  $8 for a cup of coffee!!   The seafood buffet at the Harbourside restaurant in the hotel was $128.00…. per person!  We ended up ordering an appetizer of South American tapas for $25 which was about 6 bites of food each.   We have one night in China and we’re eating South American food at a hotel.  Not right!

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At least we got free drink coupons for being platinum IHG members.  That saved us $16!

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We watched the 8pm Symphony of Lights show from our room, which wasn’t realy impressive probably because of the fog.

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Because of the fog, we didn’t go do the tram to Victoria Peak, which was something I really wanted to do.  And we were quite frustrated with not having old school Chinese food in our area, which is the one food I was really looking forward to eating on this whole trip.  We were staying in the swanky hotel and shopping district – Prada, Tiffany Chanel, etc.  as well as the art and space museum’s.  We kind of felt out of place, especially when we walked into the hotel wearing backpacks and trekker clothing and everyone is in more formal and business attire. I used points for the hotel stay which is why we stayed there, not to mention I wanted a hotel with harbour views.  It was within walking distance of the ferry as well.  If I ever went back, I’d look for a different area with more to see and eat within walking distance.

No breakfast was included with our stay and I didn’t want to pay $25 each for breakfast, so we got up early – to more fog – and headed to the airport.

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Since we were flying business class, we had access to Cathay Pacific’s lounge, The Wing, where I knew we could eat for free.  If you can’t tell, I’m all about being frugal (believe it or not).  As we checked into the lounge, we had two options – take the stairs or the elevator up to the lounge.  What the heck!  Let’s do the stairs as it seems to have been one of the themes of this trip.

After filling our bellies with dim sum, noodle soup and other goodies we boarded our ride for the day, a 777-300 Cathay Pacific plane bound for Chicago.

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Cathay Pacific business has an amazing business class product, almost as good as first class JAL.  the only difference is that the seat is not as wide.

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It totally blows JAL’s business class out of the water.

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That a real orchid there!

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Beds recline totally flat!

We were served champagne and juice with hot towels upon boarding.  A three course lunch was then brought out shortly after take off.  After that, I attempted to sleep.  I gave up after two hours and turned on a movie.  I was finally able to get about three hours of sleep on this 14 hour flight.  The flight seemed to go by fast.  Before I knew it, breakfast was being served (I chose the dim sum for one last Asian meal).

Thanks to global entry, we were through customs and immigration within minutes and on our way to get our car.  The weather on this fine early March day in Chicago is 70 degrees!!  Gorgeous and a real treat!!

First stop – REAL COFFEE!

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