What's the best hotel pool in HK? Tried the W, but it was too cold and windy. Any favorites out there?
I was just at the W today - the water in the pool was HOT! not refreshing at all, so had a completely different experience. Other popular outdoor pools are the 4 seasons and the Hyatt both on the island. almost 8 years ago
I am going to Hong Kong for a week. Is it possible to take a daytrip to the main land or other islands? Do we need a visa for such trips?
Hi, yes you need a separate visa for China. Havent done it for a while but you used to be able to buy it at the border (office opens at 9AM best to be there on time to avoid queue's), cost think is 200HKD. Most travel agents around time can organise for you as well but just shop it out a little. You can get the subway to the border at Shenzen and then most people go shopping at the Lowu shopping centre just outside the station - bargain hard! You can also get a separate train from Shenzen to Guangzhou, but you might want to stay a night. The other popular day trip is to get a ferry to Macau (technically not mainland - local ccy is similar to HKD) no need for visa for Macau. As for islands - there are several around Hong Kong. Lamma is a short ferry ride - it has two stops and people tend to get off one and do the 1 hour hike to the other one and have a seafood lunch at either end. Other islands include Cheng Chau, Peng Chau and of course Lantau (where the airport is) which is huge and has the cable car and the Big Buddha. All ferries for these islands depart at the ferry terminals on HK island just next to the STAR ferry terminal near the central train station (IFC shopping mall). Alternatively for Lantau you can get the subway. Another area to visit is Sai Kung (not technically an island but you can organise boat trips to take you to some lovely beaches). Have a great time almost 9 years ago