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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 16, 2002
Should l comply?  (28 Answers)

Hi guyz, 1)Is it compulsory to leave your passport as a form of deposit with them when staying in hostel(HI or private)/Guesthouse/B&B.l was "forced" to do that at a hostel in Vienna and thought it's very dangerous.Would the hostels/Guesthouse in Taipei and HK require u to do that and would u comply? 2)Do u normally leave your real,full name when registering at the hostels/private guesthouse?Why should/shouldn't l do it?What are the pros and cons? Cheers



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 11, 2002
l'm overweight in HK.....  (3 Answers)

1)Please kindly help me find out the price to ship back books /CD from HK post office to South East Asia using the cheapest means(normal shipping that takes one month!)l understand there's a cheaper rate if u are shipping books?? eg. price in HK dollars per kg. Thanx!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 11, 2002
HK favourite weekend activity ?  (6 Answers)

Hi guyz,planning to go Shenzhen while in Hk. 1)l plan to visit Lo Wu Shopping Complex,SZ Book Complex,Tong Men shopping district,Hua Qiang North Road shopping district.l wander if there're within walking distance from the customs or must l take the Tourist Bus? 2)l've read horror stories of scams, rip-off,pickpocketing in SZ.How true are these tales?What advice would u recommend? 3)Would the SZ Book Complex and other shopping centres be closed if l go on a Monday? 4)l understand l can pay in HK dollars in SZ but do they accept HK money on the public buses,small eatries,street vendors?Otherwise,where is thebest and safest place to change Hk money to RMB? Cheers


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 11, 2002
ATM machines in HK.....  (4 Answers)

Hi guyz, 1)Would my UOB(United Overseas) Bank ATM card (Plus system)with a 5-digit PIN work on ATM machine in HK to withdraw HK dollars?Where are these machines located and which bank ATM? What about using my Visa credit card(Plus system)with a 6-digit PIN to withdraw money from ATM machies,l suppose the interest rate is much higher?? Some say the ATM in HK only works on cards with a 4-digit PIN. Friends in HK pls kindly call the banks to check out if this is true. Cheers


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 05, 2002
Peking Duck  (21 Answers)

Peking Garden was the unanimous recommendation for the best peking duck in Hong Kong but I'm sorry to say I was disappointed with the duck. I may be a bit spoiled when it comes to how well I like my duck cooked but isn't it that peking duck's supposed to have really crisp skin? I guess my next question is, if I'm looking for the best peking duck, regardless of price, with skin that's really crisp, where do I go?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 02, 2002
YMCA Salisbury  (2 Answers)

I went to book at the Salisbury, but the prices seem to have gone thru the roof - C$250/night for a harbour view single. Any suggestions for a place like what the Y used to be like??? ie cheap and close to Star Ferry? thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 26, 2002
Dragon Hostel in HK dangerous ?  (4 Answers)

Is it true that the Dragon Hostel() in Mongkok,HK area is not safe.Mongkok is supposed to be very vibrant area where every visitor to HK shouldn't miss ,shopping in ladies market etc.Does it mean it's safe to visit the area but not lodging there? This is my third visit to HK.l've stayed in the Stanford Hotel near Ladies Market 2 yrs ago and l felt safe and convenient. The Dragon Hostel is supposed to have 15 years of professional management with lots of serives and facilities mentioned on the website.How true is it,anyone stayed there before?l vaguely remember it was recommended in Lonely Planet/Roughguides? Does it mean Chungking/Mirador Mansions is safer/cleaner than Chinese-run Hostel in Mongkok? Could hk friends kindly find out and advise. Address: Room 707, 7/F Sincere House, 83 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon Telephone: (852) 2395-0577, (852) 2789-0261 (852) 9347-4767 Thanx!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 21, 2002
Victoria Peak  (13 Answers)

It's been a few years since I've been in Hong Kong and the last time I went up the Peak was with a tour. Is there anyone who can give me specific directions how to get up there on our own? We'll be coming from Tsim Sha Tsui coz we're staying at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile. Who's got a recommendation for the best restaurant that serves Peking Duck? Thanks a bunch in advance. :-) Syl


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 16, 2002
VT Meeting  (6 Answers)

Hey did you all meet for the first VT meeting in HK on 16th August. Sorry I was travelling and could not make it. Now I'm back in HK for a week. Anyone wanna meet up?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 12, 2002
Visa to enter Shenzhen .....  (6 Answers)

Especially to hk pals and other well travelled friends,what's the best or cheapest choice to enter Shenzhen from HK? 1)Get my China/Shenzhen visa ready in my own country. 2)Get my china visa while in HK and where to get it,charges? 3)Get the visa at the Luo Wu customs border-cheaper?faster?multiple entry possible? l'm holding a Singapore Passport. Cheers


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 31, 2002
HONGKONG HOTEL  (8 Answers)

I will be at Hongkong after 10th of Septemebr and stay about 3 days and looking for a hotel. Single (double bed) rate;between USD30-70 3 or 4 stars In the center of city ; safe, clean, with many facilities. I know many people will advice me to visit travel pages of members but there are many choice. I could not decide. Thanks in advance.



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