Hong Kong vacation. Day 1: Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

Sunday, February the 8th 2015
6 AM

After a night of an extremely poor sleep, I charged my phone and the laptop, and booked a room at Delta Hotel. I got myself an Octopus Card (like Compass Card), and after a 40-minute commute (YAY for free Wi-Fi on buses!) I was at my home for the next 3 nights. The stay at this hotel ran me HKD$788 after a 5% fee for paying with a credit card, which was CAD$127 at the time.

The area I stayed at is called Tsim Sha Tsui, which is separated from Hong Kong [Island] by Kowloon Bay; and its main road is called Nathan Road. I can recommend this area for its affordability and proximity to Hong Kong itself, plus the skyline views are amazing. The premises were located at Chungking Mansions, but don’t let the name fool you: calling this a mansion is really going out on a limb. The building is quite old, albeit nicely maintained, and the entrance lobby is full of sketchy salesmen trying to push their fake Rolex’s and fitted suits. To give you a piece of mind, there is a 24-hour security desk, and CCTV monitoring.

My room was featuring a window (not a lot of them in this price category do); and size-wise measuring approximately 3×2 meters, including a separate bathroom/toilet. The bed was about an inch shorter than my height (6 feet long), so I slept diagonally.

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360 view of my room - it is much smaller than it appears to be

360 view of my room – it is much smaller than it appears to be

During my first day I had enough energy for a 4 hour stroll along the seawall and the Avenue of Stars, which is Hong Kong’s take at Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame. As my check-in time has approached, I opted for an utmost satisfying 14-hour nap.

The boring chunk of my trip is over at this day. The fun part starts tomorrow!

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#Hong Kong vacation February 2015