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Short stopover in Hong Kong on 12-31 -- help?


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Short stopover in Hong Kong on 12-31 -- help?

jnagar | | Dec 3, 2012 03:09 PM

Hello everyone,
My girlfriend and I will be stopping in HKG for about 8hrs on 12/31, and I figure we ought to make the most of the stop. We land at 1510, depart at 2345, so officially 8.5hrs. I figure it'll take us 30min to get to the cab stand at the airport, and we should probably be back at the airport 1-1.5hrs early, so really just 6.5-7hrs on the ground. I'm a cook, so focus is on eating. Also, I've been to HK, but my girlfriend has not.
Anyway, last time I did this sort of thing, about 10yrs ago, I went for dim sum first thing, and then cabbed it to some waterfront town 30min or so from HK, where the boardwalk is lined w/restaurants w/lots of live seafood out front (I can't find my notes, so am at a loss, plus I'm sure a lot has changed in HK since). I was thinking a similar strategy would work well here, but am seeking advice. We don't do this kind of travelling often, so want to make the most of it. And we're definitely more into cheap authentic eats (i.e. street food, dim sum, etc), than fancy overworked food (i.e. 3-star michelin).
Anybody here do anything like this recently? Any thoughts on what it'll be like there on the afternoon/eve of 12/31--is this going to hamper our travel, or just clear the roads for us? I'm kind of tempted to just hire a cab, guide, etc, and pay them a sum for the day to just take us around, invite them to dine w/us, etc. Is this going to be ridiculously expensive, or worthwhile? Anybody in-country, free, and want to take us around in exchange for food and equitable payment ;)?

Thanks in advance!

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