One mode of transport I like other than plane is rail. So far I have been on KLIA Ekspres in Malaysia, Airport Express/MTR in Hong Kong, Intercity train from Hong Kong to Guang Zhou, Metro in Guang Zhou, HSR/Metro in Taiwan, NEX/Subway in Tokyo, Heathrow Express/Tube in London, Virgin Trains from London to Manchester and Milan Metro. So far more of modern rails or high speed rail and enjoyed them.
So on this recent trip to Hong Kong, I decided to venture into China for 1st time. 2 cities were considered: Shen Zhen and Guang Zhou which are both accessible by train.
Accessible by MTR.
Accessible by Intercity train. (2 hours approximately.)
Bigger city than Shen Zhen.
Ex colleagues are there.
So eventually decided on Guang Zhou. Here are some pictures and description on my rail journeys in Hong Kong and Guang Zhou.
Airport Express ticket. Return journey and 3 days of unlimited travel on MTR at HK$300. (HK$250 after HK$50 refund by returning ticket. HK$350 now for ticket after price adjustment. See this for more information.)
Airport Express platform directly accessible from Hong Kong International Airport concourse.
Airport Express luggage area.
Airport Express station Information.
Airport Express power socket. Good to see USB ports there.
Intercity Through Train to Guang Zhou at Hung Hom station. (Where stadium is.)
Intercity Through Train First Class tickets. Well, there is only First Class on this ride. HK$219 each way inclusive of booking fee. See this for more information.
Intercity Through Train Departure Hall Entrance.
Intercity Through Train Duty Free.
Intercity Through Train. Nice touch to have board to bridge gap between train and platform.
Intercity Through Train Cabin.
Intercity Through Train footrest and tray table.
Intercity Through Train magazines and tray table.
Intercity Through Train tray table set.
Intercity Through Train power socket.
Intercity Through Train Menu. Payment can be made by HK$ or RMB. Slightly cheaper in RMB.
Intercity Through Train Fried Ham Sandwich with Coffee.
Intercity Through Train Fried Ham Sandwich. Egg just the way I like.
On Intercity Through Train.
Guang Zhou East Station. Interchange for different type of trains including Guang Zhou Metro.
In Hong Kong, I have stayed in a few hotels and some of them are in top 10 ranking on TripAdvisor. (Hotel Icon for example.) In terms of pricing, I will usually go for less than SG$200 per night unless I want to pamper myself a little and room is really very good. (Club room etc.)
However, I have found a good hotel that will be my base whenever I am in Hong Kong: Dorsett Mongkok. To find out why, check this post.
Dorsett Mongkok is now ranked 69 on TripAdvisor and I feel that it is the most value for money accommodation in Hong Kong.
TripAdvisor Dorsett Mongkok.
I had a chat with an university junior who is based in Hong Kong before I went on my trip. He suggested to help me to book hotel using his corporate rate. But once I tell him about Dorsett Mongkok, he stunned. This deal is too good.
So here are some photos to show you around Dorsett Mongkok.
Dorsett Mongkok Shuttle Bus. You can get to Dorsett Mongkok by this or Airport Express Shuttle Bus.
Dorsett Mongkok Shuttle Bus TimeTable.
Room 2002. (Level 20.)
Minibar (Anything in fridge and chips chargeable, anything out of fridge free.)