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Old 10-07-2007, 08:43 PM   #1921
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OT a bit...i'll be at shenzhen next week and will 1 day of free n easy, is it more recommended to visit luo wu or dong men if i wanna do some shopping??
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Old 10-07-2007, 10:22 PM   #1922
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Great info from misshanako, thanks a lot.

How can i get there from Yau Ma Tei area? i'm quite poor in my mandarin. Please help.
Any idea the Ngong Ping 360 still under maintenance?

Whats the best way to get to The Peak?

Thanks...
You would like to go to the peak from where? from your hotel in Yamatei or what?


yeah , its still under MAINTENANCE. I know i shouldnt tell you about this but I am an honest person..pls read the following link..


http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_d...242&con_type=3

Ngong Ping 360 shut after plunge

Diana Lee, Una So and Mimi Lau

Tuesday, June 12, 2007



A two-tonne cable car plunged more than 50 meters from the troubled Ngong Ping 360 line on Lantau Island Monday night.
The popular tourist attraction was closed for the night and there were no injuries.

The incident has sparked fears over the safety of the system that began operation last September and services have been suspended.

Officials from the government, emergency services, MTR Corp and operators were still investigating early today.

A source said an emergency drill was being conducted at around 8pm when the mishap occurred.

"Cable cars were being moved at about seven meters per second to perform emergency brakes. But one of the cars broke loose from a height of about 13 to 14 stories. The alarm system revealed there was a problem at Tower 2B," the source said.

The cable car landed on a slope beneath a support tower close to the Chek Lap Kok South Road turnaround area near the Tung Chung bus terminal.

Members of the rescue services later carried out a three-hour search of the site, which is popular with joggers and fishermen.

Ambulances and fire engines stood by in case there were casualties.

Legislative Council transport panel chairman Andrew Cheng Kar-foo called for the management team at operator Skyrail-ITM to be replaced.

Since opening, Ngong Ping 360 has experienced technical problems that have left passengers stranded.

"But this is the most serious incident because it involves a fallen cable car. This incident will shatter public
confidence," Cheng said.

Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yiu-chung said: "This is a very serious matter. The government must find out what went wrong and take steps to ensure passenger safety."

He added that refunds should be made to those who already have tickets.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University Mechanical Engineering Department engineer Lo Kwok-keung doubted whether the incident was caused by the recent bad weather.

He said the horizontal beam on the cable car may be too thin, and unable to handle passenger weight and wind velocity. "The plunge could have been caused by the snapping of the beam."

Skyrail-ITM managing director Bill Calderwood said: "Obviously, we are very concerned about what happened tonight."

He added that the incident happened during a series of tests, which were part of the annual ropeway survey.

"A cabin or a cable way system was dislodged and fell to the ground near Tower 2B, but there were no people on the line at the time."

He said the operator is investigating the matter along with the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department and MTR Corp.

But he said there were no adverse weather conditions at the time.

He apologized for the inconvenience caused and promised refunds will be made.

Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Stephen Ip Shu-kwan said Ngong Ping 360 has been ordered to suspend its services. He said the government expressed "serious concern" over the incident.

Since opening, Ngong Ping 360 has carried one million passengers and collected HK$64 million.

Fatal accidents involving cable car systems are rare.

The worst occurred March 9, 1976, at the ski resort of Cavalese in Italy.

A steel cable broke sending a gondola tumbling 200 meters down a mountain, killing 42 people, including 15 children.

In the same area in 1998, a low- flying US military aircraft severed a cable, killing all 20 passengers in one gondola.
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Old 10-07-2007, 10:31 PM   #1923
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wow long term in HK
qqspot got a job there i guess
weather in SG is kinda normal one day hot one day rains
No lah i am coming back on 16 July 2007
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Old 10-07-2007, 10:33 PM   #1924
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Hi,
I'm new to this thread. Am planning to go to HK this Oct. I was trying to look for acommodation and found that the hotel rates for that period is much higher. Is that true? Or was it me being too kiasu for trying to book the hotel too much in advance?
Hong Kong Hotel rate are more higher compare to Singapore Hotels.

If you want to stay neither in Hotel nor Hosel you can look for me i can intro you some nice apartment for short stay...
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Old 10-07-2007, 10:47 PM   #1925
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nice fireworks ..hei like to ask as going there soon -- how about the power plugs in hk hotels ,is it the same 220V ??

also from butties here ,any place /shopping where you can find good IT stuffs ?
All HK Plugs are same as Singapore 220V - 240V 3 pin plug
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Old 10-07-2007, 10:48 PM   #1926
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HI ggspot,

Sorry that I am quite busy here in HK, I will be in SG in Sept.
You can pm me la
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No worries if you are in SIngapore please call me at 65 8163 1757
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If you see this PM you can always call me at 852 66849763

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Old 10-07-2007, 10:50 PM   #1927
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whenever i am in hong kong, i always like to eat their dessert especially those in tangchao.
taste is heavenly good.
Wait until you try thoese beancurd, foods or heaven desserts in Causeway Bay will blow your mind...
They are damm GOOD LAH!!
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Old 10-07-2007, 11:02 PM   #1928
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OT a bit...i'll be at shenzhen next week and will 1 day of free n easy, is it more recommended to visit luo wu or dong men if i wanna do some shopping??

anyone has any experience with shenzhen?
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Old 10-07-2007, 11:10 PM   #1929
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Hi dolphingalgal,

I am planning to go HK this Aug too...during the National Day week...wat abt you? are you going alone?

check the date of her post...
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Old 10-07-2007, 11:13 PM   #1930
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Hong Kong Hotel rate are more higher compare to Singapore Hotels.

If you want to stay neither in Hotel nor Hosel you can look for me i can intro you some nice apartment for short stay...
Hi ggspot,

Care to elaborate more on the apartments for short stay? Thanks!
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Old 10-07-2007, 11:24 PM   #1931
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check the date of her post...
haha..tanx takuyazzz for pointing out my error...so used to the format of some forums whereby the latest post is on the last page.
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No worries if you are in SIngapore please call me at 65 8163 1757
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If you see this PM you can always call me at 852 66849763

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er, I do not speak Madarin !! I will be in SG in mid Sept
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Old 11-07-2007, 12:49 AM   #1933
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welcome

quite poor in your mandarin? lol we speak cantonese and english here. dont worry.

if you go from yaumatei. you can take metro ( yamatei to Tiu Keng Leng direction, green line), get off at Choi Hung Station. exit c2, take mini bus 1A, HK$7.5..the last stop is Sai Kung Pier. you can see many tourists there..



油麻地 至 彩虹

八達通車費 單程車費
成人 特惠 成人 特惠
HK$ 6.8 HK$ 3.4 HK$ 7.5 HK$ 4

最少行車時間 14 分鐘
轉車站 沒有轉車站

for your reference. the metro site in hk.

www.mtr.com.hk

ps...its an open area in Sai Kung Pier. you better be careful of the SUN and the thieves
Thanks... I'll bring my gf there for a seafood dinner.

Thanks a lot...
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Old 11-07-2007, 12:51 AM   #1934
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You would like to go to the peak from where? from your hotel in Yamatei or what?

ya, i would like to know the way to the great buddha from my hotel in yuamatei(YMCA International House).
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:23 AM   #1935
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er, I do not speak Madarin !! I will be in SG in mid Sept
i speak english and cantonese dun worry....

Oh yes did i say Hong Kong Cantonese

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