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Mighty flist!

Because I fail at life, I've never been proper travelling on my own, and thus have no idea how to find hostels which are (1) cheap; (2) sensibly located; and (3) not full of rapists and axe murderers[1].

Most places I'm happy to just turn up and wing it. Hong Kong, I am not so happy with this plan. We are there for 7 days (6 nights) and I don't want to have to move around, and ideally I'd like to book somewhere before we leave... but I am overwhelmed by the gazillions on Google.

Ideally, I'd like to be on HK Island, in the Mid-levels or Causeway Bay/Wanchai area, rather than Kowloon, because I am an Island girl and I have an irrational dislike of Kowloon[2]. It's a bit like the London north/south of the river thing, except I've never had a problem with that...

So: how can I find a suitable hostel? What clever Google result-limiting terms am I missing??

[1] Or, y'know, anything else nasty along those lines. Chainsaw murderers, for example. I know there's no real way of telling but there must be some indications, surely?

[2] For the 0.001% of people who haven't had me tediously slip this into conversation - I used to live in HK, but it was 12 years ago, and we had a flat, so I never paid much attention to hostels.
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This may not matter to anyone else, but I'm in shock.

Hong Kong's heritage.

I didn't even know they were shutting the ferry piers - those stupid little crowded piers, that you pushed and tumbled through, and the little boats - all with star in their name - going across the harbour, and the lights so beautiful at night.

All the other buildings and roads they talk about - damnit, I know them! I walked around them and even if I was little I loved that place, loved the way colonial nestled alongside, and provided a beautiful counterpoint to the soaring metal-and-glass skyscrapers. I don't know why I'm surprised. Even my building's probably gone now, it was only 25 storeys after all. Just... I maintain my regret we ever gave it back. I know we had to, because all the water was in the New Territories (which were only on lease, where as Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the other islands we had permanently and just agreed to give back because they didn't think they'd be able to sort the water problem), but still. When it was the bauhinia, and not the mostly-Chinese flag, Hong Kong was proud of its mixed culture and history - and so was I.


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