Hustle and bustle, bright lights, great shopping and food are things that come to mind when we envision Hong Kong. There is a lot more to Hong Kong than we think! Check out this quick guide to Hong Kong.
Population: 7,300,000 million
Climate: Humid Subtropical climate
Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
Official Language(s): Chinese, English
Before you Arrive
Most countries are not required to obtain a visa. Visa free access varies from 7-180 days by country.
Here is a list of requirements you must have:
1. A passport valid for 6 months at the time of departure
2. An onward or return ticket
3. Sufficient funds
4. Proof of where you will be staying
Hong Kong International Airport is located 25 km from the city center. There are many options to get you to central Hong Kong. The airport express takes only 24 mins, costs $100 hkd ($18) and runs every 10 mins.
The public bus takes you to most parts in Hong Kong. Fares vary depending on where you are going. There are also overnight buses in case you have a late flight.
Taxis in Hong Kong are colour coded according to where they operate. rom the airport you would take a red taxi to go to Central Hong Kong. It will cost you about $290 hkd ($50 cad) and takes about 35 mins depending on traffic.
Buses, trams, subways and even ferry's are the best way to get around Hong Kong. Trams are double decker streetcars that are very inexpensive and fun to travel on. Obviously if you want to get to any of the island you need to take a ferry. They have the standard ferry and the more expensive but fast ferry. Make sure to get an Octopus card, a rechargeable public transport card so you don't have to fumble around for change.
In Hong Kong you can find English speakers very easily. You probably should learn some of the lingo anyways.
Here are a few phrases:
Hello- Ni hao
Excuse me- Duibuqi
Thank you- Xie Xie
What to See
Hong Kong has so many great attractions from Lantau Island to Disneyland. They have great shopping malls and markets all around. Victoria Peak is beautiful at night, you get a great view of Hong Kong all lit up.
Make sure to walk around Victoria Harbour and Tsim Sha Tsui also at night for great views. Visit Tai O, a small fishing village on Lantau Island for a different experience of Hong Kong.
What to Eat & Drink
Most people are used to Chinese Western food so they love it. However, Chinese food in the east is different than what us Westerners eat. In Hong Kong Chinese food can be quite pricey but you can still find places that are affordable with authentic Chinese food like Tai Hing.
Must try Dishes:
Hainan Chicken, Beef Brisket soup, Dim Sum, Peking Duck Pancakes, BBQ Pork Buns, Roast Goose and more!
Other things to try:
Milk Tea, Soft Creme, Curry Fish Ball and More!
Where to Stay
Hong Kong accommodation is not cheap at all!. Hotels are very expensive and hostels are not that much cheaper. Try getting an airbnb or hostel near fashion walk. It is a great location and has lots of restaurants and shopping near. It is also very close to the MTR station as well.
Here are some other great places to visit near !
Macau-- About 60 mins by ferry from Hong Kong Harbour. Macau is great for shopping, sight seeing and gambling.
Lamma Island-- Located Southwest of Hong Kong Island, Lamma Island is gret for those who like to hike and bike.
Lantau Island-- About 60 mins by train from Hong Kong Island. Lantau Island has many attractions like Disneyland, Tai-O and Big Buddha.
Guangzhou-- Most people visit Guangzhou on a day trip since it is so close to Hong Kong.
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