About Hong Kong

Hong Kong,  is a special administrative region of China,with the  the Pearl River (Xu Jiang) estuary on its east  located in southeastern China. It is an autonomous territory, a vibrant, densely populated urban center that is a major port and global financial hub with a skyscraper-studded skyline. HongKong as its residents and visitors vouch for can be regarded as one of the best cities of the world. Its world-class infrastructure, transportation facilities, Cosmopolitan aura, idyllic natural hideouts, gastronomical delicacies, lowest tax  rates in Asia, unbelievable bargain shopping hubs, throbbing night time activities .. all have ensured that Hong Kong can be envisaged as the city that dreams are made of.
Formerly a British colony, with the imperial legacy tailing it like a hangover Hong Kong boasts of the largest number of skyscrapers in the world, most surrounding Victoria Harbour. Hong Kong ranks seventh on the UN Human Development Index and has the seventh-longest life expectancy in the world.  Economically not to be left behind it is the world's seventh-largest trading entity, and its legal tender (the Hong Kong Dollar) is the world's 13th-most-traded currency.

Public Transport System

OCTOPUS CARD, MTR, TAXIS, BUSES & MINIBUSES, FERRIES, TRAMS

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Transportation: - High, Efficiency: - Medium

Mode & Cost of Transports

OCTOPUS CARD: -

The Octopus card is a contactless smart card and is mostly used to pay for rides on the MTR, buses, minibusses, ferries, trams and on a few taxis equipped with Octopus readers. It was introduced in 1997 as a payment method on the MTR. But since then, thanks to its popularity with locals and tourists, it was transformed into a payment system, which is used to collect fares on almost all modes of public transport, and also for payments in shops, department stores, supermarkets, fast food and retail outlets, bookstores, convenience stores, cinemas, public swimming pools, car parks, schools and other places provided with Octopus readers. 

The On-Loan Octopus card is a rechargeable stored value card and is perfect for tourists. Available types: Adult, Child, Elder, and Personalised. To purchase an On-Loan card, a passport or any other identification is not required, except Personalised. The card comes with a refundable deposit of HK$50, which will be returned to you together with the remaining value when you return it.

Adult: - HK$150 = Deposit $50 + Initial stored value $100

Child (3-11): - HK$70 = Deposit $50 + Initial stored value $20

Elder: - HK$70 = Deposit $50 + Initial stored value $20

MTR: -

The MTR fare starts from HK$3.5 (Adult) and is calculated based on the distance traveled (final destination). Also, it depends on the age and method of payment. For example:

A ride from Causeway Bay to Mong Kok takes ~16 mins and costs:

Octopus Card

Adult: -$10.8

Child: -$5.4

Elderly: -$2

Single Journey Ticket

Adult: -$12

Child: -$5.5

Elderly$5.5

A ride from Causeway Bay to Disneyland Resort takes ~44 mins and costs:

Octopus Card

Adult: -$23.4

Child: -$11.7

Elderly$2

Single Journey Ticket

$26

Adult: -Child: -$13.5

Elderly$13.5

TAXIS: -

The taxi fare depends on the distance traveled, plus additional charges, if any. Also, it varies depending on the type of taxi.
The fare for red taxis starts from HK$20 and covers the first two kilometers. Every subsequent 200 meters or every minute of waiting cost HK$1.5. When the amount reaches HK$72.5, every subsequent 200 meters or 1 minute will cost HK$1.
The fare for green taxis starts from HK$16.5 and covers the first two kilometers. Every subsequent 200 meters or every minute of waiting cost HK$1.3. When the amount reaches HK$55.5, every subsequent 200 meters or 1 minute will cost HK$1.
The fare for blue taxis starts from HK$15 and covers the first two kilometers. Every subsequent 200 meters or every minute of waiting cost HK$1.3. When the amount reaches HK$132, every subsequent 200 meters or 1 minute will cost HK$1.2.

BUSES & MINIBUSES: -

Victoria Peak is a must-see attraction in Hong Kong and tourists have an option of the Peak Tram, a taxi or a bus. How to get there - bus routes no. 15 and 15B.

Get on the bus no. 15 in Central or Admiralty at the following bus stops - Central Pier 5 (outside Central Pier 5), Central Exchange Square (inside Exchange Square), City Hall (outside City Hall) or Admiralty Station Queensway (near Admiralty Station Exit C1). The fare is HK$9.8 and buses run every 7-15 minutes.

Ocean Park is located on the southern side of Hong Kong Island in Wong Chuk Hang and is one of the top marine parks in Southeast Asia. How to get there - bus route no. 629.

Get on the bus no. 629 at Admiralty (West) Bus Terminus (near Admiralty Station Exit B). The route is serviced daily from 09:00 am to 04:00 pm with a frequency of 10-15 minutes. The fare is HK$10.6.

Use the same route to get back but service hours and frequency may be different.

FERRIES: -

The Star Ferry is not only a cost-effective mode of transportation but also it is a world-famous sightseeing trip between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. There are two routes: Tsim Sha Tsui ‹‹ ›› Central and Tsim Sha Tsui‹‹ ›› Wan Chai. These services across Victoria Harbour run daily from early morning till 11-11: 30 pm with a frequency every 6-20 minutes. The journey takes about 8-10minutes.

Tsim Sha Tsui ‹‹ ›› Central

Monday to Friday

Free for passengers aged 65 or above with Personalised Octopus cards or Elder Octopus cards.

Upper Deck

Adult: -HK$2.5

Child (3-12 years): -HK$1.5

Lower Deck

Adult: -HK$2

Child (3-12 years): -HK$1.4

 

TRAMS: -

There are 6 tram routes, 120 tram stops and tramways run between Kennedy Town in the west and Shau Kei Wan in the east every day from 6:00 am till midnight. Generally, the frequency on all routes depends on traffic conditions (usually 2-4 minutes). During the rush hours, the trams depart on average every 1.5 minutes.

Passengers can pay for their rides by cash or Octopus card. The fare is very cheap and costs:
Adult - HK$2.3
Child (aged 3 - 11) - HK$1.2
Senior (aged 65 or above) - HK$1.1
The entry to a tram is on the rear side, the exit is on the front side. Pay when you exit the tram. No change is given on trams, so any overpayment will not be refunded.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 2.06
Cup of Coffee USD 4.65
Milk Carton Pack USD 2.97
Rice/Kg USD 2.06
White Bread USD 2.45
Eggs (12) USD 3.48
Combo Meal USD 4.52
Fine Dining USD 64.52
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 1.29
Domestic Beer USD 6.45
Imported Beer USD 7.74
Bottle of Wine USD 15.48
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 7.35
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 1.16
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 1.29
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 2389.90

Dos: -

  • Watch the View From Victoria Peak
  • Eat Dim Sum at Tim Ho Wan
  • Have Breakfast at Dai Pai Dong
  • Have High Tea at the Peninsula
  • Sip Top-Notch Cocktails at Quinary
  • Drink on a Rooftop at Sevva
  • Ride the Star Ferry
  • Visit the Ladies’ Market, the Temple Street Night Market, and All the Other Street Markets
  • Shop till You Drop at Causeway Bay
  • Visit Big Buddha
  • Do Betting at Happy Valley Racecourse
  • Relax in Victoria Park and Hong Kong Park
  • Charter a Junk Boat With Castelo Concepts
  • Watch Art Scene at Gagosian and White Cube
  • Escape to Shek O Beach
  • Enjoy Michelin-Starred Cuisine at Bo Innovation
  • Travel to the Outer Islands of Peng Chau and Cheung Chau
  • Pamper at a Spa at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental
  • Go to the Man Mo Temple and Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

Don’ts: -

  •  Smoke on Public Transportation
  •  Just Pack Short and T-shirts
  •  Forget To Bargain
  •  Only Eat Chinese Food
  •  Skip Going to Top Places
  •  Do shopping only in the Malls
  •  Ignore the Ferries
  •  Forget To Buy an Octopus Card
  •  Waste All Your Time in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon
  •  Buy With Touts in Tsim Sha Tsui Except for Cheap Hotels
  • Don’t Stay in Chung King or Comparable Cheap Hotel Buildings
  • Go to Crowded Shopping Areas on Weekends and Holidays

Night Life

Like a truly cosmopolitan city worthy of its name Hong Kong boasts of a vibrant, dynamic,  after-sunset hours. The Central District encompasses towering high rises and not-to-be-missed hotspots. From the all-night partying  Lan Kwai Fong to the classier open-air roof-top terrace bars at California Tower, come be nestled in the intimate, uplifting spirit among a mix of mezcal, tequila, grapefruit soda, draft sake, a house-fermented pineapple and cinnamon tepache...so just let your core unleash itself and savour the best from the mixologists. Go on an unforgettable yacht ride in the Symphony of Lights at Victoria Harbour, an all-night cruise. Hop across to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade where the glittering harbour is juxtaposed by a sea of stalls and markets. Not done with shopping yet then head to the Causeway Bay for an exhilarating shopping experience and come back laden with merchandise. Still, yearning for sensual excitement and thrill then drop by at the Red light district strip clubs which offer a salacious den of iniquity for the never to be satiated.

 

Must See

  • Charter a Junk Boat With Castelo Concepts
  • Ride the Star Ferry
  • Hike on the Dragon’s Back

Experiences

  • Symphony of Lights
  • Star Ferry
  • Happy Valley Racecourse
  • The dialogue in the dark
  • Hong Kong Stadium
  • Snoopy World
  • Sideways Driving Club
  • Games.

Activities

Tuen Mun Golf Centre
Golf
54 Lung Mun Rd, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
34 kms
Silvermine Bay Beach.
Beach
Mui Woman, 14 Tung Tau Wan Rd, Mui Wo, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
49 kms
The ONE Golf Club
Golf
TG Place, 10 Shing Yip St, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
12 kms
321 Play
Ski
1st + 2nd floor KRAS Asia Industrial Building 79 Hung To Road Kwun Tong HK
Distance From City Center
12 kms
Holland America Cruise Line Volendam
Casino
33 Shing Fung Rd, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
9.8 kms
Robert Mark Safaris
Safari
Cyberport 1, 100 Cyberport Rd, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
8 kms
Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course
Golf
Hong Kong,
Pui O Beach
Beach
South Lantau island, hong kongTake the ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo. Then take bus 1 to Pui O Beach.
Distance From City Center
45 kms
Clearwater Bay
Beach
Sai Kung , Hong Kong MTR to Diamond Hill, Exit C2, then bus 91 to Clearwater Bay.
Distance From City Center
22 kms
City Of Dreams Casino
Casino
In Cotai, Macau, 50 minutes express ferry ride from Hong Kong
Shek O Country Club
Golf
15 Shek O Rd, Shek O, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
20 kms
Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
Zoo
Albany Road, Hong Kong, China
Distance From City Center
2.3 kms
Discovery Bay Golf Club
Golf
Discovery Valley Rd, Discovery Bay Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
39 kms
Ham Tin Wan
Beach
Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung, Hong Kong, ( Take the MTR to Hang Hau and leave via Exit B, then hop on green minibus 101 to Sai Kung Town. At Sai Kung Pier take a water taxi to Ham Tin Wan.)
Distance From City Center
45 kms
Hong Kong Golf Club
Golf
19 Island Rd, Deep Water Bay, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
8.7 kms
Silversea Shadow Casino
Casino
Kai Tak city
Distance From City Center
9.6 kms
Wynn Casino
Casino
Cidade De Sintra, Macau, 50 minutes express ferry ride from Hong Kong
Tai Long Wan (Ham Tin Wan beach)
Beach
Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
45 kms
Sands Casino
Casino
In Largo De Monte Carlo, 50 minutes express ferry ride from Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
2.1 kms
Hong Kong Honma Golf
Golf
Miramar Shopping Centre, 132-134號 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
3.8 kms
Hong Kong Poker House
Casino
Hollywood Rd, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
2 kms

Shopping

Art Treasures Gallery
Antique Markets
42 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
2.8 kms
European Vintage in Sai Kung
Antique Markets
Hong Kong, 35 G/F, Rear Block, See Cheung Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
26 kms
Hollywood Galleries Himalayan Antique Tibetan Buddhist Art
Antique Markets
173 Hollywood Rd, Tai Ping Shan, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
2.4 kms
InBetween
Antique Markets
6B, Tai Ping Shan St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
2.6 kms
Klondike
Antique Markets
RM1201, Block 4, Tai Ping Industrial Center, 51A Ting Kok Rd, Tai Po, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
30 Kms
Lee Hing Antiques Arts Ltd.
Antique Markets
Hong Kong, 123 Hollywood Road, Shop 4(Shop 4, G/F, 123 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong.
Distance From City Center
2.6 kms
Oi Ling Antiques
Antique Markets
72 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
2.7 kms
Cat Street
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
2.3 Kms
HKCC Creative Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui, Salisbury Rd, 10
Distance From City Center
10 kms
Kam Sheung Road Flea Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Hong Kong, China
Distance From City Center
28 kms
Ladies Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Tung Choi St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Distance From City Center
9.1 kms
Hong Kong Airport Taxi - Welcome Pickups
ABA Taxi Radio Call Services Centre
Hong Kong & Kowloon Radio Car Owners Association
  • Chinese Traditional Clothing
  • Chinese Art
  • Chinese Antiques
  • Hong Kong Gifts From GOD( Goods Of Desire)
  • Hong Kong Snacks
  • Chinese Tea
  • Porcelain Products
  • Customized Name Seals
  • Dried Seafood Jade & Other Precious Stone Products
  • ChopSticks Engraved Cypress Block as Hong Kong Souvenir Lace Work or White on White Embroidery
  • Netsuke Art Gold Jewelry
  • Baggage Tags
  • Creative Memory Cards
  • Funny Ladies Stuff
  • Paper Cutting Punch Machines
  • Wooden Furniture
  • Chinese Paintings
  • Chinese Porcelain
  • Chinese Board Games
  • Coconut Tarts

Official Language

Cantonese

Other Language

English, Mandarin

Spoken Language

Cantonese (Chinese), English, ... Read more

Currency

Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)

Population

7.44 (Millions)

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Weather

Light Rain 28.95°C

TimeZone

11:25 AM (GMT +08:00)

 

Ambulance

999

 

Police

999

 

Electric socket

Type D
Type D ( 230 V 50 Hz)
Type G
Type G ( 230 V 50 Hz)

Airport Name / IATA Code

Hong Kong International Airport - HKG

Airport Name / IATA Code

HKG - Chek Lap Kok International Airport

Best time to visit

September, October, November, December, FebruaryPlentiful sunshine, comfortable temperatures, and pleasant breeze. Temperature average ranges from 19 to 28 degrees, the weather is sunny, cool, and pleasant. The temperature cools and the humidity dries with cloudy skies and the occasional cold fronts.

Moderate time to visit

January, March, April, MaySome days are perfect, some are cloudy, and some already summer hot. Days are usually pleasantly clear and sunny. It is usually comfortable for outdoor activities or country walks.

Worst time to visit

June, July, August:It is hot and sunny with “instant-sweat” high humidity levels. Temperature average ranges from 26 to 31, there is a constant threat of showers, thunderstorms, and typhoons.

Taxi

Start Tariff: HKD 24.00

1 Km. Tariff: HKD 8.50

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: HKD 102.00

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