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.
OCTOPUS CARD, MTR, TAXIS, BUSES & MINIBUSES, FERRIES, TRAMS
Transportation: - High, Efficiency: - Medium
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
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:
Single Journey Ticket
A ride from Causeway Bay to Disneyland Resort takes ~44 mins and costs:
Single Journey Ticket
Adult: -Child: -$13.5
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.
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.
Child (3-12 years): -HK$1.5
Child (3-12 years): -HK$1.4
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.
|Water Bottle||USD 2.06|
|Cup of Coffee||USD 4.65|
|Milk Carton Pack||USD 2.97|
|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|
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.
Hong Kong International Airport - HKG
HKG - Chek Lap Kok International Airport
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