Hong kong

Hong Kong is such an exciting, lively and vibrant city, that lives up to its term: “East meets West”. It has a great mix of both Western and Eastern, both when it comes to culture, food, shopping, and architecture. It is a city that has “everything”.

On any given day, you can head to a fishing village less than an hour from downtown, lie on a beach and go shopping bonanza in one of the many flashy shopping malls or back-alley markets. After a busy day, you can wind down at one of the city restaurants that hold world-class standards, before heading out in the evening to any of the endless numbers of cafes and bars. What's not to like about Hong Kong? Hong Kong is the 3rd biggest international financial center, after London and New York.

Language
The main language spoken in Hong Kong is Cantonese, a local dialect. However, many people speak English (or at least basic English), and almost all signs are bilingual. After all, Hong Kong was a British colony for more than 150 years! The two official languages of Hong Kong are English and Chinese. English is spoken as the primary language in 3% of Hong Kong households, while 38% of the population claims the ability to speak English. While the country has two official languages, English is the most preferred language in business, government, and tourism due to the fact that Hong Kong is an international business hub.

Climate
Owing to a subtropical climate, Hong Kong’s sweltering summer months are sauna-like, and there are frequent monsoons and typhoons during that time of year. Prime timing for a trip falls around mid-October to late December, when temperatures are still mild and Chinese tourists swarming in for the week-long national holiday have left.

July is the hottest month, with an average high of 84°F (29°C). January is the coldest month, with an average high of 61°F (16°C).

Weather-wise, the best time to visit Hong Kong is in the Fall, from around the end of September till November, followed by Spring (March to May).

MAR-MAY: Spring is a great time to visit Hong Kong. Like Fall, the weather is ideal though it does get a little foggy and rainier around this time.

JUNE-AUG: Summer is the hottest, wettest, and most humid time of the year so avoid these months if you can.

SEPT-NOV: As described, Fall is the ideal time to visit Hong Kong. The weather is mild and it seldom rains. Room rates are reasonable around this time as well. On our last trip, we went in mid-September and the weather was great, though I think October or November would have been even better.

DEC-FEB: This is the busiest time of the year in Hong Kong, especially around Lunar New Year. Expect more tourists and higher hotel prices around that time.

Know Before You Go: Due to the ubiquity of counterfeit thousand-dollar notes on the market, most shopkeepers are hesitant to accept denominations larger than HK$ 500. Still, set aside cash for dining—many restaurants do not accept credit cards.

Currency:
Hong Kong dollar (HK$). For Americans and citizens of some other countries, handling Hong Kong paper cash is more familiar since the denomination values are about the same as in the US. However, the cash is colorful unlike the American cash.

  • ATMs: It is fairly easy for travelers to find and use ATMs since they are everywhere except in remote areas such as in the countryside or small villages. Any sizable town of a few thousand people will have ATMs available to use. They take international cards and have instructions in English and Chinese. Generally, people can withdraw in amounts of 300 USD or 400 USD (4,000 HKD). Hong Kong is modern and international. It is the most popular city for tourism in the world, and so international credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Diners Club and MasterCard are generally welcome at the bigger hotels, retail shops and restaurants. Businesses will often display signs showing which cards they will accept.

  • Octopus Card: Part of the reason for the slower use of electronic payment systems is that the Octopus cards are universally used by the locals. In Hong Kong, the simple Octopus cards are probably the most suitable electronic method for tourists. Octopus cards are handy for travelers. Not only do they allow for quick electronic payment for transportation such as the MTR metro to avoid getting tickets, you can use them to pay for everything from convenience store purchases to restaurant bills at many restaurants. Again, it is a method to avoid handling cash or getting scammed with counterfeit money.

  • How to get an Octopus card: You can buy these little plastic debit cards at a metro station ticket office or machine. You can also get them at the ferry ticket offices in Central. Add however much money you need. You can return these for a full refund of the 50 HKD price and any unused cash at stations and ticket offices.

  • Using Chinese RMB: Some stores, supermarket chain stores, and the 7-11 convenience stores (there are many in Hong Kong) will accept Chinese RMB cash, but usually, they want to take something like 20% of the value as profit. If they will accept Chinese yuan, they might put up a notice about it or a 元 symbol.

  • Tipping: Tipping in Hong Kong is appreciated and important (unlike in Mainland China).
Top 10 places to visit
Hong Kong is known the world over as a glamorous city and a top choice for luxury shopping. But this city-state is steeped in culture and history, and has a lot more to offer than mouth-watering dim sum and an impressive skyline. Hong Kong has an energy about it that is hard to describe. Hong Kong has another side as well, where you'll find forest-covered mountains, hiking trails, beautiful beaches, islands, and traditional fishing villages. Find out what to see and do and discover the best places to visit with our list of top attractions in Hong Kong.

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  • Star Ferry: Hong Kong's famous Star Ferry, with roots dating back to 1880, costs only a few Hong Kong Dollars to ride, making it one of the best deals in all of Hong Kong. Victoria Harbor is a hive of activity, and ships of all shapes and sizes chug, zip, or wallow past as the expert captains of the Star Ferries somehow avoid collisions. As you travel the main route from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island, or more specifically, Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) to Central, it's hard not to be struck by the dense towers of Hong Kong Island, backed by green mountains rising before you. The breeze off the water is exceptionally refreshing, and the wide-open spaces are a perfect antidote to the tight confines of the city. The 360-degree spectacle of laser beams striking the skyscrapers on either side of the harbor is one of the city's free attractions and one of the most popular things to do at night in Hong Kong.

  • Hong Kong skyline: Hong Kong has one of the most impressive and recognizable skylines in the world. The dense collection of skyscrapers, both on the island of Hong Kong and in Kowloon, combined with the surrounding mountains and harbor set this city apart. In the harbor, traditional red-sailed Chinese junk boats and the historic Star Ferry contrast sharply with the backdrop of modern high-rises. At night, the skyline changes character completely as the sky darkens and the city lights fill the scene. Two of the best places in Hong Kong to see the skyline are from the top of Victoria Peak or from the Kowloon waterfront (along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade near the clock tower), not far from the Star Ferry dock, where benches line the waterfront and look across to Hong Kong. The latter location is the best place to watch the nightly A Symphony of Lights laser and light show set to music.

  • Victoria Peak: You haven't seen the best of Hong Kong until you've taken in the skyline from Victoria Peak, more commonly known as The Peak. Ride the tram to the top of this scenic viewpoint to see the skyscrapers, bustling city, harbor, and surrounding islands. The tram station is located near the entrance to Hong Kong Park by the Murray building. At the top of the tram are the Peak Tower and Peak Galleria, with shops, restaurants, and an observation deck. Most of The Peak is covered by a large park with lush greenery, nature trails, and more beautiful lookouts with views over the thriving metropolis below. A trail also leads down from The Peak to the city below, following a mix of trails through the forest and sections of road here and there. It can be a bit confusing to find your way. See our article on Hong Kong hiking trails for more details.

  • Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha Statue): The 34-meter-high "Big Buddha" sits above Lantau Island's Po Lin monastery, which was a fairly secluded place until the statue was built in 1993. This is one of the largest Buddha statues of its kind in the world and took 12 years to complete. The size is astounding, both up close and seen from a distance. The setting here is also incredible, surrounded by the green forest and views out over the ocean and islands. Although you can take a bus, the best way to reach the Buddha is via the scenic Ngong Ping cable car, which takes you on a 5.7-kilometer, 25-minute ride over the forest, water, and mountains. The ride terminates at the small tourist-focused Ngong Ping Village, which you'll have to walk through before reaching the monastery and Big Buddha.

  • Wong Tai Sin Temple: The Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of the newest in Hong Kong and also one of the most interesting. Located in Kowloon, the original temple was a private structure built-in 1920. It was later replaced with a newer building in 1968, which is what visitors see today. The temple was built to honor the Taoist god Wong Tai Sin, whom locals regard as the bringer of good luck in horse-racing and a healer of illnesses. A festival is held at the temple in Wong Tai Sin's name each fall. The temple complex is made up of several buildings, including the Hall of Three Saints, the Good Wish Garden, and another hall dedicated to Confucius and his 72 disciples. Expect to see fortune-tellers in the large hall, as well as joss sticks and other offerings that visitors can use. It is customary for guests to leave a small donation toward the temple's maintenance.

  • Repulse Bay and the Beaches: Not everyone thinks of beaches when they think of Hong Kong, but you don't have to go far to find some incredible soft-sand beach. The beach at Repulse Bay is the most popular in all of Hong Kong, with beautiful views and a great place for swimming, although it's very non-touristy. A day spent here is complemented with the luxury and style typical of Hong Kong itself. The street running along the oceanfront and overlooking the wide beach is lined with trendy restaurants and shops. Amalfitana is a fun place to enjoy a pizza, with casual open-air dining looking over the beach.

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  • Temple Street Night Market: A stroll through the Temple Street Night Market is another one of those all-important things to do while you're in Hong Kong. Located in Kowloon, this is the place to go to taste eclectic foods and to shop for bargains on everything from clothing and trinkets to electronics and household goods. Vendors sell gadgets of every shape and size, as well as jade jewelry and traditional Chinese crafts. The market gets going around 6 pm, but vendors are often slow to get set up, so it's best not to arrive too early. This is the best market for tourists in Hong Kong, but you can find several interesting street markets. See our article on Hong Kong street markets to learn about markets to explore by day. The MTR stop for the Temple Street Night Mark is Jordan Station, Exit A.

  • Hong Kong Disneyland: Hong Kong Disneyland is located on Lantau Island. Here, you'll find a wonderful world filled with fun and fantasy populated with the cast and characters from Disney movies. The park is divided into seven lands: Adventureland; Fantasyland; Toy Story Land; Tomorrowland; Grizzly Gulch; Mystic Point; and Main Street, U.S.A. Performances happen throughout the day in the various lands and feature everything from parades to musicals, right through to evening fireworks over the castle. Also on offer are a wide array of adventures, ranging from Jungle cruises to a trip to Tarzan's Treehouse, as well as water-based fun at Liki Tiki.

  • Ocean Park: As theme parks go, this one covers all the thrills you can handle in a day — a walk through old Hong Kong, roller coasters, a Grand Aquarium, and a look at rare and exotic wildlife. Ocean Park boasts a huge aquarium dome and offers a look at thousands of fish from 400 species, a Reef Tunnel, and a chance to get hands-on with sea stars and sea cucumbers. Above the sea, guests can partake in a Giant Panda Adventure, where they'll see giant pandas, red pandas, and the endangered Chinese Giant Salamander. There are also special programs focused on the North and South Poles. Fun rides include the Mine Train, Raging River, Hair Raiser, and the Eagle. To reach Ocean Park, take the MTR South Island Line to Ocean Park Station.

  • Dragon's Back Hike: If you've had enough of the tight confines of Hong Kong and are ready for a little exercise, try escaping to the Dragon's Back Hike. Hong Kong's most popular hiking trail, this hike offers spectacular views out over the ocean, Big Wave Bay, Mount Collinson, Stanley, and Shek O. It's a pleasant change from the buzz of the big city to hear birds singing, the sound of small waterfalls, and the leaves rattling in the ocean breeze.




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Food and drink in Hong Kong:
Other than exploring the city and some of its noted tourist destinations, visitors are now encouraged to immerse themselves in the gastronomic delights that Hong Kong has to offer. It isn't a surprise then, that walking Hong Kong food tours are quickly becoming a trend. Not only do you get to taste delicious local dishes, but you will also learn a lot from these food tours as the tour guides would share the history of the food and the place.

  • Roast goose: Roast goose is a favorite among locals, especially when it comes to a 'crispy on the outside, tender on the inside' consistency. It is usually served on a bed of white, fluffy rice, and can be consumed either on its own or dipped in plum sauce.

  • Egg tart: If you have no plans of going to Macau but want to have some egg tart, then don’t fret as it is also available in Hong Kong. The flaky crust perfectly complements the soft filling, making every bite feel like a little piece of heaven. They are best eaten hot and fresh from the oven.

  • Dao Fu Fa/Sweet tofu pudding: If the Philippines has ‘taho,’ Hong Kong has Dao Fu Fa, or sweet tofu pudding. Silky white bean curd is formed in small bowls and topped with some brown sugar for added sweetness. These are served either hot or cold, depending on the day’s weather.

  • Black herbal tea: Among the busy alleys of Mongkok is a small stall selling bottles of black liquid which happens to be herbal tea. It is usually served hot in this shop, but can be served cold, too, if you plan to consume at a much later time. According to our guide Jacky, the tea being sold here have health benefits, and the one we tried was good for the liver.

  • Snake soup: For the adventurous eater, your goal of having something exotic in Hong Kong will be fulfilled by the snake soup. The snake meat is shredded, mixed with mushrooms, and comes in a thick broth. It is then topped with chopped fried dough for that extra crunch and thinly sliced lemon leaves to lessen the salty flavor.

  • Dim sum: One cannot leave Hong Kong without eating some dim sum. From the conventional Siew Mai to the more elaborate stuffed eggplant, dim sum is served in small portions and best enjoyed with tea. Most variants are cooked via steaming, so expect them to be served in little bamboo or metal baskets fresh off the steamer.

  • Red bean pastry: Along one of the busy passageways of Mong Kok is a bakery that seems to never run out of customers. One of its bestsellers is the red bean pastry, and it sells out fast. Each sticky dough is filled with red bean paste and topped with sesame seeds, the combination of which makes for a perfect afternoon snack.

  • Pandan ice cream: Should you be in Hong Kong during the hot summer months where temperatures are crazy high, indulge in some pandan ice cream that will cool you down. The smooth soft serve has the right hint of pandan flavor, and the corn flakes at the bottom is a great surprise.

Accommodation
In Hong Kong, you can hang your hat in modest guesthouses, youth hostels, palatial hotels, chic boutiques, and mid-range comfort – in the heart of the city or away from it all. Visit our website to choose from the numerous hotels listed on the platform.

Things to Do in Hong Kong
  • Ride the Peak Tram to Sky Terrace 428: The Peak Tram is the world’s steepest funicular railway and one of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist attractions. It takes you up to Victoria Peak and Sky Terrace 428 which boasts the most stunning views of the city. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and other attractions at Victoria Peak so you can easily spend a few hours there. Just be sure to go on a weekday if you can because queues over the weekend can be excruciatingly long. You can buy Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428 tickets at the gate, but you can get a discount if you purchase them in advance through Klook.

  • Party with the best in Lan Kwai Fong: The city's ground zero for debauchery. Tourists, expats, and locals alike party hard in Hong Kong's most popular nightlife spot and the steep street. Lan Kwai Fong – or as locals like to call it, LKF –comes alive every evening, packed with after-work drinkers and general revelers. With more than 90 restaurants and bars to pick from, there are tons of great happy hour deals to ensure the best time.

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  • Marvel at incredible gilded statues at 10,000 Buddhas Monastery:Arguably Hong Kong’s most colorful and amusing Buddhist temples, the monastery is home to life-sized, gold-painted Buddha statues, each entertainingly unique. 431 steps are leading up to 10,000 Buddhas Monastery and the climb is lined with hundreds of statues in various and quirky positions and poses. Once you reach the complex itself, known as Man Fat Sze, you'll be dazzled by 12,000 more gilded statues.

  • Get spiritual at Wong Tai Sin Temple: One of Hong Kong's biggest and busiest temples, Wong Tai Sin Temple is home to three religions – Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. The temple complex boasts gorgeously ornamented buildings where visitors can soak in the atmosphere created by the incense and prayers. It’s also the go-to place for worship for big celebrations such as Buddha’s birthday if you don’t mind the crowds.

  • Ride the famous Central to Mid-Levels Escalator: The world's longest outdoor covered escalator system, linking Central to Mid-Levels. How often can you say you've traveled on the world's longest outdoor covered escalator system? It's the easiest way to get to the area's many great bars and restaurants, and if you're a fan of Wong Kar-wai's movies, recreate the scenes from Chungking Express.

  • Enjoy a stunning light and sound show by the waterfront: A visual spectacle synchronized to music and narration that celebrates the energy, spirit, and diversity of Hong Kong. Named the 'World's Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show' by Guinness World Records, this 10-minute light show will be accompanied by orchestral music performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Light installations and LED displays on both sides of the harbor will make for a stunning visual treat for all spectators.

  • Enjoy cocktails at the highest bar in the world: Touted as the highest bar in the world, Ozone is perched on the 118th floor of the ICC as part of the Hong Kong Ritz-Carlton. With avant-garde seating and one of the best wine lists in town, not to mention a great cocktail program, the biggest draw here is its completely unobstructed view of western Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

  • Catch the exhilarating action at Dragon Boat Festival: A traditional Chinese festival taking place on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Lunar calendar (which usually falls around May or June) that sees local and overseas teams compete and battle it out in colorful dragon boats as part of the annual celebrations. The festival has evolved into a giant outdoor party in recent years and is held across several beaches simultaneously including Victoria Harbor and Stanley beach. Catch the exciting racing action on the waters, knock back a couple of beers and enjoy the sunshine with friends and families after the races.

  • Taste amazing seafood on the Jumbo Kingdom: A floating restaurant at the Aberdeen Promenade that serves up an array of quality seafood dishes, dim sum, and splendid Cantonese cuisine. One of Hong Kong’s iconic landmarks, Jumbo took over four years and millions of dollars to build. With the look of an ancient Chinese palace, the restaurant draws in tourists and locals alike, including celebrities like Tom Cruise and Chow Yun Fat and even Queen Elizabeth II.

  • Savor a drink or two at The Old Man: This Ernest Hemingway-themed bar is an intimate yet lively venue and was recently ranked as one of the top ten World's Best Bars. Accolades aside, The Old Man is an establishment that's prepared to do things its way rather than rely on imported ideas or talent. The bar also earned a spot on the top of the Asia's Best 50 Bars list in 2019, so you know you can rely on the team to mix up innovative drinks with appreciably attentive service.

Festivals
There are a wide array of exciting festivals and events in Hong Kong, throughout the year. It seems there is always something going on, in every nook and corner of the island. From art festivals and modern or classical performances to food festivals, the country offers you a unique glimpse into traditional Chinese and local life, as well as Hong Kong living culture. These festivals and events have made Hong Kong a living, breathing cultural experience, like none other in Asia, or indeed the world and shouldn’t be missed.

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  • Dragon and Lion Dance Festival: This is yet another festival you need to see for yourself. Every year on January 1st, the Hong Kong Dragon and Lion Dance Festival is held. If you happen to be here during this time, be prepared to enjoy and see hundreds of celestial guardians, colorful dragons, lions and acrobats, as well as a happy Buddha, dancing and parading through the streets of Hong Kong, to usher in the New Year. It is truly a feast for the eyes.

  • Chinese New Year (25th Jan'20): Hong Kong’s Chinese New Year festival is one of the most colorful and biggest festivals in the world. Locals mark the occasion with a unique fusion of modern fun and ancient customs. There is so much to see and enjoy, during the festival. From local and international performers to the flamboyant flower market and fabulous fireworks, it is full of fun and excitement. Chinese New Year is also known as Spring Festival and is celebrated in January or February of the lunar calendar. It continues until the 15th day of the lunar calendar.

  • The annual Hong Kong Arts Festival (16th Feb - 24th Mar 2020): One of the most sought-after events in Asia, the Hong Kong Arts Festival is a magnificent event to celebrate the arts in Hong Kong. Local and international artisans come to perform, showcase their pieces, sell their unique products, display their dance numbers for several weeks. Locals and travelers alike flock to this event annually as it is one of the few that celebrate the arts in Hong Kong. The festival has been a much-anticipated event people have been preparing for since 1973 and today, it’s become a platform to engage modern society into supporting the local arts

  • Tin Hau Festival (15th Apr 2020):Tin Hau Festival is one of the most celebrated Chinese festivals, in Hong Kong. It is usually celebrated in April or May, annually. During the festival, Hong Kongers gather together to celebrate the birthday of Tin Hau, the goddess of the sea. If you have been to Hong Kong, you will notice there are many Tin Hau temples on the island. What is unique about this festival is you get to see various performances and parades, such as Chinese opera, as well as dragon and lion dances, which brings a festive mood, coupled with a lively remembrance in honor of the deity.

  • Cheung Chau Bun Festival (27th Apr -1st May,2020): If you visit Hong Kong towards the end of April or beginning of May, you will get a chance to immerse yourself in a unique festival - it is none other than the Cheung Chau Bun Festival. It is a unique cultural experience, featuring huge bamboo towers covered with sweet buns and it should not be missed. The festival honors the Taoist god, Pak Tai, and involves four days of music, parades, and sweet buns, galore. The main venue for the festival is in front of the famous Pak Tai Temple, on Cheung Chau Island. The main event is the bun scrambling competition. Whoever climbs up and gets ahold of the buns at the top first, wins the competition. Besides this, the King and Queen Bun titles are also up for grabs. Everyone from locals to tourists will be vegetarian, during the festival, and no meat is allowed during this time.

  • Le French May Festival (1st May - 30th Jun,2020): Francophiles rejoice as the 27th annual Le French May Festival is one you can’t miss out on. It’s dubbed as one of the biggest French arts festivals in Asia and takes pride in showcasing about 500 world-class events inspired by the French to Hong Kong culture. From French films, music, dance, to paintings, sculptures, and theatrical performances, there’s an array of entertaining musings that can be seen in this annual and iconic festival.

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  • Dragon Boat Festival (25th Jun,2020): The main hilihlights of this festival are the fierce-looking dragon boats, racing in a lively, colorful spectacle. It is usually held on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. Head over to Victoria Harbor and you will get to see different teams, racing to the beat of the drums. The special boats, which measure over 10 meters (32.8 feet), have ornately carved and painted dragon heads and tails. Each boat can carry up to 23 paddlers at one time.

  • Ghost Festival in Ping Chou (2nd Sep,2020): Come September 2nd, the Hong Kong people come together to celebrate the Hungry Ghost Festival wherein they give tribute to the spirits of their ancestors and other restless spirits that are said to be roaming the earth. Families come together to visit the graves and burials of their families who have passed and make sure to spend the day with them.

  • Mid-Autumn Festival (2nd October,2020): This festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. To many Hong Kongers, this is considered to be the most important festival of the year and they celebrate it in style, every year. The Mid-Autumn Festival is not just about lanterns, but also mooncakes, which are believed to originate from the Yuan Dynasty revolutionaries, who are said to have made the pastries to pass secret messages to each other. Eating mooncakes is a must when celebrating this festival and there are different flavors to choose from, to suit the different taste buds of the locals, as well as visitors. One of the most popular flavors is lotus seed paste and egg yolk.

  • Halloween (Oct,2020): Every October, Hong Kong turns into a city of Halloween, full of a lively, festive atmosphere, with many Halloween activities. Hong Kong is a great place to celebrate Halloween, not just for locals but tourists, as well. If you happen to be here at this time of year, you can party and celebrate Halloween in almost any part of Hong Kong. From restaurants with Halloween-themed menus and Disneyland and Ocean Park theme parks to shopping malls, full of Halloween decorations, everyone will be sure to find a way to celebrate Halloween, in Hong Kong.

Getting Around
Love it or hate it, there’s one thing you can’t deny about Hong Kong: the place is happening. On this tiny little island, you’ll be sure to find world-class food, shopping, nightlife, more food, more shopping, and bustling streets every hour of every day. But with so much to see and do, one of your challenges is going to be figuring out how to get yourself to all the different corners of the city. In this post we’ll cover the basics so you can navigate Hong Kong’s maze of transport options like a local as soon as you touch down.

  • The Octopus card: The Octopus card is a “tap-and-pay” card that you can use on (almost) all public transport in Hong Kong and most taxis. And that’s just the beginning. You can also use it in bakeries, convenience stores, fast food joints, vending machines, pharmacies, supermarkets, carparks, cinemas, and many other places.

  • MTR: The MTR will likely be your transport bread and butter in Hong Kong and will get you to most points of interest in the city. It functions like your regular subway system, and you will find stations every few blocks in the central areas. You can buy single tickets, but fares are slightly cheaper with an Octopus card. It is super easy to navigate and there are English signs in every station. Very clean, very efficient, easy to use.

  • Buses: Hong Kong has a lot of buses and they can be confusing, even for some locals.
    But riding the bus, especially the London-style double decker’s, can be a fun way to see the city and is sometimes necessary to get to the outer parts of Hong Kong. It’s also one of the cheaper ways to get to and from the airport. One thing that catches visitors off guard is the need for correct change if paying by cash. The drivers don’t give change — you’ll be expected to throw the exact fare into the fare box when you get on. Usually the drivers don’t speak English, or will be too busy winding through Hong Kong traffic to help you, so it’s best to ask a fellow passenger for help or directions. You’ll find most people in Hong Kong speak at least basic English. Also, make sure you wave the bus down, otherwise the driver will simply zoom right past you.

  • Trams: On Hong Kong Island you will find these vintage double decker trams that have been clunking along the same tracks for more than a century. In the constant modernization of Hong Kong, the trams add a welcome taste of history and heritage. Riding the tram costs next to nothing (HKD $2.30) and the fare is the same regardless of how long or far you ride. You will actually find they are super convenient, too, if you’re tired of walking up and down Hong Kong Island all day.

  • Ferry: The ferry ships people from Wan Chai and Central on Hong Kong Island to Tsim Cha Tsui in Kowloon, and leaves regularly. It’s a short eight-minute ride, which is why locals love it, but you will also see your fair share of tourists on board snapping photos of the beautiful harbour throughout the day. It’s also a chance for you to experience a bit of Hong Kong history — the ferry has been running people across the harbour since the 1800s.

  • Minibus: These are smaller 16-seater vans and are used mostly by locals to get into the deeper nooks and crannies of the city. There are two types. The green minibus operates like a regular bus, with a fixed route and fixed fares, while the red minibus is more like a car-share and you’ll need to know exactly where you’re going because you’ll need to tell the driver when and where to stop.

  • Walk: Weather permitting, Hong Kong is one of the most walkable cities in the world. Every block has something interesting to eat, watch, buy, or take a photo of, and the central districts are incredibly safe at all hours of the day. If you’re a walker, you can put your comfy shoes on and simply step out your door.