Cheap Flights to Hong Kong
- Area : 1,104 km² (426 sq mi)
- Calling Code : +852
- Currency : Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
- Population (2014) : 7,234,800
- Official Language : Chinese, English, Cantonese
- Time Zone : UTC+8
- Airport’s : Hong Kong International Airport
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Airlines touching down at Hong Kong International Airport’ include the following:
- Air Canada
- South African Airways
- Air France
- British Airways
- Air New Zealand
- Cathay Pacific
Reasons to Visit Hong Kong
- For English speakers, visiting Hong Kong is a pleasure with English displayed all over; on buses, in subways and on street signs. Throughout Hong Kong you’ll see virtually 1,000 pink and blue sign posts with directions to places of interest and for rural areas, green sign posts, so organised is Hong Kong!
- Hong Kong is one of the world’s most noteworthy financial center’s and top tourist destinations giving visitors a mix of old and new. A nucleus of contemporary architecture, it has over 200 smaller islands around it and the largest number of high-rise buildings than any other city.
- Get lost in colourful ancient Chinese festivals, enjoy a bite from a street food cart and make the most of shopping with no taxes. There are fantastic beaches, waterfalls and mountains where outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking trails, paragliding, cliff jumping, kayaking, paddle boarding and boating, surfing and swimming.
- Traveller’s have a wonderful selection of mid-range hotels (with various freebies) besides an abundance of luxurious hotels. For a stay out of the ordinary, the boutique Luxe Manor hotel, designed by Salvador Dali comprises decor resembling a stage setting. For just the basics there are plenty of clean and comfortable backpacker hostels including B&Bs, Lodges, Resorts and Self-Catering establishments as well as camping facilities.
Places to Visit Hong Kong
- Lantau Island is a must. Its Hong Kong’s largest island lying at the mouth of the Pearl River with a stunning mountainous interior. The 70km Lantau Trail includes the 934m high Lantau Peak and the Po Lin Monastery, home to the 34m tall bronze Tian Tan Buddha. Take the cable car for panoramic vistas, walk along golden coastlines or explore fishing villages and the islands history.
- Lying within the Shek O Country Park is Dragons Back ridge. Rated as one of the best urban hiking trails in Asia it forms part of the 50km Hong Kong Hiking Trail and has magnificent coastal scenery.
- Tai Long Wan on the east coast of the Sai Kung Peninsula is a bay that’s 3km wide and deemed one of the most beautiful places in Hong Kong. The bay comprises four beaches with white sand and crystal clear blue water and is popular for swimming, surfing and camping.
- Take in breathtaking views of the city’s skyscrapers and the harbour from The Peak, one of Hong Kong’s top attractions. The best way to get there is with the Peak Tram Sky Pass.
- Great fun for families with children is Ocean Park located in the city’s Southern District. Comprising a marine mammal park, an animal theme park, an oceanarium and an amusement park for thrilling rollercoaster rides and more.
- Not to be missed for women is the bustling colourful Ladies Market in Kowloon. It’s one of the most popular markets with over 100 stalls selling fabulous bargain clothing, souvenirs and accessories. Still in Kowloon is the Temple Street Night Market that’s lively with an atmosphere of festivity that affords visitors a genuine peak into Hong Kong society.
- With more than 600 temples and monasteries you need to plan well. One of the most famous, founded in 1921, is the Taoist temple Wong Tai Sin in Kowloon.
- The city offers a wealth of marvellous restaurants for superb dining out. For Chinese cuisine try the elegant 4.7-Star rated Dynasty Restaurant in Harbour Road. The Aqua restaurant at 1 Peking Road presents amazing views of Hong Kong with excellent service and Japanese food. Italian food lovers have Grissini on 2nd floor, Grand Hyatt. There are nightclubs, bars, theatres, cinemas and plenty more for enjoyable evenings with friends.
Getting Around Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s public transport system is extensive, super efficient and wonderfully inexpensive. Even for the first time visitor, getting around is a breeze. Buses, trams, trains, the subway and ferries all have their own fare system so when transferring from one to another, a new ticket is required. Its worthwhile purchasing an Octopus electronic smart card that affords travel on all modes of transport. Octopus cards can be procured at Customer Service Centres at all MTR stations as well as the airport and some ferry piers. Visitors can also purchase the Airport Express Travel Pass for 3 days of unlimited travel with various options available for different prices or alternatively opt for a Tourist Day Pass that allows 1 day of MTR travel (with certain exclusions).
If you don’t purchase the Octopus or any other pass and you want to travel by bus or tram, the exact fare is required so ensure you’ve got lots of loose change in your pocket.
Travelling by bus in Hong Kong is great, particularly the British-style double-decker buses that are perfect for getting to places where no other transport goes.
Buses are operated by two main providers, New World First Bus (NWFB) or Citybus and Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB). Both collectively traverse Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories. Operating on Lantau Island is the New Lantau Bus Co. The two primary terminals are located near both ends of the Star Ferry while the majority of buses depart from the front of the Central Ferry Piers or Exchange Square. Buses also depart from Admiralty Station. Kowloon has its buses departing from in front of the Star Ferry concourse in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Convenient for getting to top attractions is the Big Bus Company with double-decker buses that offer hop-on/hop-off services and run every 30 minutes from 09h30/10h00 to 18h00 with buses to Stanley less frequent.
The Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus runs two routes for north of Hong Kong, departing from the Central Ferry Piers every 30 minutes.
Buses displaying an X are express buses with fewer stops and depending on their route, operate daily from around 06h00 to midnight. Always have your hotel and destination written down as although the buses reflect their destination in English, not all drivers speak English. You need to flag down buses and remember to push to stop button to get off.
These double-decker carriages were established in 1904 and are the largest fleet globally of double-decker trams. This is one of the cheapest modes of travel on the northern side of Hong Kong with the same fare, irrespective of how far you travel. Trams run daily from around 06h00 to midnight. The best seats are upstairs and in front allowing wonderful views of Hong Kong and everyday life in the city. You can conveniently use your Octopus card.
Taking one of the Star white and green ferries across Victoria Harbour is an unforgettable experience. These ferries have been carrying passengers between Hong Kong and Kowloon since 1989 and the only downfall is the trip only takes 5 minutes. They depart daily from 06h30 to 23h30, every 6 to 8 minutes. In addition to the Star Ferries there are numerous other ferry operators.
Trains and Subway:
The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is uncomplicated to use, fast, efficient, modern and clean but there are no toilets on board or at stations and eating, drinking and smoking is prohibited. The MTR operates daily from 06h00 until around midnight or 01h00 dependent on the line and station but avoid peak hours as approximately 3.7 million commuters are transported daily.
During the day when taxis are free for pick-ups a red for hire flag is visible in the windshield while at night youll see a lit TAXI sign on their roof. They can be hailed from streets but there are certain restricted areas where (Central) they’re not permitted to stop on roads with single yellow lines between 07h00 and 19h00 or on roads with double yellow lines along the edge. The best place to get a taxi is at a rank, at all bus terminals, or from outside a hotel. There are always plenty of taxis except when it’s raining, during peak hours (05h00 to 20h00) and on horse-racing days.
Known as the poor person’s taxi, these vehicles are small 16-passengers buses and great for locals but can be confusing for visitors. The public green and yellow buses follow set routes with fixed fares (exact fare) with the Octopus card permitted. They depart from the Star Ferry concourse. The red and yellow minibuses are more confusing with no fixed routes and unless you know Hong Kong well, it’’s not advisable to use them.
Motor Vehicle Hire:
It’s not necessary to drive in Hong Kong with everything in close proximity and public transport reliable and cost effective, besides being unable to find parking. You can hire a chauffeur-driven car with the majority of hotels owning their own fleet. If you want a hired vehicle there’s Avis, Hertz and many local rental companies to choose from located in the New Territories.
With the many signs for directions throughout the city, exploring on foot is enjoyable. In the Central District there’s a network of covered, elevated walkways separating pedestrians from traffic but can be confusing for visitors, walking along the streets may prove easier with a map.