Travelling to Hong Kong is a long and arduous journey for most travellers. Passengers next to you have taken up both armrests and the one in front has reclined their chair onto your lap. You’ve probably had to change flights too.
But this guide isn’t about all that. It’s about what happens when you land, how you manage your trip and how you get the best out of any short or extended stay in Hong Kong.
We’ve put all the essential items below and hope you will find them useful.
Where to stay in Hong Kong
Finding the right accommodation in Hong Kong or in any destination can make or break your stay. You’ve probably heard (although hopefully not experienced) of nightmare situations that travellers go through in hotels, hostels etc.
To make your trip to Hong Kong a pleasant and relaxing stay all round, we recommend that you choose to stay in one of the many serviced apartments in Hong Kong. They’re all in the top neighbourhoods and are located near essential transport links. The apartments themselves come with all the homely features that you left behind so you can chill out with all the amenities you’re used to like flat screen TVs, cosy beds, fully equipped kitchens, complimentary Wi-Fi and so many more.
Before you leave, be sure to check out how you can save money on booking serviced accommodation.
Places to eat in Hong Kong
From the traditional Dim Sum to other Chinese and Cantonese delights, eating in Hong Kong can be a rewarding and soul-filling experience. However, where do you sample the best cuisine that Hong Kong has to offer? Well, we have a few examples that we think you’ll enjoy.
Some of the top restaurants in Hong Kong include:
- Islam Food
- Bo Innovation
- The Chairman
- Kau Kee
- Tim Ho Wan
- Frantzén’s Kitchen
- Ser Wong Fun
- Yan Toh Heen
- Lung King Heen.
Reserve tables or simply turn up to enjoy some of the great dishes that do more than fill you up.
What to see in Hong Kong
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to attractions in Hong Kong. Bearing in mind that Hong Kong is made up of the Kowloon peninsula and 261 islands, there’s a huge array of attractions spread out over the islands that will keep you on your feet and displays the rich history and culture of Hong Kong.
Some of the best attractions in Hong Kong are:
- Victoria Peak
- Hong Kong Disneyland
- Lantau Island
- Tian Tan Buddha
- Avenue of Stars
- Ngong Ping
- Po Lin Monastery
- Wong Tai Sin Temple
- Clock Tower
- Hong Kong Museum of History
- Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
- Kowloon Park
- Hong Kong Space Museum
Be sure to make some time for as many of these attractions as possible. Hong Kong is not complete without them.
Where to shop in Hong Kong
Shopping in Hong Kong is a delightful if hectic experience. Being one of the most densely populated regions in the world, you can expect your shopping adventures to be quite a packed affair. However, there are many areas that you can explore that have all the big brands, independent stores, markets and other shopping goods. Spread out over Hong Kong Island, Kowloon peninsula and the outlying territories there’s enough shops to keep you on your feet.
Some of the best places to shop in Hong Kong are:
- Causeway Bay
- Sheung Wan
- Tsim Sha Tsui
- Mong Kok
Check your wallet before you head out as you’re going to need it. Have fun!
How to travel around Hong Kong
Getting around Hong Kong is not as hard as it sounds. Despite the 261 islands, you can still travel with relative ease. It’s true, we’re not joking. Before we get into the various modes of transport, it’s worth noting that you should purchase an Octopus Card. This works in the same way that an Oyster Card works and other similar transaction cards. Just simply put your card on the scanner and the money is taken off the card (be sure to top it up first).
To travel around the mystic and busy Hong Kong, you can make use any one of these modes of transport:
- Mass Transit Railway (MTR)
- Buses & Minibuses
Personally, we recommend taking the MTR as it is substantially cheaper than taking taxis everywhere. Obviously, you should take a ferry to get to some of the islands. Sounds daft for us to bring it up but you’d be surprised at the amount of people who think there’s MTR service between some of the islands.