Fun Facts About Hong Kong
- Hong Kong trumps London for afternoon tea: Tea is the customary beverage for all occasions in Hong Kong. In fact, in cafes and restaurants visitors can expect their teacup to be refilled. So don’t feel obliged to drink if you don’t want anymore! Leave your cup full if you are finished.
- The city hosts plenty of luxury cars: Hong Kong has more Rolls Royce’s per person than any other city in the world.
- And a record breaking bridge: The Tsing Ma Bridge is the world’s longest road and rail suspension bridge and a Hong Kong landmark.
Top Travel Tips for Travelling to Hong Kong
- Most eateries impose a 10% to 15% service charge. At cheaper eats, tipping isn’t imposed but is expected.
- In Hong Kong, it is considered polite to shake hands when meeting people and saying goodbye. This includes men, women and children.
- It is considered rude if you point at people with your index finger. Instead, use your open hand.
- Make sure you leave your chopsticks on your chopstick rest or neatly on the table when you are finished eating and not on your plate.
- Crime in Hong Kong is quite low. However, visitors should only exchange money in banks or with licensed money changers to avoid being scammed.
Tip in restaurants:
Shake hands with everyone:
Be careful of your body language:
Observe local culinary habits:
Watch out for fake currency exchanges:
Hong Kong offers so much more than just skyscrapers, it’s also home to beautiful beaches, dramatic waterfalls and great hiking opportunities that are really easily accessible from the city. Don’t miss the ‘Dragon’s Back’ trek. The trail undulates between the hill tops, like the shape of a dragon’s backbone, boasts stunning coastal views and is rated as the ‘best urban hike’ in the world.
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Getting Around Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the most developed cities anywhere in the world, so it should be no surprise that its transport options are state of the art. With great local transport and travel links, you can visit everywhere from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon Peninsular and everywhere in between and beyond with ease. Here are just some of the best ways to get around this grand city.
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Mass Transit Railway
Quite possibly the best, quickest and easiest way to get around, and only costing a small amount more than bus services, the underground rail system of Hong Kong connects 84 stations across nine lines. This means there’s few areas untouched by this extensive system.
With its well organised, colour coded system, it’s also easy to understand too. They provide travel services to four million people daily, so do be aware that they can become very busy, particularly during rush hour. Eating, smoking and drinking are not permitted on these trains and will cost you a large fine if you’re found to be breaking these rules.
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While not as fast as the train service, minibuses can still be a great way to get around the city. There’s two types of minibus in Hong Kong, including the well-known red minibus. There’s a list of stops on the windscreen to help you know exactly what destinations make up its route.The green minibuses are operated via a cash box and are similar to red minibuses, with the main differences being routes and their size, with only 16 seats per bus.
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One of the best options if you plan on utilising public transport regularly in Hong Kong is the Octopus Card. This rechargeable smartcard is available to buy on the site www.octopuscards.com and can also be found at MTR stations. They cost around Rs 1,265 for adults and Rs 590 for both seniors and children. This entitles you to around Rs 843 of travel expenses and a Rs 421 refundable deposit. These can be topped up on trains and busses and at selected retail outlets.
Flights to Hong Kong
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When arriving in Hong Kong for your Asian adventure, you’ll land in the Hong Kong International Airport. Also known by the locals as Chek Lap Kok Airport, due to its location on the Chek Lap Kok island, it is the main airport hub of the city. When you arrive, airport express and taxi services are available to take you into the city centre, although the AE train service is one of the most affordable and fastest options, getting you to Kowloon Station in only 20 minutes and to HK Station in just 24 minutes.
Flights to Hong Kong International are available from all of India’s major airports. A direct flight from New Delhi Airport will cost around RS 28,700, depending on the service and season, and takes around five hours to complete. Non-stop journeys from Mumbai Airport can cost a similar price and take just slightly longer to arrive, with a duration of around five and a half hours.
For flights to Hong Kong, visit the Expedia India website and book your holiday today.